Meet The Team

Dr Will Barton


Will started his 40+ year career in the chemical industry with ICI where he progressed to the level of Manufacturing Director in the USA, ultimately with Zeneca. He then moved on to a similar, international role with FMC before progressing to Vice President of Manufacturing and Technology with Flexsys (a JV of Monsanto and Akzo Nobel) based in Brussels, where he stayed for over six years. In 2005, Will then changed course, moving back to Oxford to take on the role of Interim CEO and then Director / COO of start-up company Oxford Catalysts (recently re-named Velocys). Will joined the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) in 2009 as Head of Technology, becoming Head of Manufacturing in 2011 and first board member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. In May 2014, will left the TSB to focus more on his early stage company work.

Dr David Hodgson


David has been developing and commercialising electrochemical materials and technologies for over 20 years; from within large corporates and small start-ups. Whilst in ICI’s Electrochemical Technology Business David focused on electrochemical materials for chlor-alkali, fuel cells, electro-disinfection and hydrogen applications; ultimately establishing and leading a new commercial venture in fuel cell materials from within his research group. Since leaving INEOS (as it became) David has operated in CTO, CEO and NXD positions with early stage companies in the electrochemical technology sector. David has strong links to UCL as co-founder of the Electrochemical Innovation Lab and Commercialisation Fellow with UCLB.