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.

We have established a 40-strong team of full-time scientists and engineers that are vastly experienced in the design and development of spherical tokamaks and high temperature superconductors. Led by an experienced management team, they have written over 20 families of patents on the technology alone.

 

Ably supported by a skilled business support team, our scientists and engineers have found the confidence and freedom to successfully explore the development of our own compact, spherical tokamak to the point where we are now mid-way through our exciting journey and continuing to make ground-breaking progress.



Board of directors

Dr Chris Martin

Dr Chris Martin

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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Jonathan Carling

Jonathan Carling

Jonathan joined Tokamak Energy in November 2017 as our Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of our board…

Jonathan joined Tokamak Energy in November 2017 as our Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of our board of directors.

Jonathan is a 1st class graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of London and joined us after spending six years at Rolls Royce where he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer (Civil Large Engines) and Executive Vice-President.

He is also former Chief Operating Officer at Aston Martin Lagonda and spent more than 20 years at Jaguar Land Rover where he was latterly the Chief Engineer.

Jonathan is an experienced international business leader and brings a unique blend of strategic, financial, technical, operational and brand know-how to Tokamak Energy.

His skills in delivering technical and operational excellence, together with his ability to lead our talented team, will help us as we continue to deliver against our target of achieving a faster way to fusion.

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Dr David Kingham

Dr David Kingham

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

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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Senior management

Jonathan Carling

Jonathan Carling

CEO

Jonathan joined Tokamak Energy in November 2017 as our Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of our board…

Jonathan joined Tokamak Energy in November 2017 as our Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of our board of directors.

Jonathan is a 1st class graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of London and joined us after spending six years at Rolls Royce where he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer (Civil Large Engines) and Executive Vice-President.

He is also former Chief Operating Officer at Aston Martin Lagonda and spent more than 20 years at Jaguar Land Rover where he was latterly the Chief Engineer.

Jonathan is an experienced international business leader and brings a unique blend of strategic, financial, technical, operational and brand know-how to Tokamak Energy.

His skills in delivering technical and operational excellence, together with his ability to lead our talented team, will help us as we continue to deliver against our target of achieving a faster way to fusion.

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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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Paul Noonan

Paul Noonan

R & D Director

Paul is a physics graduate and joined us in March 2015 having worked at Oxford Instruments and then Agilent Technologies…

Paul is a physics graduate and joined us in March 2015 having worked at Oxford Instruments and then Agilent Technologies for nearly 30 years in a variety of engineering and management roles. Prior to this, he worked on magnetic confinement fusion at UKAEA Culham Laboratories.

He has developed considerable experience in balancing technical risk against the need to make rapid progress in a cost-effective way during his work on commercial MRI, NMR and other cryogenic products.  Paul has deep technical expertise in the areas of superconductivity and cryogenics.

He is passionate about using science and technology to solve real world problems. He is passionate about working at the interface between physics and engineering to turn scientific possibility into practical, commercial products.

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Rachel Wall

Rachel Wall

Financial Controller

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

Rachel is Tokamak Energy’s Financial Controller. 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 FC, 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 our CEO during several 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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