Yomi Amunikoro

Chief Financial Officer

Yomi is the Chief Financial Officer, which incorporates all finance functions together with human resources and corporate administrative functions. He also holds the position of Company Secretary. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), with over 15 years’ experience in Accounting and Finance, and holds a first degree in Zoology. Yomi has been responsible for delivering outstanding service to the business covering accounting, finance, budgeting, forecasting, implementing and driving corporate and financial strategies and policies.

Mahmoud Farhadiroushan

Chief Executive Officer

Mahmoud co-founded Silixa in April 2007 to develop and commercialise the next generation of optical fibre sensors. Mahmoud previously co-founded Sensornet in 1998 and as CEO grew the company from its two-man roots to a successful, internationally-operating company and a rapidly-growing turnover.

Mahmoud is the joint winner of two DTI SMART awards, the prestigious 2000 Manufacturing Metrology for World Class Manufacturing Award (Frontier Science and Measurement).

Fauzia Farooq, PhD

Head of Contracts and Intellectual Property

Fauzia leads on the management of Silixa’s intellectual property portfolio.  She also has responsibility for identifying development partners for distributed fibre optic sensing applications outside of Oil and Gas, for example in Transportation, Security and Civil Engineering.

Fauzia has over 10 years’ experience in the protection, development and commercialisation of academic research from King’s College, London and Cambridge University.  She worked primarily across the physical sciences and engineering.  Fauzia holds a Graduate Diploma in Law and a PhD in Liquid Crystal Chemistry.

Mick Longton

Commercial Director

Mick joined Silixa in 2013 in the capacity of Commercial Director. He has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas service sector and holds an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University. Mick spent over 20 years with Baker Hughes holding various management positions across the globe. He was Regional Manager at Baker Atlas responsible for North Sea, Continental Europe and Caspian prior to moving to the corporate office as Director for Baker Hughes’ Global Integrated Operations.

Following his time at Baker, he was CEO of two VC backed technology companies in the Netherlands (Twister BV and EmBaffle BV).

Craig Milne

Vice President – Oil & Gas

Craig Milne joined Silixa in 2012 following a 15 year career in the Wireline division of Schlumberger Oilfield Services. Within Schlumberger Craig held operational and management positions in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He holds a degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde.

Michael Mondanos, PhD

Vice President – Pipeline

Michael joined Silixa as a Business Development Manager for industrial monitoring applications in 2011. Prior to joining the company, he worked a number of years in the field as a Senior Engineer and Project Manager.

Michael holds a master’s degree in Communications & Radio Engineering from King’s College and a PhD in optical fibre instrumentation from Imperial College, University of London.

Michael is responsible for expanding upon Silixa’s position as a leading provider of distributed sensing technology into larger scale projects serving the downstream oil & gas and pipeline sectors while continuing to grow Silixa’s presence outside the energy sector.

He has authored several international publications and is a widely acknowledged expert within the energy industry.

Tom Parker, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Tom co-founded Silixa in 2007 and is Silixa’s Chief Technology Officer.

As CTO, Tom takes the lead with the development of Silixa’s iDAS and ULTIMA DTS range of instruments and oversees Silixa’s application-specific development projects.

Tom’s awards include the Metrology for World Class Manufacturing Award and British Telecom Technological Innovation Award for an extremely fine-resolution optical wavelength meter.

Sergey Shatalin, PhD

Chief Scientist

Sergey, one of Silixa’s founders, has worked continuously in optical fibre R&D for the past 28 years, almost exclusively in fibre sensing systems.

He has experience in academia and industry in both his native Russia and in the UK, having published more than 50 scientific papers and 5 patent applications.

Sergey has filled a variety of roles in R&D and prior to joining Silixa he was the Director of R&D for a Russian telecom equipment supplier. Previous to this, Sergey led the development of a polarization microscope for Oxford University and a distributed polarization and disturbance sensor for Surrey University spin-out Polarmetrix.

Garth Naldrett

Chief Product Officer

Garth joined Silixa in 2015 in the capacity of Chief Product Officer.  He has over 20 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas industry and holds a BSc in electronic engineering and an MSc in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Prior to joining Silixa Garth was Vice President of Monitoring and Control at Tendeka where he was responsible for electronic and fibre optic monitoring systems, wireless inflow control and software. Garth joined Tendeka through their acquisition of FloQuest, a software and interpretation business he founded in 2006. Before founding FloQuest Garth held various positions within Schlumberger, including product champion for fibre optic and subsea monitoring.

He has authored several papers and holds a number of patents on monitoring applications.

Alison  Goligher

Alison J. P. Goligher, OBE

Executive Chairman

Alison joined Silixa in July 2016 as Executive Chairman.

She has spent her career in the energy sector in a wide range of functional and operational roles. After 18 years at Schlumberger, she embarked on a career with Royal Dutch Shell holding various roles, including the position of Executive Vice President of the tight/shale oil and gas activities within the company’s Upstream International Division.

She has been Independent Non-Executive Director of United Utilities Group PLC since August, 2016; and Non-Executive Director of Meggitt PLC since October, 2014.

She holds a BSc in Mathematical Physics from Edinburgh University, a Master of Engineering degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University, as well as honorary degrees from Dundee University and Heriot Watt University.

Ms Goligher is a member of SPE, SPWLA, IoD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was recognised as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List for services to the Oil and Gas Industry in the UK.