M Black

Mr Michael Black  - Chairman

Michael Black has significant experience of obtaining many rounds of VC funding for technology companies and has been involved in a number of acquisitions and in raising funding through IPO. This wealth of practical experience will be vital as the company grows and develops.


J V Mccanny

Professor John V McCanny CBE FRS FREng IEEE Fellow

Professor John McCanny is an international authority in the design of silicon integrated circuits for Digital Signal Processing. He has published 260 major journal and conference papers, 5 research books and holds 25 patents.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (of London) the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Professor McCanny co-founded two successful high technology companies, Audio Processing Technology Ltd. (www.aptx.com), which markets audio compression products to the broadcast industry worldwide and Amphion Semiconductor Ltd. (www.amphionsemi.com), a leading supplier of semiconductor “intellectual property” (complex chip designs) for applications such as digital TV, mobile multi-media devices, 3G cell phones and digital video recorders. 


Dr G Gatson

Dr Godfrey Gaston

Dr Godfrey Gaston graduated with a MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Queen’s Universityof Belfast in 1988. He then went on to complete a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in the field of Microelectronics and Semiconductors in 1992.  Godfrey has held management and engineering roles at GEC Plessey Semiconductors and BCO Technologies.  Godfrey is currently Director of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), based at Queen’s University Belfast, where his role involves both the day to day and strategic management of the centre, including business, academic programme and project management.


S Mckinnon

Sandy McKinnon 

Sandy McKinnon is a Partner at Pentech Venture and techstartNI - with responsibility for the NI University Seed Funds. He is experienced in and enjoys working with early-stage companies from start-up/spin-out, through growth, to exit. Sandy has been active for the last 16 years in 'full life-cycle' investing; fundraising and exits of a number of successful companies. He has been helping commercialise technology from Universities for the majority of his adult life.


D Moore

Mr David Moore

David Moore is Investment Manager with QUBIS Ltd, the early stage investment fund responsible for the commercialisation of technology from The Queen’s University of Belfast.  He has extensive experience of high-growth venture capital backed businesses across a number of technology sectors from incorporation through to exit and currently holds Non-Executive Board positions with several of the QUBIS Ltd spin-out ventures.  Prior to joining QUBIS Ltd, David worked with a regional development agency specialising in high growth export orientated technology businesses and was a Systems Engineer within the defence industry.  David has a primary degree in Engineering, a Masters degree in Business Strategy and a professional finance qualification.