RMS Corporate Advisory Board

The Society works closely with its corporate members to ensure that its exhibitions meet the needs of companies and delegates and provide the best opportunities for interaction and networking. The Corporate Advisory Board comprises representatives from a range - both in size and interest - of companies, meeting three times a year. The Chair of the Committee is invited to attend meetings of Council and provides invaluable input which is used to shape the Society's approach to its events and associated exhibitions.

  • Dr Paul Spellward

    Corporate Advisory Board Chair

    Paul Spellward started in electron microscopy as a PhD student at the University of Bristol in 1986. Initially working in TEM, diffraction and materials science research (PhD and Post-docs), he later moved to industrial microscopy of all sorts in the nuclear power generation industry. He joined Nuclear Electric (later Magnox Electric and BNFL) at its Berkeley Technology Centre in 1994 and from 1998-2001 was the manager of the Electron Optics facility, including SEMs, TEMs and surface analysis equipment, some of which operated with highly radioactive samples. He was responsible for developing external business, with customers worldwide sending samples for examination at Berkeley. Paul joined Gatan UK in 2001, initially in technical sales and from 2004 to 2011 he was the sales and service manager for the UK, Scandinavia, Iberia, Israel and South Africa. He has organised Gatan’s participation in Microscience (now MMC) and EMAG throughout his time in Gatan and was invited to join the RMS TAC (now CAB) in 2008. From 2011-3, Paul was Vice President, Global Marketing for Gatan Inc. From 2014, Paul has the post of Director of Sales for the UK Region. 

  • Dr Chris Mulcahy

    Corporate Advisory Board Vice-Chair

    JPK Instruments
    Chris is the UK Sales Manager for JPK Instruments Ltd.  Chris received his BSc (1994) and PhD (1998) from Imperial College London with his thesis focussing on the growth and characterisation of III-V semiconductor materials using ultra-high vacuum analytical techniques under the supervision of Professor Tim Jones.

  • Dr Kavita Aswani

    Excelitas Technologies
    Kavita is the Senior Applications Scientist for Life Science at Excelitas Technologies, the first Canadian member of Royal Microscopical Society (RMS). Kavita completed her PhD at the University of Iowa in the United States characterizing surfactant proteins, and subsequently worked as a post-doctorate at the MRC-LMB in Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) studying clathrin adaptor proteins. Dr. Aswani’s corporate career began with Bio-Rad Confocal Division in the UK in 2001, and has since been involved in the world of fluorescence microscopy and flow Cytometry. Along with having publications in peer-reviewed journals, she also serves on the review committee of SPIE.

  • Mr Paul BalaƟ

    Agar Scientific
    Graduated in electronics, he worked first as service engineer for laboratory equipment. Since 1997 he worked for over 17 years with the Philips organization (later PANalytical and FEI) in Romania as Sales Manager for X-ray, electron microscopy and connected business. In 2014 he joined the Agar team supporting their customers and distributors and helping to keep the highest standards of quality for the supply of products and services which has been the Agar Scientific standards for more than 40 years of existence.

  • Mr Ian Belding

    Carl Zeiss Ltd

    Ian is Regional Sales Manager at Carl Zeiss Ltd and Business Development Manager for Electron and X-ray Microscopy. Ian joined ZEISS in 2004 as an Electron Microscopy product specialist and has since worked in a variety of roles across the full spectrum of ZEISS microscopy products. Prior to that Ian gained a degree in Physics from Leeds University and worked in a range of industries working on analytical instrumentation.

  • Ms Deborah Bolton

    Nikon Instruments
    Deborah is Product Manager at Nikon Instruments UK, overseeing the full Nikon range from clinical to Super-Resolution. After obtaining a degree in Biomedical Science she joined Nikon in 2008 and has worked in a variety of roles including marketing, technical support and training specialist.

  • Dr Boumedienne Boudjelida


    Boume is the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia Sales Manager for Bruker Nano Surfaces, dealing with Atomic Force Microscopy, Stylus and Optical Metrology and Tribology and Mechanical Testing businesses. Boume completed his PhD at Sheffield Hallam University working on metal/GaN interfaces characterisation using XPS and AFM/STM for LED/High power applications (2006). He subsequently joined The Microelectronics and Nanostructures Group at the University of Manchester (School of EEE) as a post-doctorate working on InGaAs/InAlAs HEMT and LNA structures for super-low noise amplifier applications, as part of the Square Kilometre Array Telescope project (SKA). He then joined Veeco Metrology initially developing the AFM probes business in EMEA in 2009, and took over the Sales for Scandinavia, then UK before managing the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia business for Bruker Nano. Veeco Metrology was acquired by Bruker in 2010.

  • Ms Frankie Buckle

    Carl Zeiss

  • Mr Steve Cham

    Steve is business development manager in the electron microscopy division at Labtech. After studying for a BSc in Biological Sciences he started his career in light and electron microscopy at Rothamsted Research Centre. He then worked as product manager for EM and cryo preparation products for Cambridge Instruments, later to become Leica Microsystems. Steve then took the role of sales manager for northern Europe responsible for EM preparation and Histology sales. Following a period at Agar Scientific and EM Resolutions he joined Labtech to setup their EM division supplying a range of consumables, accessories and instrumentation for Electron Microscopy

  • Mr Ray Codd


    Ray has been in the Electron Microscope business for over 40 years as a technician, user, Service Engineer, Service Manager and now Managing Director of the TESCAN subsidiary, TESCAN-UK Ltd. Ray maintains a solid commitment to quality, in products and customer service, building TESCAN’s reputation for delivering quality solutions. For relaxation, and when not helping customers to gain the most from their Electron Microscopes, Ray enjoys family life (5 children), walking on the Cumbrian Fells and playing golf.



  • Dr Michael Dixon

    Hitachi High Technologies
    Mike is EM Section Manager at Hitachi High-Technologies. After studying Physics at university he started his career in microscopy at Philips Research before joining Hitachi in 1997 

    Mike has worked in sales, service and applications development roles in the US and Europe, covering Hitachi's preparation systems, benchtop SEM, field emission SEM, automated SEM and TEM/STEM. He is currently responsible for Hitachi's EM sales activity in the UK, but continues to work in applications development and training. He is a member of the RMS Engineering & Physical Sciences Committee and the Institute of Physics EMAG committee.


  • Mr Gary Edwards


    Gary started working with Electron microscopy during the mid-1980’s in Cambridge, joining Stan Davidson at Deben Research in 1987. In 1996 Gary started Deben UK, expanding the Deben product range to include in-situ testing, TEM cameras and SEM detectors. In 2011 Gary merged Deben with Judges Scientific plc becoming a sister company to Quorum Technologies. Gary is a hands on Managing Director being as much at home operating an SEM, designing a new product or chairing a board meeting.

  • Ms Jo Fallowfield

    Leica Microsystems

  • Mr Dennis Fitzpatrick

    Quorum Technologies

  • Mr David Gibson

    Photon Lines Ltd
    Photon Lines supplies a range of scientific cameras (including CCD cameras, CMOS and sCMOS), lasers and laser components which are optimised for Lightsheet microscopy. We also supply advanced scientific imaging solutions primarily into the area of biophotonics, such as Label-Free Live Cell Imaging Systems and fluorescence microscopy equipment including the products of  PhaseView, who have engineered unique 3D imaging technologies for life science microscopy applications. Based on a novel remote focusing principle, PhaseView imaging products allow for high speed 3D imaging which is only limited by camera frame rate, while keeping bio-specimens in a stable position without moving the objective or stage. Using this acquisition principle, PhaseView’s Alpha3 light sheet fluorescence microscope addresses the issue of high temporal resolution along with spatial high-resolution, to achieve 3D imaging of dynamic biological processes.

  • Mr John Gilbert

    Bruker UK

    John started his involvement in the industry in 1986 when he joined JEOL. After ending his time at JEOL as sales Director he took on a role with Camscan as Sales Director before joining Bruker where he currently holds the role of Regional Sales Manager for Europe Middle East and India for microanalysis for SEM and TEM. John has been a member of the corporate advisory board since his time with Camscan.

  • Ms Barbara Gomez


  • Mr Neil Kirtley

    Oxford Instruments

  • Mr Pete Lander

    Carl Zeiss Ltd

  • Mr Francis Morrissey


  • Mr Shaun Quill


  • Mr Patrick Shone

    Olympus UK

  • Mr Duncan Stacey

    Linkam Scientific

  • Ms Amy Stobart


  • Ms Sue Wilson

    Leica Microsystems UK
    Sue is a Sales Manager for Leica Microsystems UK.


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