The committee

The committee

 

The sme innovation alliance will support and defend the interests of uk high-tech innovative smes and liase with the government to create a better understanding of our needs.

 

John Mitchell

John Mitchell

 

Chairman SMEIA 

chairman@smeia.org 

 

John has been Managing Director of an SME since 1980 having a UK and more recently, a US software company. He is listed as an inventor on five speech recognition patents, one of which has been the subject of twelve years of successful patent enforcement litigation in the US.

 

He has campaigned for over a decade on changing the patent system. The UKIPO's Opinion Service is a non binding version of one proposal and the announced reduction on taxation for patent royalties another.

 

Chris Wilde

Chris Wilde

 

Director SMEIA

director@smeia.org

 

Having spent three decades as a practising dentist observing the failure of dental amalgam fillings, Chris studied alternatives as an honary research fellow at the school of engineering at exeter university, he has since enjoyed many of the vicissitudes associated with innovation as an SME.

 

Tim Crocker

Tim Crocker

 

Tim graduated in Physics from Bristol University in 1974, working initially in oil exploration and electronics, but returned to academic life as a Government Scientist at the UK Institute of Oceanographic Sciences doing early work on acoustic Doppler sensing of ocean currents. He went back into the commercial world as Chief Engineer at Valeport Ltd, and then set up SCIMAR Engineering Ltd intially as a manufacturing and services company for the ocean sciences sector. R&D work in Scimar has led to the set up of several spin out companies, including Green Energy Technologies Ltd and Tradewind Turbines Ltd, commerciallising developments in electrical power conversion and small scale wind turbines. Tim is author of international patents in a wide range of technologies, including vehicle communications, the 'Split-Pi' DC-DC converter technology. electric motors and wind turbines. Current R&D interests are in the power trains of electric and hybrid vehicles wind power generation, electrical energy conversion and storage.

 


Martin Lawrence

 

Martin Lawrence, educated at Newcastle and Cambridge Universities, over 30 patents (many restricted). MD, Cambridge Optical Sciences. Interests and specialities in Optical Physics. Former member of the national Measurement Service and former Chair of the East of England SMART winners club.