Our Team

XAMPLA IS A SPIN-OUT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE. 

The team is the world leader in the development of plant protein material for commercial application.

PETE HUTTON, EXECUTIVE CHAIR

Pete Hutton is Executive Chairman of Xampla, and an Angel investor and Advisor for several startups and scale-ups in Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, and Oxford. Pete was previously President of Product Groups at Arm, where he was responsible for product development, product marketing and licensing. Prior to that, Pete held senior positions within other Arm divisions, ran corporate engineering for Wolfson, was general manager for processors at ARC and a group director for Cadence.

DR MARC RODRIGUEZ GARCIA

DR MARC RODRIGUEZ GARCIA, CTO

Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia leads Xampla’s technical development work, having developed the technology with Professor Knowles as a Research Associate over several years.  Hereceived his PhD from the University of Glasgow.  His  expertise is in the use of protein in microencapsulation and other structured materials.

KATRINA CURL, HEAD OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Katrina is an expert in her field with a wealth of experience in tech, FMCG and retail. She has created successful strategies for some of the world’s largest brands including Unilever, Canon and Britvic. Katrina joins us from VCCP, the award-winning global integrated communications agency.

AYAKA KAMADA

AYAKA KAMADA, RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Ayaka is a protein scientist, completing her PhD in the Knowles Group at the University of Cambridge. She has previously worked at KTH in Sweden, and completed a Masters in biomaterials at the University of Tokyo.

DR AMY CHARBONNEAU

DR AMY CHARBONNEAU, RESEARCH MANAGER

Dr Amy Charbonneau leads on Research Management, having joined the company from Entomics, a start-up developing sustainable insects for feed. Amy has a PhD in microbiology from the University of Cambridge.

EDYTA MAREK, SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR

Edyta is an experienced Senior Administrator supporting our HR, Finance and Marketing teams, as well as taking on responsibility for events, facilities, office management and providing PA support to our CEO and CTO.

BRETT HARDING, APPLICATION SCIENTIST

Brett is an experienced Lab Chemist, possessing a wealth of knowledge gained in the chemical and materials industries, including with Synthomer. Throughout his career Brett has completed novel projects including seed coatings, resin development and analysis of raw materials.

SCOTT STEVENS, FORMULATION CHEMIST

With an MSci in Chemistry, Scott developed a career as a Research Scientist at aerospace company, Hexcel Composites Ltd where he managed projects on infusion resin systems and Resin Transfer Moulding techniques. 

FAYE HADDADI-TEHRANIAN

FAYE HADDADI-TEHRANIAN, HR MANAGER

Faye gained experience working as an HR generalist for small cells company, ip.access, she then broadened her experience in the HR field by moving to Mavenir.  Faye has a Diploma in HR Management and a commitment to Xampla’s mission to address plastic pollution. 

GARETH HENNIGHAN

GARETH HENNIGHAN, LAB MANAGER

Gareth has over 30 years’ experience managing labs in innovation. He has previously worked at Cambridge microencapsulation spin-out Aqdot, and worked with materials scientists at Semblant, developing film coatings for electronic devices.

DR GEORGIOS GKOTSIS

DR GEORGIOS GKOTSIS, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

With a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Georgios has built a career in the personal care sector. He worked in new technology at Unilever Global Haircare R&D, and also worked on sustainable packaging. During his PhD he worked with Proctor and Gamble R&D.

HUGO BARROUX

HUGO BARROUX, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Hugo Barroux is an experienced Materials Scientist who joins Xampla from Unilever, where he specialised in new materials and technologies for packaging. He previously worked at L’Oreal’s Center for Expertise Packaging, and has an engineering degree from the Université De Technologie de Troyes.

HUAFU WANG, SENIOR ANALYTICAL CHEMIST

Huafu is a highly experienced Analytical Scientist, having worked in various industries including food and beverage, FMCG and environmental, he has developed a strong reputation for successfully managing projects on method development for aroma compounds using GC and natural products using HPLC.  He joins Xampla from RSSL 

STANLEY MITCHELL, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Stanley joins Xampla at Business Development Manager from Innovia where he worked with a range of multinational corporations to develop and deploy cutting edge technologies across a diverse range of sectors including healthcare, FMCG, oil & gas, and aerospace.  Stanley has managed and developed key relationships across the biotechnology and Cambridge start-up space. 

SABINA BURMESTER, HEAD OF ENGINEERING

Sabina is Head of Engineering at Xampla, leading authority on the scale up of our products.  Sabina brings with her a wealth of experience from her time at Johnson Matthey, where she led the process design and optimisation of novel efficient filtration coating technology. 

DR JULIETTE DELARUE

DR JULIETTE DELARUE, MICROENCAPSULATION SCIENTIST

With a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Juliette has a wealth of experience in microencapsulation, further developed during her internship at Firmenich.  Juliette spent time with Symrise where she researched synthetic pathways to obtain new molecules to match the smelling profile of fine fragrances, and developed formulations and sensory tests for home and personal care applications.

DR JAMES TAYLOR

DR JAMES TAYLOR, SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Dr James Taylor is a Physical Organic Chemist who joins Xampla from a post-doc role at Radboud University in The Netherlands. He has a PhD from the University of Glasgow and his expertise is at the interface of biology and engineering.

JAMES COX, MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT

James is a Management Accountant with over a decade of experience in accountancy and is AAT and part CIMA qualified. James holds a degree from the University of Nottingham which included a year spent studying in the USA.

LYNETTE HOLLAND

LYNETTE HOLLAND, PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST

Lynette Holland has over 20 years experience at Procter & Gamble in Research & Development, with over 30 patent filings. She is both a Chartered Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She has developed products in laundry, personal care and fragrances with particular expertise in microencapsulation delivery systems

NIGEL SOMERVILLE-ROBERTS, PRINCIPAL PROCESS ENGINEER

Nigel was a Principal Engineer and Research Fellow at Procter and Gamble, working on process engineering for detergent products. He is a visiting academic in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds, and has an extensive patent portfolio.

PAUL MCGLEN, APPLICATION SCIENTIST

Paul is bringing his expertise to the development of Xampla’s edible packaging, material research and characterisation studies thanks to his experience in biopolymer film formulation and casting from BioProgress Technology Ltd where he was an R&D Scientist for almost 10 years.

DR POLLY KEEN

DR POLLY KEEN, SENIOR CHEMICAL ENGINEER

Dr Polly Keen is a Chemical Engineer with expertise developed at 3M in coated abrasive product development, in industrial and automotive applications. She has a PhD in Colloid Science from the University of Cambridge and a background in encapsulation.

SCOTT THOMPSON, HEAD OF R&D

Scott is Head of R&D at Xampla, leading on the planning, prioritisation and implementation of work programmes, including internal core research and customer focused product development. 

HOLLY ASHCROFT, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Holly is Marketing and Communications Manager at Xampla, assisting the Head of Marketing and Communications to develop the marketing and comms strategy for Xampla, while working with the wider commercial team to build a robust sales pipeline.

Prior to Xampla, Holly worked for Fluidigm as a Senior Marketing Operations Specialist, and worked for the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse) in Events Management and Development.

PHOEBE WILLIAMS, RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Phoebe joins Xampla after completing a MRes in Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University where she focused on biomimetic chemistry, aqueous and non-aqueous routes to small particles and supramolecular self-assembly. 

JAMES AIKEN, RESEARCH ASSISTANT

James is a MSci graduate from The University of Cambridge, specialising in polymers, biomaterials, films and coatings.  As a Research Assistant, James supports the team across a number of key projects.

LUKE BROWNING, PROTEIN SCIENTIST

With a PhD in Plant Sciences, Luke developed a career as a bio-chemical and molecular scientist.  Luke joins Xampla to lead the development of protein extraction processes and characterisation of sustainable feedstocks for our novel protein-based materials.

HUGH LAMONT, RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATE

As Relationship Management Associate, Hugh is responsible for maintaining regular contact for key accounts, supporting the Business Development Manager in identifying and engaging potential prospects and collaborating with the product development team to communicate progress on key projects to clients and external partners.

STEPHEN ROE, LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Stephen is a highly experienced Laboratory Technician gaining a range of engineering experience at Xaar, Phillips and Cambridge Electronics.  Stephen supports the production of our food capsule product as well as maintaining the excellent standards of cleanliness in our food lab and other quality control measures.



STEPHEN NICHOLLS, APPLICATIONS SCIENTIST

Stephen gained a wealth of experience as an Engineer in his extensive career with Hexcel Composites.  Stephen brings with him that knowledge and expertise to support the R&D team in material research and characterisation studies. 

CHRISTIAN BEALE, JUNIOR APPLICATION SCIENTIST

Christian is a 1st class MEng graduate from The University of Birmingham where he completed a placement year with Unilever.  At Xampla, Christian works with the Product Development team to support the development of edible packaging products.

SIJIN SAJI, JUNIOR CHEMICAL ENGINEER

Sijin is a Junior Chemical Engineer, working with the Engineering Team on the scale-up of Xampla’s microcapsules from small batch lab-scale to pilot line manufacturing. 

CHARLOTTE WILCOCK, ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

Charlotte is a recent zoology graduate from the University of Sheffield where she developed her interest in sustainability. Charlotte joins Xampla as Administration Assistant to support day to day office tasks.


Xampla Non-Exec Directors

Amelia Armour

Amelia Armour is a Partner at Amadeus Capital Partners, and is a board member of several deep tech businesses including Pragraf and Riverlane.

Bart Swanson

Bart Swanson is an Advisor at Horizons Ventures, the private investment fund of Mr Li Ka-Shing.  He is a board member of multiple disruptive technology businesses, including Zoom and Impossible Foods.

Dr Elaine Loukes

Elaine Loukes is Investment Director at Cambridge Enterprise, and has a 20 year track record in venture capital.

Professor Tuomas Knowles, CSO, Xampla

PROFESSOR TUOMAS KNOWLES, SCIENTIFIC ADVISER

Prof. Tuomas Knowles is the co-founder of two Cambridge University spin-outs (Fluidic Analytics and Wren Therapeutics). He has held positions in the Engineering Department both in Cambridge and Harvard Universities. Professor Knowles has received a number of distinguished awards, including the Corday-Morgan Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics.