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About Us

AMD has been set up as a commercial enterprise to fund programmes of development and related research in materials nanotechnology which are judged to offer practicable, effective routes to licensed technology and know-how which in turn can be taken profitably to market through a variety of commercial arrangements. Some such potential partnerships are already identified.

AMD aims to advance this materials research to commercial success and beyond and to continue delivering a funding pipeline to the best university departments in the UK.

AMD’s initial partnership with the University of Sussex Material Physics department will focus on 3-4 projects developing viable applications for many global challenges including packaging and food waste, transportation, healthcare and anti-counterfeiting.

Professor Alan Dalton and his twenty strong team at the University of Sussex, is at the forefront of international efforts to understand and explore the fundamental nature and attributes of ‘two-dimensional’ nanomaterials such as graphene, and thereby provide some of the bridges to the multiplicity of potentially beneficial applications with far-reaching implications for the human challenges of global sustainability.

Our Team

John Lee – Founder & CEO

John has had a thirty-year career in the City of London specialising in the fields of Mining, Energy and CleanTech sectors as well as a more general involvement in global retail, banking, technology and healthcare equity markets. John has extensive experience in capital-raising across multiple sectors particularly for early stage companies utilising an extensive network of industry and sector specialists. He has successfully raised over £2m of private equity for Advanced Material Development to oversee the commercialisation of technologies from the UK research base. He is also highly experienced in licencing and legal IPR matters. Originally graduating as a mining engineer with a passion for innovative technology, John brings a solid understanding of the scientific and business challenges involved.

Richard Lee – Founder

Richard is a business development focused entrepreneur having founded, funded and run successful media, digital and technology businesses – most notably Aura Sports (sold to BSkyB 2006) and everyLIFE Technologies (founded in 2014). As a former environmental technologist and principal of Academatch, a business consultancy specialising in bridging the knowledge gap between research science and industry, Richard has hands on experience of the interconnect between academia and industry.

Johnny Wybrew OBE – Chairman

After a wide-ranging career in the international oil and gas industry with the Shell Group (including a 3-year secondment to the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit as Mrs Thatcher’s adviser on energy and transport), and later a series of executive director board appointments in British Gas and its successor companies, he has had a diverse portfolio of interests: for 8 years as an NED on the board of the energy regulator, Ofgem; as Chairman of the Government-backed Sector Skills Council, Energy and Utility Skills (for which he was awarded an OBE); as Chairman of the British Energy Association, and also the Foundation for Management Education. Stemming from a first-class Cambridge engineering degree and an enduring interest in the beneficial application of advancing technology, he has become increasingly engaged as active investor and board member in innovative start-up companies in the field of clean energy and related fields.

Simon Nash – CFO

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in senior strategic and financial management roles covering various growth sectors. Since creating SRN Associates in 2004, he has worked extensively with high growth businesses in a variety of sectors. Prior to that, he spent over 15 years as CFO in growth companies in the technology sector. Throughout his career he has been involved in Corporate Finance transactions ranging from acquisitions, sales, fundraising and corporate restructuring. Simon has worked with established names, such as SunGard, Great Plains, and Microsoft Business Solutions as well as Venture Capital and Private Equity backed companies. Simon is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

James Johnstone – COO

James has over twenty years’ experience in science and innovation in the field of nanotechnology. He has specialised in working with small companies in advanced materials development and onward application through industry relevant processing techniques during the last eleven years at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). James was a senior bids manager who wrote, advised and taught UK and European companies on the practical benefits of public research and essential value propositions on which successful proposals are based. He has direct team experience of delivering over 15 successful bids from start to contract and raising substantial funding for partners while balancing collaborative interests with organisational ambition.  He brings a wealth of experience in managing projects as well as providing more informal innovation support where required.

Professor Alan Dalton – Chief Scientific Advisor

Alan joined the University of Sussex as a Professor of Materials Physics in March 2016.   Alan has worked in the area of nanomaterials and nanotechnology for over 20 years. To date, He has published over 130 publications and 12 patents in the general area. His work has been cited over 8400 times and his h-index is 43. He holds visiting positions at the University of Malaya, the Kazakh National University (Almaty) and the University of Texas Dallas. He leads a research team of 20 and his research has attracted several million in funding to date.

Jonathan Giles – Non-Executive Director

Jonathan has spent 30 years as a regulated professional in global wealth management and finance building businesses for the likes of Citibank and Deloitte and more recently as MD of Rathbones Jersey. In between he has had extensive exposure to both fiduciary and hedge fund sectors, and for over 25-years has held directorship and board positions in several investment companies and funds. He has also held similar positions of responsibility and integrity in the charity sector as a School Governor, Chairman of the Governing Board and Chairman of an Educational Foundation. Jonathan has been elected to represent investors’ interests on the AMD Board using both his career experience and investment network to help support and nurture the company’s ongoing success.