About us Board of Directors

Alan Aubrey

Chairman

Alan joined the Company in December 2012 as Chairman. He is the CEO of IP Group plc, a FTSE 250 company and leading global intellectual property commercialisation company. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of Proactis, an AIM listed software company and a Non-Executive Director in a number of other leading technology companies. From 2008 to 2014, he was a Non-Executive Director of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). Previously, Alan was a partner in KPMG where he specialised in providing advice to fast-growing technology businesses. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Alan holds a BA in Economics and an MBA.

Steve Callaghan

Senior Independent Director

Steve joined the Company in December 2012 to lead the turnaround and strategy reset phase. He was appointed Senior Independent Director in March 2014. He is also Chairman of Navtech Radar Ltd and CEO of Northgate Public Services. Prior to joining Ceres Power, Steve held a number of senior executive and CEO positions in both public and private businesses over a period of 20 years. He has a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Cranfield University

Warren Finegold

Non-executive Director

Warren joined the Board as an independent Non-executive Director in March 2020. He was a member of the Vodafone Group Executive Committee for 10 years, serving principally as Group Strategy and Business Development Director. Previously, he was a Managing Director of UBS Investment Bank, where he held several senior positions, most recently as Head of the Technology Team in Europe. Warren is a Senior Independent Director and Chair of Nominations Committee at Avast plc. He has a M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from London Business School.

Caroline Hargrove

Non-Executive Director

Caroline is CTO of Babylon Health and was a founding member and CTO of McLaren Applied Technologies which was set up to exploit McLaren technology and expertise to new markets. She has worked in a range of sectors from motorsports to health, elite sports, manufacturing and energy.

She started her career as a lecturer in Engineering in Cambridge, followed by various roles in McLaren F1, mainly focused on the development of simulations and the first F1 simulator.

Caroline is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Visiting Professor at Oxford and holds a PhD in Applied Mechanics from the University of Cambridge.

Haoran Hu

Non-Executive Director

Haoran joined Ceres Power in December 2018 as a result of the strategic collaboration agreement with Weichai Power and is the Weichai-nominee Non-Executive Director. He is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Weichai Power Co., one of China’s largest diesel engine and vehicle powertrain system manufacturers, and has previously been in engineering leadership positions at Eaton Corp, Caterpillar Inc., Detroit Diesel Corporation, and Jacobs Vehicle Systems.

He has over 25 years’ experience in the research and development of engines and powertrain systems.

Haoran holds a Doctor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA degree from the Ohio State University.

Aidan Hughes

Non-Executive Director

Aidan joined Ceres Power in February 2015 as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He has over 20 years of senior finance experience in a variety of listed companies, including as Finance Director at the Sage Group Plc from 1993 to 2000 and as a director of Communisis Plc from 2001 to 2004. Since 2004 he has been Non-Executive Director of Dialog Semiconductors plc, where during his tenure Aidan chaired its Audit Committee. He is also an investor and advisor to a number of international private technology companies. Aidan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Robert Trezona

Non-Executive Director

Robert joined the Company in December 2012. He has worked with high technology clean energy companies for over a decade, with particular expertise in fuel cells. He is currently Head of Cleantech at IP Group plc, where he manages one of Europe’s largest cleantech venture portfolios. Previously, he was Head of Research and Development at the Carbon Trust, where he led the Research Accelerator venture initiative. He has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey and Company, focusing on energy and materials. He began his career as a fuel cell scientist, initially at Johnson Matthey, then at Ceres Power, where he led the original materials and process teams. He holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge.

Phil Caldwell

Chief Executive Officer

Phil joined the Company in September 2013 as CEO. He was previously Corporate Development Director at Intelligent Energy Limited, a company specialising in PEM fuel cell systems, where he led commercial and strategic business development activities, including securing OEM partners, executing licence deals and joint ventures. Prior to joining Intelligent Energy, Phil was responsible for business development for the Electrochemical Technology Business within ICI. He has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, holds an MBA from IESE Barcelona and is a Sainsbury Management Fellow.

Richard Preston

Chief Financial Officer

Richard was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Ceres Power in 2013, prior to which he had been Financial Controller since 2008, where he also had programme manager roles across the business.

Previously he held a number of senior positions in business transformation and project finance at Cable & Wireless. He is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer and holds a Master’s in Engineering and Management Studies from the University of Cambridge.

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