With more than 20 years of experience in technology research, manufacturing and product development, Mr. Veninger oversees CDT’s commercial, strategic and technical operations as General Manager.
Prior to joining CDT, Mr. Veninger served in various senior management and executive roles at Philips, including Vice President of Operational Excellence for Philips Semiconductors Division. During his tenure at Philips, Mr. Veninger was Vice President and General Manager of its Emerging Display Technologies division from 2002 to 2005, the Philips entity responsible for the OLED and E-Ink displays businesses, and which commercialised CDT’s technology in the form of shaver screens and cell phone sub-displays.
Dr Burroughes made the first observation of light emission from solution processable conjugated polymers. A patent was filed by Dr Burroughes and his research fellows shortly afterwards.
With more than fifteen years’ research experience in conjugated polymer science and semiconductor technologies, Dr Burroughes joined CDT in 1997 to manage its new research group. He became Product Business Unit Director in 2000, and Chief Technology Officer in 2001.
Previously, Dr Burroughes spent six years with Toshiba in the UK and Japan where he worked on quantum electronic and opto-electronic devices fabricated using GaAs or InP regrowth technology.
Ilesh gained a BSc in Applied Chemistry from Salford and completed his PhD in Organic Chemistry at Bristol before moving to Strasbourg as a post-doc researcher at the University Louis Pasteur.
Returning to the UK, Dr Bidd joined ICI as a Research Chemist. He later held a number of research management positions at Zeneca Specialities before moving to Avecia as Director of Research and Technology for their Ink Jet Printing Materials business. Most recently, Dr Bidd has held the position of VP, Research and Technology for Fujifilm Imaging Colourants.
In his role as VP, Research and Intellectual Property with CDT, he provides strategic leadership and operational management for all the activities across Research, alongside the enforcement and development of the company’s intellectual property strategy.
Ilaria was educated in France, gaining a degree in Chemical Engineering in Rouen and a PhD in Montpellier in Material Science.
Ilaria has a strong technical background in polymer science and devices. She has been involved with CDT for over 15 years and has contributed to different aspects of technology development. Until 2004, she was responsible for characterization of conjugate polymers, then led the device physics team supporting material development until 2009, becoming responsible for the development of IJP devices. In 2011 Ilaria was appointed Vice President, Technology Development and is responsible for shaping the development of device technology for P-OLED.
Emma Jones is responsible for leading the Human Resources function as well as managing the facilities functions in the UK.
Prior to joining CDT, Ms Jones was head of Human Resources at Amgen Limited, a UK subsidiary of Amgen Inc, the US bio-pharmaceutical company, where she was responsible for the management of the Human Resources function.
Ms Jones has a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies from the University of Sheffield.
Junichi Sekihachi is responsible for Technology Planning and supports R&D collaboration between Sumitomo and CDT’s technical functions.
Mr. Sekihachi has 20 years experience with Sumitomo Chemical in R&D, manufacturing and at their New York office. Prior to joining CDT in 2008, Mr. Sekihachi was in charge of the Sumitomo Chemical OLED business, and held a management role within Sumitomo’s Planning & Coordination Office. Mr. Sekihachi has an MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Osaka University, Japan.
Hilary Charles gained a LLB (Hons) from Lancashire Polytechnic before completing her Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Chester. From here she gained her Articles of Clerkship in private practice, qualifying as a solicitor in 1990.
After qualifying, Ms Charles worked for Abbey National in their Commercial Litigation department, before joining ARM in 1995 as Senior Corporate Counsel. She remained with ARM until 2002, supporting them through their IPO on both the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. More recently, Ms Charles worked with nCipher, another Cambridge based hi-tech start up company, as General Counsel.