About GC

Innovation in nanotechnology

GC is an innovative nanomaterials engineering company, driven by an ethos to create life-changing products.

As a world leader in nanomaterials research, development and design, we apply our core nanomaterials engineering expertise to a wide range of applications. We work with manufacturers to resolve key technical challenges by developing breakthrough solutions and incorporating our technologies to enhance existing product performance.


Who we are

Meet the GC team

Sandy Chen

CEO & Co-Founder

Sandy Chen

CEO & Co-Founder

With over 30 years of experience in the banking and finance sector, Sandy gained prominence as the analyst calling the Great Financial Crisis of 2007-9, identifying key weaknesses in the UK banks and the financial system overall.

Sandy has written a book on bank analysis and valuation, been a prominent media commentator on finance and macro issues, and testified at Parliamentary Committees on UK banking. Having advised companies from the start-up phase through to IPO and beyond, Sandy is an entrepreneur at heart. He’s led his own start-ups and, as co-founder of Graphene Composites, he’s the author of numerous nanotechnology patents pending.

In addition to his role at GC, he’s also a Non-Executive Director on the board of Unity Trust Bank PLC. Sandy holds a B.A. magna cum laude et cum honoribus in International Relations (Business) and a B.A. in Economics from Brown University in the US.

Graham Laycock

Financial Director

Graham Laycock

Financial Director

Graham is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) having qualified with Price Waterhouse.

Graham spent 15 years in senior finance roles within Data General Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed technology company, including CFO of Northern European operations, successfully managing several M&A deals across Europe. He was also CFO of Barclays Group Technology Services between 1998 and 1999, followed by Barclays Retail Distribution from 2000 to 2005 where he saw through the successful purchase of Woolwich Building Society.

In the past 10 years, Graham has focused on advising fast growth, disruptive businesses within the insurance, brewing, nanotechnology, SaaS and digital media sectors. Graham holds a BA (Hons) in Accountancy and Law from Liverpool University.

Dr Steve Devine

Chief Technology Officer

Dr Steve Devine

Chief Technology Officer

Steve has over 25 years of experience in Senior R&D roles within multinational chemical companies.

Following a PhD studying the production and incorporation of nanoparticles into polymers, Steve established a proven track record in producing disruptive new technologies across a wide range of market sectors and taking them to market.

Steve combines his deep knowledge of nanotechnology with a practical, cross-disciplinary approach; in the framework of GC’s agile development process, this has enabled him to develop, test and refine several formulations quickly and effectively, saving GC a significant amount of time and making our products cheaper to produce.

Carol Jarvest

Marketing Director & Co-founder

Carol Jarvest

Marketing Director & Co-founder

Carol has over 20 years of experience in the marketing industry, working for the world’s largest largest marketing agencies Rapp, Epsilon and more recently Dentsu Aegis Network.

With a specific focus on data-driven, CRM and digital marketing, Carol has worked with many large companies across B2B and B2C sectors to support data and customer engagement strategies.

Carol has been a member of several local community organisations, including as a Parish Councillor for 8 years, working with local government and youth services. She holds a BSc in Business Studies as well as a post graduate Diploma in Marketing (Dip M).

Ann Devine

Production and Quality Control Manager

Ann Devine

Production and Quality Control Manager

After completing an MSc degree in Quality Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Ann amassed over 30 years of experience within the quality function of various manufacturing industries, primarily automotive and fabrication of pressure vessels.

With extensive knowledge of quality systems and requirements, auditing, problem solving techniques and testing, Ann has undertaken both customer-facing and new product introduction roles which will benefit GC as we move towards production of our Shields and Armour.

John Pagliarini (JR)

President, GC USA

John Pagliarini (JR)

President, GC USA

John (J.R.) Pagliarini has more than three decades of national, state and local government, non-profit and business experience. J.R. has served in key leadership roles, including as Deputy Chief of Staff to Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri, State Director for U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee (RI-R), Chief of Staff and Senior Executive Advisor to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Chief of Staff to the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, and Associate Commissioner of Higher Education, where he chaired the Rhode Island Campus Security committee.

He holds several roles in charitable and non-profit organisations, such as being a member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, chairman of the Rhode Island Small Business Loan Fund Corporation and Immediate Past President of the ALS Association Rhode Island Chapter.
J.R. has a BA in Political Science from Fairfield University, and an MA from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Darren Delaney

Senior Security Advisor, GC USA

Darren Delaney

Senior Security Advisor, GC USA

Darren recently retired as Rhode Island State Police Captain after serving 25 years. He has extensive experience conducting physical structure security vulnerability assessments on all types of government and private facilities. He’s also skilled in drafting operational response preparedness plans and in delivering training for incidents such as active shooter situations.

Darren has worked with numerous school districts and educational institutes in Rhode Island, including as Public School Safety Coordinator for the City of Cranston, where he ensured schools and police were in compliance with federal, state and local regulations for school safety and preparedness.

Having received many commendations, including the Medal of Valour for his management of force situations, he also holds a Master of Science degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University.

Bob McKittrick MD

Senior Advisor, GC USA

Bob McKittrick MD

Senior Advisor, GC USA

As Senior Advisor for GC USA, Bob McKittrick’s responsibilities involve advising on product design, development and deployment, including our Armour, Aerospace Composite and Lightning Harvester Technologies. He also facilitates relationships with political, military, medical and law enforcement authorities.

Having begun his journey as a New Jersey State Trooper, Bob brings over 40 years of expertise and experience gained within the highest levels of medicine, the military, law enforcement, security and weapons.

He’s previously served in Washington D.C. as the Chief of Health Programs and Acting Medical Director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. This covered approximately 40,000 staff members nationally, including 3,800 medical personnel. He’s also been Chief Sports Physician for the State of Rhode Island, Department of Business Regulation, assisting with policy and overseeing professional sporting events within the state. Bob is licensed worldwide by the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA), and has served as Team-USA’s physician for the U.S.A. Boxing National Team.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and a Doctorate in Medicine, both from Brown University, Bob also has formal training in Internal Medicine, Neurology and Family Practice Medicine. He’s a former U.S. Army Brigade Surgeon and Flight Surgeon and honourably served for many years in multiple theatres of operation, including Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East. He’s amassed an extensive history of lecturing, teaching and imparting his scientific and medical knowledge. Finally, Bob holds a 9th degree black belt in Karate and was recently inducted into the Isshinryu Karate Hall of Fame.

Kenneth J. Filarski

Architecture and Design Consultant, GC USA

Kenneth J. Filarski

Architecture and Design Consultant, GC USA

Ken is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Fellow of the U.S. Green Building Council. These prestigious dual Fellowships place him in the rare company of only 35 professionals in the world. With over 40 years’ experience, both he and his work are recognised with national, regional and state awards in multiple disciplines from professional societies, governments, and citizen organisations. Ken is holistic and multi-disciplinary, qualified in numerous professions, and has designed and overseen many school, public building, and private sector projects. He has presented his work at national conventions of prestigious professional design and sustainability organisations.

Ken is co-chair of the American Institute of Architects national AIA Disaster Assistance Committee. In that role, he and the Committee developed a series of guiding documents addressing COVID-19 and the reoccupancy and assessment of various building types, including reopening schools in light of the pandemic. He’s a nationally-certified disaster responder and a disaster responder trainer, conducting national seminars on disaster response, design, and COVID-19. Prior to Co-Chairing the Disaster Assistance Committee, he served on the prestigious National Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects and chaired three other AIA National Committees.

Appointed by the President of the Rhode Island Senate, Ken serves on the Advisory Board for the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council which comprises the Directors of all State departments and agencies. The Council is developing policies to address climate change and sustainability, planning their implementation and aiming for Rhode Island to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Ken holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from Goddard College where he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow in their innovative and internationally renowned Design and Construction Program. He is a founder and Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council RI having drafted the legislation and enabling historic passage of The Green Buildings Act wherein Rhode Island is the first state to incorporate LEED, LEED for Neighbourhood Development, and SITES high performance green building standard for sustainability into public law.

Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo

Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo

Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo, MD, FACEP, is a practising emergency medicine physician.

He’s a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians as well as serving in various healthcare policy and public health emergency preparedness leadership positions at the national and state level.

Anthony currently serves on the American College of Emergency Physicians National Board of Directors and is an immediate past chair of the Emergency Medicine Policy Institute (EMPI) Board of Governors.

Previously, he was founding Chief of the Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response (CEPR) at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). In this role, he served as the Principal Investigator for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness Program (HBPP) grants on behalf of the State of Rhode Island. During his tenure as Chief of the Centre, Dr. Cirillo oversaw the development and integration of the public health and healthcare emergency response systems for the State of Rhode Island on behalf of the RIDOH. He represented the RIDOH in all state, regional, and national Emergency Management planning and exercise activities related to public health and healthcare involvement in the Incident Command System and the state’s Emergency Operations Plan.

Anthony has previously testified to the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science & Technology regarding the shortfalls in national pandemic preparedness.

Charlotta Gustavsson

Business Associate, GC Norway

Charlotta Gustavsson

Business Associate, GC Norway

Charlotta was born in Oslo, Norway, has studied in the United States and Spain, and is currently based in the UK. She has a BA (Hons) in International Business Management from Richmond University, the American International University in London. There she served as president of the Women in Leadership Society and International Affairs Society.

Mox Weber

Vice President, Products

Mox Weber

Vice President, Products

In over two decades of product leadership within start-up and multinational firms, Mox has brought numerous disruptive technology products to market. He is well versed in agile product development and, with broad experience across industrial and geographic markets, has the proven ability to capture and translate diverse customer and partner requirements.

Mox has held key leadership positions in various technology firms, including Vice President of Product Management at L3 Technologies (now L3Harris Technologies), Senior Director, Marketing, at MicroStrategy, President at Digital Authentication Technologies, and Regional Manager at American Power Conversion (now Schneider Electric).

He has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, as well as A.B. degrees in Computer Science and Comparative Literature from Brown University.

Bill Cesare

Chair of the Advisory Board, GC USA

Bill Cesare

Chair of the Advisory Board, GC USA

A serial entrepreneur for over 30 years, Bill has been principal in over 40 start-up and early-stage companies ranging from healthcare services, medical devices, data exchanges to e-commerce platforms and media-tech. He’s an active mentor and angel investor throughout the US and currently serves in an executive role with multiple early-stage companies as well as Managing Partner of RevUp Capital, an investment firm. He holds both a Master’s and a Doctoral degree in human physiology as well as being a Board-Certified Ergonomist.

Bill will serve as a founding member and Chair of the GC USA Advisory Board, working closely with the CEO and other executives to develop and refine the Corporate Roadmap and build Brand Equity.


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