Management Team


Dr. Joachim Lukas
Managing Director


Dr. Lukas is a co-founder of TMO and is responsible for the overall management of the company.  Previously he founded Agrol Limited, an industrial biotechnology company, and spent 20 years with Shell in planning and managing their bio-businesses.


Prof. Tony Atkinson
Research & Development Director


Professor Atkinson is a co-founder of TMO and is responsible for overall research and development.  He is a recognized world authority on thermophiles and has been involved in a wide range of governmental, academic and entrepreneurial businesses.  He has published over 400 papers and over 20 patents, and is an Honorary or Visiting Professor of three UK universities.
Paul Hughes
Finance Director


Mr. Hughes is a co-founder of TMO.  He is responsible for all financial and investor relations matters.  Mr. Hughes is an experienced international investment banker having spent 15 years working on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for a range of ag, ag-biotech, biotechnology and technology businesses.

Harry Laverack
Operations Director


Mr. Laverack is a co-founder of TMO.  Mr. Laverack is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of all corporate systems, records, contracts and IP.  He has spent several years work in managerial roles within a range of technology businesses around the world.

Dr. Peter Senior
Director of Commercialization


Dr. Senior is a co-founder of TMO.  He is responsible for industrial liaison, initial business development and commercialization activities.  He worked for ICI for 10 years where he developed the world’s largest continuous fermentation facility.  Subsequently, he was a co-founder of Delta Biotechnology Ltd.