Huw W. Hampson Jones

Huw W. Hampson Jones

BA(Hons) - Chief Executive Officer

Huw graduated with a degree in Political Theory and Government from the University of Wales, Swansea. He began his career with the Unilever Group - as a Graduate Personnel Management Trainee at Port Sunlight. Personnel Management roles with European responsibilities followed - at Philips Industries and Harris Corporation of the US. Later, Huw transferred to Sales Management with Harris and moved to work with McDonnell Douglas Information Systems in a European business development role.

In 1990 he joined Siemens where he eventually became Senior Vice President, Line of Business Telecommunication for Siemens Business Services AG. Having worked for Siemens for 10 years, Huw moved to work in Sweden (1999-2009) where he specialised in high technology company development for European venture capitalists. He was involved in successfully leading the trade sales of both iD2 Technologies AB and Mobeon for $250m and 350m SEK respectively. In April 2010, Huw joined OXIS Energy Ltd.

Dr David A. Ainsworth

Dr David A. Ainsworth

MChem PhD - Chief Technical Officer

Since joining OXIS Energy as a Research Scientist in 2009, David has held a number of roles within the technical team including being responsible for the safety and performance testing of OXIS Energy’s Li-S cell technology.

In 2005 he graduated with an M.Chem degree in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews. During his degree he completed a 12 month placement at Infinium Ltd working to develop new jet fuel additives before returning to university to complete a research project on new materials for Lithium-Ion batteries. He then continued this research as a post graduate, completing a PhD in 2009 entitled “Crystalline Polymer and Small Molecule Electrolytes” in the research group of Prof Peter Bruce.

David took up the role of CTO at Oxis Energy in January 2013 and is responsible for managing the R&D team, and developing OXIS Energy’s Li-S Technology into commercial products.

Chris Murray

Chris Murray

BSc - Chief Financial Officer

Chris Murray joined OXIS in the Autumn of 2010. With over 20 years of international experience, Chris has worked as a CFO/COO for major blue chip companies such as Siemens AG and private equity/venture capital backed SMEs within the IT, internet, and mobile telecommunication industries. Chris is originally from Boston, gained his BA in Accounting and Computer Services from Salem State College, MA USA and has lived in Germany and the UK since 1994.

Dr Mark Crittenden

Dr Mark Crittenden

MEng PhD CEng MIET - Head of Battery Development and Integration

Mark holds a first-class Masters degree, a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham and is a Chartered Engineer. He worked at Nanometrics, managing the development of several materials characterisation and metrology tools for the semiconductor industry, from inception through to full production. He later worked at Research Machines in the roles of New Product Introduction Manager and Programme Manager. He joined OXIS Energy in January 2012 as Head of Business Development, commercialising the game-changing Lithium Sulfur technology. He is now Head of Battery Development and Integration.

Dr Svetlana Gracheva

Dr Svetlana Gracheva

MSc PhD – Intellectual Property Manager

Svetlana is at the core of the substantial growth and effective management of the company’s impressive IP portfolio. She has established the company’s current IP structure. Svetlana gained a considerable proportion of her technical expertise while working as a research scientist at Oxford Biosensors and Abbot Diabetes Care companies that produced and worked on further improvement of electrochemical sensors for point-of-care devices.
In 1997 Svetlana graduated with a Masters degree in Chemistry from the Moscow State University and also holds a Master of Science degree with distinction from the University of Surrey and doctorate from the Nottingham Trent University. In 2013 Svetlana obtained Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Brunel University. Svetlana joined OXIS Energy Ltd in March 2011.

Madeline Seymour

Madeline Seymour

HR Services Manager

Madeline has been with OXIS for over twelve years. She is the HR Services Manager with responsibility for all HR issues and recruitment. Madeline has a background in marketing, market research and financial services. She has a HNC in Business Studies and the Institute of Marketing Diploma. In her last role as team leader at Hazell Carr, a leading outsourcer in the financial services sector, she gained Financial Planning Certificates 1,2 & 3 from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Dr Mark Wild

Dr Mark Wild

Production Manager

Received his PhD in Organic Synthesis and BSc Hons in Chemistry & Biochemistry at University of Wales, Bangor, recently his MBA from the Open University. His career over the past 15 years has been associated with process development, scale up and improvement of products for both Pharmaceutical and Battery industries.

Joined Oxis in 2012 as a programme manager, recently becoming production manager for a vibrant and growing department within OXIS. He scaled up electrolyte manufacture from grams to 100L scale and was technical lead for the revolutionary vehicle battery programme (REVB) for 2 years, driving product developmental and fundamental understanding of Lithium Sulfur Batteries.

He has a growing publication list contributing to the general understanding of Lithium Sulfur batteries and their application.

Michael Arthur

Michael Arthur

Safety, Health and Environmental Officer

Joined HM Forces as an Apprentice in 1974, and went on to complete over 23 years’ service, leaving in 1997.
On leaving the Forces, Mike’s career path moved into Health, Safety, and Environmental Management roles working on Food & Retail Contracts with ISS Food Hygiene until early 2001.

Later, in 2001, Mike joined ISS Defence / MOD contracts as an Area Manager, before moving in 2007, after 6 years, to Interserve, as the QSHE Advisor to the Department of Health FM Contract and he also trained as one of the Divisional Behavioural Safety Coaches. Between, 2010 – 2012, Mike was responsible for the HS&E mobilisations for some of the National and Local Government FM Accounts won by Interserve, with clients such as DSA / VCA, MOD and Local Government Council Contracts in London boroughs of Lewisham, Sutton & Wandsworth.

In 2012, Mike became Compliance Manager for the newly formed MITIE Compliance business, where he worked with their IT Programmers in developing their Compliance Audit database, for bespoke Statutory H&S & Fire based Audits.

In April 2014, Mike joined OXIS Energy Ltd.

Guillaume De Forton

Guillaume De Forton

International Account Manager

Guillaume was born in France and studied in London and Brussels where he gained a MA in International Business at the ICHEC Management School. Afterwards, he had two year long internships with CECTEK in Taiwan and SINBON Electronics in Shanghai, China. He then became Area Sales Manager for Alphamin SA in Belgium before moving to XNC Energy where he was Sales Director. Guillaume joined OXIS Energy in January 2015 where his extensive experience in international sales helps him manage customer accounts and business development. He speaks French, English, German, Mandarin and Spanish and is the main contact for sales enquiries.

Ruth Davies

Ruth Davies

Programme Manager

Joined OXIS in 2010, with the mission of managing the move from the Innovation Centre to the current premises in Culham Science Center, and to provide support for the evolving 5 year plan which formed the basis of the company business plan going forward.

Her expertise in project management helped the company move to a more professional IT set-up necessary for the growth that followed. Her current role as Programme Manager has seen her play a major role in the GP Batteries contract as well as co-ordinating the initial discussions for supplier collaborations.

Works closely with the Quality Manager to ensure that paperwork and procedures are in place throughout the company to ensure that quality is the cornerstone of our products. Has a background as a Project Manager in the software industry and worked for Siemens for many years including a time in Germany. She speaks fluent German and holds a HND in computer studies from Liverpool Polytech.