Nigel Vaughan


Nigel has 30 years' experience at Board level in innovative businesses (UK plc, US multinational, investor backed enterprises & German Group). He has performed company turnarounds, acquisitions and change management to maximise shareholder value.

Nigel's hands-on approach and team-development skills ensure rapid contribution to new and complex situations. His extensive investor experience in both institutional (Venture Capital) and private investor (Business Angel) communities contribute to the wealth of experience he brings to Sondrel.

Nigel advises the boards of a number of other successful companies. He also assists high-growth-potential new ventures to optimise their strategy and secure investment.

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Graham Curren


Graham founded Sondrel in 2002, after identifying a gap in the market for an international company specialising in complex digital IC design. He graduated in Electronic Engineering from Leeds University and spent the early part of his career working in ASIC design, and later for an ASIC manufacturer before joining the EDA company Avant!, where he rose to manage the technical and marketing teams across EMEA supporting products across the whole range of IC design.

In 2009 Sondrel won the Queen's Award for Enterprise, and in 2010 Graham accompanied the then prime minster, David Cameron, in his business delegation to China. In 2011 Graham became a non-executive director of the China-Britain Business Council, playing an active part in CBBC and UK government activities, supporting technology initiatives including speaking at events and hosting inward delegations from China.

Graham has extensive experience in the international high growth technology business arena and has been involved in the acquisition and integration of more than 15 technology companies. Graham Curren is regularly asked to judge industry awards such as the prestigious Elektra and BrightSparks Awards in the UK.


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Joe Lopez

Chief Financial Officer

Joe has been a senior finance professional for 20 years within international multi-site operating environments holding a range of executive positions in European companies. This includes over 12 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer, ranging from start-ups to corporate multi nationals where he is highly regarded for establishing sustainable value by forming effective business partnerships in high growth environments.

Joe brings relevant experience from the technology, service and manufacturing industries in strategic planning and growth management. Joe is highly regarded for his ability to build strong foundations for sustainable growth through a combination of change management, customer focus and team development.


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Ian Walsh

Director of Foundry Sales

Ian has many years’ experience in senior sales marketing and business development roles across the semiconductor industry including for IDMs (Fairchild, Rockwell and Alcatel), embedded software and IP licensing companies (MIPS and Toric), OSAT (Presto Engineering) and in design services and supply chain at Sondrel.

In 1991 Ian founded embedded software company, DIVA Communications, that he ran for 8 years and until its acquisition by Alcatel Microelectronics in 1999 where he became the Business Development Director for Software Services.

To experience the OEM market, Ian ran Westell’s Sales & Marketing in Europe for 4 years selling ADSL CPE and VoIP networking equipment to operators, ISPs and System Integrators.

In 2005 Ian became the CEO and Gérant of MnD Semiconductor, a French DSL and Video Processing design services company and spin-out of Conexant for who he arranged its acquisition by DxO Labs in 2006.

Ian has an MSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Portsmouth University for which he was sponsored by Marconi Space & Defence Systems and where he was a Signal Processing Engineer.


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Hilary Rico

Global Operations Director

Hilary is an experienced Director of Business Operations with a long history of working in the semiconductors industry across China, Morocco, India and Europe, gained from working at Sondrel since 2008. She is adept at working with SMEs and within a fast-paced growing business environment. Hilary has strong skills within the selection, training and development of the staff and their wellbeing on a global scale. She is experienced at working closely with business trade organisations in these regions.

Hilary has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Bournemouth University.

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Ed Loverseed

Head of Engineering

Ed is an engineer by training, a leader and manager of projects by practice, and a solver of problems by choice. He has over 25 years’ experience in systems delivery and professional equipment design and is experienced in hardware, ASIC, FPGA, and embedded software design for fields as diverse as broadcast, digital video compression, IP/telecomms, and highway traffic systems.

He has a First-Class Honours Degree in Communications and Control Engineering from UMIST. Prior to Sondrel, he worked in senior roles including at Ericsson Television as Head of Hardware Design and Delivery, Clearview Traffic as Head of Engineering, and Principal Architect/Engineering Group Manager at Tandberg Television.

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