Meet our team
Ed is a leader with vision who drives innovation and change with the fortitude and energy to deliver his vision. He challenges assumptions, raises ambitions and finds new ways of tackling complex issues locally and globally.
Ed has spent almost 30 years driving positive change in emerging industries- digital transformation of Scotlands enterprise system and SMEs and more recently the transition to a net zero carbon society.
Ed a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur, has worked within the university sector for over 20 years -always with a strong focus on impact- bringing the public, academic and commercial sectors together to develop new pathways and mechanisms to deliver major strategic initiatives. His efforts led to founding of ECCI, and China’s first Low Carbon College and 30 other initiatives and has supported hundreds of SME leadership teams, over 1000 businesses and organisations to adapt and thrive as part of Scotland’s green eco-system.
Ed is a well known public speaker and thought leader in SME business models, innovation systems and sustainability. Ed holds a number of board and advisory positions nationally and globally and in 2021 Ed was awarded an honorary professorship of the university of edinburgh for his contribution and impact nationally and globally in driving partnerships and solutions to address the climate crisis.
Ed became CEO of Carbogenics in August 2021.
Lidia Krzynówek is the COO with experience in linking supply chains for regional businesses, conversion of low-value resources into higher value bio-products as well as biofuels and bioenergy.
She has a strong network of contacts and resources gained from 7+ years of experience in developing and managing government and EU projects, enabling innovation through knowledge transfer, and working with businesses, communities and academia.
Her experience places her in a uniquely suited position to drive the development of Carbogenics, expanding network of collaborators, supply chain partners and future clients in the UK and international market. She is also responsible for the financial well-being of the company and oversees company administration.
She has represented Carbogenics at multiple successful competitions aimed at early start-up initiatives and was instrumental in securing investment and grant funding for the company.
Dr. David Vaughan is a plant biologist with extensive and wide-ranging experience in scientific research and anaerobic digestion.
David was awarded a PhD in 2003 from the University of York working on cold acclimation of plant cell walls. David worked at the University of York in diverse areas including molecular biology, biochemistry, electron microscopy, microbiology and medical cryobiology. He later moved into the area of fermentation for second generation biofuels investigating the production of bioethanol from distillery waste and subsequently joined the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) in 2011.
In his role of AD specialist he regularly interacted with the AD industry, with has a strong understanding of the AD process from a biological perspective as well as an understanding of feedstocks and process optimisation he is supporting CreChar product development and sales activity.
Dr. Leah Herrgen is the Research and Innovation Manager at Carbogenics Ltd and is responsible for the R&D activities at the company.
Leah received a degree in biochemistry from the University of Tübingen in 2004. She then went on to do a PhD in molecular cell biology at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, which she completed in 2008. She continued her scientific career as a postdoc at the University of Oxford and as a research group leader at the University of Edinburgh. Her time as a research group leader allowed her to acquire excellent skills in team leadership as well as time and project management.
With her strong background in biochemistry and molecular biology, and her extensive experience in project management, Leah is ideally placed to lead Carbogenics’ research programme on the biological mechanisms of CreChar action in AD.
Danny has a Diploma in electronic and electrical engineering. He has recently acquired his National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety.
He works as Technician at Carbogenics overseeing small scale lab trials that mirror the companies’ full-scale trials.
Danny joined Carbogenics with an ambition to use his skills and gain experience and be a part of solution that can have real world applications in renewable energy.
Karolina is responsible for managing day to day operations of the Lab and supporting product development and R&D activities of Carbogenics.
Laurie Joined Carbogenics as the Operations Manager for our new site. Laurie has an appreciation for Carbogenics environmental mission.
Lucy holds a Master’s degree in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technologies from the University of York. She has previous experience working at an open-access publisher on their Green and Sustainable Chemistry journal. She manages consultancy projects and grant applications. She also works on R&D projects and is currently looking into suitable feedstocks for CreChar® production.
Taisiia Joined Carbogenics in August 2023. Taya is in charge of finance. She is an experienced accountant with a genuine appreciation for Carbogenics environmental mission.
Dr Jan Mumme is an Agricultural Engineer with extensive experience in investigating the biochemical processes in anaerobic digesters, process engineering and use of waste material as AD feedstocks.
He was awarded a PhD in 2008 by the Humboldt University in Berlin for his work in Agricultural Sciences.
Dr Mumme’s findings led to establishing the CreChar® trademark and funding of Carbogenics Ltd.
Dr Mumme has in-depth understanding of the relationships between the chemical and biological processes in AD, biophysical properties of biochar and physicochemical analysis standards in the AD industry.
Alana Joined Carbogenics August 2023 as the Marketing Administrator. She holds over 4 years of experience working as a Marketing Executive across varied industries. She joined us as her values aligned with our environmental mission.
Anthony Schofield is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Having held several Finance Director Positions, the last of which until 2008 was with Chivas Brothers Ltd a £2bn turnover Scotch Whisky producer and global exporter.
nthony transitioned to become the Chairman and CEO of Jan Becher (based in Prague 2008-2014) a producer, importer and wholesaler of International alcoholic brands including Chivas Regal, Jameson, Absolut, Jacobs Creek, Martel.
With over 40 years of global corporate experience Anthony brings a host of skills and contacts in order to both support and drive an organisation forward.
Robert Kennedy, owner of Strathendrick Biogas, a 1MW anaerobic digestion gas plant based north of Glasgow, is an innovator and AD market expert.
His expertise, hands on experience and his extensive network of contacts within global Anaerobic Digestion Industry allows Carbogencis to develop its CreChar products in response to industry needs and successfully market it to AD clients.
Andrew Coleman is an experienced entrepreneur, innovation manager and business advisor.
He has worked with several successful start-up companies in the UK and abroad.
Andrew gives the team advice on day-to-day business operations as well as strategic planning. His extensive network of investors and business contacts within the UK and beyond adds substantial value to company and helps reaching its commercial goals.