Meet the team

The Industrial Team


Jonathan WatkinsJonathan Watkins
Chief Executive

Jonathan has 25 years of experience in commercialising technology in the international automotive, industrial and cleantech sectors, having held senior commercial and operational leadership positions in Federal-Mogul, Textron, and most recently, Ceres Power.

He is a Chartered Engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science & Technology from the University of Birmingham and a masters in Design, Manufacturing & Management from the University of Cambridge.




John Sellors

John Sellors
Chief Engineer Applications 

Previously led the Metallic Materials and Process Group at Lotus Engineering

John has built a strong, global reputation for his expertise on materials and process specification, design for manufacture, light-weighting and applied R&D.

John has been instrumental in the delivery of projects from niche Supercars for AML to steel bodied vehicles for China.

Chartered Engineer, Materials Graduate and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining



Alistair Foster

Alistair Foster
Chief Technical Officer

Alistair is a co-inventor of the HFQ® technology and joined ITL in 2013

He has worked in automotive, defence and nuclear power industries

Developed HFQ® production process from lab based technology

Project managed work packs valued at £4m

Chartered Engineer with a PhD from the University of Birmingham




Damian Szegda – Chief Computations OfficeDamian Szegda
Chief Computations Officer

Damian has a background in stress analysis and characterisation of complex materials

Prior to joining ITL he worked within defence

Damian has been lead analyst for £10m+ defence projects

Damian holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Silesian University of Technology and a PhD from Brunel University.




MAS employee portraits at their HQ in Wolverhampton Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pictures UKSimon Griffiths

Senior Programmes Manager

Simon joined Impression Technologies in 2017 and is responsible for the delivery of all production programmes. He joined us from Jaguar Land Rover where he held a number of senior roles within Chassis Engineering.

With over 30 years international automotive experience working for both OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, he has gained a wealth of experience in pressed metal assemblies in aluminium and steel.

Simon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath and is Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.



Tim Mcguire Headshot   Tim McGuire

Business Development Manager – Americas  

Tim has 41 year’s experience in engineering, product development, and commercializing new technology. The               focus of this experience has been in the automotive, commercial, industrial, aerospace and electronics industries.

He has held senior management roles in Textron, Spiral Connections, and Apex Tool Group as well as having                 significant experience with Gm, Ford, Chrysler, The Boeing Company, Airbus, and major Electronics companies.             Tim also has a Masters Degree in Business from Central Michigan University.



The Academic Team


Prof Jianguo Lin

Prof Jianguo Lin 
Head of Mechanics of Materials – Imperial College

Jianguo has been the driving force behind the development of the HFQ® process and has developed significant know-how in the processing of hot and warm  formed aluminium and steel. He currently heads the Mechanics of Materials division at Imperial, and previously was at Birmingham University. He is also visiting Professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB).


To find out more about the HFQ® Technology and how the team can help you with your project please contact us.