Our Team

SmartKem has a strong heritage in the commercial development and exploitation of organic semiconductors and flat panel display technologies.

Smartkem’s management recognised the unique breadth of key competences that would be vital to the success of SmartKem through the creation of real value to our customer base.

SmartKem’s highly qualified personnel consist of carefully selected staff possessing a track record of commercial and scientific excellence. SmartKem’s comprehensive team combines expert chemists, physicists and recognised leaders in the field of organic semiconductors and display technology.

Our team comes with decades of combined experience in OLED, organic semiconductors and display technologies coupled with an impressive pedigree in the successful commercial exploitation of new technologies.

More specifically, the company has niche expertise in the commercial delivery of high performance materials into market-driven applications within the OLED, LCD and EP display industry.


Steve Kelly, Chief Executive Officer

Steve is an international business professional with over 20 years’ experience specialising in technology ventures, particularly early stage.  He has extensive experience in Intellectual Property exploitation, VC funding and launching new technology to market.  With decades of experience in the materials science sector, Steve founded SmartKem in 2009 to develop smart chemistry and processes for the printed electronics industry.

Billy McLaughlin, Chief Operating Officer

Billy has spent more than two decades in senior roles with some of the semiconductor industry giants, including Motorola and GLOBALFOUNDRIES. His successes in these roles has earned him a prolific reputation and enables him to provide invaluable expertise to SmartKem at a crucial time in the company’s journey.

Billy is an accredited Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and joined SmartKem from e2v which was acquired by Teledyne for $790M. He is responsible for managing the industrialisation of SmartKem’s semiconductor platform truFLEX® and overseeing the technology transfer to Asia.

Steve Dunn-Massey, Chief Finance Officer

Steve has worked in a number of fast growth hi-tech companies and multi-national companies, both in the UK and abroad. Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in London before spending 10 years at Morgan Crucible plc including 5 years as CFO of Wesgo Inc., a major advanced materials subsidiary based in Palo Alto, California. At Wesgo he worked as part of a small executive team to turn around the loss making business into one of Morgan Crucible’s most profitable divisions. Since 2001, Steve has worked as the Finance Director in high growth private equity backed technology companies in the UK, three of which have been successfully sold to market leading quoted global businesses. FW Pharma Systems, a clinical trials software company was sold to PAREXEL Corp. in 2003. MVI Technology, a fast growing process software business was acquired by CDC Software in 2006, and Irisys, a thermal sensor and monitoring company with multiple Tech Track awards for revenue growth was sold to Danaher Corp. in 2012.

Dr Beverley Brown, Chief Technology Officer

Dr Brown is a senior technology and innovation manager with more than 20 years of technical and commercial experience in high technology start-up businesses within the Specialty Chemicals industry.  Dr Brown has worked in the technology area of Printable Electronics since its inception almost 12 years ago.  She has more than 12 patents in the area and a number of key scientific papers and has managed funded customer projects with most major European and Korean Electronics companies keen to adopt printable electronics as a disruptive technology to conventional silicon semiconductors. Dr. Brown is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts in the field of organic semiconductor technology and holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Glasgow. She spent ten year at ICI plc in the 80 and 90s, was accountable for the successful divestment and technology transfer of Zeneca Specialties to DSM, set-up a world class multi-disciplinary plastics electronics research team of 28 at Avecia, which was eventually acquired by Merck in 2005.

Dr Hugh Williamson, Director Of Manufacturing

With over 30 years’ experience and an enviable record of delivering new product growth in the chemicals industry, Hugh has a proven ability to lead R&D, NPD and Operations teams to develop and exploit new business opportunities.  From starting his career with Kodak he’s worked with various specialist companies, being Technical Director with Vivimed Labs Europe before joining SmartKem.

Steve Marsh, Chief Business Officer

Steve Marsh is a highly experienced, sales and marketing director with extensive international sales and commercial rollout experience across Asia, US and Europe with Phillips, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, amongst other blue chip companies.

Steve joined SmartKem from Plastic Logic, where he was employed in a business development capacity. Steve has been instrumental in the recent signing of a number of JDAs and LOIs with Asian display manufacturers and will continue to manage these collaborative relationships during the lifetime of projects.

Dr Michael Cowin, Head of Strategic Marketing

Dr Cowin is an experienced technologist with a successful track record in the identification, development and commercialisation of early stage technology and concepts. Proven in the creation and development of technology and business opportunities in an academic, start-up or mature corporate environment. Dr Cowin holds an MSc in Microelectronic Materials from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Organic Integrated Circuits from the University of Bristol. Mike has led the strategic development of SmartKems technology offering its value proposition and application to sectors that show real commercial market pull and a realistic route to market. Mike is a well-regarded expert in the flexible display and electronics industry. He is an expert member of the IEC’s Technical Committee 119 responsible for drafting new standards for the flexible industry. He is also a board member of the Flex Alliance Association governing the development of flexible electronics in the USA. Mike is also a member of the OE-A and the Printed Electronics Leadership Group and is often an invited speaker at display conferences and meetings across the World.

Chris Nice, Head of Engineering

Chris Nice brings with him a wealth of experience from senior process engineering positions in the Asian display sector and has a proven track record in process development and technology transfer in display and semiconductor device fabrication.

Through years of working within Asia, Chris has developed a strong understanding of the requirements of local manufacturers and the delivery of technology to meet their requirements. In his most recent role at Huawei, Nice focused on the development and yield improvement of e-beam, plasma deposition and etch processes as well as the subsequent technology transfer between UK production and Chinese based counterparts. By applying this understanding at SmartKem, he is managing and optimising the adoption cycle of the tru-FLEX® technology platform with leading Asian manufacturers.

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