People

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Chris Wright

Chris is the former group operations director of AEA Technology PLC, responsible for lithium-ion battery licensing, and CEO of IP2IPO Ltd (now IP Group). He is a highly experienced entrepreneur and former executive chairman at Covesion Ltd and Molecular Vision Ltd.


Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Jerry Barker

Jerry is a world-renowned battery scientist, having set up and managed battery research facilities in the US and the UK. Over the course of his career, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of battery technology, from the active materials to their scale up and integration into battery systems.

Former chief scientist at Valence Technology Inc., Jerry is an inventor on over 90 issued and ~ 50 pending US battery patents. Some noteworthy examples of Jerry’s inventions include the well-known Li-ion materials LiVPO4F, Li3V2(PO4)3, LiMSO4F, Li2MP2O7, LiFe(Mg)PO4 along with the Carbothermal Reduction (CTR) manufacturing method.

As a result of Jerry’s impressive track record in this field, he was presented with the International Battery Materials Association Technology Award 2012, for his contributions to identifying new secondary battery cathode materials and related materials.


Operations Manager

Dr Ruth Sayers

Ruth has worked for Faradion since 2012, now in her current role as Operations Manager, she has supported the company to grow and evolve since joining as a Research Scientist in its early start-up days. Prior to this, she had worked for several large multinationals, including Corus Construction & Industrial and Mott MacDonald. She gained her doctorate at Imperial College London in 2010 and was awarded the John Kilner Prize for Energy Materials.


Chief Financial Officer

Mark Long

Mark is a commercial board level Finance Director with considerable experience working in a financial and commercial environment with particular focus on scaling SME’s to a trade sale. He has held a variety of senior financial positions at Samsung, APW Inc, Invensys Plc, Jennic Ltd and NXP. Mark is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a BSc. (Hons) in Finance and Accounting.


Non Executive Director

Ashwin Kumaraswamy

Ashwin is an Investment Director with Mercia Fund Managers Ltd. He has around 10yrs venture capital experience and prior to was an entrepreneur in the semiconductor sector. At Mercia he is a member of the NPIF - Mercia Equity Team and part of the Electronics, Materials, Manufacturing & Engineering sector Investment Team. He sits on the board of a number of deep-tech unlisted companies in UK. He has been involved in all aspects of creating venture backed businesses, including sourcing new opportunities, working with founders and management teams to build valuable propositions.


Non Executive Director

Tore Sylvester Jeppesen

Tore is a Business Development Manager for Haldor Topsoe, a global market leader in catalysis and related process technologies and the second corporate investor to invest in Faradion. Tore has been with Topsoe from 2006 to 2011, with roles both in plant commissioning and project management, before rejoining Topsoe in 2014, moving to the new and emerging business unit. Prior to rejoining Topsoe, Tore spent two years at the Danish venture fund SEED Capital as an investment manager working with early stage investments.


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