Oxford
Quantum
Circuits

Building a quantum-powered
future and enabling life-
changing discoveries.

The UK’s most advanced quantum computer

OQC’s quantum computer is already a complete functional unit, including the control system, the hardware and the software. It is the only commercially available quantum computer in the UK.

Build the core,
partner with the best

We partner with some of the most renowned universities, startups and companies. This unique approach will ensure that our technology is at the heart of tomorrow’s quantum revolution.

Meet Our Team

Ilana Wisby

Founding CEO

Ilana is the Founding CEO of OQC. In her role she is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of the company, defining and modelling our culture and values, building and leading OQC’s senior team, and for allocating resources to the company’s priorities.

Ultimately, Ilana makes sure that OQC remains at the forefront of the quantum revolution. Thanks to her academic background, having gained a PhD in quantum physics from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she spent most of her PhD as a student in industry at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, she’s also providing technical input in the design of our quantum computer.

Ilana’s ambitions can be summed up in a single word that comes up a lot in a conversation with her: impact. Not just in the fledging quantum computing industry, but in the world writ. She believes in pushing the boundaries and doing things that have never been done before, thanks to quantum computing.

Ilana takes pride in breaking grounds on multiple levels: as a pioneer in quantum physics and as an executive woman in tech. When she’s not roadmapping, speaking at an event, reporting to the Board, pitching investors, hiring more ninjas or giving interviews, you might find her playing the piano, enjoying live music nights or boxing at the gym.

Anne-Claire Blet

Chief Experience Officer

Anne-Claire joined OQC to help us accelerate our go-to-market strategy and provide the best experience to our various stakeholders. As such, she is responsible for the commercial strategy and growth of the company through sales, partnerships management and customer success. She is also revamping our communication and marketing operations to tell the OQC story to the world. Recognising that our disruptive tech can only thrive thanks to our A-team, Anne-Claire is also championing our people and culture projects.

Prior to joining OQC, Anne-Claire was Strategic Partnership Director at what3words, another groundbreaking tech startup. Previously she had led the work of a United Nations’ agency on environmental and social sustainability; and helped established the corporate social responsibility program of the French national lottery. She also worked as a consultant to multiple CAC40 companies to address their technological gaps.

Anne-Claire holds a Masters degree in International Relations from La Sorbonne, Paris and a Law degree (LLB) from Rennes University (France). She also attended Harvard Extension School’s Business Communications curriculum. She’s a keen sailor and skier.

Phil Smith

Director of Software

Phil is the Director of Software at OQC. He works with a team of software developers and physicists to develop software solutions for quantum control and quantum research.

Phil completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Surrey, UK. He started his career as the CTO of an early stage startup and then went onto setting up a successful VR content company. In both these roles Phil was responsible for leading software design and architecture. His experience in successfully creating and deploying software solutions in startup companies is now applied to the OQC software stack.

Andy Patterson

Head of Systems Integration

Andy completed a PhD in Peter Leek’s research group at the University of Oxford, largely focused on the calibration and control of their multi-coaxmon systems. As such, Andy has extensive experience in control of superconducting circuits using various microwave electronics systems.

Convinced by OQC’s unique technological approach, and inspired by the can-do and forward-thinking attitude of the team, Andy joined as OQC’s first Quantum Engineer.

His first success, in cooperation with our partners, was to develop a prototype interface allowing an open-source quantum language to execute on our prototype processors. Since then, Andy has spent much of his energy developing our software stack for a much more powerful control system; more capable, flexible and extendable than ever previously developed. Andy also works on the development of the components of a robust, integrated solution for the design and simulation of superconducting circuits.

Having joined OQC at a transition time, from a research-focused organisation to a commercially successful business, Andy enjoys getting stuck-in with the challenges facing start-ups. He has always enjoyed tinkering with software programming, which led him to write web games and build electronics from a young age. That’s why, in his own words, “this all makes helping to build the quantum computers of the future at OQC feel not at all like a chore!”

Simon Phillips

Commercial advisor

Brian Vlastakis

Quantum Hardware

Brian is an engineer that specializes in quantum hardware development with 10 years of quantum tech experience. At OQC, Brian is a part of the quantum engineering team developing commercial-grade quantum processors.

Originally from the United States, Brian moved to the UK in 2017 where he has served as a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Oxford focusing in superconducting quantum circuits. Previously a research staff scientist for IBM, Brian helped develop their large-scale quantum computing platform. He was also a part of the founding team for the ‘IBM Quantum Experience’, the first publicly-accessible quantum computer.

Brian received his PhD in experimental physics at Yale University with work that showed the largest ‘Schrodinger cat states’ to date using microwave photons. Since moving to the UK, Brian has enjoyed running (slowly) through the muddy trails along the Thames and is a self-proclaimed transit nerd.

Peter Oakley

Head of Hardware

Peter Oakley is a hardware design engineer with a background in PCB design and RTL firmware development. As OQC’s Head of hardware, Peter’s current focus is on the design and development of a novel quantum computing control system capable of multi-platform synchronisation, low latency feedback and upwards scalability. Peter is concerned with both the physical hardware and the FPGA firmware.

Prior to joining OQC, Peter worked for multi-national, blue-chip organisations including ARM, Imagination Technologies and Ensilica and has led multiple COTS products from the ground up, including an ATX motherboard and an extended temperature, rugged SATA controller.

Peter has contributed in the development of multiple large scale, SOC products including a spectrography based gas detector, fingerprint recognition system and a radar-based, MIMO system for autonomous vehicles. Peter has also designed various IP products from the ground up, including a novel, power-aware SPI controller, an I2C controller, a memory controller and a parametrically scalable IIR filter.

Peter has a range of extracurricular qualifications in FPGA design, verification and RF engineering. In his spare time, Peter enjoys rock-climbing and producing music.

Kajsa Eriksson Rosenqvist

Software developer

Kajsa first came to Oxford for an internship at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, where she developed a simulation tool to assist in the evaluation of a ground based laser orbital debris removal system. Once this internship was completed, her passion for cutting edge science motivated her to further her expertise in deep-tech and ultimately become a part of the OQC software team.

As a Junior Software Engineer, Kajsa is responsible for a number of quantum and development infrastructure projects around quantum chip simulation and data management systems.

Kajsa holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Lund University (Sweden) and a dual M.Sc. in Space Instrumentation and Technology from Université Paul Sabatier (France) and Luleå University of Technology (Sweden). Originally from Sweden, Kajsa loves the outdoors and takes any opportunity for alpine skiing. When there's no place to ski, she is quite content going for a hike or building a camp in some remote forest. This is fortunate as Oxfordshire doesn't have any mountains and seldom any snow.

Joseph Rahamim

Quantum Engineer

As OQC’s quantum engineer Joseph is primarily focused on the fabrication and experimental realization of OQC’s quantum chips, and the development of the tools and infrastructure that enable this.

Joseph obtained his PhD in physics from the University of Oxford for the development of the coaxial superconducting circuit architecture upon which OQC is building on, and this work formed part of the core initial demonstration of the technology. He is now putting his experience of design, development and characterisation of these quantum devices to work for OQC.

Prior to his doctoral work, Joseph also acquired two years of software development experience with various roles at education and business intelligence startups. Outside of the office, Joseph is a keen rock-climber.

Shaun Geaney

Operations and Quantum Engineer

Shaun works across OQC's operations division and quantum software stack. He works to support and implement the company's strategy to advance the future growth and expansion of OQC. Using his quantum knowledge, Shaun also helps to code simulations to help research and develop OQC's unique qubit technology.

Prior to joining OQC, Shaun received no corrections on his PhD in quantum physics from Royal Holloway, University of London and, joined the National Physical
Laboratory. His work was in developing a novel near-field scanning microwave microscope designed to investigate atomic-scale defects in superconducting quantum technologies.

In the past, Shaun has also worked as a software engineer in Manchester where he received a Master's from the University of Manchester.

In his spare time, he enjoys bouldering and attending CrossFit classes.

Toni Dunbar-Thomas

Toni Dunbar-Thomas

Executive assistant

Toni, not phased by the fact the company was involved with quantum computing, joined OQC in 2018 during its initial transition to a successful company as the Executive Assistant to Dr Ilana Wisby, the CEO, as well as to the Founder and the Board. During OQC’s growth, Toni’s role has grown into a much more diverse role: thanks to her experience as an Office, HR and Estate Manager, she has helped shape and guide the operational side from two people to today.

Having grown up in South Africa, Toni moved back to the UK where she worked with a number of start-ups and HNW companies and individuals managing their day-to-day lives and businesses. When not managing Ilana’s diary, Toni has a hectic homelife including trying to manage two teenagers and an 18 month old Jack Russell / Shitzu nightmare!

Connor Shelly

Senior Quantum Engineer & Lab Manager

As Senior Quantum Engineer at OQC, Connor is involved in the design, simulation, fabrication, and measurement of novel superconducting components for quantum processing. In addition, as OQC's Laboratory Manager he is responsible for the day-to-day running of the laboratory.

Prior to joining OQC, Connor worked at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) where he was the lead researcher for the Superconducting Electronics team and worked on the development of Josephson Travelling Wave Parametric Amplifiers (JTWPAs) and research into the physics of superconducting nanobridges as Josephson elements, as well as dipping his toes into quantum metrology.

Connor received his PhD in physics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014 for work on the detection of thermoelectric effects in superconductors using a Hybrid Quantum Interference Device (HyQUID) as the read-out detector. He also developed a novel implementation of the HyQUID for use as a latching quantum read-out.

Connor is a member of the Institute of Physics, and has held Chartered Physicist status since 2017.

Outside of the laboratory he enjoys being outdoors - particularly multi-day hiking, as well as running (extremely slowly) through forests.

John Molloy

Project Manager

As OQC’s Project Manager, John’s role is to ensure that all OQC projects are managed efficiently and effectively throughout their life-cycle, enabling adequate resourcing and timely delivery.

Prior to joining OQC, John worked at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) where he was technical lead for autonomous systems, and Manager of the NPL East of England Hub at University of Cambridge.

His research focused on perception systems, ultrafast optoelectronics, and developing novel THz sources for research & industrial applications of THz technology with the Photonics and Quantum Sciences Group, University of Surrey, where he was a visiting Research Scientist.

After several years in a data storage solutions start-up, John moved to the UK in 2009 to complete his M.Sc “Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices” jointly from the University of St. Andrews and Heriot-Watt University. Following a further spell in industry, manufacturing laser sources, he returned to academia to complete his Eng.D “Applied Photonics” at Heriot-Watt University in 2017.

John comes from a long line of weavers and cloth merchants in Ireland where his family continue to operate a successful mill. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors in particular mountaineering and sailing.

Chris Corlett

Intern

Chris first joined OQC as an intern in the summer of 2019, while still an undergraduate, when he worked on developing software for the simulation of quantum chips. Now, after completing his masters in theoretical physics at the University of Manchester with a year abroad at the University of California, Berkeley, he is back for more and is continuing work on chip simulation.

As a budding professional physicist Chris is excited for the opportunity to be working at the forefront of quantum computing technology and hopes to grow as a researcher along with the new and exciting industry of quantum technologies.

Originally from the Isle of Man, Chris enjoys cooking, dancing (whether he is any good at it is subjective but he definitely enjoys it) and playing the guitar. He is also an avid rock climber, adding yet another climber to the OQC team.

Rachel Matthews

Intern

Rachel is a fourth year Materials Scientist at the University of Oxford, with a passion for nanomaterials and quantum physics. In the autumn, she will be starting a Masters, researching quantum dots for solar cells.

In addition to her passion for the crazy world of quantum, she aims to be a driver for equality and diversity in STEM in her future career.

At OQC, Rachel supports the Software Development team. She is developing a tool to automate report generation. Coming from a practical science background, she had little programming experience before starting at OQC; but she can't wait to further her learning in Python.

If not in the lab or the library, she will be found feeding the ducks in the park or practising kickboxing.

Peter Leek

Peter Leek

Founder

Peter is a world-leading research group leader with over 12 years’ experience in superconducting quantum circuit research. He has trained in the field with the best in the world, and has a track record of high-impact and creative research.

Peter’s move to Oxford in 2012 was a boost to the UK quantum circuits scene, and he has grown his group to be globally recognised. He now heads the UK’s Superconducting Quantum Computing development at the Leek Lab. There he developed OQC’s core IP - the Coaxmon - a quantum bit (qubit) developed from first principles with commercial scalability in mind and liberated from the constraints of 2D technology.

Peter has won over £3M in research council funding for his group and is the lead academic in the UK’s national quantum computing research hub. He continues to play a prominent role in the national programme as it transitions to its next phase in 2020.

Andrew Mackintosh

Chairman

Andrew has over 30 years’ commercial and general management experience in publicly and privately owned high-technology businesses. He has been CEO and chairman of spin-out companies from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, including Oxford Instruments - a key supplier of quantum support technology.

His most recent executive role was as the founding chief executive of the Royal Society Enterprise Fund, a unique early-stage technology investment fund set up by the Royal Society and supported by philanthropy. Andrew holds a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Will Goodlad

Principal, OSI

Neil Cameron

Investment Director, Parkwalk

Frederick Hamilton

Investment Analyst, Oxford Investment Consultants

Adam Workman

Head of Investments & New Ventures, Oxford University Innovation

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