Leadership team


Leadership team


Dominic O'Brien

Professor Dominic O’Brien

QCS Hub Director

Dominic O’Brien has two decades of experience in photonic systems integration, including system design, integration process development, and control system development, resulting in world-leading optical wireless system performance.  He has worked extensively with international academic and industrial partners, with more than 200 publications in this area and eight patents granted or in progress.  He was previously Co-Director for Systems Engineering in the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT), which preceded QCS.




Evert Geurtsen

Evert Geurtsen

Co-Director for User Engagement

Evert Guertsen is an engineer with a background in the international automotive industry and new product development, having undertaken senior leadership roles at well-known brands including General Motors and Group Lotus.  He has also founded his own ventures and raised investment pioneering the introduction of affordable electric cars.  More recently, he led the IP commercialisation and new venture creation for the physical sciences at Oxford University Innovation (OUI), where he and his team helped founders to start and raise investment for more than 50 new ventures, and he created the Oxford’s Startup Incubator.  In 2017 he became Co-Director for User Engagement in the NQIT Hub, which preceded QCS.




David Lucas

Professor David Lucas

Principal Investigator

David Lucas has a wide range of expertise in experimental quantum physics, including precision measurements, cold atoms, and trapped ions.  He is Co-Leader of the Oxford University ion trap quantum computing research group which has realised a full set of one- and two-qubit operations with world-leading performance far surpassing fault-tolerance thresholds.  He also leads Oxford’s participation in several European and US projects - including the management committee of the EU COST IOTA, primarily an experimental group testing and developing ideas in quantum computing using laser-manipulated trapped ions.  They are also involved in theoretical activity, concerned mainly with quantum fault-tolerant methods and quantum error correction.