LiNa Energy was created as a spin-out of Lancaster University, where founders Dr Gene Lewis and Dr Richard Dawson combined their world-leading expertise and successes in ceramics and electrochemistry.

Since then, our growing team has developed an innovative solid state sodium-based battery technology which offers superior safety and sustainability standards compared to lithium-based batteries.



Based in Lancaster with newly expanded lab facilities, LiNa Energy is privately held  and boasts an energetic team of engineers and electrochemists alongside commercial and product development experts.  We are ambitious and galvanised around our mission: to help the energy and industrial sectors get to Net Zero faster.

Our Board

Dr Gene Lewis

Founder CEO

Richard Dawson Photo

Dr Richard Dawson

Founder CTO

James Morrish


Will Tope


Mark Boland Photo

Mark Boland

Founder Company Secretary

Niall O'Keeffe

Non-executive director

Tom McColm Photo

Dr Tom McColm

Founder Non-executive Director

Executive Team

Andreas Bäckström

Director of Product Development

Joana Azevedo

Cell Development Manager

Kris Barr

Director of Operations

Aisha Ford

People and Finance Manager

Daniel Matthews

Director of Engineering

Expert Advisors

Jeetej Jandu


Lina Emilsson

Rick Dauch

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