Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer, HonDSc FAA FTSE MAE
Thomas is Founding and Executive Chairman of Gelion Technologies (2015), Co-Founder of Licella Holdings (2007) and inventor of its Cat-HTRTM technology. He is also the Principle Technology Consultant for Cat-HTRTM licensee’s Mura Technologies and RenewELP. In 2001 he was one of the founding Professors of Avantium, a Dutch High-tech company. Most recently he was awarded Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation (2020) – Australia’s top prize in the field.
He concurrently holds the position of Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, where he established and leads the Laboratory of Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability and served as Founding Director of the $150m University of Sydney Nano Institute (2015 – 2018). In 2011 he was elected youngest Foreign Member of the Academia Europea as well as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and, in 2014, of the Royal Society of NSW. In 2019 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Universities of Ca’Foscari Venice and Trieste in recognition of his scientific and societal contributions in chemistry.
He authored 330+ publications, cited 13,000+ times, including 24 patents. He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of ten international journals and received many awards, including the Le Févre Prize of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2007), the RACI Applied Research Award (2011), the RACI Weickhardt Medal for Economic Contributions (2012), the RACI R. K. Murphy Medal for Industrial Chemistry (2018) the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science (2018), the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies’ Contribution to Economic Development Award (2019).
Kim Sides (Thompson)
Director & Co-Founder
Kim has over 25 years’ experience in global property development and infrastructure. She has held leadership roles across operations, stakeholder management, construction, finance and legal for some of the world’s biggest developers. She was an equity partner of Australia’s pre-eminent law-firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now part of King & Wood Mallesons), specialising in Projects & Investments.
Most recently, Kim has been working with Lendlease on its joint venture Malaysian RM10b development ‘The Exchange, TRX’ in Kuala Lumpur, and helped guide the delivery of its $A6 billion Australian ‘Barangaroo’ project in Sydney.
Kim holds Law and Commerce degrees from the University of New South Wales, and post-graduate qualifications in Corporate Governance.
Dr Len Humphreys
Director & Co-Founder
Dr Len Humphreys was instrumental in the conception and development of Licella’s technology and is the inventor of a number of patents around the Catalytic Hydro-Thermal process, Cat-HTR.
Len is a chartered chemist and the former Director and Managing Director of several renewable energy companies including Novera Energy, a renewable energy company now listed on the AIM in the UK and also the ASX listed company IBA Health (now I-Soft), a healthcare IT software provider.
In addition Len held Managing Director and Regional President roles inside the European Invensys Group of companies.
Invensys is one of the world’s largest IT, process control and industrial process automation conglomerates. In Europe, Len was a senior executive inside the Mannesmann Group, the German multinational specialising in engineering, manufacturing and telecommunications; in particular he was CEO of the Hartmann and Braun process Analytical Division based in the UK.
Dr Donald Hector
Director & Co-Founder
Donald Hector AM is a founding board member of Gelion. He has extensive experience in large-scale industrial processing and the evaluation and commercialisation of new technologies and previously was managing director of Dow Corning Australia and the executive director responsible for the Australian/New Zealand, ASEAN and Indian subsidiaries of Dow Corning Corporation, a high-technology, American multi-national company. He was also managing director of Asia Pacific Specialty Chemicals Ltd, an ASX-listed specialty chemicals and food additives company and has been a non-executive chairman and director of ASX-listed and private companies and not-for-profit organisations. Donald has a PhD in engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, of the Institution of Engineers (Australia), of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow and the immediate past President of the Royal Society of NSW. He is a Member of the Order of Australia.
Chairman Gelion UK
Dr Steve Mahon is CEO of Armstrong and also a co-founder. He has had a successful career in commercialising low carbon technologies with over 15 years in the sector and a track record in selecting and managing high growth low carbon companies, both in the private and public markets. He combines a detailed understanding across a wide range of clean technologies with the first hand experience of growing early stage businesses and delivering shareholder returns having been involved in the investment or management of over 25 businesses.
Prior to establishing Armstrong, Steve co-founded Low Carbon Investors Limited (LCI), a Guernsey based fund management company which advised Low Carbon Accelerator Limited, the AIM listed early-stage technology fund. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Low Carbon Investors (UK) Limited (LCIUK) established with Downing LLP (Downing), the UK’s first dedicated feed-in-tariff fund, the Downing Low Carbon EIS and went on to advise Downing on the investment of more than £45m in feed-in-tariff projects in solar and wind assets.
Before establishing LCI, Steve had been a main Board member of Pursuit Dynamics plc, during which time it was the top performing small cap engineering stock on AIM; and of Sentec Ltd, the smart grid technology specialist, that became one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe. Steve started his career in Qinetiq and managed a business unit commercialising advanced materials. He has a first class degree and PhD in Geophysics and Planetary Physics.
Director Gelion UK
Robin Chamberlayne is a chartered financial planner and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He formed Progressive Strategic Solutions in 1997, which was one of the first chartered firms in the UK. Progressive provides holistic financial advice and tax planning strategies to high net worth individuals and businesses. Robin has been actively involved in the creation and operation of numerous companies with a focus in the energy sector, he is a director of Armstrong Energy Ltd.
Since 2009 Robin has held board positions with Downing and ProVen Venture Capital Trusts covering both the generalist and renewable energy sectors
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Grimes is a trained Chemical Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in both technical and commercial roles. His early career was with large listed multinational companies including Shell, Nuplex and ICI, while more recently he was group CEO of Callington Haven, a speciality chemical company supplying products to the aviation industry. Under Andrew’s leadership, Callington grew from a small Sydney based organisation to a multinational company with a direct presence in eight countries and a dominant global market share in its key markets.
Andrew has lived and worked for several years in Asia and in Europe and has established and led companies in Asia, EMEA, Europe and Nth America. He has led acquisitions in ANZ, Asia and Europe.
Alongside his extensive technical and commercial experience, Andrew has completed a Masters of Sustainability at the University of Sydney and has a deep understanding of the renewables sector.
Chief Technology Officer
Nathan Coad has over 15 years of experience with the development, manufacture and integration of electrochemical energy storage products. This includes; Zinc Bromide flow batteries, Hydrogen fuel cells and various Lithium-Ion battery chemistries. Nathan has an academic background in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Physics.
Nathan started his career as a Fuel Cell Test Engineer for a research institute within Murdoch University (Western Australia). He then spent 10 years with Zinc Bromine Battery (ZBB) Energy Corporation in Australia and America as a Product Development Engineer and Manager. During this role Nathan lead the design and development of a new flow battery then the commercialisation of several new flow battery systems and related power products. Following this Nathan worked with Balance Utility Solutions integrating and installing industrial scale Lithium-Ion energy storage systems.
Nathan is currently Gelion’s Chief Technology Officer and has been working with the team since 2017.
General Manager - Business Development
Stuart’s focus at Gelion is to commercialise the technology platform by raising capital from industry and government organisations and working with key stakeholders and customers to grow Gelion’s product sales in the market.
Stuart brings to Gelion over twenty years of technology solution and professional services sales experience gained from IBM, Computer Associates (CA) and Ernst & Young. Stuart worked with Ignite Energy Resources and Licella for 6 years commercialising novel waste to energy technologies, which resulted in successful, significant projects with joint venture partners based in the UK and Canada.
General Manager – Design and Manufacture
Kenny Donaldson has over 25 years of experience in the development and manufacture of technology products, with over 15 years at management level. This includes; medical, automotive, military and consumer goods, some key products include, cell phones, wifi and 3/4G communications and electricity meters. Kenny has an academic background in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with a MBA from Napier University in Edinburgh.
Kenny started his career as an Industrial Engineer for a Contract Manufacturer, developing into Manufacturing Engineering leadership role. More recently has spent 6 years with Landis and Gyr in Australia, as Engineering Manager for electricity and gas meters. During this role Kenny worked on various new products for customers in Asia, as well as executing an operation lean improvement plan, improving supply chain. Following this Kenny worked with Alsco as Regional Engineering Services Manager, managing capex projects, fleet management, equipment maintenance and utilities for 26 branches over the Asia Pacific region, including the construction of custom designed facilities in Thailand and New Zealand.
Kenny is currently Gelion’s General Manager – Design and Manufacture and has been working with the team since 2018.
Research and Development Manager
Zeynep Adali joined Gelion in January 2019.
Zeynep is an R&D Scientist with extensive experience in polymer chemistry, electrochemistry and nanomaterials environments, including analytical method development and validation, applied chemistry, complete physico-chemical characterisation of related products, and execution. The knowledge base acquired in the mentioned environments assists in developing creative and innovative solutions to complex problems of analytical tests in control environment.
Zeynep has experience providing leadership and guidance to research, development and project management for both product and process development. Zeynep has a PhD in Bionanotechnology from Sorbonne University, France and a Masters of Nanotechnology from Flinders University of Australia.
Senior Finance Manager
Lisa Dixon joined Gelion in May 2019 with extensive experience in successful technology start-ups. Previously, Lisa has held senior leadership finance roles in Unilever, Pepsico and Reed Elsevier, and worked in corporate advisory, as well as owning and operating a successful multi-million dollar technology start up, before she sold it to a US global technology leader. With well-rounded expertise in financial, commercial and business operations, Lisa is an accomplished senior executive including experience in acquisitions, mergers and divestments.
Lisa has also worked as an auditor and tax advisor in the USA, New Zealand and Australia and hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance and Commercial Law) and is completing her Law Degree. Lisa is a Member of the NSW Law Society, Justice of the Peace, Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia and a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Accountants of New Zealand.
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Andrea is currently Marketing and Communications Manager at Australian technology development company Licllea Holdings and its Australian commercial partner iQ Renew.
Prior to this Andrea worked for over ten years’ in a variety of sales, marketing and communication roles within the pharmaceutical industry. Andrea is experienced leading cross functional teams and managing multimillion dollar brands including Botox, Juvederm, Nasonex, Elocon, Valtrex and Evista. Andrea has a BA Hons from the University of Sydney and a Diploma in Marketing from Macquarie University.
Andrea has worked with Gelion since 2017 as a consultant in all aspects of marketing and corporate communication, including shareholder and investor engagement, digital strategy, media and corporate communications.
Human Resources Consultant
Emma has over twenty five years, operational, commercial and human resources experience, including senior management, executive and HR Director appointments across a number of industries including FMCG, Healthcare and Retail in the UK, Europe and Australia.
Prior to joining Licella Holdings in 2013, Emma provided HR consultancy services to entrepreneurial start-ups and small businesses.
Emma is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered FCIPD) equivalent to a Fellow of AHRI (Australia Human Resources Institute).