Senior management

Dr Jeremy Silver – CEO

Jeremy Silver is CEO of the Digital Catapult. He is an author and entrepreneur specialising in digital media, big data, music and the creative industries. He is a non-executive director of a number of early stage companies in music and media. He is a member of the UK Creative Industries Council and was Executive Chairman of Semetric Ltd (acquired by Apple), CEO of Sibelius Software (acquired by Avid) and Worldwide Vice-President of New Media for EMI Group in Los Angeles. He was an advisor to the founders of Shazam. He co-founded Uplister in San Francisco, which was the world’s first playlist-sharing music service. He is the author of an acclaimed book Digital Medieval: the first twenty years of music on the web – and the next twenty. His discussion paper Blockchain or Chaingang was published by CREATe at the University of Glasgow, where he is an Industry Fellow.

Jessica Rushworth – Director of Government Engagement and Policy

Jessica joined the Digital Catapult in November 2015 in the role of Director of Government Engagement and Policy. Her 15 year civil service career has covered many roles; including leading industry engagement with the cyber security sector while at the Cabinet Office and examining high profile issues including emerging technologies, cyber security skills and research and the Life Sciences strategy while at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport. Most recently she has worked with a large number of stakeholders to develop the innovative IoTUK programme. She will use her experience in policy-making, programme development and the interface between government and business to help the Catapult to develop deeper relationships and greater collaboration across government.

Noeline Sanders – Chief Financial Officer

Noeline has over 15 years of finance director leadership in blue chip international and European organisations. She has developed, coordinated and implemented financial strategies in high growth digital technology and telecoms organisations including Apple and Equant. In addition, Noeline has over 5 years management leadership in UK startup and entrepreneurial companies, where she helped commercialise e-commerce, cloud based technologies and gained experience of SMEs. Her early career as a chartered accountant was with Ernst & Young. She is on the trustee board of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in the City, London. She is particularly interested in commercialising technologies and the role of technology innovation for societal good. Noeline is responsible for finance and operations at the Digital Catapult.

Geraldina Iraheta – Director of Business Development

Geraldina is responsible for business development at Digital Catapult. In her role she engages directly with UK corporates to help drive a culture of innovation and empower businesses to prosper and scale through the application of leading-edge digital technologies.

She brings a wealth of experience to the business, having previously held key positions at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, as well as Critical Path Inc. in San Francisco. This level of expertise that Geraldina brings to Digital Catapult is further strengthened by her experience working with start-ups, academia and investors, both in the UK and internationally.

Marko Balabanovic – Chief Technology Officer

Marko is a creative technology leader with over 20 years’ experience developing innovations in academia, corporations and startups in both the UK and US. A key part of his role is to drive innovation by bringing together expertise from the creative, research and development fields and to ensure Digital Catapult remains at the forefront of key trends and emerging technologies.

Marko has been instrumental in bringing several new technologies to market including the first betting exchange. Most recently he worked at a startup, State, to launch a digital global opinion network. Formerly, he was head of innovation at, where he led the design of an array of award winning mobile apps. Marko studied Computer Science at Cambridge University, has a PhD from Stanford and is also a non-executive director at NHS Digital.

Amanda Kamin – Director of Marketing, Communications and Events

Amanda is a senior communications specialist with 17 years spent experience in European in-house and agency roles. She currently leads Digital Catapult’s marketing, communications and events.  Previously she was part of VisionFund International’s Senior Executive Team, supporting World Vision’s microfinance arm across 30 markets. As Visa Europe’s Head of Policy and Issues Management, Amanda was responsible for protecting the organisation’s reputation, primarily through media engagement across the region. Her previous experience also includes international roles with Motorola (EMEA Head of Mobile Devices PR) and government Quango Food from Britain. Amanda is a Trustee of Community Risk Services in Lambeth, the UK’s first council-facilitated insurance offering to community groups and not-for-profits, and also a Board Director of the Financial Inclusion Forum.  

Richard French

Richard French – Legal Director

A barrister with more than 18 years of experience, Richard joined Digital Catapult from Cisco, where he was director of legal services and managed a team to support the company in the emerging markets. As well as a period as a barrister in independent practice in chambers, Richard has formerly provided in-house counsel to Xerox, Netigy (later bought by ThruPoint), StreamServe and PA Consulting.  Richard has a broad role encompassing Catapult legal compliance and risk management, intellectual property capture and exploitation, and advises on contractual and regulatory aspects of digital commerce, media and IT development and acquisition, and has particular interests in open innovation, startup formation and financing, and web welfare law. Richard has a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Exeter, a CPE Diploma in Law from the College of Law in London and was called to the Bar in 1995. Richard is also company secretary.

Allyssa Gregory – HR Director

Allyssa joined the Digital Catapult in November 2014. As HR Director, she is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all HR activities. Allyssa is focused on building the organisation so that it can scale and has depth of expertise, as well as building an agile and open team environment that is both rewarding and fun. Allyssa’s early career was in Executive Search, where she was instrumental in placing proven business leaders into early stage VC backed technology businesses. More recently, she has held HR leadership roles in a number of entrepreneurial technology organisations, including mBlox Ltd, where she was VP Global HR and Facilities Operations. Allyssa has a French degree from Warwick University and is a member of the CIPD.

Ray Lambe – Director of Programme Delivery

As Director of Programme Delivery, Ray is responsible for ensuring Digital Catapult’s programme of projects and services is delivered on schedule and to budget whilst delivering targeted impact.

Ray graduated from the University of London with a degree in Physics with Astrophysics, before spending 16 years at the National Physical Laboratory as a Research Scientist and Programme Manager. Ray also worked for a further seven years as a Programme Director and Contract Director for Serco, managing a series of programmes and contracts for central government. More recently, he has successfully delivered a range of small and large scale projects in the higher education sectors, primarily acting as a Consultant to the Vice Chancellor’s Group in a number of universities.

With a career in programme and operational management, alongside a technical background, Ray is keen to support his colleagues at Digital Catapult to deliver the greatest possible impact for the UK digital economy.

Ran Katzir – Director of Engineering

As Director of Engineering at Digital Catapult, Ran brings 20 years’ experience managing technology across various domains in the UK and Israel, including IoT, cyber security and Big Data. Ran studied computer engineering at Technion Institute of Technology and also has an MSc in Electronic Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the Technion.

Prior to joining Digital Catapult, Ran was the CTO of VisualDNA (now Creditinfo UK) where he re-architected the products and data pipeline and migrated from a local data centre to AWS (Amazon Web Services). He was also responsible for introducing Big Data technologies to various government offices in Israel along with leading agile and DevOps transformations.

Originally a DPS engineer, Ran developed real-time embedded systems which analysed sensor data and processed audio and Datacom signals. He gained his cyber security expertise, and specialised in low level vulnerabilities hunting for IT software and hardware while working for Verint and later on for the government

Paul Durrant

Paul Durrant – Creative Leader in Residence

Paul Durrant is a creative business development specialist with a focus on creating win/win impacts arising from public and private sector collaborations in the digital economy. Paul has a bio-business related MSc awarded by Brunel University. He’s worked extensively across the skills, talent and research agendas at the interface of universities and business. Paul pioneered and developed the Dare to be Digital competition, recognised as international best practice in video games talent development. Dare is the exclusive pathway to a BAFTA award and was celebrated in Channel 4’s Crunchtime documentary series. Paul also developed, fundraised and delivered the UK Video Games Prototype Fund which supported over 70 UK companies. Paul is the Founder and Chief Executive of UK Games Talent and Finance Community Interest Company. He is also a Director of stakeholder engagement consultancy Proving Ground Ltd and software company Speech Sentinel.

Technology Experts

Rebecca Gregory-Clarke – Lead Technologist (Immersive Technology)

Rebecca is the Lead Technologist in immersive technology, exploring new applications for virtual and augmented reality in a variety of industries. She is working to push forward the possibilities of VR and AR. Previously, Rebecca worked as a Development Producer for BBC Connected Studio, delivering a range of digital innovation projects, including a set of ambitious experimental VR pilots. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Engineer for BBC R&D, where her main focus was on developing front-end software for prototypes that enhance the viewing of large, live events such as the Commonwealth Games 2014. Rebecca has also worked as an Antenna Engineer at Deltenna Ltd, and more recently as a producer on BBC Click. Her background is in Electronic Engineering, having studied at the University of Bristol and Télécom Paris.

Aurelien Simon – Head of Immersive

As Head of Immersive at Digital Catapult, Aurelien’s goal is to help drive the immersive technology market in the UK at this crucial point. He was previously Head of VR at innovation studio UNIT9. In his time there, he led immersive projects for Google, Samsung, Microsoft and Oculus. His work includes SXSW’s Innovation Awards finalist “Samsung: Bedtime VR Stories”, as well as immersive films “Backwater” and “Real Memories” for MINI.

Coming from the creative and media industry, Aurelien has led VFX Studio FGreat and acted as the Head of Development for Opus Entertainment. His content production expertise covers a broad range from digital, film, VFX and gaming.

Anat Elhalal – Head of Technology, Lead Technologist (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning)

Dr. Anat Elhalal is the lead technologist for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Digital Catapult. She provides technological leadership across industry sectors and programmes, with a focus on identifying innovation and adoption barriers specific to AI, along with developing interventions to address those barriers.

Anat is a researcher in analysing and predicting behaviour with over 15 years  of academic and industry experience, based on research, real world data and mathematical modelling.

Previously, Anat led global data science teams at a number of startups within the vibrant London scene including: Peak – the cognitive training app; VisualDNA – consumer profiling for fair credit card scoring; and also Faroo a distributed peer-to-peer search scheme.

Anat trained in physics, statistical modelling and cognitive science, and has a PhD in modelling human memory using neural networks. Her interests include distributed ledger technology, baking and rock climbing.

Michele Nati – Lead Technologist (Personal Data and Trust)

Michele Nati is Lead Technologist for Personal Data and Trust at Digital Catapult. He works on identifying barriers and defining required interventions for creating new personal data-driven, user-centric services, while retaining user privacy and building trust. He focuses on different sectors, including health and wellbeing and digital manufacturing. He’s currently investigating the impact and role of decentralized solutions (blockchain, IPFS, Solid and other) in the personal data ecosystem as well as the creation of other compliance tools and implications of the GDPR. He helps to manage the Personal Data and Trust Network.

Previously, Michele was Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), University of Surrey, where he was Principal Investigator on a number of EU funded projects, at the intersection between the Internet of Things, mobile phone sensing and personal data. He obtained a PhD degree in Computer Science in 2008 from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and worked as researcher at the Northeastern University of Boston.

Alex Gluhak – Head of Technology, Lead Technologist IoT

Dr Alex Gluhak is the Lead Technologist for IoT at Digitial Catapult, where he is responsible for setting the technology directions in the area of IoT and the creation of strategic programmes and their delivery.  He has nearly 15 years’ of research experience in academia and industry. Since 2006 he has been working in the area of mobile computing and IoT at companies such as Intel Labs, Ericsson and at the University of Surrey. He completed a Dipl.-Ing.(FH) degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg, Germany in 2002 and a PhD degree at the University of Surrey in 2006.

Alex has extensive experience in collaborative Research and Innovation (R&I) activities both at a national and European level. Since 2006 he has successfully initiated over 10 large scale R&I projects and testbeds in the area of IoT. He has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers on IoT related research in application fields such as smart cities, energy and water systems. He has a holistic understanding of IoT systems from devices to cloud, including communications, information processing, data management and application enablement. His current work focuses on lowering barriers for innovation around Low Power Wide Area Networks and establishing common market places for IoT data across heterogeneous IoT platforms.

Andrea Gaglione – IoT Technologist

Dr Andrea Gaglione is an IoT Technologist at Digital Catapult, where he is responsible for initiating and developing new innovation projects in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT). He has over 10 years’ experience in academia and industry, researching networked embedded systems, especially sensor networks and wearable systems, and their integration into the IoT. His current work focuses on fostering and driving business adoption of IoT and Low Power Wide Area Networks, and establishing common market places for IoT data across heterogeneous platforms. Andrea was previously a senior researcher at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, and a research scholar at the University of Southern California. Andrea holds a PhD in Computer and Automation Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli.

Dritan Kaleshi – Lead Technologist (Future Networks, 5G Fellow)

Dritan is an experienced technologist and researcher in communication networks, distributed system design and data interoperability in IoT for over 20 years. Dritan joined Digital Catapult as a 5G Fellow from the University of Bristol. There he led a 15-strong research team, strategically combining fundamental research with strong industrial collaboration, making a wide range of contributions and practical implementations in networking, interoperability, smart energy, cities and digital health, including large projects like SPHERE and Bristol Is Open demonstrators.

As 5G Fellow, his interests are on national 5G testbeds’ coordination which best support SME innovation and technical advances on new 5G network architectures, identity and user profile data management and IoT support. Dritan has published over 65 papers, holds three patents and has edited two international standards on interoperability. He has represented the UK in various international standardization bodies and served on/chaired international conferences and technical committees. He is seconded as a 5G Fellow to the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, and is also a Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Bristol. Dritan received his PhD from the University of Bristol and an Electronic Engineering MEng degree (with Excellence) from Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Teresa Macchia – Experiential Researcher

Teresa Macchia is an Experiential Researcher at Digital Catapult, where she is carrying out research for enhancing the next generation of the Internet of Things (IoT). Teresa has spent the last 10 years in multidisciplinary private and public environments in applied information technology and human-computer interaction research and development. Her passion for understanding human and technological innovation, and her competencies and degrees in art, sociology, and computer science brought her to work at the Aalto Media Lab, the Finnish National Gallery and the University of California.

Dr. Irene Lopez de Vallejo – Director of Collaborative Research, Regional and International Development

Irene is responsible for leading Digital Catapult’s international collaborative Research and Development programme and is also tasked with organising the company’s regional and international development strategy. In her role she brings to the table forward thinking business leaders and unique ideas and combines the two to help solve the socio-economic challenges of multiple businesses, across multiple countries. She brings a wealth of experience to the business, having previously devoted over 20 years to multidisciplinary applied technology research and international policy development across the fields of robotics, high-value manufacturing, the Internet of Things and, more recently AI, 5G and cybersecurity.