Meet The Team


Simon Gretton-Watson

Chief Executive Officer

Simon has worked in various engineering and commercial roles over the last 20 years. Most recently, he was Group Sales Director for Safetykleen International (£275m turnover with 1,800 employees across Europe). Before this, he worked at Centrica Plc as a Business Director in their downstream business and managed their operated North Sea oil assets. Simon has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College and is a Chartered Accountant (FCA). 



Matt Baldry

Commercial Director

Matt has over 25 years’ experience in the construction and water industries. He brings a diverse range of experience from sales and account management to operational and commercial management gained across both multinational companies and SMEs alike.

Matt is also part of the Executive Committee and Management Team


Paul Barter

Principal Process Engineer

Paul is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the Water Industry, he has worked for consultants, contractors, and product supply companies, and has been involved in every aspect of water and wastewater treatment, with specialist in-depth knowledge of tertiary treatment process and P removal.  As a process engineer he has implemented projects to improve water quality and help identify and rectify issues with existing installations.  Paul in a member of IChemE and CIWEM.


Delivery & Commissioning

Bob Cooper

Engineering Manager

Bob has worked in the water and wastewater pumping industry for over 20 years and has been involved in all aspects of design, commissioning and installation of various systems.  With key skills in project and engineering management has seen him specialising in improving efficiency, serviceability and value to work with and transfer his knowledge onto a team of engineers and sub-contractors.

Bob is also part of the Management Team


Dan Boardman

Project Delivery Manager

Dan is a specialist in technological development and delivery of nature-based solutions. A trained civil engineer with a PhD in environmental engineering, Dan has worked on developing bio-reactors and biological filtration, both in R&D and product delivery. Alongside this, Dan has gained 5 years of experience in construction project management.

Dan is also part of the Management Team


Oliver Taylor

Field Service & Commissioning Engineer

Oli has had a varied career before joining I-Phyc, having been a chef for 7 years before becoming an engineer. He is now determined to use his engineering skills in a way that is not only ethical and sustainable, but beneficial to the environment. He enjoys scuba diving and has volunteered on a coral reef project in Belize


Katie Wojcik

HSE & Marketing Support Co-ordinator

Masters of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol.


Science Department

Dr Thea Ekins-Coward

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Thea Ekins-Coward is one of the world’s leading applied algal scientists. Her career is diverse ranging from bio-remediation, process intensification of the UK water industry, utilising new technologies for carbon capture, production of bioplastics from renewables, investigating aquaculture waste as a biocoal feedstock, producing high-value products from marine resources, and production of biodiesel from microalgae. Thea’s background has developed her ability to adjust effectively, think innovatively, is why she is the best fit for us here at I-Phyc, leading the Scientific team from strength to strength.

Thea is also part of the Executive Committee and Management Team


Francesca Ho


Masters in Research, BSc University of the West of England.


Olivia Wilson

Assistant Scientist

BSc Biochemistry from University of Bristol and an MSc in applied Marine Science from University of Plymouth.


Finance Department

Stephen Burt

Finance Director

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and Governance professional with 25+ years in business. Having qualified with PriceWaterhouse he has worked across a variety of South Wales’ blue-chip manufacturing businesses. Most recently leading the Clinical Solutions business of Berendsen plc (£60m turnover, 600 employees, 4 UK locations) as Managing Director. He has been involved in a number of SME start-ups and lead the turnaround of Rocialle Ltd. Stephen currently serves as a business coach with the Welsh government’s Accelerated Growth Programme.

Stephen is also part of the Executive Committee


Kate Corcoran

Finance Manager

Kate is a qualified chartered accountant and looks after the office, finance and admin needs of the company.