The Team


Based in the United Kingdom our team of engineers has 100 years of combined experience in the power electronics field. Based in Birmingham Science park, Petalite are on the forefront of fast charging technology with the IP for commercially ready 15 minute charging.


Leigh Purnell – CEO

Leigh is the founder and C.E.O of Petalite. He worked for GE for the several years before starting his first company. He has also been on other ludicrous expeditions which has led him to write a book, blogs and magazine articles about them, Leigh also do public speaking at various events and consult on Expedition Logistics and acquiring Sponsorship for Expeditions.


Dr Stavros Pressas – CTO

Stavros is Petalite’s C.T.O and prior to him joining the team he worked on his own company NSE Ltd in Greece for 15 years. His technical experience and his research interests are mostly focused on the design & manufacturing of equipment and systems on the following areas:

  • High Switching Frequency Power Supplies
  • Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems for off-the-grid electrification
  • Power Electronic Converters
  • Battery Management Systems
  • Gen-Set Fuel Saving Systems
  • Smart Grids

Jason Harrison – Lead Digital Systems Engineer

Jason joined Petalite in 2015 and quickly his talents were known to the team, he has since become an integral part of Petalite’s digital systems as this section of the business becomes more important due to I.O.T applications. With over a decade in I.T and embedded systems related roles Jason is fit for the task.


Irfan Yusoff – Analogue Power Systems Engineer

After joining in 2015, Irfan soon became the bridge between the Analogue and Digital aspects of Petalite’s technology, with previous postions in ON Semiconductor and Malaysia Airlines, he has a wealth of knowledge.


Dr Opus Igobo – Electronics Engineer

Opus joined Petalite in 2014 and is a Researcher at Aston University focusing on renewable and solar power applications.


Mina Varno PhD – Battery Specialist

Mina joined Petalite in 2014 as a senior battery specialist, focusing on battery impedance measurement and cell life analysis.


Bryan Wu – Asia Operations Director

Bryan is Petalite’s eyes and ears out in Hong Kong and Southern China, with his experience in project management and wealth of contacts he is Petalite’s primary point of conatct for the region.

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