Meet the team

An experienced leadership team
Jonathan Watkins
Jonathan has 25 years of experience in commercialising technology in the international automotive, industrial and cleantech sectors, having held senior commercial and operational leadership positions in Federal-Mogul, Textron, and most recently, Ceres Power. He is a Chartered Engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science; Technology from the University of Birmingham and a masters in Design, Manufacturing; Management from the University of Cambridge.

Chief Executive Officer
Rex Vevers
Experienced Group Finance Director, leading public and private companies in sectors including Technology, IT, FMCG and Financial Services. Qualified Corporate Treasurer with proven ability to raise equity/debt funding and successfully completing M&A and corporate venturing deals. Rex had set up and sold a software development company and been a Non-Executive Director of a VC-backed software company.

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Commercial Officer
Christine Parker
Christine has spent over 15 years in Senior management positions within the automotive industry. She has experience in many functions including quality, programme management, account management and sales in Ford Motor Company, Visteon and ZF TRW. Christine is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and an MBA from Middlesex University.

Director of Global Standards & Quality
Dr. Alistair Foster
Alistair is a co-inventor of the HFQ® Technology and joined ITL in 2013. Alistair developed our HFQ® production technology process from lab-based technology. He has previously worked in automotive, defence and nuclear power industries. Alistair holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham

Director of Innovation
John Sellors
John has over 25 years’ experience in the automotive materials and process sector, and previously led the Metallic Materials and Manufacturing Group at Lotus Engineering. John has built a strong, global reputation for his expertise on materials and process specification, design for manufacture, vehicle light-weighting and applied R&D. John has been instrumental in the delivery of projects from niche Supercars for AML to steel bodied vehicles for China. He has a degree in metallurgy from Brunel University and is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Director, Applications Engineering
Bruce Girvan
Bruce has over 30 yrs experience in developing and commercialising technology in the international energy, low carbon and materials sectors. Bruce has honed his skills in commercialisation in Schlumberger, BP (Atlantic Richfield), Avon Rubber and Ceres Power. Bruce has an MBA from Imperial College London, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Brunel University and is a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Director IP & Licensing
Dr. Damian Szegda
Damian has a background in stress analysis and characterisation of complex materials. Prior to joining ITL he worked within defence. Damian has been lead analyst for £10m+ defence projects. Damian holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Silesian University of Technology and a PhD from Brunel University.

Director of Technologies
Angie Mills-Cooper
Angie has 20 years in business administration including running her own successful business. She has experience of working in local government, Single Status with over ten years’ experience in HR.

Manager of Talent, Development,
and Well-Being
Dean Murden
Dean is a Chartered Engineer with a degree in materials science and a masters in engineering project management. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in engineering companies including Federal-Mogul, Nortel, Ricardo, JLR and Lotus.

Director of Technical Operations
Dr. Mohamed Mohamed
Mohamed holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and has extensive experience in sheet metal forming and material modelling; including roles at Imperial College, London and the Advanced Forming Research Centre. He is a specialist in failure mechanics, computational plasticity, and microstructure evolution modelling.

Principal Technical Specialist
Simulation and Modelling
Dr. Federico Melotti
Federico holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgy and is developing a new aluminium alloy for Rolls-Royce. He is the Technical Project Leader for a major Innovate UK grant programme for advancing HFQ® Technology. Federico is the specialist for aluminium metallurgy for HFQ in aerospace and new technology for process monitoring and control.

Senior Technical Specialist
Process Technology
Dr. Richard Hunt
Richard holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. He has over 12 years experience in applied aluminium R&D in UK, Europe, and USA. He has developed and industrialised innovative new alloy products in collaboration with customers, universities, and third parties in many industrial sectors including automotive and aerospace. He is a specialist in aluminium metallurgy, microstructure, and characterisation.

Head of Metallurgy and Materials Characterisation
Dr. Yogendra Joshi
Yogendra holds a Ph.D. in Numerical Modelling of Automotive Forming Processes and Masters in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Yogendra has over 10 years' experience in manufacturing spanning across automotive, materials handling, and defence sectors both in the UK and abroad. He has experience in materials characterisation, tribology, and finite element modelling

Advanced Tooling Engineer
Adrian Tautscher
Adrian has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has over 20 years’ experience in the automotive sector. He has previously worked at Jaguar Land Rover as a Group Leader Materials Engineering in BIW/Corrosion, and has previously led materials introduction for lightweight aluminium body architectures.

Principal Technical Specialist
Sustainability & Circular Economy Lead
Business development, Europe, USA and aerospace
Robert Stoff-Riegel
Robert has extensive experience in business development activities in the automotive and aerospace industry as well as the energy sector. He has experience in production strategies in metal sheet forming. Previously worked for companies like Lotus Engineering, Intelligent energy, and PHD Inc. Currently overseeing business development at Impression Technologies for Mainland Europe.

Mainland Europe
Business Development Manager
Tim McGuire
Tim has 40+ years of experience in Applications Engineering, Marketing, Product Development with most markets and a focus on Automotive and Aerospace. He has developed 6 product patents and holds a Master's Degree in Business. Based near Chicago in the USA, he has spent the last 4 years working at ITL.

Business Development Manager
Aerospace Global
Phil Parry
Phil has over 30 years’ experience in Aerospace & Defence Manufacturing Operations. Business Development lead for Aerospace HFQ® applications in UK and Europe. Specialist in helping Aerospace companies develop and implement suitable applications for the use of HFQ®.

Business Development Manager
HFQ® Aerospace
Zhutao Shao
Zhutao holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London. He has worked on the technology development, marketing strategies, and partners for HFQ® Technology for 10 years. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, and an Enterprise Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering. He also holds a degree in Economics, and has successfully completed all three levels of the CFA® Program.

Business Development Associate