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
Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments Company
Chris is the UK Sales Manager for Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments Company. Asylum Research designs and manufactures high-value, research-grade Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM). 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.
Nikon UK Ltd
Natalia is Product Manager at Nikon UK Ltd for Light Microscopy. Natalia joined Nikon in 2012 after gaining a degree in Mathematics from University of Sussex, and has since worked in a variety of roles across Nikon to gain a thorough understanding of all Nikon microscopy products, as well as supporting customers and colleagues.
Dr Kavita Aswani
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.
Dr Ruediger Bader
Photon Lines supplies a range of scientific cameras (including CCD cameras, CMOS and sCMOS), lasers and laser components. We also supply advanced scientific imaging solutions primarily into the area of biophotonics, such as fluorescence microscopy equipment including confocal, light sheet, adaptive optics and super resolution technology and imaging quality control solutions. Ruedi has an academic background in Neurosciences and used a variety of imaging driven techniques for his research. He has more than 5 years of experience in the imaging industry and is now working for Photon Lines to perform the role of Sales Manager, focusing on life sciences applications.
Mr Paul Balaş
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.
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.
Dr Oliver Clarke
Carl Zeiss Ltd
Oliver is the current Head of Microscopy for Carl Zeiss Limited in the United Kingdom. Oliver has worked in microscopy and imaging since 2001. Before that he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Hull.
With an academic background in the organic synthesis of fluorescent dyes, Oliver also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
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.
Olympus provides a range of microscopes for training and routine tasks, through to high end system solutions in the field of Life Science. We work closely with other suppliers to bring a total solution to the laboratory. Olympus also provides Essentials in Microscopy training courses, both at our offices in Southend on Sea or at customers’ premises. We also offer service contracts to suit all needs.
I have worked for Olympus for nearly 30 years in sales and marketing and for the last 2 years have been looking after the marketing for the microscopy range, including exhibitions, workshops and our Essentials training courses.
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.
Mr Dennis Fitzpatrick
Ms Amy Lander
Jeol UK Ltd.
Melanie Le Sage
Bruker UK Ltd
Ms Caroline Mack
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Mr Eddie McGuigan
Leica Microsystems UK
Mr Francis Morrissey
I'm Francis Morrissey. I've worked for Philips, FEI and now Thermo Fisher Scientific for 19 years in Applications, Product Management, Marketing and Sales.
FEI was purchased in September 2016 by Thermo Fisher Scientific. Former FEI manufacture Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes (SEM & TEMs), Focused Ion Beam Systems and when these are integrated with an SEM, DualBeam systems. We also have our own x-ray MicroCT system. Different models and configurations of all of these systems are made for 3 main markets, Semiconductor (& Data Storage), Materials Science and Life Science. We also have a software division which besides supporting our high level software platforms, produces the well-known Amira and Avizo 3D visualisation packages.
The wider Thermo Fisher Scientific company manufacture a very wide range equipment: XPS, EDS, Mass Spectrometers, Chromatography and DNA sequencing systems, and an extensive range of lab and consumable equipment.
Carl Zeiss Ltd
Mr Duncan Stacey
Duncan is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Linkam Scientific. After obtaining his BSc in Photographic Science at the Polytechnic of Central London (1990), he went on to gain his PhD from Liverpool University (1993) with a thesis covering the development of a broadband confocal microscope for spectroscopy. Duncan has worked in Sales, Marketing and Product Development positions for different companies including Hamamatsu, Andor and Leica always focussing on Microscopy and Imaging.
Following working with the Leica R&D software development team in Cambridge, Duncan joined Linkam Scientific where he is now running the Sales and Marketing worldwide. Growing existing and developing new markets for their range of thermal microscopy and Cryo-CLEM systems.
Mr Darren Summers
Nikon UK Ltd.
Mr Mike Wombwell
Labtech International Ltd
Mike learned electron microscopy and light microscopy at the University of Cambridge in what is now the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre. Over the past 30 years he has held technical sales, sales management and marketing roles at Polaron/Bio-rad, Thermo VG, Pyser-SGI and Quorum Technologies. In 2016 Mike joined Labtech International as marketing manager.
Bruker UK Ltd