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Matthew Durdy

CEO of Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Matthew has been part of the founding team of Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult since 2012, taking on the post of CEO in 2020. Prior to this, he was Chief Business Officer responsible for the strategy, communications, marketing, and business development.

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Martin McHugh

CEO of Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult

Martin McHugh is Chief Executive of the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult driving its approach to accelerate the UK industry’s ability to exploit advancements in compound semiconductor technologies,

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Nicola Yates

CEO of Connected Places Catapult

Previously, Nicola was Chief Executive at Bristol City Council, Hull City Council and North Shropshire District Council and amongst multiple successes in delivering local economic prosperity.

Jeremy Silver

CEO of Digital Catapult

Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult, is an entrepreneur, author and angel investor. He is a Trustee of the British Library and a member of the UK Creative Industries Council. Jeremy sits on the boards of HammerheadVR Ltd, Imaginarium Studios Ltd and FeedForward.AI.

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Guy Newey

CEO of Energy Systems Catapult

Guy was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Energy Systems Catapult, the innovation business, in June 2022. Guy joined Energy Systems Catapult in 2018 as Director of Strategy after working as an energy and political adviser to two UK Government Secretaries of State; Greg Clark and Amber Rudd.

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Katherine Bennett

Chair of the Catapult Network & CEO of High Value Manufacturing Catapult

A proud ambassador of British industry, Katherine Bennett joined the HVM Catapult as CEO in June 2021 after 16 years at Airbus where she was a Senior Vice President.

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Chris Molloy

CEO of Medicines Discovery Catapult

Chris Molloy has a 30-year international board and executive career across a unique range of life sciences R&D disciplines. His career began in preclinical research at Glaxo, where he was closely involved with the industrialisation of high throughput discovery. In 2004 he moved to Asia as COO of MerLion Pharmaceuticals, a Singaporean biotech that developed into an award-winning multinational anti-infectives R&D biotech.

Andrew Jamieson

CEO of Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Andrew is Chief Executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, a UK-wide technology and innovation centre supporting businesses to accelerate the design, deployment and commercialisation of offshore renewable energy – wind, wave, and tidal power. The Catapult provides deep technical expertise and market pathway support alongside large-scale plant test capabilities, enabling UK supply chain growth from SMEs to the world’s largest companies.

John Abbott

CEO of Satellite Applications Catapult

John Abbott is the new CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult. He joined the Catapult from the Real Estate Registry in Saudi Arabia, where he was Chief Digital Officer. John was instrumental in the delivery of the Kingdom’s first ever registry of land ownership as part of a public-private partnership supported by the Public Investment Fund.