19 Jan 2018

New Ploughshare Innovations board members announced

Ploughshare Innovations, the technology transfer office for the UK Ministry of Defence has announced the appointment of two new Non-executive Directors to its board.

Professor Penny Endersby and Dr Cerys Rees OBE will fill the vacancies left by Jenni Henderson and Dame Wendy Hall.

Piers White, Chairman of Ploughshare Innovations welcomed the appointments, highlighting the pair’s experience and skills.

He said: “We have worked hard to ensure we have the right balance of skills, experience and backgrounds to match the ambitions of the company. Penny and Cerys bring considerable energy and experience and I am sure their contributions will help us refine and deliver our strategy.”

Professor Endersby is currently the Division Head of Cyber and Information Systems Division at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), where she has significantly developed the Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio.

Commenting on her appointment, Professor Endersby said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve as a Non-executive Director for Ploughshare. Having followed the fortunes of the company from its inception and worked for many years to encourage the generation of the IP, it will be fascinating to see the details of how it is taken forward. I look forward to a productive relationship and hearing about many more fascinating technological innovations.”

Dr Rees is the Dstl Fellow for Chemical and Biological (CB) Analysis and Attribution with responsibility for the delivery of Dstl’s research and operational capability in this area to meet the requirements of defence and security stakeholders in the UK.

Dr Rees commented: “It is a privilege to have been selected to join the Ploughshare board as a Non-executive Director. Having worked in both fundamental research and in the exploitation of new technologies for many years, I’m excited at the prospect of being able to contribute to the full exploitation of the ground-breaking research which is conducted in government.”

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