MEET THE TEAM


Founders

Michael Ayres

Managing
Director

Michael is an economist who has spent the last 15 years working in clean technology businesses across energy storage and commercial vehicle sectors,both developing technology and analysing complex energy problems. He was COO at the Dearman Engine Company and Head of Development at Highview Power Storage. Michael leads FPS’ commercial consulting and optimisation activities.

James Derby

Chief Engineer
Electrical Systems

James is a power electronics and machines specialist with more than 20 years’ experience of product development, manufacturing and applications engineering. He has worked extensively within the alternative energy and storage sector developing power projects and technology for URENCO, Flow Products, KTSI and MPE. James leads FPS’ site design, electrical infrastructure modelling and deployment work.

Dr Henry Clarke

Chief Engineer
Mechanical Systems

Henry is an engineer with 13 years’ experience of expanders, power conversion and refrigeration technology. Prior to joining FPS Henry was Head of innovation at the Dearman Engine Company running teams modelling, testing and developing energy storage, refrigeration and power generation systems. Henry leads FPS’ physical modelling and platform activity.


Platform & Product Development

Jim Brown
Senior Technical Advisor

Jim is an experienced CTO with 20+ years’ experience driving strategy, product delivery, analytics and operations. His corporate background includes roles
with Oracle, EDS, Kmart, Valeo and Symbian. Jim leads on system architecture and solution design topics.

Pranab Nath
Senior DevOps Engineer

Pranab is a computer engineering graduate with more than 20 years experience in IT product related initiatives. Pranab is responsible for system architecture, environment, integration, proprietary FPS tools, and the platform.

Dr Atakan Erdem
Senior Developer

Atakan has more than 25 years of softwaredevelopment, database administration, and data engineering experience, with Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. Atakan is responsible for FPS’ data architecture.

Dr Kiyoto Ichikawa
Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Kiyoto has a PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has more than 10 years’ experience in research and development of machine learning and computer vision. Kiyoto leads FPS Machine Learning development activities.

Dr Stephen Mangan
Principal Development Engineer

Stephen has 20 years’ expertise across all aspects of electronics development, from schematic design and PCB layout through to software development, manufacturing, and certification. Steve is responsible for FPS, device level control systems and their interface with the back office.

Nick Schulze
Principal Development Engineer

Nick is a Mechanical engineer with 10 years’ experience in product design and development. Nick is responsible for the mechanical and electrical integration of equipment onto electric vehicles and
site designs.


Analysts

Jonathan Saliba
Mechanical Engineering Analyst

Jonathan is a mechanical engineering analyst with experience of building services engineering design, commercial refrigeration and sub-sea engineeringfor oil and gas.Jonathan

Dr Jin Liu
Senior Analyst

Jin is a civil engineer who earned his PhD at Imperial College London investigating bioenergy potential of assets owned by 5 major water utilities through largescale data analysis and modelling. Jin is part of the FPS analyst team and specialises in tariff, energy and regression modelling.

Sofia Taylor
Senior Analyst

Sofia joined FPS following a PhD in Physics at University of Cambridge. Sofia is part of the FPS analyst team and specialises in asset selection and smart charging optimisation.

Ben Fletcher
Senior Analyst

Ben holds a Masters Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Management from Imperial College London. Ben is part of the FPS analyst team and specialises in journey data processing and simulation.


Commercial Team

Jess Carter
Comms consultant

Jess is a communications consultant for FPS. An ex BBC producer, she has extensive experience in journalism, broadcasting, film-making, media training and virtual events. After a long international career, Jess set up The Communication Space to help people tell the stories journalists want to hear. Net zero is increasingly making headlines and the story of EV is only going to get bigger.

Anne Gray
Corporate Development Executive

Anne has worked in and with companies large and small, predominantly around growth – whether organic or inorganic. She focusses on FPS’ market position and the needs of its customers within the rapidly changing decarbonisation landscape. Successful companies are those that best understand customer needs and can provide a solution that minimises cost and risk and maximises productive operational uptime.

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