Board of Directors

NMI currently has fifteen members on the executive board of directors. The role of the board is to ensure NMI’s activities are aligned to the interests of its members and operates within legal limits.

Biographies of each of the directors can be accessed using the links below.


Stan is CEO atNeul, a communications start-up company he joined in April 2013.  Prior to Neul, he was SVP Mobile Communications at NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), where he led the cellular business of LTE, 3G and 2G chipsets and software. That role followed the sale of Icera Inc to NVIDIA in 2011 for a total of $435M, a company which Stan co-founded and for which he was President & CEO from its start-up in 2002.  Before that, Stan was VP/GM of the DSL business unit of Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a role he took up after the sale to Broadcom of Element 14, Inc., another start-up fabless semiconductor company which Stan founded and ran as President & CEO before selling the company to Broadcom in late 2000 for $640M.  Prior to this, Stan was CEO of Acorn Group plc and a director of ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ: ARM). His earlier career includes 6 years with Rolls-Royceplc, the aerospace company, and 7 years with ICLplc, the IT products and services company now formed into Fujitsu Services.  He holds a degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, is a member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

After attaining his PhD, Hossein was a research fellow at the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining Imagination Technologies in February 1992, he was with STMicroelectronics and Inmos for eight years, where he set up and managed the DSP and digital video developments. Ultimately he became responsible for the system divisions, including research and development, manufacturing and marketing. Hossein joined Imagination Technologies in 1992 as CTO, joined the Board in 1995, and became CEO in 1998. He was knighted in the 2013 New Years Honours List for services to technology and innovation.
Stephen is VP Public Affairs at ARM. He is responsible for ARM’s involvement with and contribution to policy and government thinking across the world. Prior to joining ARM, Stephen was CEO, International Chamber of Commerce UK, where he represented the interests of a range of companies and focussed on various policy and international trade issues. Before that he worked for James Dyson as Head, International Business Development, where he introduced new products into new markets as well as accelerating growth in existing markets. He was once a British Diplomat, serving as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Washington, and Director, International Security at the Foreign Office in London. Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Stephen also spent 2003-4 at Harvard as a Fellow in International Affairs.
Derek graduated in 1984 with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and completed a Master of Business Administration in 1994. He has been with NMI since October 2001, firstly in a Business Consultant role, then as Chief Executive since April 2003. Derek has broad experience in the electronics and semiconductor industries coming from a background in Compaq, National Semiconductor and NEC. In 2010 the University of Glasgow awarded him the prestigious D.Univ for his services to the UK semiconductor industry and support for university research.

Patrick joined Nujira as vice president of silicon operations in 2011 A 25-year industry veteran. He spent more than 15 years in a variety of senior management positions in the fabless semiconductor sector. He joined Powervation from Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) where he served as vice president of product engineering. Prior to that he was a product engineering manager with Dialog Semiconductor and before that, he served as principal product engineer for GEC Plessey Semiconductor. His prior experience also includes engineering positions with National Semiconductor. Patrick is a director and board member of NMI. He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in electronics from Glasgow Caledonian University, and a postgraduate diploma in advanced manufacturing systems from Brunel University.

Ivor joined Cambridge Silicon Radio in April 2001. He was born in London and graduated in 1984 with a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Sussex. He began his career at the GEC Hirst Research Centre that year working on the development of a 1.5µm silicon-on-sapphire process with emphasis on process integration and device modelling. In 1988 he left GEC to join LSI Logic Ltd as they ramped up their UK facility. In 1991 he moved on to Austrian Micro-Systems in Austria working on the modelling and specification of their mixed-signal CMOS and BICMOS technology platforms. He joined CSR in April 2001, where he is now VP of Product Engineering. Mr Evans is a member of the IEEE.

Anthony O’Neill is Siemens Professor at Newcastle University, having joined in 1986 from Plessey Research (Caswell) Ltd. In 1994 he was Visiting Scientist at MIT and pioneered their work on strained Si MOSFETs.  In 2002 he became a Royal Society Industry Fellow with Atmel.  He was visiting professor at EPFL (Switzerland) in 2009.  He is the director of nanoLAB, Newcastle’s nano science and technology research centre, a Fellow of the IET and a director of the National Microelectronics Institute.  He took a leading role in establishing eFutures (, an EPSRC network aiming to maximise the impact of UK electronics research.  His research interests include: strained silicon and silicon carbide technologies; integrating new materials with nanoelectronics; and interconnects for integrated circuits.

Steve graduated in 1984 with a BSc in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and completed his MBA in 1992.He spent the first 16 years of his career at National Semiconductor in Greenock, latterly being responsible for National’s highest volume Wafer Fab.Since 2000 he has been involved in the Photonics industry working for JDSU, Nortel, Bookham and now Oclaro. His current role is VP of Wafer Fab Operations and he is responsible for Oclaro’s Wafer Fabs in the UK, Switzerland and Italy

Ian is Principal Staff Engineer at ARM Ltd of Cambridge, where his role is to nurture strategic technology and opportunities until their business value can be quantified. Apprenticed in electronics 1965-69, he graduated from University of Wales – Swansea, in 1975. He went on to work for  Pye-TMC, Philips, Plessey, GEC and Mitel  before joining ARM in 1998. As an electronic designer he gained wide experience of design and manufacture as the microelectronic/microelectronic system technologies evolved through this most exhilarating period.  His role is very outward facing and he is involved with many European Research Universities, Institutions and Government Bodies, as both advisor and technology scout. He is a frequent presenter on many European stages; an advocate of improved University/Industry relationships; Visiting Professor at the Universities of Liverpool and Plymouth; and the winner of the 2008 NMI award for his personal Contribution to Industry.

Liam Blackwell leads the Information and Communications Technology team at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC. Since October 2008 Liam has been responsible for the development and implementation of strategy for capability in ICT research and training at EPSRC.

Prior to joining the EPSRC in 2000, Liam Blackwell completed his PhD in material science at the University of Leeds and spent two years working at the technology centre of a Devon based clay mining company. At the EPSRC he has worked in the Physics Programme team, Engineering Programme team and on delivery of the EPSRC’s strategy for nanotechnology. Outside of work Liam is a keen hiker and skier.

Jan Reid has worked in economic development working with technology companies for over 20 years at Scottish, UK and global level. A graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University, Jan joined the Training Agency in Essex before returning home to Scotland and joined the new Scottish Enterprise in 1991.  She has developed and driven many new areas for Scottish Enterprise and most recently prior to her current position, Jan was Head of Aerospace and Defence, developing the Scottish Aerospace Strategy and working with the DTI on the UK Aerospace Strategy.  This role involved various Board memberships at UK level and international travel leading up to April 2008 when she started her current position with Enabling Technologies.  As Head of Enabling Technologies for Scottish Enterprise, her role includes the development and implementation of the Enabling Technologies Strategy for Scotland and the implementation of the new strategy for Information and Communication Technologies.


Geoff is responsible for leading a number of design process improvement projects within Broadcom and directing the development of Broadcom’s Firepath DSP processor. He graduated in 1984 from Oxford University and spent 5 years as a researcher in Oxford’s Programming Research Group. He joined ST Microelectronics in 1989 before joining start-up Element-14 in 1999. Element-14 was acquired by Broadcom in 2000.  Geoff is the author of 9 patents and 28 published papers. He has also made key contributions to programming language design (occam-3 and UBIK), microprocessor design and verification methodologies.

Michael spent 20 years within the semiconductor industry in a variety of roles from engineering, operations, quality and business groups. This spanned several companies including National Semiconductors, Digital Equipment, Motorola and Atmel.

He then took a position at E2V technologies of Chelmsford (formerly Marconi Applied Technologies) as Operations and Supply Chain Director for 7 years prior to joining BAE Systems Rochester in March of 2010. His role at BAE is the Operations and Supply Chain director. This entails the on time delivery of product to the customer, which requires the management of a large and diverse supply chain as well as the manufacture of systems and sub-systems within Rochester to cost and quality targets.

Peter Connock has been working in the semiconductor industry for over 35 years with positions in development, customer service, marketing and management at Edwards, Applied Materials and memsstar. His current role, Board Chairman at memsstar, has involved both operational and strategic activities in the global MEMS market and European secondary equipment industry. memsstar is Europe’s premier semiconductor equipment remanufacturer and services provider and serves the global MEMS marketplace, offering etch and deposition expertise, experience, proprietary and remanufactured systems and know-how to deliver innovative products and services for research, commercial R&D and production.
Peter has augmented his operational activities by establishing a long-term relationship with SEMI – serving on SEMICON, ISS and now the SEA committees in Europe for many years. These activities have now been complemented by his appointment to the nmi Board in the UK.
As well as working with memsstar Peter is closely involved in the ENIAC & ECSEL EU funding programme for technology with special responsibility, as part of the AENEAS industrial association, for encouraging SME involvement in EU funded projects.
Peter specialises in working with SME’s at Board level in strategic marketing and business development. He is currently on the Board of several SME’s and industrial organisations.