MEET THE TEAM
Dr Atif Syed
Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Atif is the Founder and CEO of Wootzano Ltd. Atif obtained a PhD in Engineering and Electronics/Bionanotechnology from the University of Edinburgh and has a background in Electronics, Nanotechnology, Robotics and AI. Atif is also an Enterprise Fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering. With the breadth of expertise in microfabrication, material science and robotics,
Atif has built the principles for Wootzano to grow into a leading electronic skin company.
Dr Richard Laming
Chairman, Board Member & Non-Executive Director
Richard Laming obtained a PhD from Southampton University in Optoelectronics. Since then, he has held several executive and director level positions in various organisations. He has also founded various companies which he has sold with market valuations of more than £100 million. He was also the CTO of Wolfson Microelectronics until the company was acquired by Cirrus Logic.
Board Member & Non-Executive Director
Steve Tiley has over 20 years of experience in leading and inspiring teams in customer facing and business to business IT organisations. Steve's track record includes a successful 5 years IT directorship in McDonald's UK as well as developing his own European service desk organisation to operate in 12 countries. This was followed by managing the international development of Acrelec, an IT hardware and software organisation to become a multi-national brand, operating in over 100 countries.
Rob Dobson is a serial entrepreneur, technology investor, engineer and maker. In 1991 he founded Actix, algorithmic optimisation for mobile phone networks - London, and as CEO built a highly profitable business to over £25 million revenue and 250 staff with 12 offices worldwide. Rob led Actix through acquisitions of ComOpt (Sweden) and RadioPlan (Germany) before selling a majority stake to PE company Summit Partners in 2005 (full exit to Amdocs) at a value of over $100 million. Rob invested early into RadioOpt (2008, Dresden, Germany - mobile phone service assurance apps) and Metrico Wireless (2010, Maryland, USA - mobile phone quality metrics) and as a board director helped to guide them both to exits of $25 million and $50 million US respectively.
Dr John Lazar
John Lazar, CBE, FREng is a software engineer and business leader with a strong focus on combining technology and entrepreneurship in a way which generates significant and lasting positive impact and change. His expertise in software and AI is crucial in the software Wootzano offers.
Mark Beckwith has over 30 years of experience working within various semiconductor and electronic industries. His recent role has been involved in working for the Centre for Process Innovation and previously he has held positions as worldwide Sales & Marketing Director for companies in the Computer, Automotive and Communication markets. Some of the companies he worked for in the past include Philips, Hitachi and Sanyo Semiconductors.