Our Team

Along with 50 robots, Q-Bot employs 50 humans at a headquarters in London and offices in Newcastle and Newport. The highly-experienced multidisciplinary engineering and research team has a unique blend of robotics, digital and building experience.

Q-Bot was founded in 2012 by Tom Lipinski and Professor Peter Childs, whose entrepreneurial track record includes the commercialisation of innovative technologies as well as previous successful exits.

If you would like to develop new cutting-edge technology and help bring the next big innovation to market, then find out more about our current vacancies here.


Board Members

Prof. Peter Childs

Chairperson, Co-Founder
Co-Director of the Energy Futures Lab, and founding Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairperson at both Q-Bot and BladeBUG.

John Burley
John Burley

Chief Technology Officer

John has operated across the sustainability & renewables technology sector within scale-ups and more established businesses. Recent experience has been with CMR Surgical, a British medical device company producing a robot-assisted surgery system and Inmarsat, a British satellite telecommunications company, offering global mobile services. John has led teams large and small and across different countries.  He has delivered technology led, scale and sustainable service businesses though innovation via transformation projects.

John Kennedy - CEO at Q-Bot
John Kennedy

Chief Executive Officer
John become CEO at Q-Bot in late 2022, and he has extensive experience from executive finance and business roles in the insurance and technology sectors. His leadership has spurred significant revenue growth, operational improvements, and new partnerships for Q-Bot's 'robot as a service' offering. As a pivotal figure in securing funding, John now drives the company's commercial expansion

Lee Maughan
Lee Maughan

Chief Financial Officer

Commercially focused CFO with over 20 years professional and industry experience. He comes to Q-Bot with 10 years’ experience at Deloitte, as a Director of the Entrepreneurial Business team in Cambridge, leading over 50 multi-disciplinary staff. As well as experience across a wide range of industries and stages of development from pre-revenue venture backed start-ups to private equity funds and national professional practices.

Senior Management Team

David Lawlor
David Lawlor

Head of Delivery
David has vast amounts of experience in operations, team management, retrofit logistics, data management, materials spraying, and robot operation & maintenance.

Leigh Fairbrother, Head of Commercial
Leigh Fairbrother

Head of Commercial
Leigh has many years of expertise in architecture, energy efficiency, affordable housing, business growth, operational efficiency, and sustainable solutions.

Dayna Kivell
Dayna Kivell

Head of Robotics
Dayna has electronics and computer systems engineering, mechatronics, and robotics expertise as well as significant experience in robotics development, production, and fleet operation.

Team Members

Elodie Soler 2022
Elodie Soler

Product Lead – Elodie is good at listening to people and capturing key insights. She loves post-its and dislikes imbalance.

Jad Aouad
Jad Aouad

Software Developer – Jad likes to solve problems and work with easy on the eye designs, as they say "a user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good."

Oliver Hill
Oliver Hill

Senior Software Engineer – Oliver enjoys learning new technologies and solving interesting problems. He dislikes incomplete documentation and scope creep.

Siri Cooke
Siri Cooke

Finance Controller – Siri likes to approach any situation by assessing, finding a solution that best fits then implementing it. Simplifying wherever possible.