Our Team

We believe that great companies are built through bringing together people with great talent and the ability to work together.

Imagine Intelligent Materials has gathered together an exceptional group of people from around the world. Our goal is for everyone in the company to be a leader in their own right. Everyone in the company becomes an owner, by having financial “skin in the game”. It makes success – or failure – personal. Our team is dedicated to execution.

We have depth of experience in materials development, manufacturing, licensing, business modelling and analytics.

We see our customers and licensees as an extension of our team and we know that their success is what will give us our success. Their view of us is what counts.

Chris Gilbey - (Executive Chairman & CEO)

Chris Gilbey

(Executive Chairman & CEO)

Chris Gilbey co-founded Imagine with Phil Aitchison in 2014. He was CEO of digital signal processing company, Lake Technology (ASX) from 2000 to 2004. After selling Lake to Dolby he became their global marketing strategic advisor. After leaving Dolby in 2007 he became Entrepreneur in Residence at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science where he spun out a hydrogen technology venture (recently relocated in the US). It was during this time that Chris became fascinated with the potential for graphene.

Graphene Technology Seminar with Phil Aichison

Phil Aitchison PhD


Phillip is the co-founder of Imagine, together with Chris Gilbey. Prior to Imagine he had a 20 year history developing new technologies for energy storage – notably lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors. He was VP R&D at CAP-XX, a listed supercapacitor company (AIM:CPX). He has a Doctorate in Chemistry awarded jointly by the University of Montpellier, and Victoria University of Wellington. Phil is the author of 4 of the patents that Imagine Intelligent Materials has applied for.

Jaakko Kaidesoja

(Chief Revenue Officer – Europe)

Jaakko Kaidesoja was a senior executive in Nokia for 20 years. He held numerous senior financial positions in Nokia before becoming VP of Games and then VP of Portfolio Management at Nokia, helping lead Nokia’s growth into one of the world’s great brands. He has held senior executive roles in Microsoft, and the Post Group in Finland. His passion is businesses that derive revenues from licensing, product sales and SaaS functioning in parallel.

Jari Niemela

Jari Niemela

 (VP – Product Engineering)

As VP of Engineering at Nokia and Microsoft Jari was responsible for the development and delivery of handheld devices, overseeing over 350 employees in software and hardware. During his tenure at Nokia/Microsoft, Jari was involved in the launch of more than 30 global and domestic products. Jari is one of the most recognized R&D leaders in high tech with over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. He has an unparalleled track record of product successes by building top-notch, global development teams and effectively taking products from concept to mass production to end of life.

Kirsty Cleland

 (Executive General Manager)

Kirsty has a major projects, telecommunications and finance law background, working with King & Wood Mallesons and Baker & McKenzie in Sydney and Chicago. More recently Kirsty has held senior roles in startup companies, with a focus on technology management and commercialisation. Her previous roles include Commercial Manager – Swinburne Innovation Precinct, CEO of Advanced Polymerik, Director of Business Development at ANSTO, and member of the CSIRO Future Manufacturing Flagship Advisory Committee. Kirsty is a Graduate of the AICD.

Mark Kershaw

(Director – Manufacturing)

Mark is Manager of Imagine’s Geelong manufacturing operation, and is responsible for all aspects of manufacturing Imagine’s initial product offering, imgne® X3. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, working in industries focusing on polymers, paper, fertilizer and textiles. His experience is in building and empowering teams to solve problems in manufacturing and to continuously improve operations. Mark has a B.S. in Chemistry from Monash University.

Dennis Antiohos PhD

(Principal Research Scientist)

Dennis is a co-founder of Imagine and an experienced materials scientist, working at the cutting edge of clean tech, translating research from the lab to prototyping and commercial scale-up. Dennis was Team Leader R&D Engineering at Aquahydrex – a company pioneering new technology in hydrogen production. He has a passion for data analytics, especially six sigma processes and design of experiments. Dennis holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Wollongong plus has multiple publications and patents in the area of energy storage and generation.

Vito Giorgio

Vito Giorgio

(Process Chemist – Graphene Plant)

Vito has co-developed the manufacturing process for Imagine’s commercial graphene plant. He specialised in graphene research during his undergraduate studies, received a WILS scholarship from the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) and holds an IntBSc(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Wollongong.

Phil Aitchison - Head of R&D / IP Strategy

Robert Gorkin PhD

(Research Engagement Manager)

Rob Gorkin received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California in 2010 and is currently completing an MBA. His background includes experience at a number of world class institutes. He is also the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant for his work in developing a new hydrogel material for use in condoms.

Steven Pert

(Implementation Manager)

Steven has a strong background in process engineering with over six years’ experience in the aluminium industry with Rio Tinto Alcan. He has a passion for lean six sigma process improvement and project management. Steven is involved in executing plant improvement projects, coordinating prototype development and implementing practical solutions for graphene based products. Steven has a B. Eng. (Materials) from the University of NSW.