Keston Technologies Services

Dr Richard Ball

The company's founder and principal

Richard Ball has had many years of experience in developing international business in high technology areas. His early career was spent with AEA Technology where he had a number of posts developing business in several area – the food and drink industry, nuclear programmes, forensic science, materials and technical software. During his time with AEA Technology, he spent time living and working in North America developing business for materials software and services, before returning to the UK as Director of Marketing and Sales for AEA Technology’s nuclear services business, followed by a period of time in the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions area.

In 2000, he left AEA Technology to join a small US technical software company, UES Software, Inc. as Vice President of Business Development. In this role, he was responsible for business development teams in the USA and Japan.

In 2002, he was appointed the founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC) in the UK. In this role, he successfully built the company and its services to deliver against a range of objectives, including inward investment into South Yorkshire, regional development and support for the metals industry.

In 2004, Richard Ball left NAMTEC to set up Keston Technologies and to manage other business interests in the technical software area.

Previously, Richard has held a number of academic appointments: Lecturer (New College, Oxford), Industrial Fellow (Wolfson College, Oxford), Member of the sub-Faculty of Chemistry (University of Oxford), Visiting Research Fellow (Imperial College, London), Adjunct Senior Lecturer (University of Western Australia).



  • MBA, Warwick Business School (with distinction)
  • DPhil, Computational Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • MA, University of Oxford
  • BA (Hons) (First Class), Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)


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