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Steve Brierley

CEO and Founder

Steve Brierley founded Riverlane in 2016 to build the error correction stack for quantum computers. Driven by his conviction that fault-tolerant quantum computers will accelerate human progress, Riverlane partners with leading quantum hardware companies to make that happen sooner.

Steve has worked in quantum for over 20 years and is an expert advisor to the UK government. He holds a PhD in quantum information, spent a decade in the intelligence community and worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge leading major research projects in quantum computing. In January 2024, Steve was awarded an OBE for his services to quantum computing.

Career history

  • 2015 – 2018 Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge (50% FTE)

  • 2011 – 2018 Group leader, Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical research and the UK Government Communications Headquarters

  • 2011 – 2015 Heilbronn Fellow, University of Bristol (50% FTE)

  • 2010 – 2011 Postdoc, Universite Libre de Bruxelles

  • 2009 – 2010 Postdoc, University of York


  • PhD 2006-2009 Department of Mathematics, University of York

    Supervised by Dr S. Weigert on the foundations of quantum mechanics

    Funded by EPSRC