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Magnomatics Board
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Ian Williamson - Chairman

Ian trained as an Electronics Engineer at GEC and was involved in very early applications of microprocessors at Cambridge Consultants.  Promoted to general management at a young age, he has extensive experience of managing global engineering and technology companies in a PLC environment. Ian stepped down as CEO of Carclo plc in 2013 having transformed the company into a leading technology innovator in medical device manufacturing and LED lighting technology. 

In addition to Magnomatics, he chairs Ionix Advanced Technologies Ltd (a spin-out from Leeds University specialising in high temperature piezo-electric materials).  Ian is also an independent director of 2 listed Indian automotive component companies and is active in supporting coding and computer education at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.

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David Latimer - Chief Executive Officer

David joined Magnomatics in February 2013 in a business development role and became CEO in December 2015.  Before Magnomatics, David was Chief Executive Officer of EVO Electric; a spin out company from Imperial College. Under David’s leadership, EVO gained a strong position in the electric and hybrid vehicle sector and they formed a joint venture with GKN Driveline in June 2011.

Prior to EVO, David was Chairman of Bluebird Vehicles, a manufacturer of low floor accessible buses. David has run a number of specialist engineering businesses where he specialised in reorganisations and change management including Weir Valves & Controls Ltd, Brush HMA b.v. (electric machines and turbo generators), Bedford Pumps and Howden Wade Ltd (aircraft air conditioning and hydraulic systems).

Through this varied career David has had experience in diverse markets including aerospace, automotive, industrial power, water, nuclear and oil & gas.

He started his career with Rolls Royce working in both technology and operational roles.

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Jamie Vollbracht  - IP Group plc

Jamie has spent the last 10 years commercialising innovative clean technologies.  As Venture Director in the Cleantech Division of IP Group; he takes an active role sitting on various Cleantech SME boards whilst seeking new, high growth opportunities for IP Group to engage with. 

Previously, he was Head of New Ventures at Carbon Trust where he designed and launched the Government funded Entrepreneurs Fast Track to incubate start-ups.  He then created multi-million dollar corporate venturing partnerships with the likes of General Electric; making major corporate money available to drive Cleantech innovation.  This followed experience working directly for 2 VC-backed solar energy companies, driving growth in broad-ranging business development roles.

Jamie has a 1st class Engineering degree from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Engineer.

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Andrew Burton - Finance Yorkshire

Andrew graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds in 1970 before working overseas on power generation plant. He co-founded an automotive electronics company and took it to trade sale in the mid-1980s. After helping set up the Lancashire Business & Innovation Centre; Andrew worked as a Technology Consultant on in-vehicle electronics. In 1994, he helped establish UniVentures International, the technology transfer arm of Leeds Metropolitan University before going on to lead a buyout in 2002. For many years Andrew managed the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels, firstly as Secretary and then as Chairman so it was natural for him to co-found the Viking Fund in 2004, investing in more than 25 early-stage technology firms in Yorkshire. In 2009, as MD of Viking Fund Managers, he led the sale of the company to Braveheart Investment Group plc and currently sits on the group’s Management Board. He is Investment Director of the Finance Yorkshire Equity Fund and is the fund’s representative on the Magnomatics' board.