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Dr Len Humphreys
Dr Len Humphreys was instrumental in the conception and development of Licella’s technology and is the inventor of a number of patents around the Catalytic Hydro-Thermal process, Cat-HTR.
Len is a chartered chemist and the former Director and Managing Director of several renewable energy companies including Novera Energy, a renewable energy company now listed on the AIM in the UK and also the ASX listed company IBA Health (now I-Soft), a healthcare IT software provider.
In addition Len held Managing Director and Regional President roles inside the European Invensys Group of companies.
Invensys is one of the world’s largest IT, process control and industrial process automation conglomerates. In Europe, Len was a senior executive inside the Mannesmann Group, the German multinational specialising in engineering, manufacturing and telecommunications; in particular he was CEO of the Hartmann and Braun process Analytical Division based in the UK.
Mr Steve Rogers
Business Development Manager
Steve Rogers has spent most of the last twenty years establishing new technology companies and developing them to be commercially successful operations.
Steve joined Licella in early 2008 initially focussing on the opportunities for the technology in Europe, then assisting with capital raising whilst developing the commercialisation strategy for the company which is now being implemented.
Prior to Licella, Steve has had a successful career commercialising technologies in the software and CleanTech sectors. After 10 years with IBM, he joined the fledgling Software Industry in 1987 and moved to Australia in 1989 to establish BMC Software which now has annual turnover of over $70m. Since this time Steve has been involved in two successful CleanTech start ups Energy Efficiency Ltd in the UK and Horizon Technologies in Australia who were the first organisation to receive Australian Government funding via the CVC Reef programme.
Prof Thomas Maschmeyer
Dr. Thomas Maschmeyer, IER’s key technology consultant, is Professor of Chemistry and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Sydney. In 2011 he was elected youngest Foreign Member of the Academia Europea as well as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
He was one of the founding Professors of Avantium (2001), a Dutch High-tech company, 100+ employees, and is co-founder of Ignite Energy Resources (2006) and Licella (2007). He authored 240+ publications, cited 6000+ times, including 22 patents. He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of nine international journals and is President of the Catalysis Society of Australia. He received many awards, including the RACI Weickhardt Medal for Economic Contributions (2012), RACI Applied Research Award (2011) and the Le Févre Prize of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2007).
He held positions at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse), and was appointed to Professor and Department Head at the Delft Institute of Chemical Technology (1998, age 31), becoming Vice-Chairman of that Institute in 2000. He returned in late 2003 to the University of Sydney as ARC Federation Fellow.
Mr Gordon Ewart
Mr Gordon Ewart qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 whilst with KPMG where he worked from 1990 to 2000. Mr Ewart has worked exclusively in conventional and renewable energy markets from Greenfield project development through to large scale mergers and acquisitions and project financing from 2001 to 2010.
From 2001 to 2007 Gordon was General Manager – Commercial of Novera Energy Limited, a company listed on the Alternative Investment Market in London which is one of the leading independent developers and owners of renewable energy assets within the United Kingdom.
From 2008-2010, Gordon has developed biofuel and biomass generation projects in the United Kingdom and completed significant capital raisings in Europe and the USA.
Mr John Gulbis
Mr John Gulbis, the Project Director of IER, is a chemical engineer and experienced project manager.
As head of engineering operations for two of the world’s largest IT and industrial process automation companies, Honeywell and Invensys, John led the successful implementation of numerous major technology projects both locally and internationally.
John has also held various senior project management positions in the Telecommunications and Health IT industries.
Dr. William Rowlands
William is a highly experienced industrial scientist with expertise in the areas of high temperature reactions, colloid science and catalysis, and has been working in the field of renewable and alternative energy and materials since 2006. Prior to this he was Research and Development Manager for Colloidal Dynamics, an innovative company specializing in the design and manufacture of scientific instruments for colloid science applications and scientific consulting services. Dr Rowlands was a pioneering stakeholder in Colloidal Dynamics, which was acquired by Agilent in 2008.
Dr Rowlands has held a number of Postdoctoral positions at the University of Sydney, and was a Senior Technologist with Redland Technology (UK). He is a graduate of the University of Bristol, completing his B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1984 and his Ph.D. in 1989. In 2007 he completed an M.B.A. (Executive) degree at the Australian Graduate School of Management, a joint School of the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. He is an author of fourteen peer-reviewed scientific papers and several patents.
Mr Robert Downie
General Manager – Technology Delivery
Robert is the General Manager of the Somersby Engineering Facility and, until it was taken over by IER, he was the Managing Director of BEST Energies Australia. Robert has commercial and engineering experience across various renewable energy and low carbon technologies, including biomass gasification and pyrolysis, biomass hydrolysis, direct coal liquefaction and low emissions technology. Robert is also a director of Pacific Pyrolysis.
Robert is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a member of the Australian Institute of Engineers, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Master of Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of International Business Management and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Queensland.