The C-Capture Team

C-Capture Team

Tristan Fischer

Tristan Fischer has been working in energy infrastructure for over 20 years with a focus on low carbon and renewable energy.

He has been the CEO, Chairman and or board director of a number of private and public companies. Previous companies include Camco, where he provided energy efficiency solutions for the coal, steel and cement sectors, Shell Renewables Hydrogen & CO2 and Shell Technology Ventures, where he had multiple roles, and Citigroup Project Finance, where he financed coal, natural gas and IGCC power stations. Current directorships include Lumicity Ltd, a solar and biomass energy company, FishFrom Ltd, an onshore salmon and shrimp company, and Fischer Farms, a hydroponics company. He has an MA (Hons) from Cambridge University.
Richard Dennis

Richard Dennis is a Chartered Engineer with 32 years track record in the Energy industry.

Richard was formerly Director of Research and Development for Doosan Babcock Energy Ltd where he was responsible for boiler development and investments into new technologies including those associated with CO2. Richard spent his early career in various engineering roles predominately in the design and supply of environmental equipment for the control of NOx and SOx on boilers used for electricity generation. In the mid 1990s he became General Manager of Engineering at Mitsui Babcock being responsible for all engineering associated with the building of new coal and gas fired boilers power plants. Richard has been a Non Executive Director for a variety of other environmental business focused companies over the last 5 years.

Richard has a degree in engineering from Leeds University and an MBA from Cranfield Business School.

Chris Rayner

Chris Rayner is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds.

He is a synthetic organic chemist and is currently Head of Organic Chemistry. He has over 15 years’ experience in alternative solvent technology/green chemistry, particularly the utilisation of CO2 as a reaction medium and in post reaction processing. Particularly noteworthy contributions include the development of solvent tuning for optimization of reactions in supercritical CO2, and the development of new materials and systems capable of reversible capture of CO2, which are being commercialised through C-Capture. In addition to his academic interests, Chris also has substantial commercial expertise.
Caspar Schoolderman

Caspar Schoolderman is Director of Engineering at C-Capture.

He is a chemical process engineer, with over 10 years’ experience in designing, building and operating pilot production/research rigs for determining the feasibility of chemistries, processes and parameters for scaling up. Caspar’s career started with TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. During his first 7 years at TNO, Caspar was project leader of various projects for the Defense and Space markets and responsible for a research pilot production line for various energetic materials. After this Caspar worked for Hexion, now Momentive Specialty Chemicals, for 3 years as a process research team leader. The focus of the work here was to determine mass transfer and reaction kinetics of various gas-liquid reaction systems using custom built reaction set-up. After this Caspar was general manager at Dispersia Ltd for 1 year. Here he was responsible for designing, building and operating of a pilot production line for nano dispersions.
Douglas Barnes

Douglas Barnes is C-Capture’s Senior Scientist and leads the company’s chemistry lab at our Leeds, UK facility.

He completed both his MChem and PhD studies at the University of Leeds and now brings over a decade of experience of CO2 research to the technical team. Having started with C-Capture in 2011, he now has responsibility for all aspects of our solvent technology development, optimisation and production as we commercialise the technology for existing applications whilst continuing to make improvements for the future.
Gergely Jakab

Gergely Jakab is a physical organic chemist and automation developer.

He has spent 2 years at the Chemical Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, where he worked as an assistant research fellow. Later, he moved to Germany to complete his PhD on organocatalysis at the Justus-Liebig-University. His work mainly focused on physico-chemical aspects of catalysis and he gained relevant experience in equilibrium acidity measurements and reaction kinetic investigations. He obtained his MSc degree in chemistry from the Eötvös University, Budapest
Duncan Holdsworth

Duncan Holdsworth is a Senior Process Engineer at C-Capture Ltd.

He has a breadth of experience covering world scale process plant design, from feasibility study to commissioning and start-up, and skill in new process development from lab scale to industrially operational plant. Duncan achieved his MEng in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sheffield and started his industrial career at Davy Process Technology Ltd where he specialised in SNG (Substitute Natural Gas) process design and commissioning, in addition to other synthesis gas (Syngas) based technologies. He then joined Johnson Matthey where he led the engineering group of the Water Technologies business where he managed the design and development of advanced ion exchange process from lab scale to industrial deployment.
Dave Lawlor

Dave Lawlor is an Engineer with five years diverse experience.

He has worked with market leaders Bausch and Lomb and Kingspan where he was responsible for the chemicals on site, batch blending and monitoring and improving production. Dave then took a role at the University of Leeds, where he worked on a number of cutting edge projects in the Engineering department focusing on the area of energy storage. He also managed numerous research labs at the University and has extensive experience designing, building and testing lab scale projects, some of which have dealt with high/low temperature pressurised CO2.
Ian Shortland

Ian Shortland is Director for Research Integration and Advancement, he is responsible for the University’s Large Corporate Relationships with revenues of £1bn+ and the Market Led Major Research Initiatives.

Ian has worked in the higher education sector (HE) for four years and has been responsible for strategy development and delivery, and supporting world leading academics to translate the imperatives of strategic corporate partners into actionable scientific outcomes e.g. the £70m Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration. Prior to the HE sector, Ian spent his career initially as an engineer in the aerospace and defence sector followed by a big 5 consulting role delivering business transformation and change for FTSE 100 clients. He went on to set up and sell his own businesses and performed NED roles with fast growing companies as well as a FTSE 100 subsidiary; negotiating 14 acquisitions with full P&L responsibility for post-acquisition integration, turnaround and exit for four of them. Ian has an MBA from the University of Surrey and his role as a Director of C-Capture is to represent the interests of the University of Leeds.
Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy holds the IP Group seat on the C-Capture board, representing the company’s biggest shareholder. He is an Investment Director at IP Group, holding three other board positions, all in cleantech.

Ben has spent over ten years working in low carbon technology. Including helping the UK Government to prioritise its CCS innovation funding, writing the UK’s national bioenergy innovation strategy and advising major corporates on how to fund CCS projects. Earlier in his career he worked for Google screening low carbon investments in Europe.

Ben has a first class degree in physics and mathematics as well as a masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. As well as working in England he has also worked in Italy, Spain and Germany.

Andrew Symes

Andrew Symes is an associate at BP Ventures.

Andrew is responsible for identifying and investing in high growth, game-changing technology companies which will help accelerate the energy transition. His areas of focus include carbon management and digital power. Prior to BP Ventures, Andrew worked in BP’s Integrated Supply & Trading division working across operations, strategy and asset economics. Andrew has a 1st Class MChem degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford specialising in the use of lanthanides in medical imaging.
Jason Shipstone

Jason Shipstone has worked in the energy sector for over 30 years, the last 10 of which have been mainly spent on carbon reduction work, including the delivery of the biomass conversion at Drax Power station – the UK’s biggest renewable energy project.

He has previous experience at an ExCom and Board level and has occupied a variety of senior management roles in a FTSE 250 business. Jason has a B.Eng in Engineering from Leeds Beckett university.