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New Non-Executive Directors Appointed at Seren As Company Scales-Up


Seren Photonics, the award winning developer of semi-polar GaN templates for super high power LEDs, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Jenks and Nick Goddard as a Non-Executive Directors.

Ian has over 30 years’ experience of growing leading edge technology businesses in the USA and Europe, with specific knowledge of semiconductor technologies. He is currently a board director of publicly listed Optimal Payments, Birdstep Technology and Transmode AB, and venture backed companies Econic Technologies, Nexeon and Smartkem. Earlier in his career, he was President – Lasers and Fibre Optics at JDS Uniphase, Executive Chairman of Evo Electric, Chairman of Quantasol and Partner in Crescendo Ventures. Ian has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Bristol. Ian will be the Finance Wales appointed Board representative.

Nick worked for 12 years as an industrial engineer (at Rolls Royce, BP, ERA Technology and QinetiQ) before becoming an investment banker in 1997.   During his time in the City he specialised in financing fast-growing technology companies.   He left in 2005 to work as a consultant advising government and corporate entities on the commercialisation of technology and also acted as an interim manager at various technology start-up companies.   Nick now works full time as the CFO of Spinetic Energy Ltd.

He has an MA in Physics (Cambridge) and a PhD in Materials Engineering (Imperial College) and is both a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist. Nick will be the IP Group appointed Board representative.

Dr Godfrey Ainsworth, Seren’s Chairman said,
“Ian and Nick’s appointments are timely and make a valuable addition to our Board at a time of transition into pre-production scale manufacturing”.

Commenting on the two appointments, Dr Carl Griffiths CEO said “I’m thrilled to have appointed both Nick and Ian.  Their experience and expertise speaks for itself and they are both eager to make a significant contribution as we grow and expand the business. ”