Chief Executive Officer
James joined Helix Technologies in November 2019, bringing a successful track record in building hi-tech start-ups. Mixing short-term consulting and non-executive director positions with long-term CEO positions, James has built a broad knowledge of the technology and investment ecosystems. He led UK-based haptics and audio User Experience company Redux from scientific concept through to commercial reality, resulting in its acquisition by Google, and started up Oxford Semiconductor, the British chip company now owned by Kioxia. He has international business experience across automotive, aerospace and consumer sectors and has lived and worked in California, where he transacted business with world-leading companies like Apple, Intel, HP and Motorola. Most recently James has been working on a military project developing cost-effective anti-terrorism and battlefield training electronics systems.
When he’s not at work James flies vintage aircraft, and is a keen road and mountain cyclist.
John Yates has 30 years’ experience in the commercial satellite communications sector. After having completed a BSc(Hons) in Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University of Nottingham and a post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Manchester Business School, in 1986 he joined Europe’s first commercial satellite operator, the recently incorporated SES Astra, in Luxembourg and has been working in the commercial satellite communications sector ever since.
Since 1998 he has worked full-time as a freelance consultant and, more recently, as a Board Director and angel investor providing expert advice for companies, organisations and governments worldwide in the commercial satellite telecommunications sector.
John co-founded Helix with Oliver Leisten in 2017.
Chief Technology Officer
Oliver Leisten has over 30 years’ experience in the radio communications industry and holds a PhD for his work on aspects of solid-state microwave electronics. He began his work on dielectric-loaded, multi-filar helix antennas whilst at Symmetricom Ltd and founded his first company as an MBO in September 2000 in order to commercialise this work. Dr Leisten developed a manufacturing process that is based on bespoke laser lithography and developed a market for these antenna products, with 40 patent families of proprietary technology.
Dr Leisten is unquestionably the world’s foremost expert in the field of dielectric-loaded multi-filar antennas, and invented the concept, with the patents in the field as the named inventor. Oliver co-founded Helix with John Yates in 2017.
Any spare time when he’s not inventing, Oliver likes to spend off-road cycling in rural England.
Doug has over 30 years’ experience in the GNSS, Terrestrial and Satellite Communications industries. He is an accomplished commercial leader and consultant and has extensive experience of executive level leadership within the technology sector. He was part of the Componedex management team (acquired by Ericsson) which he grew from a £300k turnover to its eventual sale for £20m. Doug has founded and run several international businesses in non technology sectors including Plain Sailing Ocean Racing (Stockholm), Environmental Research (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE) and Carpe Diem (Germany).
Doug has considerable experience in all aspects of business planning, sales and marketing and is currently Global Director of Ericsson’s Maritime Business Unit. Doug is also Chairman of the Board of UK tax specialist company Allen Everest and Associates and sits on the Board of several other companies and academic institutions, including Oxford University’s Green Economics Institute.
Andrew spent 30 years working as a scientist and engineer in the electronics, telecommunications, space and IT sectors as a consultant, manager and finally as a main board director at Logica plc. Andrew left Logica in 1994 and subsequently held non-executive director positions at a number of organisations including Guardian Media Group, Integrated Micro Products Inc, Baronsmead Second Venture Trust and Language Line and a number of other start-up companies in the UK and the US. He also undertook strategic consultancy services for several multinational companies. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Chris is CEO of Methera, an early stage satellite company that is developing a highly flexible, broadband service to provide connectivity to Defence, Telecom Service Providers and Emerging countries, anywhere and anytime. Previously, as CEO ViaSat UK he led the inception and growth of ViaSat’s European satellite capabilities.
Before joining ViaSat Chris was CEO of Stonewood Group, developers of government grade cyber products and services. A retired British Army Officer, he has worked within the high threat cyber and satellite communications environment for over 30 years.
David is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He became a Chartered Accountant qualifying in Sheffield with leading accountancy firm and subsequently spent his career in a London-based private practice until June 2020. Currently he is CFO of a fintech company specialising in marketing solutions and online payments for SMEs sponsored by Visa. David became a non-executive director of Helix Technologies in 2020.