Board of Directors
Jonathan D Freeman BA Hons MBA, Non-executive Director
Jonathan is an experienced corporate financier and company director. He has extensive experience of quoted companies, financial services and of FCA regulated entities. This experience is important to the Group as it is quoted on AIM. Jonathan also chairs the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.
Jonathan is also the senior independent Non-executive Director of Futura Medical Plc and chairs their Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is also a non-executive director of Braveheart Investment Group plc and, since the period end, became a non-executive director of European Wealth Limited. Jonathan joined became a Non-executive Director on 28 March 2012 and became Chairman on 8 December 2015.
Dr James McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer
James studied Physics and Computing and then went to Brunel University where he worked on optics for his Ph.D. He joined Bookham Technology when the company was in its very early stages and was involved, as a member of the management team, in Bookham’s fast growth phase leading up to its IPO in 2000. During this period he was responsible for product engineering before moving on to become Director of Marketing.
In 2001 James joined Teem Photonics as VP of Business Development & Marketing developing the company’s growth strategies, exiting the company following a successful fund raising round in 2003. James joined Mesophotonics in March 2003 as CEO and successfully raised £5.5m in 2003, developing 2 business units one in LEDs and the other in Analytical Biochemistry. In 2007 the Analytical part of the business was bought by D3 backed by Renishaw. The LED business unit was sold to Luxtaltek, a Taiwanese LED manufacturer.
James left Mesophotonics in 2007 to set up PhotonStar LED Ltd bringing a wealth of semiconductor and optoelectronic packaging experience to the company. James is a member of the Institute of Physics, is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
James is a member of the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) Technical Committee and the LIA council.
James is also Vice President for Business for the Institute of Physics and a trustee of this Charity.
Dr Majd Zoorob, Chief Technology Officer
Dr Zoorob was a co-founder of Mesophotonics Ltd. where he was responsible for the company's research work and managing the company's IP, as well as theoretical and numerical modelling work. The LED chip designs Majd created were subsequently put into production work at Luxaltek.
Dr Zoorob has been involved in sub wavelength optics, plasmonics and LED design since his PhD and brings a wealth of optical design and optical modelling experience to PhotonStar. Majd has a PhD from Southampton University in sub-wavelength optics.
Philip holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Thames Valley University, and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant