The Team Behind the Technology

Chris Hunt - Pireta

Chris Hunt – CTO & Founder

Chris worked at the National Physical Laboratory where he headed up a multidisciplinary team of scientists looking at material problems in electronics interconnects. Much of this work has been done in collaboration with industry and he is chair of the UK IMAPS committee. In the role of advancing metrology, he has developed test methods and standards. He currently chairs the relevant IEC committee and travels the world giving invited international papers. He identified an interconnect solution for textiles and is one of the two inventors for a patent pending technology for making textiles conductive, as well as the founder of Pireta.

Chris is a Chartered Physicist, and has a BSc from the Institute of Physics, and a PhD from Surrey University.

Carl Francis

Carl Francis – Chairman

Carl joined Pireta as Chair of the Board following a decade in the consumer electronics industry. Most recently, he was CEO of the P2i Group, leading the business from pre-revenue tech startup to dominant player in its sector.

Prior to this, Carl spent three years as CEO acquiring, running, and successfully exiting Adria Ltd, Ireland’s largest textile business. He was previously Group Managing Director of the Caudwell Group, Europe’s then largest privately-owned mobile telecommunications support business with sales of £1.5bn. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive of Flexonics, the principal division of global precision engineering group Senior plc, and Divisional President at SIEBE plc where for three years he ran the group’s worldwide recovery division.

Carl has a BSc from the University of Cincinnati, he is a US Certified Public Accountant and a member of Mensa.

Simon Kellard

Simon Kellard – CEO

Simon joined the Board of Pireta as CEO with a broad experience spanning many operational divisions and market sectors. He has over 30 years of experience developing leading-edge technologies and bringing them to market as products and services, with 20+ years at Board level.

As Global Operations Director and Chief Programs Officer at P2i Group, Simon helped establish P2i as the world leader in nano-coating technology. His global roles were responsible for quickly establishing and building P2i’s operational presence, particularly their Asia-Pacific business interests including regional fundraising activities. In 3 years he oversaw the build-up of 50 production sites across SE Asia, India, Europe, USA, S. America and Australia and the set-up of US, Singapore and China based regional offices. In recent years he has been offering Engineering & Business consultancy services through his company ITML Ltd, based out of Oxfordshire.

Simon holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, with postgraduate studies in Design and Technology from Brunel University, and Marketing Technological Products from Cranfield University.

Steve Sampson

Steve Sampson – Consultant CFO

Steve is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ commercial knowledge gained in senior finance positions within fast growing businesses. For the last 5 years he has specialised in providing part time FD services to start-ups through his company 19 Corporate Finance. Prior to this he was with Alliance Boots where he completed over 100 value-adding acquisitions, helping the group grow its revenues by 25 times and established the group finance function.

Steve has a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester, and is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Juergen Glazer

Juergen Glazer – Business Development

Juergen K. Glaser is the founder of Jürgen K. Glaser Consulting, a business which assists both established and start-ups in various disciplines. During his 28 year career, Juergen has worked across the world in various industries, including new technologies, textiles, specialty chemicals, functional fluids, healthcare, and food. Most recently he was working for Applied Graphene Materials where he was responsible for the global market of polymers, elastomers, 3-D printing and the role of business development in Europe.

Juergen has a BSc in Polymer Technology from the Montan University Leoben (AT), a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Chur Switzerland, as well as qualifications in Marketing, Finance, and Advanced Management from the Sankt Galler Management Institute in Switzerland.

Liz Oseland

Liz Oseland – Head of Development

Liz has a masters degree in Chemical Biology and a PhD in Chemistry with industrial collaboration from the University of Warwick. Her PhD research focused on understanding interfacial polymerisation processes using electrochemical and optical measurements. Prior to joining Pireta, she had a postdoctoral position working on the assessment and development of new technologies for arsenic monitoring in water.

Andy Muir

Andy Muir – Investor

Andrew joined Midven in 2004 where he manages the £27M Rainbow Seed Fund, building companies from some of the UK’s best research.

After an initial scientific career at Zeneca Andrew went on to roles in research and business development at the medical device company Biocompatibles and was then Vice President of Technology for Sterilox (now PuriCore), a US start-up in disinfection of medical equipment.

He started his career in VC with NESTA (the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). He has a degree and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.