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Meet the Catapult Network Leadership Team

Matthew Durdy
Chair of the Catapult Network & 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. He is credited with leading the design and implementation of the commercial model for the highly successful Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Stevenage Manufacturing Innovation Centre and being a global champion for the early integration of healthcare economics and reimbursement expertise into decision-making and clinical product design. He began his career in international investment banking and venture capital and has successfully invested in and managed a number of biotechnology SMEs and regional operations of multinational organisations. He has an MA from the University of Oxford in Pure and Applied Biology, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity Parkinson’s UK.

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, Martin has over 30 years’ experience in technical and business development roles covering both Europe and North America. He is a patent holder and has spoken at international conferences in North America and Europe on Advanced Packaging in the area of Medical Implantable Devices. With 15 years’ experience in collaborative research and development, Martin has been engaged in 30 programs with a total project value of £50M covering Advanced Packaging, Embedded Die Technology, High Temperature Electronics and Wafer Scale Modules while at Microsemi. He sits on the Industrial Advisory Board for the School of Engineering at Cardiff University and is active member of Compound Semiconductor Cluster in South Wales.

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, she helped establish the internationally recognised ‘Bristol is Open’ initiative in 2014, working with Nokia, NEC, and Interdigital Ltd. She is currently a trustee for the independent policy think tank ‘Centre for Cities’ and is a member of SOLACE – Society for Local Authority Chief Executives and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Nicola received an OBE in 2010 for services to local government.

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. He was previously Executive Chairman of Semetric (acquired by Apple), Founder CEO of Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), a strategic advisor to Shazam (acquired by Apple), and CEO of Sibelius Software (acquired by Avid). Jeremy was Worldwide Vice-President of New Media for EMI Group in Los Angeles and Head of Media at Virgin Records where he worked with Genesis, Massive Attack, Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry, among others. His book “Digital Medieval” is a history of the music industry online. He has spoken at TEDx Houses of Parliament, the CBI, SXSW and Midem among many trade events. He is an Industry Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

Guy Newey
CEO of Energy Systems Catapult

Guy Newey is Cheif Executive Officer at Energy Systems Catapult, the independent innovation agency. He was Director of Strategy and Performance at Energy Systems Catapult for 4 years before becoming CEO. He joined Energy Systems Catapult in 2018 after roles as Energy and Climate Adviser to Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary of State, Greg Clark, and as a Special Adviser to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd. In Government, he was involved in many key decisions, including closing the UK’s coal-fired power stations, greater independence for the electricity system operator, and as an architect of the Clean Growth Strategy. Before joining Government, he was Head of Policy at energy supplier, OVO Energy and worked at the think tank, Policy Exchange, where he was Head of Environment and Energy. He was previously a journalist, including three years as a foreign correspondent in Hong Kong for the newswire, AFP. He is a non-executive director with UK100, a charity campaigning for greater environmental action by local authorities.

Katherine Bennett
CEO of High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Katherine’s role as the HVM Catapult CEO started in June 2021.  Prior to this, Katherine was the Senior Vice President of Airbus leading the company’s external engagement and strategy in the UK. She also worked at Vauxhall Motors government affairs and at Hill and Knowlton Public Relations. Katherine was awarded the Order of Commander of the British Empire in 2019 for services to the aerospace and aviation sector.  She has served on various boards of public/private enterprises. She is Vice President, Aerospace on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association), on the Board of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy) and of the Wales Government Science and Innovation Council. Chair of the Western Gateway, a cross government and local authority initiative to promote economic growth across south Wales and the West of England. Katherine managed the public affairs for VentilatorChallengeUK led by the HVM Catapult. In July 2018, Katherine founded the UK’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which is committed to building a fair and balanced industry for women in this sector and is on the Board of the International Aviation Women’s Association.  Katherine has an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University. Katherine is active in her local community in Wiltshire, is a church organist, a member of the UK Parliament Choir and founder of the Airbus Filton Choir.

Chris Molloy
CEO of Medicines Discovery Catapult

Chris has a 30-year international board and executive career across ‘big-pharma’, biotech, life science informatics and advisory.  He established the Medicines Discovery Catapult in 2017, realising a vision to industrialise and drive adoption of techniques and technologies that reshape medicines R&D.  In 2019 Chris was the founding Director of the national COVID19 ‘Lighthouse Laboratories’ and is now the Independent chairman of DHSC’s Lateral Flow Industry Consortium.  Chris is non-executive chairman of Exploristics and NorthWest EHealth, two clinical data biotechs.  He chairs the IP Advisory Committee for the Association of Medical Research Charities, and the Industry Advisory Board for Manchester’s Biomedical Research Centre.  Chris holds US and EU patents in HIV drug discovery; he is a Member of the Institute of Cancer Research and holds an honorary chair in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manchester.

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. He was previously at ScottishPower where he was latterly responsible for energy policy and regulation in the renewables business.He sits on the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board, is a past Chair of Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables and has led a number of reports for Government, including the Cost Reduction Task Force for Offshore Wind in 2012.He is current Chair of the Catapult Network, speaking on behalf of all the UK’s Catapults in stakeholder forums.Andrew is a Non-Executive Director of AIRTO, the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, the foremost membership body for organisations operating in the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector.

Stuart Martin
CEO of Satellite Applications Catapult

Stuart Martin is CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult. He joined the Catapult in January 2013 from Logica (now part of CGI) where he was Business Director for Space and Satellite Communications for nearly seven years, leading all the company’s activities in the Space domain. Stuart is a former vice-chair of UKSpace, the British trade association representing the Space industry, and council member of Eurospace – its European equivalent. He also sits on the UK Space Leadership Council, the top-level cross-industry, academia and government stakeholder group responsible for overseeing and implementing the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy. Stuart is a passionate advocate of the Catapult programme, which he considers to be a vital element of the UK strategy to secure and accelerate economic growth from emerging technologies. Furthermore, for satellite applications, he believes there is a great opportunity to establish a world-leading position, and make the UK the place to be if you want to do business in Space.