G-TT is a marine technology start-up which in a key strategic move appointed Cambridge Consultants to help with the development of its tidal stream turbines. G-TT promises to revolutionise tidal energy in the same way that jet engines changed the face of aviation. Its turbines use natural water movement to tap energy from the tidal stream, helping to bring more cost effective renewable energy to the world.
Q10 Talking Heads
Influential company bosses in Cambridge & the East of England in focus in our personalised Q&A.
Matthew Borg is the co-managing partner of Information Transfer, a learning technology and training consultancy company based on Newmarket Road in the heart of Cambridge. Its international clients include household names such as Nestlé, GlaxoSmithKline, United Biscuits, Cotswold Outdoor, Priory Group and Thames Valley Police. This year the company celebrates 30 years at the forefront of training innovation and is actively recruiting.
On November 1, 2010, Andrew Herbert, managing director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, was promoted to chairman of Microsoft Research EMEA, and Andrew Blake, deputy managing director of the facility, was named Herbert’s successor. Blake came to the job with a sterling reputation, renowned in computer-science circles for his expertise in computer vision. This article is reproduced with kind permission of Microsoft Research, Cambridge.
Peter Cowley, Camdata founder and investment director of Martlet, the new angel investment vehicle launched by Marshall of Cambridge
The company: Martlet is a new corporate angel initiative launched by Marshall of Cambridge designed to fire a fresh spurt of growth for the regional economy. Investments will be made primarily in companies within Greater Cambridge and East Anglia at an early stage, with sums of £25,000 to £100,000 being injected in each selected opportunity.
Shell Springboard 2011 Award winner, Cambridge Carbon Capture, is developing a unique electrochemical CO2-mineralisation technology to tackle the global problems of cheaply converting fossil fuels to carbon-free electricity and sequestering carbon dioxide safely and permanently. CTO, Michael Priestnall (pictured), had the initial idea that the natural carbon-silicate cycle – in which limestone is formed from the reactions of carbon dioxide with volcanic rocks – could be executed very rapidly and efficiently using a fuel cell.
David Jaggard established Fluid two years ago with fellow IT consultant and security expert John Baines to provide plain-speaking support to companies where secure, reliable and cost-efficient IT systems are vital to the business. Fluid provides pragmatic advice on IT strategy, data security and support for mobile working. It also offers proactive IT support and trouble-shooting expertise aimed at keeping the business up and running.
ABOUT DR SOPHIEN KAMOUN: Dr Kamoun received his B.S. degree from Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France. He then attended the University of California at Davis, where he received his Ph.D. in Genetics in 1991. He then was a postdoctoral fellow at the NSF Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens, UC Davis, and at the Department of Phytopathology, Wageningen University, Netherlands.
Key Capital Partners (KCP) launched in 2007 to address the ‘equity gap’, making investments of between £1m and £10m in profitable, growing UK companies. The firm operates nationally from offices in Birmingham, Cambridge and Leeds and has made seven investments since closing its maiden £100m fund. KCP’s portfolio includes contemporary furniture and home accessories retailer, Dwell, manufacturer of soups and sauces and the Glorious! brand, TSC Foods, and street fashion business, Fly53.
- Andrew Webster of websters in Cambridge
- Stuart Newman, PwC’s Cambridge office senior partner
- Andy Fisher, founder of ipatter.com
- Tony Jones, director of business development, One Nucleus
- Chris Bayne, managing director for Access UK & Ireland
- Dr Shai Vyakarnam, co-founder of AcceleratorIndia
- Martyn Hanlon, commercial director of Redd&Whyte
- Tony King-Smith, VP Marketing at Imagination Technologies
- Matthew Young, founder of Oval Medical Technologies
- Dr Anne Blackwood, chief executive, Health Enterprise East
- Celia Hodson, Chief Executive, Choose Suffolk
- Sam Weller, chairman of GCP's international relations forum
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