Chief Executive Officer, UMI3
An alumnus of the University, Andrew is a successful CEO and Managing Director with extensive experience growing international technology companies. He spent many years leading complex, multi-national businesses, operating across a wide range of sectors. He specialises in the industrialisation and commercialisation of innovative technologies, business growth and turn-around.
Andrew joined the University in mid-2016 as CEO of its subsidiary company Graphene Enabled Systems Ltd (GES). Before joining GES, Andrew was Regional Managing Director of the French power equipment manufacturer Socomec SA. At Socomec, Andrew led three subsidiaries covering North America and the British Isles, where he significantly grew the businesses’ revenue, profitability and market share.
Prior to this, he was Sales and Marketing Director of a group business of ICI plc, which manufactured a broad range of industrial and consumer products based on coated and thermally stabilised PET film.
Professor Luke Georghiou
Non Executive Director
Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester.
Professor of Science and Technology Policy and Management, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School.
Luke is responsible for the University’s research strategy and its implementation and for business engagement and commercialisation activities and is active in research and policy advice to governments and business. In 2011 he was elected to the Academia Europaea.
He was a member of the Glover committee which reported to the Treasury and BIS on access to public procurement by SMEs and chaired its expert sub-group. He was for 6 years an elected member of the Board of Governors of The University of Manchester and for 10 a member of the Board of Directors of Manchester Science Park Limited. He is on the editorial board of eight journals and has published extensively in leading outlets including Science and Nature.
Mrs Jane Shelton
Commercial Director and Group Company Secretary, UMI3
A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience, Jane qualified with medium tier accountancy firm, and rose to the position of Audit Manager and has gained exposure to a broad range of commercial environments, in both Manchester and London.
She has extensive experience of the Higher Education Sector, having worked in various senior roles within the Finance Office at The University of Manchester for over 14 years. Roles have included Financial Accounting, Post award research and Taxation.
Jane is the University nominated director/trustee of UMSS Ltd and is the Parochial Church Council (PCC) Member & Treasurer.
Professor Martin SchröderNon Executive Director
Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the University of Manchester
Martin Schröder's research interests lie in the area of materials chemistry, specifically the design, synthesis and study of porous metal organic framework materials for energy and environmental applications. Current focus lies in the separation and capture of fuel and toxic gases, hydrocarbons and metal values, and applications of porous materials in catalysis, clean-up and proton conductivity.
He was born near London of Estonian parents. He gained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, and PhD from Imperial College, University of London under the supervision of Professor W.P. Griffith. After postdoctoral fellowships at the ETH, Zürich with Professor A. Eschenmoser, funded by a Royal Society - Swiss National Foundation Fellowship, and at the University of Cambridge with Lord Lewis of Newnham, he was appointed to a Senior Demonstratorship at the University of Edinburgh in 1982. He was subsequently promoted to Lecturer, Reader and then Professor, and in 1995 was appointed to the University of Nottingham as Head and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He was Head of the School of Chemistry at Nottingham (1999-2005) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science (2011-2015). In 2015 he moved to his current position as Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Manchester.
He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada, the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. He has published 480 publications and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). His awards include the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Royal Society of Edinburgh Support Research Fellowship, Tilden Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Chemistry award for the Chemistry of Transition Metals, a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship, and the Royal Society of Chemistry award for Chemistry of the Noble Metals and their Compounds. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Tallinn Technical University, Estonia. He has held many research awards including ERC Advanced and Proof of Concept, EPSRC Programme and Russian Mega grants. In 2016 he was elected Member of the Academia Europaea.
Dr Luke Hakes
A triple graduate of the University in biochemistry with biotechnology; bioinformatics; and computational genetics, Luke completed his PhD in 2006. He is currently Investment Director at venture capital firm, Octopus Ventures, based in the City of London.
Over the last eight years Luke has advised and been a board member of a number of University spin-out companies. In addition he has held numerous non-executive directorships at start up and growth companies and has considerable experience of building and exiting businesses in the disruptive technology arena.
Outside of Octopus, Luke is an angel investor and advisor to a number of early stage companies with a particular interest in the Artificial Intelligence and Genomics spaces.
Jason is responsible for developing Simply Business and challenging the traditional world of insurance through technology and data science. He joined Simply Business from the global dating website, Match.com, where he was International Managing Director. Prior to this, he spent time working in the travel industry as managing director at Travelocity Business, and in commercial roles at Trailfinders, and Lastminute.com.
He has also held board positions with Skyscanner and The Drinkaware Trust. Simply Business was voted' The Best Company to Work For' in The Sunday Times in both 2015 and 2016.
Jason was also voted CEO of the Year in 2016 by the same publication and in 2017 Simply Business was awarded its B-Corp accreditation.
Non -Executive Director
Jo has been responsible for a number of transformational deals while working as Vice President of Business Development, Head of Transactions at AstraZeneca. As a long term business development professional she has experience in all types of transactions including M&A, technology licensing and collaboration arrangements. Jo has received a number of awards recognising her deal making achievements from colleagues and peers including recognition from The Pharmaceutical Licensing Group.
Jo also held a number of senior general management and commercial leadership positions during a long career at AstraZeneca. She was the Head of the Emerging Markets group after the merger of Astra and Zeneca and led the integration and expansion of the international business. After retiring from AstraZeneca Jo has continued to pursue her passion to support UK innovation . She now works as a Director of Alderley Park Ventures and provides business development support for a number of life science companies.