The maintenance of effective corporate governance remains a key priority for the Board of Directors. The Board recognises the importance of sound corporate governance and has adopted policies and procedures which reflect the principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code.
The Board has overall responsibility for the effectiveness of the Group’s internal controls in safeguarding the assets of the Group. The internal control systems are designed to identify and manage risks.
Richard Healey, B.Sc. Chairman
Richard Healey, B.Sc., Chairman
After spending seven years in the Royal Navy as an engineering officer and gaining a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Richard moved into industry after a postgraduate finance and commercial law degree course at Bristol University. He became the commercial director of Crouzet Ltd, the UK subsidiary of a large French multinational. He later became the managing director of the Hellerman Division of Bowthorpe Holdings, working in partnerships with 3M and Alcatel. He joined Alcatel to establish its cable accessory division in the USA. After five years with Alcatel, he became CEO of Morgan Crucible’s International Division.
Richard is an experienced senior executive who has operated in a range of companies from small leading edge technology operations to large blue chip multinationals. He has considerable experience of the “change process” and his recent positions have been situations where value needed to be added quickly. He has also been a member of audit committees and chaired remuneration and nomination committees.
Through global partnerships, Richard has worked in the USA, Europe, China, Australia and Asia. He has a strong profit focus and a consistent record of growing companies both organically and by acquisition. Latterly Richard has been Chairman of 2 listed public companies on the London Exchange and has been able to show a substantial return for those company’s shareholders.
Jonathan Sims. M.Sc. CEO
Jonathan Sims. M.Sc., CEO
After completing his Bachelor's degree in chemistry at Imperial College (1984), Jonathan attended Sandhurst and then spent the following 16 years serving in the Royal Logistics Corps. His first direct involvement with international business was in 1998 when he completed his Master’s thesis (Operations Management from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1998)) studying quality in Chinese manufacturing. Highly numerate, his expertise has been in operations and manufacturing with particular emphasis on improving quality, speed and customer service whilst reducing costs. He has very strong leadership qualities that were developed during his service with the British Army, where he reached the rank of Major.
After leaving the Army, he moved to China where he established a manufacturing business designed to enable Western SMEs to access Chinese manufacturing; this business has continued to grow since its creation. It now has a strong R&D team which is turning MicroGEM’s ideas into products, and a manufacturing arm comprising a CNC workshop and an electronic assembly capability. It also has clean manufacturing facilities to enable DNA free products to be produced.
David Saul, Ph.D. Director
David Saul, Ph.D., Director
David graduated in genetics from The University of Sheffield (UK) and went on to acquire a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, also from Sheffield. Since then he has worked in several fields relating to the molecular study of organisms and their genes. A key focus has been on developing biotechnological applications of microorganisms that live in extreme environments.
For 21 years, David worked as a researcher and academic at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His specialties include molecular genetics, microbiology, biotechnology, computational biology and forensic DNA analysis. During his career with ZyGEM, he has focussed on DNA detection and identification, and has generated a substantial body of intellectual property for the company. His focus has been the invention of processes and devices for simple, low-cost and competitive diagnostics.
James P. Landers, Ph.D., FRSC Director
James P. Landers, Ph.D., FRSC, Director
James is a professor of chemistry and mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia, as well as an associate professor of pathology at the University of Virginia Health System. He earned his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry with a minor in biomedicine and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Guelph in Ontario (Canada). After a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Banting Institute at the University of Toronto School of Medicine, as a Canadian Medical Research Council (MRC) Fellow at the Mayo Clinic-Rochester, he studied cancer biology and diagnostics under Thomas Spelsberg, a renowned breast cancer biochemist. He launched and directed Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Capillary Electrophoresis Facility in the department of laboratory medicine and pathology, developing clinical assays based on capillary electrophoretic technology.
James joined the chemistry department at the University of Pittsburgh, where he forayed into analytical microfluidic systems with the goal of developing the next generation molecular diagnostics platform. This research was bolstered by the move to the University of Virginia where access to a dedicated class-100 cleanroom for microchip fabrication allowed for rapid prototyping of microdevices for separations, DNA purification, and DNA amplification.
His group was among the first to generate a fully integrated lab-on-a-chip (PNAS 103:19272, 2006), successfully applied to detecting infectious agents in biofluids and cancer diagnostics, and more recently defined new approaches to fluidic control on microchips (NATURE Physics 5:231, 2009). He has authored more than 180 papers and 25 book chapters on topics as diverse as receptor biochemistry, capillary electrophoretic method development, microchip fabrication, forensic DNA analysis and integrated microfluidic systems for application to both the clinical and forensic arenas. In addition, he has recently completed the third in the succession of editions of CRC Press Handbook of Capillary Electrophoresis, with this one extrapolated to microchip electrophoresis and associated microtechniques.
Garth Smith, D.Sc., Ph.D., M.Sc. Plant Systems Director
Garth Smith, D.Sc., Ph.D., M.Sc. Plant Systems, Director
Garth was awarded a Ph.D. in plant physiology, and a D.Sc. in Kiwifruit Physiology, both from Waikato University. He then founded two companies based upon his research; one centred on the discovery of two plant based compounds that are safe for humans but highly effective against drug resistant malaria, and the other company on a zero calorie sweetener extracted from a fruit.
Garth is a scientist with an international reputation who has published approximately 200 scientific papers on plant physiology.
Martin Goddard, FCA CFO
Martin Goddard, FCA, CFO
Martin is an experienced business leader and chartered accountant who had four decades of skills and experience in a wide range of industries and economic circumstances in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia. He has spent over thirty years in the highest echelons of business strategy and finance for public companies, larger private companies and high growth new ventures.
Special skills and experience related to board level business and financial strategies, mergers and acquisitions, stock market listings in London, Zurich and New York, accessing private equity capital and in-depth evaluation of business investments.