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The Council is responsible for guiding the strategy of the Smith Institute.

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  • Dr Bruce Smith

  • Mr David Miller

  • Dr Lincoln Wallen

    Dr Lincoln Wallen
  • Dr Bruce Smith

    President & Chairman of Council

    Dr Bruce Smith is President of the Smith Institute and Chairman of its Council.

    Until 1997 he was the Chairman and majority shareholder of Smith System Engineering Limited. Before founding that company in 1971, he worked in design engineering for Decca Radar Limited after a period in the United States with Bellcomm Inc in the US Space programme.

    He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. Bruce is a director of a number of private companies, and a Domus Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford.

  • Mr David Miller

    Finance Director

    Mr David Miller supports the Director in the financial management of the Institute and was appointed to Council in May 2014.

    He is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the smaller business sector and expanding operations. David qualified with Ernst & Young and then moved to Gillette, rising to Finance Controller in one of the UK divisions. He then gained sales, marketing and finance experience in the manufacturing sector in the USA before joining a Management buy-in buy-out team.

    David is currently self-employed and is focused on assisting growing companies expand in a careful and controlled manner.

  • Dr Lincoln Wallen

    Dr Lincoln Wallen

    Non-exec Director

    Dr Lincoln Wallen is Chief Technology Officer at DreamWorks Animation.

    He was formerly CTO at Electronic Arts Mobile where he was instrumental in shaping EA's approach to the mobile business, which saw EA deliver a strong portfolio of mass market mobile games, as well as games delivering a next-generation consumer experience. Prior to joining EA, Lincoln was with Criterion Software and MathEngine.

    His early career involved 20 years of professional IT and mathematics research, including two years as BP Venture Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and latterly as a Reader in Computer Science at the University of Oxford. In 2012 Lincoln was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Prof John Ockendon

  • Dr Heather Tewkesbury

  • Prof Nigel Peake

  • Prof John Ockendon

    Chief Mathematician / Technical Director

    Prof John Ockendon was founding Director of the Oxford Centre for Collaborative and Applied Mathematics (OCCAM), and Research Director of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

    His academic career has been built around mathematics-in-industry, beginning with the first-ever Maths-in-Industry Study Group in 1968.

    He has been deeply involved in setting up Study Groups in many countries including Australia, Canada, USA, India, China, where he is an Advisory Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, and elsewhere. John is an Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society.  He was appointed as the Smith Institute's Chief Mathematician and Technical Director in 2014, and chairs the Scientific Board.

  • Dr Heather Tewkesbury

    Chief Executive Officer BSc PhD FIMA

    Dr Heather Tewkesbury joined the Smith Institute in 2001, was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May 2017, has been Business Development Director since 2006 and a member of Council since 2010.

    Previously she worked as Modelling Development Manager for Cadbury Trebor Bassett, applying mathematics across all areas of the business.

    Heather holds a PhD in modelling heat transfer from the University of Birmingham. She is a Chartered Mathematician, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, member of the Advisory Board for Warwick University's MathSys CDT and was an impact assessor for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

    Her interests outside of work include playing violin and viola (but not at the same time), making cakes for friends and family, and kayaking.

  • Prof Nigel Peake

    Non-exec Director

    Nigel Peake is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.

    His research interests lie in the field of wave motion, especially as applied to problems in acoustics and aerodynamics. Much of his work is sponsored by industry, and has included the development of methods for predicting noise generation by aircraft, the understanding of fluid-structure interaction and flow stability. He has received the Aeroacoustic Awards of both the Council of European Aerospace Societies and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in recognition of his research contributions.

    Nigel is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. He is co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Analysis at Cambridge.

  • Mr Graeme Hobbs

  • Dr Bob Whelan

  • Dr Robert Leese

  • Mr Graeme Hobbs

    Non-exec Director

    Graeme Hobbs was appointed to the Smith Institute Council in February 2016.  Until July 2015, Graeme was the Chairman of Motorola Solutions UK Ltd, the Country Manager for Motorola Solutions UK, and the Government Affairs lead and regional director for Europe and Africa.

    Graeme has been active in supporting the telecommunications industry for many years and served on the techUK board, the Electronic Systems Council, the CBI’s president’s committee and co chaired the CEO Group of the Parliamentary ICT forum.

    Joining Motorola in 1994, he has held a number of leadership positions including roles in product management, sales, project management and operations. His role as Chairman focused on building relationships with key Government bodies, ensuring appropriate country and fiducial management and enabling business opportunities across the region.

    Before joining Motorola, he was the Managing Director of Ascom Radiocom Ltd, a mobile communication systems company for UK public utilities and emergency services, having previously been a Divisional Manager at Marconi Communications Systems Ltd.

    Graeme is a fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering Technology.

    He was recently elected as a trustee of the Institution of Engineering Technology, is a visiting professor at the University of Bristol, and is keen on promoting Engineering to young people most notably via the Royal Academy’s Engineering Leadership Advanced Award scheme.

  • Dr Bob Whelan

    Non-exec Director

    Dr Bob Whelan was previously a non-executive director of NPL Management Ltd and Director of the Institute for Prospective Technical Studies of the European Commission in Seville.

    He was founder Director of CEST, the Centre for Exploitation of Science and Technology and was heavily involved with the conception of the Faraday programme and technology foresight.

    He has 20 years experience of new product and process development with PA Technology, Cambridge. Bob was a member of the Radio Regulations Group of CEPT.

  • Dr Robert Leese

    Chief Technical Officer MA PhD FIMA

    Dr Robert Leese was appointed as Chief Technical Officer in May 2017, and was previously Chief Executive of the Smith Institute and a member of its Council since 1999.

    He previously held Research Fellowships at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and a visiting position at Brown University.

    Robert holds a PhD in mathematical physics from the University of Durham and has been a Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford, since 1993. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a member of the Peer Review College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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