Our team

Licella has a highly experienced international executive and management team, including company co-founders and inventors of the Cat-HTR platform Dr Len Humphreys and Professor Thomas Maschmeyer.

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Dr. Len Humphreys

Dr. Len Humphreys

CEO

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.

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Steve Rogers

Steve Rogers

Business Development Manager

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.

Steve is the country lead for Australia on IEA Bioenergy’s Task 39, Commercialising Advanced Liquid Bio-Fuels.

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 and moved to Australia to establish BMC Software, which now has annual turnover of over $100m. 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.

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Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer, FAA FTSE

Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer, FAA FTSE

Technology Consultant

Thomas is an inventor of the Cat-HTR technology, co-founder of Licella and our key technology consultant. He is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney and serves as Founding Director of the new A$150m Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology. 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, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and, in 2014, of the Royal Society of NSW (Australia’s oldest scientific society).

He was one of the founding Professors of Avantium (2001), a Dutch High-tech company, 160+ employees, and is founding chairman of Gelion Technologies (2015), a new high-performance battery university spin-out. He authored 275+ publications, cited 7600+ times, including 24 patents. He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of ten international journals and 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 to ARC Future and Federation Fellowships.

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Gordon Ewart

Gordon Ewart

CFO

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.

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Calla Pieters

Calla Pieters

General Manager, Engineering

Mr Calla Pieters has 26 years of experience in Research & Development, Process Plant Operations, Process Design, Project Management, Technology Development and Feasibility Studies.

Calla was born and educated in South Africa and worked at the Council on Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for 9 years and later with South African Pulp & Paper Industries (SAPPI) for a number of years before moving to Australia where he assisted with the commissioning of a nickel processing plant for BHP Billiton. He then progressed his career to senior technical roles and management at White Energy Company Ltd and was instrumental in further development of coal beneficiation and upgrading processes. Calla joined Licella in May 2017 as General Manager, IERE.

Calla holds formal qualifications/degrees in Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Pulp & Paper Technology.

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Larry Ciccarelli

Larry Ciccarelli

Chairman

Larry was the Executive Chairman and founder of GlobeStar Mining Corporation, previously a TSX-listed company, until its recent acquisition by Perilya Ltd (ASX: PEM). Globestar owned base and precious metal mining assets in the Dominican Republic. He founded Sarmin in 1997, which was a private natural resource corporation, prior to its acquisition by GlobeStar.

Larry currently holds the position of Director and Company Secretary at Karr Securities Inc., a private investment firm, where he has worked since co-founding the company in 1989. He is also currently the Chairman of Karmin Exploration, a TSX-listed mining and exploration company with an interest in one of the largest undeveloped zinc projects in Brazil.

Larry holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He received an Ontario Business Achievement Award (OBAA) and the Ontario Global Traders Award (OGTA) from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in 2009. In 2010, Larry was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (“EOY”) finalist, for his role as founder of GlobeStar Mining Corporation.

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Matthew Reynolds

Matthew Reynolds

Non-Executive Director

Matthew Reynolds is a Partner of HWL Ebsworth, whose particular skills centre on capital raising from early stage private equity through to ASX listings, management buy-outs and buy-ins, and in mergers and acquisitions. He is a key figure in HWL Ebsworth’s Corporate practice with high-level skills in areas that are stringently regulated and highly technical, working on the principles of close working relationships and the need to meet their specific objectives. Matthew has applied his skills in the energy and resources, technology and the infrastructure sectors.

He holds a Bachelor of Political Science and Economics (Hons), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and is a member of the Queensland Law Society.

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Emma Dyer

Emma Dyer

Human Resources Manager

Emma has over twenty five years, operational, commercial and human resources experience, including senior management, executive and HR Director appointments across a number of industries including FMCG, Healthcare and Retail in the UK, Europe and Australia.

Prior to joining Ignite Energy Resources in 2013, Emma provided HR consultancy services to entrepreneurial start-ups and small businesses.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered FCIPD) equivalent to a Fellow of AHRI (Australia Human Resources Institute).

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Jim Overton

Jim Overton

Non-Executive Director

Jim is the co-founder and manager of Amplify Energy, a private North American oil and gas exploration company. Jim is also a private investor and partner across a wide range of industries.

Jim has worked as Vice President of Gastar, a gas exploration company, Director of Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL overseeing all business administration and revenue generating aspects of the team and as a Board Member of the Moffitt Cancer Center.

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Paul Axon

Paul Axon

Non-Executive Director

Paul has vast experience of M&A, corporate finance and general management in Europe and Australia. Previously Paul was a partner in corporate finance in BDO in the UK, had his own M&A practice and was the CEO of Sykes Pumps, until the sale of the business to National Hire in 2010.

Currently Paul is the CEO and equity holder of Coco Group. Coco Group invests in and manages a vast array of businesses in Australia and the Middle East. Business sectors include equipment rental, mining services, retail, biotechnology and resources.

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Andrea Polson

Andrea Polson

Marketing and Communications Manager

Andrea joined IER in 2015 with over ten years’ experience in a variety of sales, marketing and communication roles within the pharmaceutical and resources industry. Andrea is experienced leading cross functional teams and managing multimillion dollar brands including Botox, Juvederm, Nasonex, Elocon, Valtrex and Evista. Andrea has a BA Hons and a Diploma in Marketing.

After seven years working in a variety of brand management roles within the pharmaceutical industry, Andrea is now responsible for all aspects of IER and Licella’s marketing and corporate communication, including shareholder and investor engagement, digital strategy, media, corporate communications and marketing strategy.

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Daniel Young

Daniel Young

Non-Executive Director

Dan is currently Chief Financial Officer at Jadestone Energy, a Southeast Asia and Australian focused independent upstream oil & gas company.  Dan is a CFA charter holder and a Chartered Accountant and has more than 20 years’ experience in senior energy and natural resources investment banking, advisory and consulting roles.  Prior to Jadestone Energy, Dan was Senior Vice President and Head of APAC Consulting with Wood Mackenzie, the world’s leading global oil & gas and energy consultancy group.  Earlier Dan worked for 13 years in JPMorgan’s global energy investment banking coverage / mergers and acquisitions group advising on a number of notable oil & gas and energy transactions. Dan has an MBA with Honours from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business, and a Bachelor of Commerce with Firsts in Finance and Accounting from the University of Western Australia.

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Susan Dallison

Susan Dallison

General Counsel

Susan joined IER in 2016 having come from a role in Canberra where she provided in-house advice to a national organisation involving a wide range of complex legal matters.  Prior to moving in-house, Susan was at a mid-tier private firm in the insurance group after having worked for several years specialising as a litigation lawyer.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws, with emphasis on general corporate and commercial law.  She is also the current President of the ACT chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and a non-executive board member of ACC Australia.

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John Gulbis

John Gulbis

Project Director

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.

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Dr. William Rowlands

Dr. William Rowlands

Chief Scientist

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.

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Dr. Adriana Downie

Dr. Adriana Downie

Business Development Manager

Dr. Adriana Downie has worked in private, engineering, start-up companies, on the commercialization of bioenergy technologies for the past 12 years. During this time she has successfully managed several grant funded projects and government/industry partnerships.

Adriana is a Chemical Engineer with a PhD in the conversion of biomass into value-added biofuels and products. Adriana won the Eureka Science Prize for Emerging Leader in Science in 2014, and has been selected by The Australia as one of the Next 100 leaders. She has been a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne and published more than 15 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. Adriana is currently undertaking her MBA at Deakin University.

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Robert Downie

Robert Downie

General Manager – Technology Delivery, North America

Robert has commercial and engineering experience working across various renewable energy and low carbon technologies, such as biomass gasification and pyrolysis, biomass hydrolysis, and direct coal liquefaction.  Robert is the General Manager of Technology Delivery, North America, and has the role of Technical Manager for biofuel development within the Licella and Canfor Pulp Joint Venture. Robert previously run Licella’s Engineering Facility in Australia. Robert is also a director on the board of Pacific Pyrolysis and prior to this was the Managing Director of the pyrolysis and biochar company BEST Energies Australia. Since 2009 Robert has been an elected representative on the board of the Bioenegy Australia association, which is an Australian government-industry forum to foster and facilitate the development of biomass for energy, liquid fuels, and other value added bio-based products. 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 Australian Graduate School of Management along with both a Bachelor of International Business Management and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honours from the University of Queensland. Robert has completed the Leadership 21 program at Mt Eliza Executive Education, a division of the Melbourne Business School.

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