The origins of Intelligent Growth Solutions


Henry Aykroyd, wishing to grow baby vegetables year round needed light and heat to do so.

In late 2012 he met Professor John Allen whose group at the Services Electronics Research Laboratory made the first practical visible light-emitting diode in 1962. He explained there was a revolution coming where plants would be grown economically under LED lights.

Henry, with a background in farming and food processing quickly saw that a new focus was needed to make the Professor’s vision a reality. The lighting companies thought lights, researchers thought plants and growers thought economics… the three were not connecting.

It was necessary to design everything from scratch around what the plants needed, automate the process and reduce costs.

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A unique and powerful combination of skills and vision

David Farquhar



  • Serial Entrepreneur with over 25 years in the global enterprise technology sector
  • Award-winning leader, having built, grown and sold a series of businesses in Europe, North America, Middle East, India, East Asia and ANZ
  • Angel Investor with an excellent track record of generating above-market returns

Mike Letchford

Global Sales Director, Commercial Lighting


  • A passionate sales leader with more than 25-years’ experience focused on building and scaling sales operations and delivering results.

  • Responsible for leading the rapid growth into the Commercial Lighting arena into new markets, building partnerships and creating revenue from new product innovation and value streams.

  • A wealth of knowledge and experience in helping companies maximise their true potential, by building and empowering high-performing sales teams, adopting high growth sales methodologies with a focus towards customer success and scalability.

Dave Scott

Founder and CTO


  • A qualified electrical and controls engineer with 10 years’ experience in industrial automation, largely at Tornado
  • Specialises in the integration between electrical control systems and warehouse management systems
  • BEng Honours degree in electronic and computer engineering from Edinburgh Napier University
  • Holds an IEng accreditation for the IMechE and IET

Stephane Groud



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Geoff Tucker

Director of Marketing

  • Seasoned B2B marketer for technology companies
  • Specialised in demand generation, content marketing, marketing automation
  • Focused on delivery of quality pipeline growth for revenue production

Donald Clark

Financial Controller

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Christian Potter

Head of HR

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Kate Forster

Public and Media Relations

  • Communications specialist with over 16 years’ experience as a consultant for businesses in London and Scotland.

  • Delivered global awareness campaigns for a range of technology, corporate, consumer and public sector clients.

  • Generated worldwide exposure for IGS since its launch in 2018 with over 150 pieces of news coverage.

  • MA Hons in History from the University of Glasgow.  

They are supported by a strong board with a broad range of complementary skills in engineering, licensing, marketing, and the financial sector.