Advisory Board

Synaptec is supported by an experienced board of advisors comprising senior leaders in the energy industries:

Ian Marchant
Ian was Chief Executive of SSE, one of the UK’s leading utility companies and Scotland’s largest industrial company for over ten years. He stepped down from that position in the summer of 2013. Ian is now Chairman of Infinis Energy plc, a renewable energy company; Independent Chairman of the oil services company, the John Wood group and Nova Innovation; as well as holding various advisory and non-executive positions in other organisations. Ian is a renowned and innovative leader in the energy industry.

Martin Grant
Martin has been the Chief Executive Officer of Atkins’ Energy business since 2009, following several years as the managing director of Atkins’ Oil & Gas division. In January 2015, he joined Synaptec’s Advisory Board to contribute to the Company’s commercial strategy and to provide appraisal of progress. Martin is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers with both a BSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering as well as the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Silver Medal. He was also appointed as an RAE Fellow in 2012.

John Marsh
In 2000, John co-founded Intense Ltd and was seconded to the company as its Chief Research Officer and latterly Chief Technical Officer until 2009, during which time Intense developed the world’s most advanced integrated laser systems. In January 2015 John joined Synaptec Advisory Board to assist with technical and commercial strategy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the IEEE.

Mark Volanthen
Mark has had an international career within private equity and venture capital backed businesses, with over twelve years board level experience. He has diverse and highly relevant industry experience, including oil & gas, energy, defense, instrumentation and communications. Mark joined Synaptec in June 2015 and contributes to the company’s technical and commercial strategy. He holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University, a PhD from Southampton University and an MBA from Edinburgh University. He is a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.