Developing the cutting-edge technology that’s required to achieve commercially-viable fusion energy is a massive task.
It requires scientific thinking and knowledge, specialist expertise and serious determination. We have these in abundance at Tokamak Energy.
Our team of engineers and scientists are led by an experienced management team.
Board of directors
Dr Chris Martin
Chris Martin is the Tokamak Energy Chairman and a non-executive director. He is an innovative entrepreneur with considerable international experience…
Chris Martin is the Tokamak Energy Chairman and a non-executive director. He is an innovative entrepreneur with considerable international experience successfully growing businesses in the medical technology, energy and environmental sectors.
As well as leading our business and being accountable to Tokamak Energy’s shareholders and investors, Chris is also the CEO at Swiss-based ADC Therapeutics which is focused on the development of proprietary Antibody Drug Conjugates for the treatment of both solid and hematalogical cancers.
Chris is a Sainsbury Management Fellow and he holds an MBA degree from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also has a D.Phil. degree in Chemical Engineering from Oxford University.
Chris Kelsall was appointed interim Chief Executive of Tokamak Energy in May 2021. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer,…
Chris Kelsall was appointed interim Chief Executive of Tokamak Energy in May 2021. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer, following his appointment to the Board of Directors in 2020.
Chris has over 30 years’ international experience spanning business development, financing, operational and transformation roles. This includes leadership positions in private and listed companies in the energy sector.
In prior financing and advisory roles at ABN AMRO Rothschild and Deutsche Bank, in London, Sydney and Hong Kong, Chris worked closely with a wide range of private and public sector management teams and Boards to deliver international capital markets and financing solutions.
Subsequently, between 2009 and 2017, he held several executive and non-executive finance and commercial leadership roles in listed companies in the UK, Australia and the Middle East.
More recently, as Chief Operating Officer for HSBC Global Banking Europe, Chris was responsible for risk management and operations, including the major hubs in the UK and France. He also led the delivery of business transformation programmes, including Brexit.
Chris holds degrees in Economics and Law, in addition to a Master of Finance from London Business School.
Dr David Kingham
Executive Vice Chairman
David is our Executive Vice Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer. He is an integral part of our management team…
David is our Executive Vice Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer. He is an integral part of our management team and one of our board members.
A trained theoretical physicist, he was one of the Founders of the business and became our CEO in 2009 having spent almost two decades as the Managing Director of Oxford Innovation, a company that has supported hundreds of successful new technology ventures.
David successfully led Tokamak Energy through three investment rounds and worked with colleagues and investors to mastermind an ambitious, yet achievable, business plan to drive innovation and accelerate the development of our fusion energy mission.
David’s ample experience has proved invaluable in growing and directing the business. He is a former Chairman of the R&D Society and has been a director at various high technology and knowledge-based start-ups. He has also won and delivered major contracts aimed at supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth at regional and international levels.
Dr Mikhail Gryaznevich
Mikhail is a founder of Tokamak Energy, the Chief Scientist and a member of our executive board. He is a…
Mikhail is a founder of Tokamak Energy, the Chief Scientist and a member of our executive board. He is a leading global authority on tokamaks and has performed experiments on 16 different tokamak during his distinguished career.
After graduating with an Honours Diploma in Plasma Physics from the Leningrad University in his homeland, Mikhail earned a PhD in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion from the USSR Academy of Science. In 1990, he joined the Culham Laboratory in Abingdon and has been responsible for leading experimental programmes, preparing and performing experiments, designing, constructing and operating tokamak systems and diagnostics, as well as supervising students and scientific and engineering personnel.
Mikhail is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College in London and an editorial board member for the Plasma Science & Technology Journal and the Open Plasma Physics Journal. He regularly lectures about the physics behind spherical tokamaks at universities and plasma physics schools across the world.
Erik Bonino joined Tokamak Energy as a Non-Executive Director in January 2021. Erik has over 30 years’ international experience in…
Erik Bonino joined Tokamak Energy as a Non-Executive Director in January 2021.
Erik has over 30 years’ international experience in the energy sector in operations, major projects and technology development.
Erik is currently Chair of Bute Energy, a developer of onshore wind farms and solar parks. He is also a mentor to Imperial College London’s IVMS program where he advises a number of technology start-up companies in energy and related fields.
Erik retired from Shell in August 2018, where he held the roles of UK Country Chair and Executive Vice President of Downstream Technologies. His portfolio included Shell’s Catalyst and Licensing business through which he developed Shell’s bio-fuel technology. He also established Shell’s Global technology campus in Bengaluru, India. Prior to this he served as the Executive Vice President of Project and Engineering Services with responsibility for the delivery of new production facilities, technology and technical support for both the Upstream and Downstream Businesses.
Prior to joining Shell in 2002 Erik spent 18 years in the oil and gas industry, first in the leadership of major capital projects and then in management consulting as Vice President of Energy and Utilities with Cap Gemini Ernst and Young. As a senior consultant he has advised many blue-chip energy companies on operational performance improvement and has led utility privatisations in Europe.
Erik holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Southampton University. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
David Gray CBE
David Gray joined Tokamak Energy as a Non-Executive Director in October 2019. He has spent 30 years working in financial…
David Gray joined Tokamak Energy as a Non-Executive Director in October 2019.
He has spent 30 years working in financial markets, mainly with HSBC, and has extensive experience of the energy sector including advisory roles on the initial privatisations of British Gas and the electricity sector.
He is currently Chair of Mutual Energy and the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC). Mutual Energy is an energy infrastructure company based in Northern Ireland. It owns the electricity and gas interconnectors between Scotland and Northern Ireland together with gas transmission assets in both countries. The EIC acts as an intermediary between innovators and energy network companies to optimise the effective adoption of innovative solutions by the industry.
David was previously Chair of the Gas & Electricity Markets Authority (the board of the energy regulator, Ofgem) from 2013 – 2018 and was Ofgem’s Managing Director, Networks from 2003 – 2007. After leaving Ofgem in 2008 he was a member of a panel advising the Department for Transport on the economic regulation of airports and subsequently led a review of Ofwat on behalf of DEFRA and the Welsh Assembly Government. He was also a non-executive Director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) from 2009 to 2019.
Sir David Harding
Sir David Harding joined Tokamak Energy as a non-executive Director in March 2022. He is the Founder and Chief Executive…
Sir David Harding joined Tokamak Energy as a non-executive Director in March 2022. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Winton Group Limited.
Sir David graduated from Cambridge University with a First Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences specialising in Theoretical Physics. He then embarked on a career in the analysis of futures and trading markets, which led him to co-found Adam, Harding and Lueck Ltd in 1987 with Martin Lueck and Michael Adam. AHL rapidly became one of the leading commodity trading advisors in the UK and was acquired by Man Group plc in 1994. Sir David left Man Group plc in 1996 and in February 1997, he co-founded Winton with Martin Hunt and Osman Murgian with a commitment to applying financial mathematics and empirical scientific research to creating and developing trading systems for the financial markets.
Sir David has endowed a number of significant projects principally supporting the funding of basic science research in the UK and around the world, including the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge and the Winton Bio-informatics Suite at the Francis Crick Institute. In 2019, Sir David’s foundation gave US$130 million to Cambridge University.
He sits on the Advisory Board of the Royal Society and the University of Cambridge Development Board, and is an honorary Fellow of the Science Museum, and of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.