Board Of Directors
Michael Peagram Non-executive Chairman
Michael has a background in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. As managing director of Holliday Chemical Holdings PLC, he oversaw the international expansion of the company, leading to a listing on the Official List in 1993 and the subsequent sale to Yule Catto PLC in 1998, following which he remained as deputy chairman until 2007. Subsequently, Michael has held various non-executive director positions, principally as chairman, for growing AIM listed companies such as CRC Group PLC (computer and mobile phone servicing) and RMR plc (internet conferencing). He is currently non- executive director of Hangar8 PLC along with a number of other appointments. Michael is also an active investor in numerous private technology companies and is involved with a number of community based business and technology development ventures.
Michael has a doctorate in Chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Nicholas Jarmany Executive Vice-Chairman
Nick is a founding director of Quixant and has brought extensive management experience and computer engineering knowledge to the Company. Nick has a background in the technology industry and he was employed by Densitron Technologies PLC for 22 years. In this time he held numerous roles in design, engineering, sales and, finally, as Group Technical Director. Nick had overall responsibility for Densitron’s gaming business strategy, led the design process and negotiated with key suppliers and customers in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Nick has an honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sheffield.
Jon Jayal Chief Executive Officer
Jon Jayal was one of the key members of the design team which developed Quixant’s first product, the QX-10. Jon left Quixant in 2006 to broaden his experience in the financial sector, both as an investment consultant at Mercer Limited and as account manager at BlackRock, Inc. He re-joined Quixant in July 2012 as General Manager of Quixant plc and latterly Chief Operating Officer and is based at the Company’s UK headquarters in Cambridge. The Director’s believe that Jon’s deep knowledge of the technology that is the foundation of Quixant’s business together with his wider financial and managerial experience means he is well positioned as part of the management team.
Jon is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Warwick.
Cresten Preddy Finance Director
Cresten Preddy (British) is an experienced accountant with 41 years in practice. Cresten began her career at Baker, Rooke & Amsdoms before moving to Arthur Andersen. She left Arthur Andersen after 18 years, moving to NCL Investments Limited to become its financial controller and company secretary. In April 2004, Cresten established her own practice, providing accounting services to a variety of clients as a qualified sole practitioner. Cresten has worked with and advised Quixant since July 2009 and joined the Company in July 2012.
Cresten is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Gary Mullins Group Strategic Sales Director
Gary is a founding director of Quixant and has a proven track record in technology sales and marketing. He was employed by Densitron Technologies PLC for more than 10 years in sales and marketing. At Densitron, Gary was responsible for securing contracts with numerous multi-nationals. Gary has a proven track record of winning large orders for technical products from major companies. Prior to founding Quixant, he was sales director at NTera Limited, a nanotech electronic paper displays developer.
Gary has an honours degree in Electronic Systems from the Royal Military College of Science.
JJ Lin Manufacturing Director
JJ is a founding director of Quixant and has 23 years’ experience in computer hardware manufacturing. JJ’s previous roles include leading the design teams at GIT Technologies Ltd and TC-Tech, developing automotive test systems and managing the hardware production at Intimate Partner Co., a major EMS house, producing motherboards and graphics cards for large Taiwanese brands. JJ was the General Manager of Densitron Computers Taiwan Ltd, a manufacturer of long-life custom embedded PC products for the gaming market, and became the General Manager of Techware Technology Co. Ltd, a Taiwanese Windows CE development house.
JJ has a degree in Electronic Engineering from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
Guy van Zwanenberg Non-executive Director
Guy has 40 years’ experience in industry and practice. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton and then spent three years working with James Gulliver. Guy subsequently moved to become UK Finance Director of an American computer accessory company which was taken public in 1989. In 1991, he established his own interim financial management business and has since been involved in a number of SME businesses providing strategic and financial help. He joined Gaming King PLC in 1998 on a part time basis as Finance Director and became Company Secretary and non-executive director in 2006, remaining as a non-executive director when the company listed on AIM as Sceptre Leisure PLC in 2008, and where he sits on the Audit and Remuneration committees.
Guy is both a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Chartered Director.
Gaye Hudson Non-executive Director
Gaye’s experience is in the world of corporate communications, driving and promoting award winning communications programmes to meet the business objectives of global enterprises. Most recently Gaye was Vice President of Corporate Communications Europe, Middle East & Africa for Oracle Corporation, building its brand and protecting its reputation. Prior to her experience within the technology industry she was on the UK board of directors of international PR agencies Hill and Knowlton and Burson-Marsteller shaping the development of communications strategies and driving sales for B2B and B2C corporations.
Gaye is a Fellow of the Public Relations & Communications Association.