Chris' career in electronics and semiconductors started at British Telecom Research Laboratories before joining a new joint venture between BT and US based DuPont in 1986. Chris was part of the founding team at Epitaxial Products International Ltd (EPI) in Cardiff in 1988 which became IQE plc in 1999 following a successful IPO.
With a background in science and engineering, Chris also holds an MBA and has held a number of senior management positions within the IQE Group. Chris is currently Director of CSconnected, representing the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster that is rapidly evolving across South Wales and the West of England.
Wyn received a MA (Physics) from Cambridge University and PhD from Heriot Watt University in blue semiconductor laser development. He has 25+ years of industrial experience gained at Ferranti, British Telecom Research Labs, Detica (now BAE), Sharp Research labs, IQE plc and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Ltd (now Sivers Semiconductors). Wyn is the founding Director of the Compound Semiconductor Centre, a Joint Venture between IQE Plc and Cardiff University, focussed on translation of R+D in compound semiconductor materials and devices, which has raised in excess of £80M in RD&I projects since 2017. He is a Non-Exec Director of The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, and Chair of ‘CSconnected’: a £43M project focussed on expanding the South Wales Compound Semiconductor Cluster to 2025. Wyn is a steering Board Member of The National Epitaxy Facility, Sheffield University, The Institute of Compound Semiconductors, Cardiff University, The Centre for Integrated Semiconductor Materials, Swansea University and The Quantum Metrology Institute, NPL. He is an advisor to EPSRC on Semiconductor technologies in ICT and Quantum, and Chaired the 2022 Quantum Hub mid-term review. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and was awarded an Honorary Distinguished Professorship by Cardiff University in 2021 in recognition of working with the School of Physics and Astronomy, providing expert advice on commercialisation of research.
As Programme Manager, Hazel supports the delivery of CSconnected SIPF to UKRI across the 12 partners. CSconnected SIPF is a UKRI Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) project, led by Cardiff University, that is building on regional strengths in advanced semiconductor materials and manufacturing.
Hazel has over ten years experience in the photonics sector working across academia and industry to support R&D. Hazel is passionate about the innovation landscape in Wales, not just through photonics, but including advanced manufacturing and AI.
Phil is the Development Manager for CSconnected, delivering business development activities that underpin the expansion of the compound semiconductor cluster across the South Wales region. Phil's responsibilities include identification and development of global market opportunities for the cluster’s research, development and innovation activities, as well as helping to develop an investment gateway service to enhance bespoke investment into the regional cluster.
Corinne is the Skills Manager for CSconnected, delivering skills and outreach activities that underpin the expansion of the compound semiconductor cluster across the South Wales region. Corinne's previous roles includes working alongside business and academics to investigate, source, develop and broker business and learning support solutions. Her experience has been gained through work in HE, FE, the Public and Private sector with internal and external stakeholders and partners.
Camille is the Marketing Manager for CSconnected, leading on communications and marketing activities that underpin the expansion of the compound semiconductor cluster across the South Wales region. Camille has 10 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to CSconnected, she served as Marketing Executive at IQE.
Nina is the Events Coordinator for CSconnected, delivering logistics for national and international events that CSconnected participate in. Nina joined the team in November 2021 as the CSconnected Administrative Officer and took on the role of Events Coordinator the following year.