Board Members

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    Phil Smith, BSc, Hon LLD, DUniv. FIET Non-Executive Director

    Phil Smith BSc, Hon LLD, DUniv. FIET, became Chairman of Cisco for the UK and Ireland in August 2016, after eight years as Chief Executive. Mr Smith is also the Chairman of Innovate UK and Chairman of the Tech Partnership. Additionally, he sits on the Board of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB). Mr Smith has a thirty- five year track record in the technology industry in leading companies including Philips Electronics and IBM. As Chief Executive and now Chairman of Cisco, he leads around 5,500 people in the UK and Ireland. He created Cisco’s British Innovation Gateway (BIG) programme, as a legacy of London 2012 to spark nationwide ingenuity, ambition and growth through technology entrepreneurship. In September 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University, cited for his outstanding contribution to the IT industry, a “leader among leaders”. In March 2015 Mr Smith was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Warwick and in 2016 an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by his alma mater, Glasgow University.

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    Dr Godfrey H H Ainsworth, BSc, PhD, FCA Non-Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Audit Committee

    Dr Godfrey Ainsworth qualified as a Chartered Accountant and was employed by Coopers & Lybrand before becoming an audit partner and then corporate finance partner with Spicer & Oppenheim. He founded Gambit Corporate Finance in 1992, a practice specialising in the provision of corporate finance services where he was Managing Partner until his retirement from the firm on 30 November 2009. He has held several Non-Executive Directorship appointments, including assignments for 3i plc and the Welsh Development Agency. He has provided advice to IQE (formerly EPI) since its inception and was appointed to the Board in 1997. He was appointed to the Board of IQE Plc in April 1999, and was appointed chairman in February 2002.

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    Dr Andrew W Nelson OBE, BSc, PhD, FREng President and Chief Executive Officer

    Dr Drew Nelson has over 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry in a variety of research and managerial positions. Following a PhD in Semiconductor Physics, he joined BT Research Laboratories in 1981, leading the group responsible for the development of advanced optoelectronic devices for optical fibre communications. He subsequently managed the technology transfer from BT to Agilent for mass production. He co-founded EPI in 1988 (which became IQE in 1999) and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of IQE Plc in April 1999. Dr Nelson has held several Non-Executive Directorship appointments, and served on several Government and Industry bodies. He received an OBE in 2001 for services to the Electronics Industry. He is currently a member of the High Level Group appointed by the EC to oversee the implementation of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) throughout Europe.

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    Phillip J Rasmussen BSc, ACA Group Finance Director and Company Secretary

    Phillip Rasmussen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand, a predecessor firm of PwC. During his career with PwC he spent two years in Toronto, Canada and gained significant experience of working with and advising a broad range of companies in a variety of sectors, including multinational main market and AIM listed companies. Before joining IQE, Mr Rasmussen was Director of Transaction Services with PwC in Bristol and worked with IQE on two major acquisitions during 2006. He was appointed to the Board of IQE Plc in March 2007 and appointed as Company Secretary in January 2009.

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    Dr Howard Williams BSc, PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MCIBSE Operations Director

    Dr Howard Williams has held a number of positions within both Manufacturing and Service industry sectors, with roles ranging from Engineering Management to General Management. He was a member of the founding team of EPI in 1988 and was appointed Operations Director for EPI in 1996. He was appointed General Manager of IQE Inc in 2002 and General Manager of IQE (Europe) Limited in 2003. He was subsequently appointed Chief Operations Officer in 2004 and was appointed to the Board of IQE Plc as Operations Director in December 2004.

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    Simon J Gibson OBE Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

    Simon is Chief Executive of Wesley Clover Corporation. Wesley Clover is an investment vehicle and holding company. He has broad management experience in high-technology industries in both North America and Europe. Before joining Wesley Clover, he was co founder, President and CEO of Ubiquity Software Corporation. Ubiquity was acquired by Avaya Inc in 2007. Prior to Ubiquity he held senior management roles at Newbridge Networks and Mitel. He is the Chairman and founder of the Alacrity Foundation, a graduate entrepreneurship program which operates in the UK and Canada. The Foundation provides young people with post graduate education, opportunity alignment and access to capital; with the objective of creating a new companies. He was appointed to the Board of IQE in January 2002.

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    Sir David Grant PhD, CBE, FREng, FLSW, CEng, FIET Senior Independent Director

    Sir David Grant has a background in engineering and technology and was appointed to the Board of IQE Plc in September 2012. He was Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University from 2001 to 2012. Previously he held leadership positions in a number of international businesses including United Technologies Corp., Dowty Group plc and GEC plc. He has been a Vice-President of the IET, and was a Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2007 to 2012. He was awarded the IEE's Mensforth Gold Medal in 1996 and in 1997 he was made a CBE for his contribution to the UK's Foresight Programme. He has a PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Durham. Sir Grant was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to engineering, technology, and skills.