The Oversight Board

Strategic oversight of all aspects of the CDT is provided by an Oversight Board (OB) which meets twice yearly to offer independent evaluation of our activities and provide advice on appropriate research priorities and strategic directions, as well as on training, employability, knowledge-transfer, exploitation and dissemination opportunities. Our OB comprises a mix of industrial, government and academic researchers.

Oversight Board members

Dr Adrian Janssen


Chief Technologist
Audrey Nailor EPSRC Portfolio Manager in Physical Sciences Team
Prof Chris Lawrence


Chief Scientist: Advanced Services & Products
Dr Heather Lewtas

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

Development Engineer
Prof Ian J Youngs Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Dstl Senior Fellow. Platform Sciences Group: Physical Sciences Department
Dr James Watts Flann Microwave Chief Executive Officer
Prof Kobus Kuipers

Delft University of Technology

Head of Quantum Nanoscience Department, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience
Prof Markys G Cain


Prof Miles Padgett (Chair) University of Glasgow Kelvin Chair Natural Philosophy, School of Physics and Astronomy
Prof Richard Craster Imperial College London Professor of Applied Mathematics
Prof Ruth Oulton

University of Bristol

Professor of Quantum Photonics

Prof. Miles Padgett, Chair of Oversight Board

I am delighted to take over as chair of the advisory board for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials at the University of Exeter. Having been a board member for the past five years I have been converted to the CDT model, mainly because of the opportunities it has created for the students it supports. Of the 24 students who have graduated so far, half have continued in the academic research environment and, importantly, most of the remainder have transitioned to industrial career, many of those with the companies the support from which has itself bing instrumental to the Centres success. Central to the ethos of the CDT I remain constantly impressed by the collegiality shown by the staff to the students and the student to each other as they celebrate each others success within an outstandingly creative environment.

Professor Miles Padgett, Chair of Oversight Board