Phil SmithExecutive Chairman +
Phil SmithExecutive Chairman
CBE, BSc, Hon LLD, DUniv., CEng, FIET
Phil Smith, CBE, BSc, Hon LLD, DUniv. FIET, joined the IQE Board in 2016 and took over as Chairman in April 2019 and Executive Chairman and Chair of the Nominations Committee in September 2021. Previously he has been appointed Chairman of Cisco for the UK in 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. Mr Smith was honoured in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List with the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Technology, Business and Skills.
Dr Andrew W NelsonPresident and Non-Executive Director +
Dr Andrew W NelsonPresident and Non-Executive Director
OBE, BSc, PhD, FREng
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 before transitioning to a Non-Executive Director with the title of President in September 2021. Dr Nelson has held several Non-Executive Directorship roles, 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.
Tim PullenChief Financial Officer +
Tim PullenChief Financial Officer
Tim Pullen joined IQE as the Chief Financial Officer in February 2019. Prior to this, Mr Pullen was the Chief Financial Official of Arm Limited, a global semiconductor and software design company owned by Softbank Group. Before joining Arm, he was Finance Director at O2 / Telefonica UK, where he held a variety of senior financial positions including responsibility for Technology Operations, B2B and Digital segments and Finance Operations. In connection with his time at O2, Mr. Pullen also held roles as a Non-Executive Director of Tesco Mobile, O2’s joint venture with Tesco Mobile, and was a Director of Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited, O2’s network sharing joint venture with Vodafone. Tim has also worked in a number of technology and services businesses, including Serco, Fujitsu and Dell. Mr Pullen is a Chartered Accountant and qualified with Ernst & Young.
Carol ChesneySenior Independent Director +
Carol ChesneySenior Independent Director
Chair of Audit Committee
Mrs Chesney, FCA, joined IQE's Board in May 2019 and was appointed as a Senior Independent Director in November 2020. Since October 2012 Mrs Chesney has served as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Renishaw plc. In addition, she is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committees of both Hunting plc and Biffa plc. Until 2018 Mrs Chesney served as the Company Secretary of Halma plc, a FTSE 100 health, safety and environmental technology group, having also served as the Group's Financial Controller. During her time at Halma, Mrs Chesney’s role included corporate governance, legal compliance, equity incentives, pensions, internal audit management, taxation, property, health and safety compliance, environmental reporting and anti-bribery and corruption compliance. Mrs Chesney is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and qualified with Arthur Andersen in the UK.
Sir Derek JonesNon-Executive Director +
Sir Derek JonesNon-Executive Director
Sir Derek Jones KCB is Chair of Keolis UK, the international transport company; he is also Chair of the Prince’s Trust in Wales. He is also an independent adviser at Cardiff University, where he is an Honorary Fellow and Professor, and a Vice President of Cardiff Business Club. Sir Derek was the Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government until February 2017. Sir Derek spent the earlier part of his government career in Whitehall, working at HM Treasury and the Department for Trade & Industry, where he headed the Far East Trade Desk. In government in Wales he also served as Director of Finance and Director of Economic Affairs, during which time he was instrumental in securing major inward investment projects, particularly from Japan and the USA. Outside government, Sir Derek was Director of Business & Strategic Partnerships at Cardiff University, responsible for securing long-term collaborations with the private sector. He was made Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2009 and subsequently Knight Commander (KCB) in 2014, for services to economic and social conditions.
Sir David GrantNon-Executive Director +
Sir David GrantNon-Executive Director
CBE, PhD, FREng, FLSW, CEng, FIET
Chair of Remuneration Committee, Chair of Nominations Committee
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 and he previously 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 Institute of Engineering and Technology, 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 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Technology, Business and Skills.
Victoria HullNon-Executive Director +
Victoria HullNon-Executive Director
An experienced Non-Executive Director, Victoria is currently serving Non-Executive Directorship and Remuneration Committee roles for listed technological companies including Alphawave IP Group plc and Network International Holdings plc. Victoria is also the Senior Independent Director for Ultra Electronics Holdings plc. Prior to these appointments, Victoria held an executive directorship at Invensys, now Schneider Electric. Having worked in a variety of global companies at Executive Committee or Board level, her appointment to the Board of IQE brings an extensive understanding of legal, commercial and governance matters. Victoria has a strong background in corporate finance and began her career as a trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP.