LiNa Energy

LiNa Energy was incorporated in 2017 to apply modern materials engineering to the sodium-nickel-chloride battery and create a game-changing battery storage technology.

In the summer of 2017, the founders met in the Serpentine Café in Hyde Park and decided to form LiNa Energy, a spin-out of Lancaster University.

The founders have all previously worked together for many years in a variety of different roles. Between them they have a diverse and complementary skill set that make the sum-of-the-parts extremely focussed, experienced and perfectly suited to deliver their game-changing sodium-based storage platform.

LiNa has a very strong working relationship with Lancaster University and is based at the University’s state-of-the-art incubator centre on campus. Very quickly, the founders were able to win prestigious UK Government grants and raise external capital that enabled LiNa to develop a truly world-leading team in all areas of its growing business. The team comprises colleagues well known to the founders and, LiNa is proud to say, a growing number of locally based staff.

Utilising an extensive network and supply base LiNa has quickly established partners in all key areas of the business.

LiNa never loses sight of the importance of keeping things simple whilst setting challenging targets that are realistic, achievable and, importantly, bought into by the entire team.

Lina’s leadership team

Gene Lewis


Following his PhD from Imperial College in 2002 in Engineering Materials, Gene has held senior management and board level positions in public clean-tech energy companies for over 15 years. Gene has considerable experience in building and leading world-class teams in taking a concept and turning it into a commercial reality.

Gene is a founding director of LiNa Energy.

Richard Dawson

Technical Director

Richard has a PhD in Electrochemical Engineering from Imperial College and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge. Richard works part-time as a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University.

Richard is the principal author of many scientific papers and patents and is an expert at managing industry and academic research programmes. Richard is a founding director of LiNa Energy and oversees all technical innovation.

Andreas Bäckström

Director of Product Development

Andreas is a design engineer with many years expertise and leadership in developing novel energy technologies.

In his previous role as Head of Design at AFC Energy, he led the team which designed the world’s first large-scale stationary alkaline fuel cell system.

Tom McColm

Commercial Director

Tom, a founding director of LiNa Energy, is an experienced clean-tech equity specialist with a strong track record in both public and private equity fund raising. Prior to moving into the finance sector in the City of London, he worked on technology development for Ceres Power and fuel cell groups at Imperial College and St Andrews University.

Tom has a PhD from Berkeley in materials engineering, an M Eng from the University of Idaho in metallurgical engineering and a BA from Oxford University (UK) in materials science.

Becky Morrish

Finance Director

Becky qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG and has subsequently worked in a variety of roles at both FTSE 100 multinationals and SMEs. She worked at BG Group plc in the energy sector for over 10 years in roles spanning group reporting, asset finance and business partnering.

She has since been Finance Director for SMEs in the software, renewable energy and learning and development sectors.

Mark Boland

Executive Chairman

Mark has a honours degree in English and French Law from the University of Essex and the University of Paris (Nanterre). He worked in the editorial department of the Financial Times for 15 years, before moving to Deloitte’s tax and incentives consultancy, advising clients on sources of non-dilutive funding.

Mark is a founding director of LiNa with special responsibility for coordinating the company’s grant-funded projects.

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