Meet the management team

Rick Hillum
Chief Executive Officer

Rick Hillum

Rick Hillum brings over 25 years of experience at CEO-level in global technology firms to his latest role at HPC Wales. Rick is a customer focused, award winning entrepreneur who has worked within the electronics, computing, software, RF technologies and wireless communications industries in the USA and Europe. Prior to joining HPC Wales, Rick developed serial experience working with start-up businesses and has had repeated commercial success built on university technologies.

Rick has led seven internationally acclaimed technology firms, developing the businesses from initial concepts to commercial successes. This involved raising multiple investment rounds for each of the businesses, building and leading the teams, installing business and management disciplines, developing and licensing the intellectual property and technologies and driving commercial operations. He has won a large number of prestigious awards and secured many significant commercial contracts.

Academic institutions have recognised Rick’s commercial success, awarding him Visiting Professor Status at Bristol University and at the University of Bath where he is also Chair of the Advisory Board. Rick is a Senior Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

Professor Martyn Guest
Technical Director

Professor Martyn GuestProfessor Martyn Guest is Technical Director of HPC Wales and has been Director of Advanced Research Computing (ARCCA) at Cardiff University since 2007. Over the past thirty years, he has led a variety of high performance and distributed computing initiatives, from his role as coordinator of SERC’s Distributed Computing Initiative in the late 1980s, to Leader of the Terascale Applications Team within the UK’s National HPCx Facility from 2002. He spent three years as Senior Chief Scientist and Technical Group Leader of the High Performance Computational Chemistry Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Washington, USA), before returning to the UK in 1995 as Associate Director of the Computational Science and Engineering Department (CSED) at the STFC Daresbury Laboratory. There he was responsible for all activities in computational chemistry and high performance and distributed computing.

Martyn is a founder member of EPSRC’s Technology Watch Panel (TWP), a member of the corresponding Applications Panel (AP), and has provided advice to a wide variety of agencies and organisations in both the UK (Research Councils, AWE, GCHQ) and abroad – NSF and DOE (USA), NSERC (Canada), CHPC (South Africa), ICHEC (Ireland). His research interests cover a variety of topics in the development and application of computational chemistry methods on high performance computers. He is lead author of the GAMESS-UK electronic structure program, and has written or contributed to more than 240 articles.

David Elcock
Finance Director and Company Secretary

David ElcockDavid joined HPC Wales as Finance Director and Company Secretary in March 2011. A qualified accountant, David previously worked in Local Government before joining a nationally recognised Consultancy firm as Director of Operations.

Within HPC Wales, David is responsible for all of the strategic financial/resource aspects of the business, manages the Head Office function and plays a key role in terms of monitoring performance and reporting to the Board, funders and external bodies.

David’s skills centre on finance and operations within both the public and private sectors. He has extensive knowledge of the governance and control requirements of the public sector, complemented by his private sector business acumen and consulting experience. He is responsible for all of the strategic financial/resource aspects of HPC Wales and plays a key role in terms of monitoring performance and reporting to the Board.


Karen Padmore 
Operations Director

Karen Padmore Karen has over 20 years’ experience working in the Higher Education sector at the interface between academia and business in enterprise related roles. She has developed many strong and effective working relationships at a senior level and has been successful in securing commercial contracts and public funding. She has significant experience working at the forefront of technology having been involved in setting up specialist technology centres, and running commercial companies.

With 10 years spent in management consultancy, specialising in technology and knowledge transfer, innovation and new product marketing, she has carried out science park consultancies and managed knowledge exchange programmes. As a consultant, she advised organisations large and small on market entry and business development strategies for new products and services. Her goals are to create innovative ways of engaging with businesses and to develop long term strategic partnerships in the deployment of technology. She has degrees in Business Studies and Economics at Masters level.

Charlie Godfrey
Skills Academy Manager

Charlie Godfrey

Charlie heads the Skills Academy for HPC Wales, which delivers a variety of High Performance Computing (HPC) training courses across Wales. The academy is aimed at enhancing the computational science capabilities of students, academics and business professionals to meet an ever growing demand for these skills. Charlie is responsible for the development and delivery of HPC courses with partners in Schools, Further and Higher Education and Industry. The skills and capabilities delivered to over 1,400 individuals to date, have proven to benefit course attendees’ research and business activity and enhance their future career options.

Recently, Charlie has overseen developments at the Skills Academy that include a Postgraduate certificate in HPC and new online learning materials to encourage the younger generation into careers in technology.

Charlie has a strong background in Business Consultancy with Fujitsu and has a wide range of capabilities from her early career in Mechanical Engineering moving into sales, marketing, and organisational change implementation, for a number of small businesses through to regional and global organisations.

Dr Christine Kitchen
Technical Manager

Dr Christine KitchenDr Christine Kitchen is currently providing Programme Coordination for HPC Wales. She first became involved in HPC Wales at the early planning stages through her role as Manager of Advanced Research Computing (ARCCA) at Cardiff University, which she has held since September 2007.

Christine obtained her BSc in Chemistry in 1996, and her PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in 2001, both from Sheffield University. Following her doctorate, she spent a further three years in the Molecular Modelling and Drug Design group at AstraZeneca, Cheshire, where she undertook research on a grid-based Poisson-Boltzmann model to predict the electrostatic properties of molecules, and acted as the system administrator responsible for a variety of SGI systems and a Linux Cluster.

In January 2004, Christine joined the Distributed Computing (DisCo) group, part of the Computational Science and Engineering Department at the STFC Daresbury Laboratory, where she led the Commercial Outreach and Training activity and undertook a number of roles, from system administrator through to providing technical expertise to collaborative university and industry sites with mid-range cluster computing.

Georgina Lewindon
Marketing and Communications Manager

Georgina ThomsonGeorgina joined HPC Wales in September 2011 as Marketing and Communications Manager. She has a wealth of experience across both private and public sectors, with expertise spanning strategic communications management, marketing, PR, social media, event management and web design.

After graduating in 2001, Georgina went on to do a Masters in Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University, before joining financial services provider the Corporate Planning Group as Marketing Manager.

Prior to joining HPC Wales, Georgina managed the communications, marketing and public relations for Cardiff Law School and the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. She successfully launched her own communications consultancy alongside her full time roles, through which she has worked with a number of SMEs and public sector organisations across Wales.

Within HPC Wales, Georgina is responsible for the development and implementation of the marketing and communications strategy.

Dr Gareth Davies
EU Project Advisor

Dr Gareth DaviesDr Gareth Davies has been a project Advisor to HPC Wales from the original bid development, and has worked as a Project Manager at the University of Wales since 2009. He graduated with a Masters in Engineering from Swansea University, after obtaining his Maîtrise in Innovation from the University of Angers in France. Upon returning to Swansea as a research assistant, Gareth obtained his doctorate, researching impact models for economic development in South West Wales.

During 2003/4 he was seconded to support the Welsh Assembly Government’s Knowledge Economy Nexus review of academic-industrial links, and has since worked on projects around the world to develop science park and technology transfer models. Prior to joining the University of Wales, Gareth also worked as Project Manager at Swansea University for the Institute of Life Science 2 ERDF-supported initiative. He has also worked on a broad range of industry and government funded technology-focused projects for partners ranging from micro-businesses through to major multinationals.



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