Professor Paul Whitehead - Managing Director
Professor of Water Science, both in Southampton and Oxford and a Senior Fellow at St Peters College, Oxford. He has over 35 years of experience in managing 47 research projects worth £37 million. His research focuses on modelling the dynamics of nutrients and chemicals in the environment, as well as determining water quality. Paul Whitehead has also been the Managing Director of Water Resource Associates LLP (WRA) for the past 6 years. WRA is a water resource company that has been successfully operating for 23 years (see www.watres.com ).
Professor Ian Thompson - Chairman
Professor of Engineering Science (Department of Engineering Science, Oxford), Fellow of St Edmund Hall. He joined the Department in 2007 where he established the Environmental Bioengineering group. Prior to joining the University, he was the Head of Environmental Biotechnology in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in Oxford. His research group specialises in physical and engineering approaches for the exploitation of micro-organisms to prevent and clean up environmental contamination, and to transform waste to energy and high value products.
Professor Wei Huang - Director of Research
Professor of Engineering Science (Department of Engineering Science, Oxford), Fellow of St Edmund Hall. He joined the Department in in 2014, where he is now Associate Professor and a Fellow of St. Edmund Hall College. He is also an EPSRC Fellow, and prior to that he was a Soby Fellow, lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on bacterial exploitation for economic and environmental benefits, including designing highly sensitive biosensors and transforming waste to energy.
Mr Keith Ifould, CBE - Company Secretary
Keith has extensive experience in facilitating funding for major projects and bringing together required teams and expertise to exploit major business opportunities. This has included working with national/international government departments, private finance and commercial organisations, such as Emirates Airlines. Keith has had extensive business management experience managing £75 million construction projects for the RAF and commanding (managing) major air base with 4000 personnel. He was awarded a CBE in 2000.