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

Dr Chris Martin

Chairman

Chris is the Tokamak Energy Chairman and a non-executive director. He is an innovative entrepreneur with considerable international experience successfully…

Chris 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.

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Chris Kelsall

Chris Kelsall

CEO

Chris was appointed interim Chief Executive in May 2021. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer, following his appointment to…

Chris was appointed interim Chief Executive in May 2021. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer, following his appointment to the Board of Directors in 2020.

Chris has 30 years’ international experience spanning commercial, financial, legal, operational and business transformation roles. This includes leadership positions in private and listed companies in the energy sector.

As Chief Operating Officer for HSBC Global Banking Europe, Chris was responsible for operational delivery and risk management in countries, including the major hubs in the UK, France and Germany. He also led the delivery of major business transformation projects within the bank, including Brexit.

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 financing solutions.

Subsequently, between 2009 and 2017, he held executive and non-executive finance and commercial leadership roles in listed companies in the UK, Australia and the Middle East.

Chris holds degrees in Economics and Law, with a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

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Dr David Kingham

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.

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Dr Mikhail Gryaznevich

Dr Mikhail Gryaznevich

Chief Scientist

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.

 

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Jonathan Carling

Jonathan Carling

Non Executive Director

Jonathan has been a non-Executive Director since May 2021 when he stepped down as CEO, having served in that role…

Jonathan has been a non-Executive Director since May 2021 when he stepped down as CEO, having served in that role since 2017.

Jonathan is a 1st class graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of London and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Jonathan previously worked at Rolls Royce where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer (Civil Large Engines), responsible for the development, production, and servicing of Rolls-Royce’s Trent jet engine family.

He is also former Chief Operating Officer at Aston Martin Lagonda, where he was responsible for all product development, production, and supply chain activities.

Jonathan spent more than 20 years at Jaguar Land Rover, latterly as a Chief Engineer leading the development of a number of new vehicles.

He is a non-Executive Director at Zotefoams plc and was previously a non-Executive Director at Aga Rangemaster plc.

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Erik Bonino

Erik Bonino

Non Executive Director

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.

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David Gray

David Gray

Non Executive Director

David Gray joined Tokamak Energy as a non-executive Director in October 2019. David Gray spent 30 years working in financial…

David Gray joined Tokamak Energy as a non-executive Director in October 2019.

David Gray 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. Mutual 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 Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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.
David has also been a non-executive Director for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) since 2009. The CAA is responsible for aviation safety and security; the economic regulation of air traffic control and the major airports; and consumer protection.

David has previously held non-executive roles for various organisations including Pitkin Petroleum plc and Halite Energy plc.

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Senior management

Simon Stevens

Simon Stevens

Engineering and Programmes Director

In April 2019, Simon joined Tokamak Energy as our Director for Engineering and Programmes, responsible for shaping the engineering organisation…

In April 2019, Simon joined Tokamak Energy as our Director for Engineering and Programmes, responsible for shaping the engineering organisation and programme processes to deliver our future goals.

Simon graduated from the University of Cambridge and went on to gain his PhD from the University of Nottingham in which he studied the use of AI in engine combustion control.

Previously, Simon has led both technical and business growth programmes. He spent more than 10 years in China as the regional head of Ricardo and as a founding member of Jaguar Land Rover’s joint venture leadership team. He has significant experience of establishing large scale programme processes concurrent with delivery as well as leading teams through organisational growth.

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Rachel Wall

Rachel Wall

Finance Director

Rachel is Tokamak Energy’s Finance Director. She is a chartered accountant with more than 10 years’ experience in financial strategy,…

Rachel is Tokamak Energy’s Finance Director. She is a chartered accountant with more than 10 years’ experience in financial strategy, financial management and reporting, audit, accountancy and tax.

As a dedicated and thorough FD, she ensures that shareholders will receive the best return on investment possible, that shareholder assets are protected and cash is effectively managed to enable the achievement of technological milestones.

Rachel has successfully strengthened internal controls, introduced new financial systems and supported many investment rounds, as well as supported project managers with both short- and long-term financial planning.

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Dr Ross Morgan

Dr Ross Morgan

Senior Commercial Manager

Ross joined Tokamak Energy in 2016 and is responsible for directing the company’s overall commercial and intellectual property strategy. He…

Ross joined Tokamak Energy in 2016 and is responsible for directing the company’s overall commercial and intellectual property strategy. He has more than 20 years’ experience in developing and commercialising new technologies.

With a BSC(Hons) in Chemistry and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Bristol, Ross started working on plasma systems at Culham in 1996. Since then, he has held numerous general and commercial management roles at AEA Technology, Accentus plc and CompactGTL Ltd. His achievements have included establishing and managing pilot plant operations and putting in place key strategic relationships with major industrial players within the automotive, energy and oil and gas industries.

In his most recent role at CompactGTL, a privately funded start-up operating in the oil and gas sector, Ross was responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s intellectual property strategy as well as negotiating multi-million dollar agreements with customers, partners and suppliers in Europe, North and South America and Asia.

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Rob Slade

Rob Slade

Director, Technology Development

Rob Slade is a Physics graduate with 33 years of experience in the industrial application of electromagnetic technology at the…

Rob Slade is a Physics graduate with 33 years of experience in the industrial application of electromagnetic technology at the system level. Rob joined us in April 2016 having worked at Rolls Royce, Oxford Instruments & Siemens in a variety of engineering and management roles. More recently, at Robinson Research in New Zealand, he developed novel MRI systems using HTS technology.

Rob has developed considerable experience in balancing technical risk against the need to make rapid progress in a cost-effective way during his career, and has developed several commercial products in diverse fields from medical healthcare to down-hole oil-field instrumentation. He is a named inventor in over 30 patent families, and has had a life long interest in breakthrough technologies.

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