The Team

Our motivation is to build valuable companies that contribute to global sustainability and the improvement of human well-being.

Dr Andrew Rickman OBE

Dr Andrew Rickman OBE
Chairman

Dr Andrew Rickman OBE is Chairman of Rockley Group and primarily responsible for the identification, nurturing and negotiation of deal flow opportunities.

Andrew was previously founder, CEO and Chairman of Bookham Inc., which he grew from a start-up to world no 2 in optical communications components, floated on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. He is now chairman of venture backed companies in the UK, USA and China and specialises in co-founding and guiding technology companies focused on large and timely markets.

Andrew holds a mechanical engineering degree from Imperial College London, a PhD in Photonics from Surrey University and an MBA from Cranfield University. In 2000, he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Millennium Honours list for services to the telecommunications industry. He is a visiting professor at the Shanghai Institute for Microsystems and Information Technology (SIMIT) and a technical advisor, Nantong Optoelectronics Engineering Center, Nantong. 

Dr Yanong Ning

Dr Yanong Ning
Partner

Dr Yanong Ning, Partner, Rockley Group. He is responsible for the generation and management of transactions in China. Yanong has had a wide ranging career in sales, marketing and business development in the optical telecoms industry in the Asia Pacific region. He has extensive experience in fibre optics and sensor technology businesses in the UK, China, Asia and the USA.  Yanong holds research fellowships at the University of Kent and City University, London.

Dr Ning graduated from Xian Jiaotong University, China in early 1982.  He holds a BSc degree in Physics and a PhD in Measurement and Instrumentation from City University, UK.

Robert Rickman

Robert Rickman
Partner

Robert Rickman is Partner of Rockley Group and primarily responsible for investment analysis of target companies, negotiation of investment and disposal terms, administration of the Group’s funds and investor communications.


Robert is a director of listed and unlisted companies worldwide, including Schroder's UK Mid Cap Investment Trust and Carclo plc a diversified engineering group with operations worldwide. He was previously a director of regulated specialist fund manager FIM Services Ltd with over £100m under management and of Bookham Inc. Robert holds MA and MSc degrees from the University of Oxford.

Dr Yulong Chen

Dr Yulong Chen
Senior Vice President

Dr Yulong Chen, Senior Vice President, Rockley Group is responsible for industry analysis and technology matching. He has held previous roles with The University of London and The China Iron & Steel Research Institute Group.  He is experienced in Materials science, chemical engineering and high throughput processing.

Yulong holds a BSc degree in Materials Science from Beihang University and a PhD in Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London.

Zhongwei Xu

Zhongwei Xu
Executive Vice President

Zhongwei Xu, Executive Vice President, Rockley Group is responsible for investment management and execution. With proven experience and success in various cross border M&A and fund raising activities, he is also providing financial and strategic advise to customers worldwide.

 

Zhongwei holds a BA degree in Management from Shanghai University and an MSc Degree in Economics and Finance from University of Bath. He is a CFA charter holder.