Damien McDonnell OBE

Bsc., PhD., Dsc., Cphys, FInstP

Damien is a distinguished scientist who led the research and development of liquid crystal technology for the UK government. Damien set up and developed the Defence Diversification Agency from a government white paper, commercialising defence research and technology for the benefit of the UK economy. Prior to that, he held a number of posts in the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA).

He has an honorary professorship and Doctor of Science degree from Hull University. He received an OBE in the 1997 New Year’s Honours List. He has published over 70 scientific papers, & 200 patents on liquid crystal materials. physics and devices.

Professor David Hughes

FREng, CDir

David is a Chartered Director and consultant advising CEOs on innovation strategy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and holds an MSc in Engineering and an Honorary Doctor of Technology, Loughborough University. He is a visiting Professor in Engineering Management at City University. He chairs advisory Boards at City and Loughborough universities.

Prakash Bhundia

Prakash is an economist and a Chartered Accountant, and as such is responsible for the financial analysis and feasibility studies for projects presented to Quantum Innovation Centre.

Where projects are developed to commercialisation, Prakash leads the finalisation of the commercial, financial, legal and tax structures.

He also runs his own property portfolio here in the UK, and has joint venture interests in Africa, for which he has a special passion.

Jan Burke

Jan is an experienced principal consultant working in the areas of strategy alignment and deployment, process management, process re-engineering and continuous improvement. She also specialises in customer/ supplier interface perception measurement in regulatory and sensitive environments and has managed a number of customer/ supplier studies in Utilities and Defence research. She has a proven track record of delivering improvement through process re-engineering and developing quality management systems in multi-sited and multi functional organisations. She has worked extensively in Utilities, the Criminal Justice System, Defence Research Agencies and Pharmaceuticals.

Danny Burke

Danny is an experienced principal consultant who has worked extensively in the Private and Public Sector. He specialises in working with Senior Management teams in the Areas of Strategy Alignment and Deployment, Process Management and Re-engineering. He has also led and managed major projects and studies in the areas of Partnership building, Customer Supplier Interface issues and Outsourcing. He has worked extensively in Utilities, the Nuclear Industry, Pharmaceuticals, Defence Research, Government agencies, National Offender Management Service including National Probation Service and Her Majesty’s’ Prison Service, the Outsourcing Sector, Telecommunications and the Food Industry.

Sarah Yar Khan

Sarah is responsible for keeping the team together, ensuring the smooth and seamless communication essential for success. She coordinates networking and other events including marketing issues, as well as handling Quantum Innovation Centre’s administrative matters, including accounting and statutory requirements. Sarah graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Multimedia Computing.