The Board

Rakesh Sharma OBE, Non-Executive Director and Chairman

A former FTSE 250 CEO with 20 years’ experience in running international hi-tech engineering and manufacturing businesses. He was instrumental in the growth of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc, the LSE-listed group that specialises in providing engineering solutions for mission-critical systems in the defence, security, critical detection and control markets, latterly serving for six years as CEO. He also sits on the Board of LSE-listed PayPoint plc and supports a range of small businesses and entrepreneurs in a non-executive capacity. Rakesh was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016 and was honoured in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an OBE for services to defence capability. He brings extensive expertise in the security and defence sector, a key market for Kromek.


Dr Arnab Basu MBE, DL, Chief Executive Officer

Has a PhD in physics from Durham University, specialising in semiconducting sensor materials. Arnab held senior management positions in his family business, which manufactured materials for the electronics industry serving over 250 major telecommunications and consumer electronics manufacturers, including Siemens, GEC. He worked in commercial product development for Elmwood Sensors Ltd, (Honeywell Group, UK). A prominent figure within the business community, he was awarded Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ (2009) and received an MBE for services to regional development and international trade (2014).


Mr Paul Farquhar, Chief Financial Officer

Has almost 30 years’ experience as a finance director and chief financial officer, primarily for international businesses. He was previously President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Sevcon Inc, a NASDAQ-listed designer, manufacturer and supplier of microprocessor controls for electric and hybrid vehicles. In this position, Paul established a global finance team in five countries with common financial reporting systems to meet the needs of a growing technology business and also oversaw the raising of equity and debt finance and M&A activity. Paul began his career as a chartered accountant, spending 10 years as an auditor at Jennings Johnson in Sunderland and at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Newcastle and Lisbon, Portugal.


Mr Berry Beumer, Chief Operating Officer

Berry is a technology business executive with extensive experience of delivering revenue growth in the analytical instrument, high-frequency communications equipment and optoelectronic and semiconductor materials industries. Since joining Kromek as COO in 2015, based in the Group’s Pennsylvania facility, he has played an instrumental role in the growth of the business through the expansion of Kromek’s US customer base and operations in both medical imaging and nuclear detection. Prior to Kromek, he held a number of senior roles at businesses in Europe and the US, including 14 years as Vice President, Sales and Marketing at XOS, Inc., part off Danaher Inc., a leading manufacturer of application-specific x-ray analysers, where he was responsible for driving the strategic direction of their x-ray elemental technology business.


Mr Lawrence Kinet, Non-Executive Director and member of the Remuneration Committee

Has 40 years’ experience in the medical device and biopharmaceutical industry in leadership positions, most recently as Group Chief Executive of LMA International NV and, President of Smiths Medical, London. Lawrence has raised more than $100m in funding for early-stage companies, taking one through an IPO, and made over $1bn worth of acquisitions. His career began at Baxter International, running a number of overseas operations eventually becoming President of Baxter’s International Division. He holds a BSc from the University of Birmingham (UK) and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Mr Jerel Whittingham, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Has extensive experience in investor, operational and strategy roles with technology-rich companies including Incuvest LLC, Generics Group plc, Durlacher plc, Amphion Innovations plc, INMARSAT and a number of start-ups. He was appointed to the Board of Kromek Group plc in September 2013 and also served on the Board of DSC Ltd, a predecessor company of the group. Currently, he combines NED and operational roles in technology growth companies. He also served as CEO and later Executive Chairman of Myconostica Ltd, a medical technology company spun out from a leading UK university.


Christopher Wilks BSc, FCA, Non-Executive Director and chairman of the Audit Committee

Is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is currently Chief Financial Officer at ECO Animal Health Group plc, a leader in the development, registration, and marketing of pharmaceutical products for global animal health markets. He qualified with Ernst & Young and has over 25 years’ experience as Chief Financial Officer in technology and science-based companies. For over 10 years, he was the Chief Financial officer of Sondex plc, which makes advanced instruments used in the Energy Industry. During Chris’ tenure Sondex grew from a small sole trader to a fully listed plc and was acquired by GE in 2007. Immediately prior to joining ECO Animal Health Group, Chris was the CFO at Signum Technology Limited, a PE-backed buy-out vehicle formed for the acquisition of a number of oilfield technology businesses. Signum was successfully sold during 2019. His intimate understanding of the physics and financial worlds adds valuable insight and expertise.

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