Founded in early 2015 by CEO Adam Kingdon, Utonomy is developing new technology to address the global problem of methane leakage from gas distribution networks – a major priority for utilities, regulators and governments around the world.

Based at the University of Southampton Science Park, Utonomy’s team of talented and experienced engineers bring extensive expertise from a range of disciplines, including mathematics, software, hardware, fluid mechanics and gas networks.

With an addressable market of €4 billion, Utonomy’s unique solution can be retrofitted to existing network equipment without high capital investment. Payback for utilities is typically less than three years and the solution is already gaining strong traction from gas distribution companies. It will be available commercially in 2017.

Adam Kingdon – CEO

Co-founder and former CEO of i2O Water, the leader in pressure management for water distribution systems, which he grew to £6m in bookings across 20 countries. Prior to that Adam was CEO of a number of technology and engineering businesses in the UK, Germany and France. Adam has an MBA from INSEAD and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Imperial College, London.

Steve Lewis – CTO


Previously a Product Development Director at Amdocs, one of the world’s top 20 software companies, Steve led the development of their network inventory management software (used by major telecom operators across the globe). Before that, he held engineering management roles with Evolving Systems, Kennedy Carter and Westinghouse. Steve graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Portsmouth.

Claire-Elise Orléach – Head of Business Development

Claire-Elise has considerable experience of international business development in the utility sector, gained both in Europe and the US. Prior to joining Utonomy, she was Manager Global Accounts and Partnerships with French water management, waste services and energy management group Veolia Environnement. Claire-Elise has an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering with environmental focus from McGill University, Montreal.

Lindsey Ambler – Financial Controller

Lindsey qualified as a Chartered Accountant at BDO where she managed the audit for technology and AIM listed companies. After leaving BDO, she was a member of the head office finance team of Lucite – a $1.8 billion revenue international acrylic products business – where she was responsible for preparing the consolidated management accounts.


Graham brings many years of experience in high quality, precision manufacturing. He was previously manufacturing manager at Cambridge scientific instrument manufacturer Owlstone Medical, supplier of novel gas detection instrumentation. Prior to that, he was Process Engineering Manager at Plasmon Data Systems manufacturers of optical disks. Graham has a first class honours in Engineering Science from Oxford


Kevin Williams – Delivery Manager

Prior to Utonomy, Kevin spent 17 years at Schlumberger where he was Technical Manager of the distributed fibre optic sensing division. His role included managing the engineering, customer support, applications and installation teams as well as project management of major contracts for large customers including gas and electric utilities.



With over 30 years of global business development experience in the IT sector, Paul brings a range of experience from holding numerous chairman and CEO roles at private and publicly owned companies. His particular focus is on growing early-stage VC or PE backed businesses into global and US markets. Previously the chairman and CEO at Zeus Technology, Paul is currently the chairman of OnApp Talmix and JHC and graduated with a degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Sydney. 

Marcel Regnier – Non-Executive Director

Marcel has more than 30 years of experience in global executive positions in the utility industry and was president of the gas division of Itron Inc, the leader in smart metering solutions for utilities, until early 2016. Marcel has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Fluid Mechanics from Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris.



John is a Director at Foresight Group. He has many years experience of investing in early stage technology business and has previously worked for 3i Group, ANGLE and Imperial Innovations. John is a graduate of Durham University and has a MBA with Distinction from Cranfield University.