Prof. Keith Jackson


Keith has had a wide ranging and successful career in companies varying from start-ups to multinationals. He founded and grew an automotive control systems company whose engine control systems are used on millions of vehicles around the world. Following the sale of the company to a major OEM he joined Rolls Royce Engines PLC where he worked as Chief Technology Officer in the electrical power and control systems group and later became the Chief Technology Officer at Meggitt PLC until May 2019.

As well as the Chairman of Ilika, Keith is a Professor at Sheffield University’s Automated Control and Systems Engineering department and advises a number of companies on their technologies and strategy.

Keith is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a previous Rolls Royce Engineering Fellow and Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow. He is a Computer Science graduate from University College London.

Graeme Purdy

Chief Executive Officer

Graeme was appointed to head-up Ilika from the beginning of May 2004, just before completion of the company's seed round of funding. He led the company through two successful rounds of venture funding before floating the company on AIM in 2010.

Prior to joining Ilika, Graeme was Chief Operating Officer of a high-technology company in the Netherlands and before that worked internationally in a variety of technical and commercial roles for Shell. Graeme holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD business school in France. Graeme is a Chartered Engineer and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.

Stephen Boydell

Finance Director

Having qualified with Deloittes in 1996, Stephen held a number of acquisition, treasury and group reporting roles at both Hays plc, a diversified commercial, logistics and personnel group, and then AGI Media, a global creative packaging group. He then become Finance Director of Healthy Direct, a successful Guernsey- based group of companies, producing and supplying vitamins and supplements to the UK market. He was instrumental in the restructuring of that group and its subsequent trade sale to a competitor. He joined Ilika in 2009 as Finance Director and Company Secretary.

Stephen studied Economics at Nottingham University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Prof. Brian Hayden

Chief Scientific Officer

Brian is a founder of Ilika and holds the executive role of Chief Scientific Officer. He is also professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Southampton, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a member of the International Editorial Board of Surface Science.

Brian is a pioneer of surface science with a strong track record in running successful industrial collaborations and has published in excess of 100 papers in the fields of surface science, surface electrochemistry and fundamental aspects of heterogeneous catalysis and electro-catalysis.

He is also the author of over 12 active patents including new catalysts and materials for low temperature fuel cells and solid state Li-ion batteries.

Clare Spottiswoode CBE

Non-Executive Director

Clare's career started as an economist with the Treasury before establishing her own software company.

She is perhaps best known for her role as Director General of Ofgas between 1993 and 1998 where she oversaw the transformation of the gas industry from a monopoly, which controlled the whole gas supply chain, into a deregulated, competitive industry.

Clare was a commissioner on the Independent Commission on Banking Chaired by John Vickers, and currently chairs Xoserve and Naftogaz. She is also a non-executive director of BW Offshore, Gas Strategies Group Limited and Just Group plc. Awarded a CBE for services to industry in 1999, she holds degrees from Cambridge and Yale Universities and has an honorary doctorate from Brunel.

Jeremy Millard

Non-Executive Director

Jeremy has nearly 20 years' investment banking experience and was previously a partner at Smith Square Partners LLP where he provided strategic and corporate advice to clients in the science, technology and telecommunications sectors, prior to which he headed up the technology practice at Rothschild in London. Jeremy is currently a Non-Executive Director and chairman of the audit committee of AIM-listed Idox plc, a Non-Executive Director of Blackbullion Limited, Omega Diagnostics and a Director of Iridium Corporate Finance Limited. Previous Directorships over the last 5 years have included, Solar Communications Group Limited, Solar Communications Limited, Smith Square Partners LLP and 6PM Holdings PLC.

Monika Biddulph

Non-Executive Director

Until August 2018, Monika was a member of the Senior Leadership Team IP Product Groups at ARM Holdings plc (‘ARM’), responsible for driving the execution of the product roadmaps across all lines of business and central engineering. In over twenty years at ARM, Monika held various General Manager and licensing roles in the business. She was previously NED at Linaro Limited, an open source software organisation. Monika holds a PhD in Physics from the ETH Zurich.