The Hub comprises the UK’s academic leaders in quantum communications, complemented by the country’s foremost photonic networks and information security researchers, in strong partnership with several of the world’s leading industrial players.

Management & Leadership

Professor Tim Spiller

University of York

Professor Tim Spiller moved to York in 2014 as founding Director of the York Centre for Quantum Technologies and he is now also Director of the UK Quantum Communications Hub. Prior to this he was at the University of Leeds in the roles of Head of the Quantum Information Group and Director of Research for the School of Physics and Astronomy. Prior to 2009 Spiller was Director of Quantum Information Processing (QIP) Research at HP Labs Bristol – an activity that he established in 1995 – and a Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Scientist. He has spent 35 years researching quantum theory, superconducting systems and quantum hardware and technologies. He led HP’s strategy on the commercialisation of QIP research, is an inventor on 25 patents linked to quantum technologies and applications, and was additionally a consultant inside HP on networking, communications and nanotechnology.

Professor Gerald Buller

Heriot Watt University
Principal Investigator

Gearld Buller is Professor of Physics and has served as founding Head of the Photonics and Quantum Sciences Research Institute at Heriot-Watt University. He has worked in single-photon physics for over 25 years and in quantum communication systems for over 20. He has led experimental teams which demonstrated the first fibre-based GHz QKD scheme in 2004 and the first quantum digital signatures scheme in 2012. He has been PI on a range of collaborative research projects funded by the EU, European Space Agency, DSTL, QinetiQ, CERN, etc., including the EQUIS European collaboration. In 2002, Gerald Buller was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics; in 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in 2017 elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. In 2015, he was awarded an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship in Quantum Technology.

Professor John Rarity

University of Bristol
Principal Investigator

John Rarity is Professor of Optical Communications Systems and Head of the Photonics Group in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol. He is a founding father of quantum technologies (QT), including the first experiments in path entanglement, QKD, multiphoton interference and quantum metrology, recognised by the 1994 IoP Thomas Young Medal. He has been reviewer/advisor for EU projects and prestigious international projects. He has contributed to the formation of QT research in Europe through various advisory panels (Pathfinder, ACTS), and has led EU consortia, and teams in several large projects. He and colleagues were awarded the Descartes Prize in 2004 for the project QuComm. He has published >120 papers with >9000 citations. He holds an ERC Advanced fellowship, and in 2015 Rarity was awarded an EPSRC established career fellowship, while he was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Professor Julio Hernandez-Castro

University of Kent

Julio Hernandez-Castro brings over 15 years of expertise in design and security of cryptographic protocols and primitives, and the study of randomness generation, testing, and certification, including recent investigation of QRNGs.

Professor Richard Penty

University of Cambridge

Richard Penty brings expertise on integrated photonic circuits, radio over fibre, RFID and communications networks. He has extensive relevant PI experience and led the IEEE 802.3aq channel model task. Along with Professor Ian White, he’s the founder of Zinwave, PervasID and eComm.

Professor Maurice Skolnick

University of Sheffield

Maurice Skolnick brings wide-ranging expertise in the quantum optics of nanostructures (FRS, h-index 67) and experience from 3 recent IUK projects. He has extensive leadership experience: 4 successive EPSRC Programme Grants; Research Director, EPSRC Epitaxy Facility.

Mr Klitos Andrea

University of York
Business Development Manager

Dr Georgia Mortzou

University of York
Project Manager


Professor Erika Andersson

Heriot Watt University

Erika Andersson brings extensive theoretical expertise in quantum information science and technology, that has led to practical demonstrations in the current Hub and internationally. She has IP filed on quantum source coding and transferrable message authentication that utilises QKD.

Dr Roger Colbeck

University of York

Roger Colbeck brings pioneering expertise of device-independent QRNGs and has made important contributions to the theory of quantum cryptography. He is PI on an EPSRC First Grant and co-leads a current Hub project with NPL, ID Quantique and TREL on practical QRNGs.

Dr Ross Donaldson

Heriot Watt University

Ross Donaldson is a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, developing practical optical ground receivers for satellite-based quantum communications. He brings expertise in various novel photonic and optical technologies for free-space quantum communications.

Dr Chris Erven

University of Bristol

Chris Erven is Deputy Director at the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) and CEO of KETS Quantum Security Ltd – a start-up, which has just closed a Seed funding round of ~£1.93M. He brings important expertise in chip-based quantum communications and cryptography.

Professor Alessandro Fedrizzi

Heriot Watt University

Alessandro Fedrizzi brings 15 years of expertise in photonic quantum technology development. Highlights include pioneer field trials of entanglement-based QKD and long-distance free-space entanglement distribution. He holds an EPSRC Quantum Technology Fellowship

Professor Mark Fox

University of Sheffield

Mark Fox (Professor of Optical Physics at Sheffield) brings over 20 years of expertise in solid-state quantum optics, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. His most recent achievements include very high Purcell enhancement of quantum dot emission rates.

Professor Robert Hadfield

University of Glasgow

Robert Hadfield is an international expert in superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) and pioneered their use in QKD. Using the JWNC facilities, he will supply bespoke high performance SNSPDs to the Hub for fibre network, free space and on-chip QKD.

Professor Jon Heffernan

University of Sheffield

Jon Heffernan is Director of the EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility, Deputy Director of the Future Photonics Manufacturing Hub, and has 18 years of experience at Sharp as Director of Optoelectronics. His current grant portfolio comprises over £23M, including 3 IUK projects.

Professor Adrian Kent

University of Cambridge

Adrian Kent has pioneered the development of relativistic quantum cryptography, device independent quantum cryptography and secure token schemes. He is co-inventor of 4 patents in quantum cryptography and computing, with 3 further patents recently filed.

Dr Ayesha Khalid

Queen’s University Belfast

Ayesha Khalid has expertise in hardware lattice-based cryptography architectures and physical attack analysis. She brings important expertise in hardware security and PQC. Khalid, O’Neill and Rafferty (the Hub Co-I’s at QUB) are all Co-I’s of the IUK ISCF project AQuaSec.

Dr Pieter Kok

University of Sheffield

Pieter Kok brings expertise in high-fidelity entanglement generation over all distance scales in general network topologies. The 2005 Barrett-Kok entanglement protocol underpinned the first loophole-free Bell test in 2015. He is co-creator of two YouTube QT videos (with over 50k views).

Professor Reza Nejabati

University of Bristol

Reza Nejabati brings pioneering expertise on network virtualisation and software (IEEE Charles Kao Award 2016, h-index 32, 2 patents and 3 standardisation documents). He is Cofounder and non-exec director of start-up Zeetta Networks; and PI/CI for 10 EPSRC/EU grants.

Professor Dominic O'Brien

University of Oxford

Dominic O’Brien brings 20 years of expertise and experience in working with industry, developing free-space communications systems, including QKD systems with Nokia, Airbus, Cognizant and others. He is also a Director of NQIT/Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub.

Dr Daniel Oi

University of Strathclyde

Daniel Oi leads the QUARC programme (funded by the UK Space Agency and current Hub) developing small satellite QKD. He is also collaborating with Alex Ling (CQT, Singapore) on space quantum technologies that launched the first space quantum photon-pair source in 2015.

Professor Máire O'Neill

Queen's University Belfast

Máire O’Neill is Professor, PI of CSIT and Director of the £5M EPSRC/NCSC-funded RI in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE). She leads the EU H2020 SAFEcrypto project on PQC and brings expertise in hardware security and applied lattice-based cryptography.

Professor Douglas Paul

University of Glasgow

Douglas Paul is an EPSRC QT Fellow, DSTL Visiting Fellow and was Director of the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (2010-2015). He sits on the MOD DSEC and Government SAGE Committees. His present grant portfolio is > £24M and he won the IoP President’s Medal in 2015.

Dr Carlos Perez Delgado

University of Kent

Carlos Perez-Delgado brings unique expertise at the intersection of cybersecurity and QT, with over 10 years of experience in quantum computing, metrology & imaging, and in cybersecurity applications including private quantum computation, and the verification of quantum computation.

Professor Stefano Pirandola

University of York

Stefano Pirandola has pioneering theoretical expertise in the development of “continuousvariable”-based quantum communications. He brings widespread experience in practical implementation design, with major results on security proofs and channel capacity analysis.

Dr Ciara Rafferty

Queen’s University Belfast

Ciara Rafferty brings expertise in the design of post-quantum cryptography and fully homomorphic cryptographic hardware architectures. She is a member of the ETSI TC CYBER Working Group on Quantum-safe Cryptography.

Dr Döndü Sahin

University of Bristol

Döndü Sahin brings pioneering expertise in waveguide-integrated superconducting single photon detectors (WSNSPDs). She will deliver a feasibility study on WSNPDS’ scalability for QKD protocols by centralising expensive detector resource.

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou

University of Bristol

Dimitra Simeonidou is Director of the Smart Internet Lab and Head of the HPN Group. She is PI/Co-I for 19 UK and EU funded research projects involving 45 PDRAs, PI for the TOUCAN Programme Grant and Co-founder of two start-up companies Ilotron and Zeetta Networks.

Mr Andy Vick


Andy Vick is Head of Disruptive Technology at RAL Space and is the UK PI for “QKD Qubesat”, the UK-Singapore entanglement-based QKD demonstration mission due to launch in 2021/22. He brings major expertise and experience in adaptive optics and infra-red instruments.

Professor Ian White

University of Bath

Ian White heads the Photonic Communication Group and brings extensive leadership experience: EPSRC PG UP-VLC and TOWS; research director of the IPES CDT; IEEE 802.3aq channel study group. He will contribute as a visitor post-April 2019 (when he becomes VC at Bath).

Dr Luke Wilson

University of Sheffield

Luke Wilson brings important expertise in quantum nano-optics (h-index 24). Recent relevant highlights include demonstration of on-chip single photon beam-splitting, quantum interference and single photon non-linearities.

External Advisory Board

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