Meet the team

Chief Team


Minal Patel

Chief Operating Officer

Minal is COO of LabCycle and Engineering Doctoral Researcher (EngD) in Micro- Nano- Materials Technology (MiNMaT) at University of Surrey. She has experience working in both industrial and academic laboratories witnessing the plastic problem firsthand. She is a multi-award-winning speaker and has strong affiliation with the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3). She honed her skills in Leadership and Project Management in research and volunteering activities.



Colin Francis

Chief Executive Officer

Colin is CEO of LabCycle and an associate le​cturer at the University of Surrey. He has a background in Entrepreneurship and Innovation management, and Biomedical Sciences. He honed his skills in sales, business modelling, innovation management and business planning. Colin was recognised as the winner of the Surrey Business School Award, and Entrepreneur of the Year by Surrey Student Enterprise.





Helen Liang

Chief Technology Officer

Jinghui (Helen) is CSO at LabCycle, with a background in microbiology, biotechnology and sustainable technologies. She co-founded LabCycle alongside her PhD as a Marie Curie FIRE Fellow in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. As a scientist, she has worked in labs across different continents and she has first-hand experience and connections in the research sector. Furthermore, she has been recognised as the University of Bath Alumni Innovation Award 2020 winner, and a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow.

Technical Advisory Board


Dr Kajally Jobe

Technical Advisor

Dr Jobe is currently the head of R&D and Chemical Regulatory Affairs as Aspen Pumps Group.


Professor Matt Davidson

Technical Advisor

Prof. Davidson is currently the Director of the Centre for Sustainable & Circular Technologies at the University of Bath and is the Executive Director of iCAST.

Growth Advisory Board


Pete Keevil

Growth Advisor

Pete Keevil is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Bath branch of the SETsquared Innovation Centre.



Dr Felicity de Cogan

Growth Advisor

Dr de Cogan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. Alongside this, Cogan is a serial entrepreneur involved in companies such as NitroPep Antimicrobial Protection.

Strategic Advisory Board


Paul Tippins

Strategic Advisor

Paul Tippins is currently the Managing Director at the company Professional Hygiene Ltd.