Dr Tiancun Xiao – The co-inventor of the technology, who has worked at the University of Oxford for the last 11 years, is currently Research Fellow, and is regarded as one of the leading authorities on Transition Metal catalysts. Dr Xiao is best known for co-founding Oxford Catalysts and floating it on the AIM in London in 2006 for £65m, this business now operates as Velocys. Dr Xiao has developed the science behind the catalyst system and has the know-how and ability to rapidly scale up production using a manufacturing business he founded and owns in China, thus retaining the know-how on the manufacturing systems required.
Wangjing Ma - Co-inventor of the Oxford Olefins technology. He is a recognised global expert in chemical reactions by photo catalytic methods, particularly olefin isomerization reaction. He has developed several photo-induced processes in the laboratory, published more than 40 publications and 16 patents, and presided over numerous multi-million pound projects. He will lead the development activities in NewCo.
Gordon Beckett – Is intended to be CEO of the NewCo. Gordon has many years of business and commercial management experience within numerous chemical organisations including, Shell Chemicals, BP Chemicals, Inspec, Dugussa, and INEOS. He was involved in the sale of a speciality chemical business for 11X earnings, the turnaround of a failing French manufacturing site improving EBITDA from -€1M to +€35M within 4 years ,and the management of a multisite polymers business with a €1Billion turnover.