Our Team

Ran Katzir – Director of Engineering

As Director of Engineering at Digital Catapult, Ran brings 20 years’ experience managing technology across various domains in the UK and Israel, including IoT, cyber security and Big Data. Ran studied computer engineering at Technion Institute of Technology and also has an MSc in Electronic Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the Technion.

Prior to joining Digital Catapult, Ran was the CTO of VisualDNA (now Creditinfo UK) where he re-architected the products and data pipeline and migrated from a local data centre to AWS (Amazon Web Services). He was also responsible for introducing Big Data technologies to various government offices in Israel along with leading agile and DevOps transformations.

Originally a DPS engineer, Ran developed real-time embedded systems which analysed sensor data and processed audio and Datacom signals. He gained his cyber security expertise, and specialised in low level vulnerabilities hunting for IT software and hardware while working for Verint and later on for the government

Ray Lambe – Director of Programme Delivery

As Director of Programme Delivery, Ray is responsible for ensuring Digital Catapult’s programme of projects and services is delivered on schedule and to budget whilst delivering targeted impact.

Ray graduated from the University of London with a degree in Physics with Astrophysics, before spending 16 years at the National Physical Laboratory as a Research Scientist and Programme Manager. Ray also worked for a further seven years as a Programme Director and Contract Director for Serco, managing a series of programmes and contracts for central government. More recently, he has successfully delivered a range of small and large scale projects in the higher education sectors, primarily acting as a Consultant to the Vice Chancellor’s Group in a number of universities.

With a career in programme and operational management, alongside a technical background, Ray is keen to support his colleagues at Digital Catapult to deliver the greatest possible impact for the UK digital economy.

Dr Jeremy Silver – CEO

Jeremy Silver is CEO of the Digital Catapult. He is an author and entrepreneur specialising in digital media, big data, music and the creative industries. He is a non-executive director of a number of early stage companies in music and media. He is a member of the UK Creative Industries Council and was Executive Chairman of Semetric Ltd (acquired by Apple), CEO of Sibelius Software (acquired by Avid) and Worldwide Vice-President of New Media for EMI Group in Los Angeles. He was an advisor to the founders of Shazam. He co-founded Uplister in San Francisco, which was the world’s first playlist-sharing music service. He is the author of an acclaimed book Digital Medieval: the first twenty years of music on the web – and the next twenty. His discussion paper Blockchain or Chaingang was published by CREATe at the University of Glasgow, where he is an Industry Fellow.

Noeline Sanders – Chief Financial Officer

Noeline has over 15 years of finance director leadership in blue chip international and European organisations. She has developed, coordinated and implemented financial strategies in high growth digital technology and telecoms organisations including Apple and Equant. In addition, Noeline has over 5 years management leadership in UK startup and entrepreneurial companies, where she helped commercialise e-commerce, cloud based technologies and gained experience of SMEs. Her early career as a chartered accountant was with Ernst & Young. She is on the trustee board of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in the City, London. She is particularly interested in commercialising technologies and the role of technology innovation for societal good. Noeline is responsible for finance and operations at the Digital Catapult.

Marko Balabanovic – Chief Technology Officer

Marko is a creative technology leader with over 20 years’ experience developing innovations in academia, corporations and startups in both the UK and US. A key part of his role is to drive innovation by bringing together expertise from the creative, research and development fields and to ensure Digital Catapult remains at the forefront of key trends and emerging technologies.

Marko has been instrumental in bringing several new technologies to market including the first betting exchange. Most recently he worked at a startup, State, to launch a digital global opinion network. Formerly, he was head of innovation at lastminute.com, where he led the design of an array of award winning mobile apps. Marko studied Computer Science at Cambridge University, has a PhD from Stanford and is also a non-executive director at NHS Digital.

Richard French – Legal Director

A barrister with more than 18 years of experience, Richard joined Digital Catapult from Cisco, where he was director of legal services and managed a team to support the company in the emerging markets. As well as a period as a barrister in independent practice in chambers, Richard has formerly provided in-house counsel to Xerox, Netigy (later bought by ThruPoint), StreamServe and PA Consulting.  Richard has a broad role encompassing Catapult legal compliance and risk management, intellectual property capture and exploitation, and advises on contractual and regulatory aspects of digital commerce, media and IT development and acquisition, and has particular interests in open innovation, startup formation and financing, and web welfare law. Richard has a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Exeter, a CPE Diploma in Law from the College of Law in London and was called to the Bar in 1995. Richard is also company secretary.

Paul Durrant – Creative Leader in Residence

Paul Durrant is a creative business development specialist with a focus on creating win/win impacts arising from public and private sector collaborations in the digital economy. Paul has a bio-business related MSc awarded by Brunel University. He’s worked extensively across the skills, talent and research agendas at the interface of universities and business. Paul pioneered and developed the Dare to be Digital competition, recognised as international best practice in video games talent development. Dare is the exclusive pathway to a BAFTA award and was celebrated in Channel 4’s Crunchtime documentary series. Paul also developed, fundraised and delivered the UK Video Games Prototype Fund which supported over 70 UK companies. Paul is the Founder and Chief Executive of UK Games Talent and Finance Community Interest Company. He is also a Director of stakeholder engagement consultancy Proving Ground Ltd and software company Speech Sentinel.

Allyssa Gregory – HR Director

Allyssa joined the Digital Catapult in November 2014. As HR Director, she is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all HR activities. Allyssa is focused on building the organisation so that it can scale and has depth of expertise, as well as building an agile and open team environment that is both rewarding and fun. Allyssa’s early career was in Executive Search, where she was instrumental in placing proven business leaders into early stage VC backed technology businesses. More recently, she has held HR leadership roles in a number of entrepreneurial technology organisations, including mBlox Ltd, where she was VP Global HR and Facilities Operations. Allyssa has a French degree from Warwick University and is a member of the CIPD.

Jessica Rushworth – Director of Government Engagement and Policy

Jessica joined the Digital Catapult in November 2015 in the role of Director of Government Engagement and Policy. Her 15 year civil service career has covered many roles; including leading industry engagement with the cyber security sector while at the Cabinet Office and examining high profile issues including emerging technologies, cyber security skills and research and the Life Sciences strategy while at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport. Most recently she has worked with a large number of stakeholders to develop the innovative IoTUK programme. She will use her experience in policy-making, programme development and the interface between government and business to help the Catapult to develop deeper relationships and greater collaboration across government.