Our Board

Ted Webster


About Ted

Ted’s background is in real estate, having been a partner and director of Richard Ellis, one of the world’s leading firms of international property consultants, now known as CBRE.

He has held Board and consultancy posts in such wide ranging fields as financial services, fund management, self storage, and energy from waste as well as across the property sector.

A former governor of Glasgow School of Art and Member of Court at Glasgow University, Ted is a member of Queen Mary’s finance committee and also chairs QMB, a 52,000 square foot bespoke Innovation Centre on the Whitechapel campus; the only one of its kind in London, it is now fully let and houses not only spin-out research enterprises from Queen Mary, but also pharma and chemical research companies from across Europe.

Graeme Brown

Executive Director

About Graeme

With 16  years’ experience of commercialising university research, Graeme is responsible for the delivery of QMI’s technology transfer services and for the overall management of QMUL’s shareholder interests in its subsidiary companies and technology spinout portfolio.

Having trained and worked for a number of years as a scientist in the field of human molecular genetics, Graeme spent two years at the Wellcome Trust before joining QMUL in 2003 as business development manager, becoming Director of Technology Transfer in 2005.Over the period, Graeme has been involved in the development of many successful licences and spinouts, and has held board positions on various QMUL spinout companies.

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Prof Bill Spence

Non-Executive Director

About Bill

Bill Spence took his degree in Theoretical Physics at the Australian National University and his PhD at King’s College London in 1985. After postdoctoral posts at the University of Southampton, Queen Mary and Imperial College London, he held a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship at the University of Melbourne and an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship at Queen Mary. He was the first Director of the Centre for Research in String Theory, which grew rapidly in size and prominence during 2003-2009. He was then Head of Physics and Astronomy during 2009-2012, overseeing a period of major expansion.

Bill’s research interests are in M-theory and string theory and their applications – most recently those originally inspired by twistor string theory. This research area has unearthed powerful new approaches to quantum field theory, gravity and string theory, ranging from twistor space formulations to novel techniques for calculating scattering amplitudes relevant to the Large Hadron Collider.
Read his biography details at the Centre for Research for String Theory.

Joanne Jones

Non-Executive Director

About Joanne

Joanne Jones joined Queen Mary in 2015 as Finance Director and is a member of the Queen Mary Senior Executive (QMSE).
Joanne is a chartered public finance accountant and has spent most of her career in the University sector working in both research intensive and new universities. These include the universities of York, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes and Lincoln, where she worked with Siemens to open the UK’s first new school of engineering in 24 years.

She has been a Finance Director for the last 11 years, and has previously had varied roles in all areas of finance including research support, forecasting, budgeting, planning, pension funds, tax and subsidiary companies.

Joanne works closely with the Principal to maintain and strengthen the university’s financial sustainability, ensuring that Queen Mary’s financial strategy enables the university to achieve its objectives in teaching, learning, research, local and global partnerships, Estates, HR and IT strategies.

In addition to her role at Queen Mary, Joanne volunteers her specialist expertise on the UCAS finance committee and the audit committee of the East London University Schools Trust, which oversees the finances of a number of local schools.

Dr Alison Fielding

Non-Executive Director

About Alison

Alison joined QMI in April 2016. Alison holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a first-class degree in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow and an M.Sc. in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen.

Alison started her career at Zeneca plc (now Astra Zeneca) followed by five years at McKinsey & Company and later co-founded Techtran Group Limited, which was acquired by IP Group in 2005, where she held the role of Director and COO until 2013. Whilst at IP Group, she also sat on the board of and advised several early stage and quoted IP Group-backed technology companies. Alison is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Nanoco plc, Getech Group plc and Maven Income and Growth VCT plc and trustee of Royal Voluntary Service and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Mary Elford

Non-Executive Director

About Mary

Mary Elford is Vice Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and community services in East London and Bedfordshire. She is a non executive director of Health Education England and a Council member of the General Pharmaceutical Council. She also sits on the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for the NHS and the National Committee of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards. Mary served on the Council of QMUL between 2004  and 2012. Mary has a commercial background in retailing , having held a range of senior executive roles with the John Lewis Partnership.

Peter Thackwray

Non-Executive Director

About Peter

Peter is currently Vice Chairman of Capital Enterprise, and serves as a Non-Executive Director at Prevista.  He is a board advisor to the Innovation Warehouse, sits on the board of the Social Investment Panel of the City of London Corporation and is a member of the Mayor of London’s SME Advisory Group. Peter brings over 35 years of experience as an adviser to growing SMEs and has served as a Non-Executive Director at London Business Angels, the UK’s most active network until its sale in 2017, spent 14 years working as an Executive Director for an economic development company that provided business support and funding, and for over 10 years directed the international trade teams in London and the South East that supported and guided the international expansion of 5,000 companies annually for what is now known as the Department of International Trade.

Peter has raised, managed and supported several early stage funds including London Seed Capital, the London Co-investment Fund, Seraphim Space, and AI Seed. 

Peter was awarded an OBE in 2009 for long-term contribution to international trade and small businesses in London.

Reitesh Desai


About Reitesh

Reitesh joined QMI in 2008 and became Finance Director in 2012. He is responsible for the financial oversight of the company and its subsidiaries. Prior to QMI, he worked in new media for over seven years and gained valuable insight into managing the finances of a growing company. Reitesh has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for over 10 years.

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