Our Directors

Charlie Sharman
Charlie SharmanManaging Director
Charlie Sharman founded Cantifix in 1986 with his brother William. Since then the company has evolved to become one of the most dynamic architectural glazing firms in the world, responsible for a steady stream of innovations that improve living and working environments. Their award-winning glazing projects span residential, commercial, not for profit, educational, medical and religious buildings. Charlie’s vision for The Photon Project stems from his belief that the full potential of the biological benefits of spending time in an intelligent glass structure has not been fully explored. For the past four years he has worked tirelessly to expand The Photon Project Ltd. to the stage it is now ready for commercial application.
Matthew Sharman
Matthew SharmanFinance Director
Matthew Sharman joined The Photon Project Limited in June 2013, having qualified as a chartered accountant at Grant Thornton LLP where he specialised in a number of corporate and public sectors projects before joining a City of London Law firm where he was responsible for commercial and strategic direction. Matthew was a main board director of the interest rate and foreign exchange specialists JC Rathbones Ltd for a number of years before joining Cantifix as finance director in 2007.
Fiona Sharman
Fiona SharmanCommunications Director
Fiona Sharman has been a Director of Cantifix for 12 years and involved with The Photon Project since its inception. Fiona has extensive experience of nurturing talent, bringing together experts, planning and managing group dynamics and communication. Her working background spans Public Relations, Management, Psychology , work in the NHS and Special Needs Teaching. Fiona’s vision for the economic and societal outcomes of The Photon Project includes its potential benefits for our increasingly elderly population.
William Sharman
William SharmanTechnical Director
William Sharman, a co-founder of Cantifix, has been one of the leading players within the Glass industry for over 28 years and responsible for instigating the development of Structural Glazing for the commercial and residential markets. By introducing a series of new and innovative products to enforce this development, William has continued to leave his mark on the future of glass. Presently working on a range of healthy glass products that will combine switchable, controllable and energy generating technologies that will revolutionise how we will live in years to come.
Brent Richards
Brent RichardsArchitectural Director
Brent Richards (MA Dip Arch RIBA FRSA FCSD) is Principal in Transpolis Global Urban Designers & Architects. He is an Architect, Designer, Academic and Researcher, widely published in the field of Glass in Architecture and contemporary building construction and has been involved in numerous collaborative projects over his career. Since 2009, Brent has been a strategic consultant to Cantifix, heading the development of architecture for The Photon Project by integrating natural light with glass-to-glass construction. Brent has a successful track record as an independent pioneer in international glass architecture and all-glass engineering, winning a range of awards, including the international The Dupont Benedictus Award USA ‘outstanding innovation’.

Our Advisory Board

Professor Russell Foster, FRdrS FMedSci is a British professor of circadian neuroscience, currently based at Brasenose College at the University of Oxford.

Russell is a British professor of circadian neuroscience at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. His research interests span both visual and circadian neurobiology with the main focus on the mechanisms whereby light regulates vertebrate circadian rhythms.

He and his group are credited with the discovery of the non-rod, non-cone, photosensitive ganglion cells in the mammalian retina which provide input to the circadian rhythm system. Foster is an elected fellow of the Royal Society and member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Educated at the University of Bristol with a PhD in Neuroscience from 1984, Foster was a member of the National Science Foundation Center for Biological Rhythms at the University of Virginia before returning to the UK. Internationally, he has received several awards for his discovery of ocular photoreceptors. He is the co-author with writer and broadcaster Leon Kreitzman of two popular science books on circadian rhythms, Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing and Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive.

For the opportunity to speak with Professor Foster regarding circadian neuroscience please email in your enquiry.

Miguel Ruano – Managing Director of Miguel Ruano Associates

A native of Mallorca, Miguel gained the degree of Arquitecto (Master of Architecture) from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona, a Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMArchS) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Design Studies (MDesS) from Harvard University; he also gained an MBA from the Open University and is a Fulbright Scholar.

Miguel is a leading international expert on eco-urbanism and eco-resorts, sustainable tourism development strategy and planning. Based in London, Miguel is currently working on projects in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, China, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Morocco, Switzerland and Spain.

He also has more than 30 years’ experience of global real estate development and design projects, with a major focus on mixed-use and hospitality. Miguel coined the term ‘eco-urbanism’ and defined it as ‘the development of multi-dimensional sustainable human communities within harmonious and balanced built environments’ in his seminal book ‘EcoUrbanism – Sustainable Human Communities’.

Stefan Chmelik – MSc; MRCHM; MBAcC; DipCHM; LicOHM; DipAc; DipCHM; ClinAc (Nanjing) CST I/II.

Stefan is Founder of New Medicine Group at 144 Harley Street London W1G 7LE, Thrive Health and Zen Now and a leading Integrated Healthcare Physician and wellbeing mentor specialising in the regulation of the nervous system to treat: chronic pain; anxiety and depression; stress and insomnia and the symptoms that these cause or make worse.

He is the originator of The Satori Acupuncture Method (SAM), which he has developed over the last 25 years into a unique and highly effective process for treating some of the most common problems facing people today.

As health gatekeeper for New Medicine Group, the UK’s premier integrated healthcare team, Stefan has personally overseen the care of over 10,000 patients. He has been a key figure in the development of natural healthcare in the UK, with experience of working in government groups and committees in the regulation of professional standards. He is a past President of the RCHM, where he was responsible for moving the profession towards statutory regulation and the highest training standards.
He has 20 years teaching experience at undergraduate and Master’s level; establishing the first Masters programme for Oriental herbal medicine in the UK.