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Founded in early 2015 by CEO Adam Kingdon, Utonomy is developing new technology to address the global problem of methane leakage from gas distribution networks – a major priority for utilities, regulators and governments around the world.

Based at the University of Southampton Science Park, Utonomy’s team of talented and experienced engineers bring extensive expertise from a range of disciplines, including mathematics, software, hardware, fluid mechanics and gas networks.

With an addressable market of €4 billion, Utonomy’s unique solution can be retrofitted to existing network equipment without high capital investment. Payback for utilities is typically less than three years and the solution is already gaining strong traction from gas distribution companies.

Management Team

ADAM KINGDON – CEO

Co-founder and former CEO of i2O Water, the leader in pressure management for water distribution systems, which he grew to £6m in bookings across 20 countries. Prior to that Adam was CEO of a number of technology and engineering businesses in the UK, Germany and France. Adam has an MBA from INSEAD and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Imperial College, London.

STEVE LEWIS – CTO

Previously a Product Development Director at Amdocs, one of the world’s top 20 software companies, Steve led the development of their network inventory management software (used by major telecom operators across the globe). Before that, he held engineering management roles with Evolving Systems, Kennedy Carter and Westinghouse. Steve graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Portsmouth.

ANDY TURNER – CSO

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Andy has held senior international commercial roles at cleantech businesses. Finishing as Global Head of Sales for Digital Grid Cloud Services, he spent a decade at Siemens including running their Smart Metering Business in South Africa; designing, building and running the first Smart PrePaid Project for an African Capital City generating over a quarter billion dollars and turning around their finances. Prior to that he led the PreSales team for Oracle Utilities Business Unit in EMEA. He has a BA (Hons) Technology Degree from the Open University specialising in Innovation, Design, Technology and the Environment.

AURIEL FOLKES – CFO

Following six years as a chartered accountant, Auriel has worked as VP Finance or Finance Director for a number of high growth technology companies. Most recently, she was Vice President Finance for LoopMe which is the world’s largest mobile video platform reaching over one billion consumers. Auriel has an MA in History from St Andrews University.

JASON HARVEY – Head of Customer Operations

Prior to joining Utonomy, Jason worked internationally delivering a diverse range of infrastructure projects from telecoms to airports in a variety of project and programme management office (PMO) roles. Latterly, he was Project Director on the £400M Government funded 700MHz Clearance Project that enabled a spectrum auction and increased mobile data capacity across the UK. Jason has a BEng (Hons) First Class in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University and an MBA from California State University and is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Project Professional (Association of Project Managers).

GRAHAM NEWELL – Supply Chain Manager

Graham brings many years of experience in high quality, precision manufacturing. He was previously manufacturing manager at Cambridge scientific instrument manufacturer Owlstone Medical, supplier of novel gas detection instrumentation. Prior to that, he was Process Engineering Manager at Plasmon Data Systems manufacturers of optical disks. Graham has a first class honours in Engineering Science from Oxford.

LINDSEY AMBLER – Financial Controller

Lindsey qualified as a Chartered Accountant at BDO where she managed the audit for technology and AIM listed companies. After leaving BDO, she was a member of the head office finance team of Lucite – a $1.8 billion revenue international acrylic products business – where she was responsible for preparing the consolidated management accounts.

TOM JEFFRIES – Head of Product Management

Prior to joining Utonomy, Tom held a number of senior product management roles at AIRCOM International and TEOCO Corporation where he was responsible for cellular radio network planning and optimisation software products used by hundreds of communication service providers around the world. Tom has a Master's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol.

ED PARKER – Head of Software & System Engineering

Ed has 25 years experience delivering mission critical systems to a wide range of applications. As Automation Engineering Manager for Rolls-Royce his projects included ship-wide automation, gas turbine condition monitoring and self-learning yacht stabilisation. During his time as Principle Engineer and Chief Technologist (global engineering group of 400) at Cisco his teams developed software for pay TV consumer devices deployed to over 25 million subscriber homes. Ed has an MEng (first class) in Marine Technology from Newcastle University.

Customer Team

RYAN MCMASTER – Business Development Manager

Ryan has over 17 years' experience in the utility sector, having worked with all of the UK's major water, electricity and gas network operators. Ryan spent nine years at the data logger and pressure controller manufactuer Technolog, first as a Systems Engineer and then as Sales and Support Engineer supporting gas network customers. Prior to joining Utonomy, he was UK & Ireland Sales Manager with the data logger and RTU manufacturer Metasphere. Prior to that, he was Business Development Manager at Siemens Managed Services with a focus on renewable electricity generation.

IAN MARSHALL – Delivery Manager

Prior to joining Utonomy Ian was the Green Gas Development Manager at Wales and West Utilities, responsible for the facilitation and management of low carbon gases in the GB gas grid, including biomethane and hydrogen. Prior to this he was an Asset Officer with responsibility for WWU leakage assessment, reporting and model development. He represented WWU on various industry and stakeholder boards and panels to promote and develop the role of green gas in future energy strategies. Ian has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton and is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.

Board

PAUL MASSARA – Non-Executive Chairman

Paul has held a number of senior roles in the energy industry. He was UK CEO of RWE Npower and was on the executive committee at Centrica plc. He is a member of the Committee on Fuel Poverty, an advisory non-departmental public body, where he advises on fuel poverty and related energy policy. Paul has an MSc from the London Business School and a BSc from Kingston University.

MARCEL REGNIER – Non-Executive Director

Marcel has more than 30 years of experience in global executive positions in the utility industry and was president of the gas division of Itron Inc, the leader in smart metering solutions for utilities, until early 2016. Marcel has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Fluid Mechanics from Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris.

BERND SCHÖPPL – Non-Executive Director

Bernd is the Chief Finance Officer of INSYS Microelectronics GmbH, a leading supplier of industrial data communications products. He has many years’ experience in senior executive and financial roles in a number of software and electronics companies, including Bosch Siemens. Bernd has a Master’s degree in Economics and was a Captain in the German Armed Forces.

HUGH MINNOCK – Non-Executive Director

Hugh is currently a Senior Investment Manager with the Foresight Group. Prior to Foresight, Hugh worked at FCFM Group where he was focused on UK lower mid-market transactions. Prior to FCFM, Hugh was an Executive Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and has previously worked at Lucidus Capital and Barclays Capital. Hugh has a BA in History (first class) from the University of Exeter and has an MBA from MIT – Sloan School of Management.