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Chief Executive of Lucideon
Tony Kinsella joined Lucideon in July 2004, bringing over 30 years’ experience in general management to his role. Tony is a qualified marketeer, strategist and leader and has a background in chemistry. Tony took on the role of MD and eventually CEO and has led Lucideon to its market-leading position as a development and commercialisation organisation (DCO), specialising in materials technology, processes, and testing.
His day-to-day role encompasses leading the group and the management team, with a view to future proofing Lucideon with the CSO and making decisions on investments and spends.
Tony has lived and worked in the USA, Germany, South Africa, and the UK and brings his varied experience to his position as CEO and to his position as Director of Lucideon Group Ltd and all Lucideon companies.
Tony is a former Rugby Union player and cellist.
President of US Operations
Frank joined Lucideon in January 2017 as a specialist in business and technical management. He currently serves as President of Lucideon M+P, the US entity of the Lucideon group. Frank has a background in mechanical engineering, with over 30 years’ experience at GE in a variety of roles prior to joining Lucideon.
Frank holds a BSc from Lehigh University and an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State and holds multiple patents.
He brings his experience in product design and development, manufacturing engineering, service engineering, product planning and marketing, and R&D management to his day-to-day role overseeing all aspects of operations of Lucideon’s US business among three sites – Schenectady, Greenville, and Raleigh. Frank has a strong product background in power generation equipment – gas turbines, steam turbines and generators.
Frank is a board member of both the Lucideon Group and Lucideon M+P and is an avid fly fisherman, bicyclist, and kayaker.
Group Business Development Director
Noor joined Lucideon in April 2019 and has a specialist interest in business development and commercial leadership, although after spending 24 years in the speciality gases field in technical and commercial roles he also brings expertise in areas such as emissions monitoring and hydrogen applications.
Prior to joining Lucideon, he started in a lab-based role in 1989 and moved to a commercial role in 2001 after a short period in Product Management. He holds a degree in Chemistry and particularly enjoys organic chemistry, along with further CIM qualifications in marketing.
Noor leads the global commercial and business development activities for Lucideon, so day to day that can include discussions with clients on new programmes or managing ongoing programmes, coaching and supporting the sales team, working with Business Managers, liaising with other key business areas, especially delivery, technical and marketing to help “oil the wheels”, plus of course the measurement and monitoring that goes along with such as role such as business/budget planning, forecasting etc. He is a Director of Lucideon Limited and also a member of the Lucideon Group Board.
He is part of a husband-and-wife racing team, who compete in a national hillclimb and sprint championship for classic sport cars and are also part of the organising committee for the championship.
Dr Cathryn Hickey
AMRICC Chief Executive and a Director at Lucideon
Cathryn led the successful bid and is now Programme Director of the Strength in Places (SIPF) wave 2 programme entitled ‘Midlands Advanced Ceramics for Industry 4.0’ which was started in 2021. This comprises a 5 year research programme with MICG partners as well as the development of The AMRICC Centre as a go-to facility for ceramics innovation commercialisation. Cathryn is leading The AMRICC Centre facility access programme on behalf of industry.
Cathryn is also coordinating Lucideon’s contribution to the Foundation Industries Sustainability Consortium (FISC) through its participation in the Economiser Programme. This activity involves the implementation of data science and machine learning to enable manufacturing process optimisation in the ceramics sector, including shared learning with other foundation industries. Cathryn has a first class honours degree and PhD in Chemistry from University of Sheffield, 18 years experience in the downstream oil business and 10 years experience in vocational skills development for a variety of industries.
Chief Strategy Officer
Anike was appointed as CSO in 2018. In September 2022, she became Aegis Professor of Engineering Biology at the University of Bristol. In addition to her honorary professorship, she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of BrisEngBio, where she contributes to the strategic direction. Prior to specialising in strategic evaluations and company growth, Anike treated patients as a general dentist and managed clinical trials worldwide for two leading dental implant manufacturers. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and worked in finance and internal controls. She has qualifications in Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS), BCom Accounting Sciences, BCom (Honours) Internal Auditing, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a certificate in Foundations of Data Science.
Anike is based in Switzerland and provides a vast amount of knowledge and expertise when identifying opportunities and strategies for Lucideon to enter new markets, geographies, services and technologies.
Head of Human Resources (UK)
Jenny Ware joined the Lucideon team on 18th September 2023. Her specialism is HR, and she has a passion for helping to create an environment where colleagues can be their best and businesses can perform at their best through a combination of colleague engagement, learning & development, coaching, wellbeing, organisation design, culture, and supporting change and growth through the business.
Jenny comes to Lucideon with a wealth of experience, having spent over 25 years in her chosen field. She spent 10 years working in an IT engineering firm, creating IT systems for airports, with offices around the world, including Raleigh Durham in the US; a business with a very similar profile to Lucideon.
Jenny then spent 6 years at Citation who provide business services such as HR, H&S, ISO audits, and Fire Risk Assessments to SME businesses in the UK. During her time there the company went through a period of rapid growth but always focused on keeping people at the heart of what they did.
In her chosen role no two days are the same, ranging from strategic, big-picture, long-term projects, to supporting the team and colleagues across the business. One minute Jenny could be deep in a spreadsheet or a legal issue and the next, talking to a colleague about a sensitive issue. It’s this variety that Jenny finds so appealing about her role.
Being a full-time working mum to two girls doesn’t leave much time for hobbies, but Jenny loves getting out for walks with her whippet Bella, and occasionally visiting the gym for weight training.
Liz joined Lucideon June 2022 as our Operational Finance Director. She is a qualified ACCA Accountant and has been in her chosen field since leaving school, where she started her career in accounts admin.
Liz oversees the day-to-day finance function, which is made up of a team of 8 in UK and 4 in US. She develops finance systems, improving the quality of information to support Group operational and strategic decision making. She draws on her previous experience in various sectors including ceramics, textile manufacturing and importing, social housing and hospitality.
She is a Stoke City season ticket holder, along with her dad, husband and two sons. She enjoys food, pike fishing with her husband and is a keen dog walker of Seve the Slovakian pointer.
Advanced Materials & Processes Business Manager
Mark joined Lucideon in Autumn 2019 and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Warwick Business School. Mark’s first degree was in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, and in between he completed a diploma in Ceramic Technology.
Prior to joining Lucideon Mark has held Technical, R&D and Operations Director roles in the UK ceramic tableware manufacturing sector. During this time Mark has been involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives; from installing ERP systems, gaining ISO9001 and 14001 accreditations, designing and implementing new factory layouts as well as process automation projects.
Mark also managed the integration of a European ceramics operation acquisition into a UK business. During his time in industry Mark played an active role on various Technology Advisory Boards to help progress industry innovations and was responsible for the installation of the world’s only working installation of the ‘Flexible Flatware’ system – a concept initially proved by CERAM Research (now Lucideon).
As AMP Business Manager a typical day will involve team catchups and key project updates as well as coordinating the growth of Lucideon’s global ceramic consulting capability.
In his spare time Mark enjoys sailing as well as home projects, which more recently included dabbling in home based IOT projects using various microcontrollers. Getting to see the Space Shuttle launch was a major box tick, next up is to see a Space X Falcon Heavy and hopefully Starship, and maybe one day a rocket launch from UK soil!
Chief Marketing Officer
Richard joined Lucideon in July 2022 and brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge amassed over his 25 year career in a variety of engineering, business development, and marketing roles in Formula 1 (Tyrrell Racing), Aerospace (Rolls-Royce), and Consultancy (Talisman).
He holds a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, and an MBA. Richard is also a Chartered Engineer, and a member of both The Royal Aeronautical Society and The Chartered Institute of Marketing
After working in several engineering positions at Rolls-Royce during his early career, he took this technical experience into Product Marketing. Seconded to Seattle in 2002, he managed all Rolls-Royce’s Sales and Marketing activities onsite with Boeing. In 2005, he became Head of Marketing for Rolls-Royce’s Boeing programmes, before taking a senior role within the Future Programmes team, responsible for setting long-term strategic direction. He then ran Rolls-Royce’s Market Assessment team, and in 2016 assumed responsibility for leading all their Civil Aerospace marketing activities, being promoted to Senior Vice President.
After leaving Rolls-Royce in 2020, Richard set up his own business, Talisman Energy International, offering expertise as a specialist consultant in marketing and business development to companies offering products and services based on complex technologies.
Richard is a trustee/board member of the ISTAT (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading) Foundation, and the Chair of the ISTAT Foundation’s Promotions & Communications Committee; he is also an advisor on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Business Dean’s Council and still finds the time to play hockey, hold a Private Pilot’s Licence, and be a lifelong fan of Liverpool Football Club.
Vice President - US Commerce
Sean joined Lucideon in September 2014 with over 9 years’ industry experience and a specialism in biomedical engineering, biomechanics, business management, and sales.
He holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and used the combination of this and his wealth of industry knowledge, to climb the Lucideon ladder. Starting in a Technical Sales role for Healthcare and quickly moving to Business Manager – Healthcare in 2017, before subsequently becoming VP of US Commerce in 2022.
Sean’s key activities in a typical day include developing, driving and implementing commercial strategies to support cross-sector growth in the USA and Healthcare sector growth globally; working with the technical and commercial teams to develop client opportunities; reviewing proposals, contracts & NDAs; coaching the team through client-facing activities; driving new client conversations in key areas; and managing the key commercial metrics for the US business.
Sean is a dedicated sports fan (Liverpool & all things Philadelphia), he loves to cook, travel, and spend time with family.
US Chief Operating Officer
Steven Fetch joined Lucideon in April 2023 as COO, leading a highly motivated team to innovate, characterise and industrialise technologies to assist customers in solving complex material and engineering challenges.
He brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his various VP roles over the last 20+ years and holds a master’s in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Steven has a view to lead operations and supply chain excellence to transform, and turnaround and improve business performance.
Finance Director - Projects
Stephen joined Lucideon in October 2021 with over 36 years’ experience in his specialist area of accountancy.
His day-to-day role involves Finance Direction of projects, predominantly focusing on the SIPF and other large programmes that Lucideon are involved with.
Stephen is a senior finance professional in industries including IT, Financial Services and Services.
He has an impressive golf handicap of 6, is a father of four girls and is a practicing Christian.