The Team

Our mission is to protect the world’s information from current and future threats by building usable products that help organisations establish a quantum-safe ecosystem. Unlike most organisations in the field, our team includes cryptographers, mathematicians, engineers and solution design experts. Whilst we undertake deep R&D and maintain a close relationship with Royal Holloway, a globally significant university for cryptography, we have largely moved beyond mathematical research, and our objective is building usable quantum safe products organisations can deploy today.

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Andersen Cheng, Co-founder & CEO

A computer auditor by training, Andersen was Head of Credit Risk at JP Morgan, Head of Corporate Development at LabMorgan (JP Morgan’s FinTech investment unit) and COO of the Carlyle Group’s European Venture Fund. More recently, Andersen was a director at TRL, a provider of ultra-secure solutions to government. TRL was subsequently sold to L-3, the US Defence Group.

Dr CJ Tjhai, Co-founder & CTO

CJ is an expert in error correcting codes, cryptography, digital signal processing and wireless communications. He develops Post-Quantum’s cryptographic, secure messaging, and authentication technologies with a special focus on making them commercially usable and scalable. He is a finalist and an active participant in NIST and IETF’s post-quantum cryptographic (PQC) standards setting; and is currently involved in the UK government’s initiatives in PQC R&D. CJ studied and lectured at Plymouth University; and has been involved in government projects on secure digital signal processing and IOT. CJ has a PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Plymouth University and holds in excess of 35 granted and pending patents.

Professor Martin Tomlinson, Co-founder & CSO

Known for developing the Tomlinson-Harashima Precoding, Martin’s expertise is data encryption, error correcting codes, wireless and satellite communications. He is Emeritus Professor at Plymouth University’s Centre for Security, Communications and Networks. Martin was an investor and a director of L3-TRL, a leading cyber-security company providing the UK’s only top secret grade hardware crypto. He previously worked for RSRE (now Qinetiq) and oversaw the NATO 4 satellite programme.  Martin has a PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Birmingham University and holds in excess of 75 granted and pending patents.

James Matthews, COO

James started his career co-founding a music DRM and internet search business. He held finance and operations roles in the music industry, rising to Financial Controller of a division of Universal Music Group. In addition, James has a keen interest in technology and codes neural network and machine learning projects. James is a Chartered Management Accountant with an MA in Law from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Philip Black, Commercial Director

As an ex-developer, Phil has the rare ability to capture complex workflow requirements and translate them for turnkey highly scalable XaaS or custom software solutions. He has held a number of senior sales roles in companies serving the financial services and telecoms sectors. He was Head of Sales at Huntsman Security, Brainstorm, Netnames, 3i Infotech and Oracle.  Philip has a BSc in Physics and Computer Studies from the University of Hull.

Daryl Hyett, UK Business Development lead

Daryl has 20+ years’ experience in fulfilling mainly government grade and critical enterprise cyber security requirements.  As Senior Sales Director of Ultra Electronics, he focused on worldwide strategic accounts and major partnerships. Prior to that, he spent many years in channel sales roles with a number of cyber and crypto companies including DigitalPersona, Credant, Voltage Secuirty and F5.

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Tom Glocer, Business Adviser

Tom is the former CEO of Thomson Reuters. He is currently the Chairman of BlueVoyant, a leading cyber security firm and also a director of Morgan Stanley, Merck, Publicis Groupe, Linklaters, and the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors, the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University, the Atlantic Council International Advisory Board and the European Business Leaders Council. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Michael Harte, Business Adviser

Michael is the former COO of Santander UK and also COO/CTO of Barclays. Prior to that, he was the CIO of Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Together with his creation of the Techstars/Barclays Accelerator, he has put Barclays firmly on the map as a world leader in fintech and quantum innovation. Michael holds a BBS in Finance from Massey University and a MS in Information Systems from New York University.

Brian Snow, Technology Adviser

Brian served as the Technical Director of the NSA.  He was the first Technical Director appointed at the “Key Component” level at the NSA, and the only technical person to have served across all three Technical, Information Assurance and Education/Training Directorates. Brian was in charge of cryptology and has many patents, awards, and honours attesting to his creativity. Since his retirement in 2006, Brian has been a security and ethics adviser and an advocate on highlighting the unintended risks of quantum computing.  Brian obtained his BS and MS degrees in Mathematics from the University of Colorado.