We are an experienced and entrepreneurial team who choose to work in partnership with other entrepreneurs.
We are international and multi-disciplinary
We offer vision, imagination and a global network of technical and commercial contacts
With a deep understanding of the technologies we invest in, we have the insight to see how a new solution can exploit a technological advantage to expand an existing market or create a new one
We have the operational experience to help inventors, scientists and engineers alike to make their vision a reality, and develop fast-growing companies whilst avoiding commercial pitfalls
We have a track record of successfully raising funds for investment in renewable energy technologies and meeting investor milestones whilst developing that technology into a profitable commercial proposition
We offer a partnership based upon far more than just capital.
David is a founding Director of Viridis Navitas Capital Partners Ltd and a highly commercial, innovative and success driven individual. He is also an entrepreneur with a strong electronic, electro-mechanical, automotive and heavy engineering background.
Following 10 years of military service operating throughout the world, David spent the next 10 learning the commercial realities of international business by apprenticing himself to the most successful business owners and companies he could find. During this time he was tasked across a broad range of industries including, leisure, entertainment, automotive, telecoms, advertising and IT.
His corporate roles have included: Project Management, New Business Procurement, Financial Restructuring, Technical Creation and Support, IT Solution Creation & Delivery, Training Program Creation & Delivery and Change Management.
In 1999 he formed his own Telecoms consultancy and later that year created Trans Global Network Services, the world’s first global fibre optic leasing operator.
After successfully exiting TGNS in 2002 with annual revenues of $27m, David accepted the role of Commercial advisor to the then Maltese Minster of Finance, The Right Hon Mr John Dalli where he formed part of a 3-man team charged with redesigning the Countries FDI programme, agencies and Industrial Estate Management.
Successful completion of this project delivered a ‘step change’ in Government attitude toward FDI procurement, Business Promotion and even its own work force, pre the Country’s accession to Europe.
In 2004 David continued his career by taking on international consultancy roles within the restructuring IT and telecoms sector and later within the emerging renewable energy industry.
He returned to the commercial ‘start-up’ market place in 2008, designing and building an “outsourced” Debt Management and Cash Collection business for top 50 London accountancy practice, Simmons Gainsford LLP. SG Debt Management was initially created to assist SG clients post-recession but today has exceeded that brief. The business currently manages annual cash collections in excess of £13m and continues to quietly attract new clients.
In mid-2009, David was invited to lead the design team in building an ‘algae to fuel’ Photo Bio Reactor for a US project. In mid-2010 working with the same US affiliates, he went on to manage the design and build of an innovative ‘oleophilic membrane’ crude oil recovery rig. With support from the US Department of Energy, the machine was deployed in the Gulf of Mexico and trialled as part of the Deep Water Horizon clean-up operation.
In September 2010 upon his return from the USA, David joined forces with Mark and formed Viridis Navitas Capital Partners Ltd (VN-CP) specifically to target the renewable energy start-up funding gap experienced by inventors, engineers and scientists alike.
Since inception VN-CP has delivered 9 successful funding rounds for platform technology application spinouts raising in excess of £3M via HMRC Pre approved Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes & Enterprise Investment Schemes. The above-mentioned experiences have allowed David to build up a broad network of contacts throughout Governments and industries alike that he leverages to the benefit of any company he works with. Understanding the financial risk versus reward balance for investors, as a ‘real’ investor himself, he brings an unusual but extremely useful skill set to the company.
David manages the day-to-day operation, marketing, commercial due diligence, project creation, and IP portfolios for VN-CP, he is an equity participant in, and Commercial Director for, all VN spin-off SPV’s.
Mark is also a founding Director of Viridis Navitas Capital Partners Ltd and another highly motivated, tenacious, achievement orientated individual who constantly delivers on business margin and project targets.
Be it participating in successful IT start-ups, or working within a ‘FTSE 500’ company, Mark brings more than 20 years successful operating experience at senior and executive sales management level to VN-CP.
Mark’s most recent corporate role was managing COLT Managed Services strategic markets region (6 countries and 27 employees). In his last year he delivered over £30m in revenues (118% against target) and nearly £13m of new business bookings (122% against target). This achievement was coupled with the process of transitioning the pre-sales technical architects, with corporate incentive structures to technical consultants holding personal incentive schemes.
Prior to this Mark held a number of senior Business Development roles including; Dimension Data for over 4 years, significantly exceeding revenue, bookings and margin targets in each of the 4 years he was there; GTS Carrier Services; and TGNS S.A.
In between these roles, Mark started Big Picture Interactive, a new digital multimedia and interactive web company, creating year 1 revenues in excess of £1m.
Upon leaving the Royal Navy where he was a serving officer, he converted an antique shop into a pub and restaurant, operating it successfully for 2 years before exiting via a private sale.
Mark manages sales and operations for VN-CP and is also an equity participant in, and Director of, all VN spin-off SPV’s.
Mick is a highly experienced Senior Executive Manager, with a referenceable track record in the development, construction, operation and management of power generation projects and businesses (renewable and conventional energy) in Europe. Mick also has significant knowledge and experience of Private Equity and Commercial Banking Finance and Risk Management.
He has particular skills in the development of renewable projects, particularly the negotiation and management of EPC contracts for the construction of Power Plants, fuel supply and Power Take-off agreements (PTA’s) together with operation and maintenance contracts.
Mick also advises private institutions on energy related issues and asset management.
This expertise has been gained in a number of professional and commercial roles over the last 28 years. Aged 54, his skills mix reflects core training as an engineer, leadership roles in Joint Venture companies and blue chip power generation companies.
Since 2004, Mick has provided independent practitioner and advisory services to private investors, government agencies and independent power companies.
Mick was instrumental in the contract restructuring of the Elettra business in Italy, resulting in a successful €170m refinancing in 2007 and went on to manage their power business in Italy comprising 230MW of CCGT power plant utilising industrial producer gases to co-fire the gas turbines. Mick has also developed wind, biomass and solar projects in the EU working with a strong network of contacts.
Mick manages technical oversight and engineering due diligence for VN-CP and is also an equity participant in, and Technical Director of VN – H Power Generation Ltd.
Professor J.J. Ramsden
Jeremy is Honorary Professor of Nanotechnology, at Buckingham University UK.
Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Princeton, and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne where he obtained his doctorate in the Institute of Chemical Physics for research on semiconductor nanoparticles.
He held the post of visiting scientist at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (Laboratory of Chemical Engineering), Zürich (1993) and the Biocenter (Institute of Biophysics) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged (1987).
Jeremy worked for 12 years at the Basel Biocenter (Institute of Biophysical Chemistry), served as a Member of the Faculty of Natural Philosophy of Basel University 1994–2002. Chair of Nanotechnology at Cranfield University 2002–2012 and Research Director for Bionanotechnology, Cranfield University at Kitakyushu 2003–2009.
His main research focus today is integrated-optic and optical fibre sensors, complex adaptive systems, and emergent nano-info-bio-cogno converging technologies. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 research articles published in international referenced journals, made a comparable number of conference presentations, co-invented three patents, written or edited a dozen books, chaired several international conferences, and served as visiting professor in Argentina, France, Hungary and Japan.
Jeremy is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (London) and a IUPAC Fellow.
Jeremy manages scientific due diligence and university liaison for VN-CP and is also an equity participant in, and Scientific Director of VN -Aerotoxic Detection Solutions Ltd.
Steven is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
He read Economics at the London School of Economics, gaining a BSc Honours Degree in 1981, studied for his articles and qualified in 1985 receiving an associate membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales later in that year.
In addition to work in the tax field, Steven has also had a significant amount of commercial experience, advising and consulting corporate entities on a wide range of matters.
Up until 2020 Steven was senior partner at Simmons Gainsford LLP a top 50 London Accountancy practice.
He has been a Director of an Australian Stock Exchange Quoted company and is currently Chairman of an International payments solution company.
Steven manages tax and finance for VN-CP whilst also participating in his own Strauss Advisory Consultancy.
Keith is Professor of Electrochemical Engineering, at Newcastle University, UK.
Educated at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he obtained his doctorate in the Chemical Engineering for research on electrochemical synthesis, cell design and scale-up. Prior to this he held the position of Professor of Electrochemistry at the University of Teesside.
He has an international reputation in the field of electrochemical science and engineering, His main research and development focus is in fuel cell and electrolyses technologies, batteries and bio-electrochemical system, with a focus on membrane and catalyst materials, cell design and scale-up.
He has successfully managed or coordinated over 30 projects at a national and EU level, funded by EPSRC, TSB, Innovate UK, EU, MOD/DERA and the Carbon Trust. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 research articles published in international referenced journals, made a comparable number of conference presentations, co-invented three patents, written or edited a dozen books, chaired several international conferences.
Keith has been instrumental in establishing spin out companies NewChem Technologies Ltd. and Newcell technologies Ltd, who operate in the areas of electrochemical energy technologies, environmental protection and synthesis, and has worked as a consultant for many international companies.
He is fully conversant with international banking process requirements and regularly represents and/or advises clients negotiating commercial bank funding or repayment proposals.
Keith is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Chair in Propulsion Systems, Faculty of Engineering Nottingham University
Professor of Mechanical Engineering with a background in low carbon propulsion systems within both academia and industry.
2016 – Professor & Director of Powertrain Research Centre, University of Nottingham
2016 – 2016 Deputy Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Brunel
2014 – 2016 Director of Teaching and Learning, Brunel University London
2013 – 2016 Professor of Automotive Engineering, Brunel University London
2010 – 2013 Senior Lecturer, Brunel University London
2006 – 2009 Principal Research & Development Engineer, MAHLE Powertrain Ltd.
2003 – 2006 Senior Research & Development Engineer, Cosworth Technology Ltd.
2000 – 2002 Development Engineer, Cosworth Technology Ltd.
Trevor is an Electro/Mechanical Design Engineer with over 20 years extensive experience within the Power Generation and Process industries providing design services for Plant upgrades and special-to-type Test Equipment for major projects particularly associated with emissions control and plant performance assessment. Possessing a comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of Design for Manufacture and a working knowledge of Control and Instrumentation Systems design and implementation together with production of Plant Layout and Control System drawings for both Safe and Hazardous areas.
Current projects include: Electro/Mech. Design Mechanical Handling Equipment within a Nuclear environment C & I Design Pneumatic Systems design design and integration of handling equipment for security cleared environment -Test Systems Design and Development Test Rigs Control Panel Layout. Plant layout for purpose built Nuclear-handling facility. Civil and Mechanical handling Interfaces. AWE MENSA Project with SC Clearance.
Previous experience has been gained delivering: Electro/Mech. Design C & I Design Control Systems for Combustion, Generation and Process Plant Test Systems Design and Development Fuel Transport Systems Test Rigs Control Panel Layout Mechanical Handling Equipment Plant Safety QA.
Tom Benzie MSc CEng MRAeS
Tom is an engineer. He has been in the aerospace industry for almost 36 years. He has worked with companies worldwide and has specialised in engineering the systems that provide conditioning to both people and equipment. He is passionate about ensuring that aircraft passengers can arrive at their destinations no less healthy than when they departed. This is why he is involved in this project.
Dr M Mamlouk
Dr M Mamlouk
Mohamed is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Engineering at University of Newcastle with an area of expertise in Electrochemical Engineering Science.
Ph.D. Electrochemical Engineering: Investigation of High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells, Newcastle University, August 2008.
M.Sc. Chemical Engineering: Applied Process Control (Distinction), Newcastle University, Sept 2003.
Fellow of the UK higher education academy (D2 UKPSF)
European Energy Research Alliance steering committee
Society of Chemical Industry
Carisma European Coordination Action on increasing the impact of research European COST action on fuel cell durability
Electrochemical Technology Group executive committee ECTG (SCI)
Energy Group (SC)
EPSRC- £1.5m (PI), EP/W005204/1. £10m programme grant: Ocean Renewable energy Fuel (Dec 2021- Nov 2026)
EPSRC- £450k (PI), EP/T00939X/1 Next generation anion-exchange membranes (AEM) with covalently-bound antiradical functions for enhanced durability (Oct 2020- March 2024)
EPSRC–£264k (CoI), EP/T025522/1 Sustainable Heavy Duty Truck, Marine and Rail Transport SMaRT (Oct 2020- Sept 2023)
EPSRC-£740k (CoI), EP/S032134/1 A network for hydrogen-fuelled transportation (£1m), EP/R020744/1 earth abundant metal air batteries (Oct 2019-Sept 2023)
Research group: Electrochemical science and engineering
My research vision is “Electrochemistry, a solution for our future challenges, the answer to renewable energy storage and water purification”.
include: Energy storage and conversion by electrochemical technologies: including fuel cells, electrolyzers, metal-air and redox batteries. Electrochemical engineering. Membrane Science & Engineering with focus on Anion Exchange membranes and their degradation. Electro-dialysis and reverse electro-dialysis.
Dr. Mamlouk is lecturer at Newcastle University (since May 2016) and he is currently holding a Research Fellowship at Newcastle University (NEW) on anion exchange membranes development (2014-2017). He has published 43 papers in the field of fuel cells and electrolyser, with over 960 citations (google scholar) and h-index of 19.
Dr. Mamlouk has over 14 years’ experience developing anion and cation exchange polymers membranes for fuel cells and electrolysers. Mamlouk’s anion exchange membranes (AEM) among the most conductive in the literature with through plane conductivity above 0.1 S cm-1 [Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2016, 41, 1120-1133] and has recently identified new degradation pathways of AEM [J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c6ta08232g] challenging the current understanding of AEM degradation and allowing the design of new generation of more stable AEMs. He is also experienced in optimizing the composition and morphology of electrodes and electrolytes for intermediate temperature cation exchange membrane (H -PEM) fuel cells and electrolysers [Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2010, 35, 784-793 and 2011, 36, 7191-7198] reporting the highest power density in literature for AEM based fuel cell of 0.823 mW cm-2 [Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2012, 37, 11912-11920]. Mamlouk also researched and developed non-noble metal electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions achieving similar power density to that of Platinum catalyst [J Power Sources, 2011, 196, 7594-7600]. My work on AAEM is cited as “striking advances”, “absolutely interesting” and “advancement attributed to increased fundamental understanding”. “His work achieved the highest reportedpower density to date for AAEM fuel cell”.