Meet the Team

CEO

Ian Reid - CEO

Ian is a physicist (BSc, MSc) with an MBA, and a Chartered Engineer and Physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Royal Astronomical Society, and Chartered Institute of Marketing. With >30 years industry experience in technical and commercial roles to C-level, he worked for GEC-Marconi, Pulse Engineering and was group CEO for Dutch semiconductor company Rood Testhouse NV. He...

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Academic Lead

Prof Steve Beaumont - Academic Lead

Professor Steve Beaumont OBE CEng FREng FRSE Steve Beaumont is Vice Principal Emeritus at the University of Glasgow. He has a portfolio of responsibilities including academic lead for CENSIS, the Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems; chairing and holding non-executive directorships on the boards of a number of the university's spinout companies; principal investigator on strategic research grants and leading...

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Chairman

Bob Downes - Chairman

Bob Downes has experience across private and public sectors in the UK, Europe and the US. He has been involved with many business sectors including telecommunications, energy, and health care; and has managed major infrastructure provision as well as regional economic development. His responsibilities have covered large scale change management, strategy development and deep operational leadership. Bob is Chair of...

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Business Development & Marketing

Dr Mark Begbie - Business Development Director

Mark's career spans commercial and academic R&D in micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), optics and instrumentation. He has first hand experience of new product introduction and the challenges of incorporating new technologies into the commercial environment. Prior to joining CENSIS, Mark held senior roles in design and product engineering of new MEMS products and capabilities for the optical telecommunications sector....

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Craig Fleming - Senior Business Development Manager

Craig has over ten years' experience across a variety of engineering sectors and holds European M.Eng (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow. Before joining CENSIS, he worked three years as Business Development Manager for BAE Systems regional aircraft and developed new revenue streams, selling modifications on new aircraft types to airlines throughout Europe and North America. Prior...

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Dr Stephen Milne - Business Development Manager

Dr Stephen Milne is experienced in designing, managing, and implementing international research projects for commercial product ideas with a hardware and software focus in the medical technology sector. Stephen obtained the European MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow, and subsequently worked for Agilent Technologies and Freescale Semiconductor. Following this, he completed an Engineering Doctorate within...

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Dr Rachael Wakefield - Business Development Manager

Rachael’s technical background is in materials biodeterioration and laser and LED based environmental sensing. Her broad area of interest is sensing technologies for the oil and gas, marine and subsea sectors.  A specialist in IP and technology transfer Rachael has over 10 years' experience in the set up and management of collaborative R&D projects, contracts, technology licensing and university spin...

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Dr Cade Wells - Business Development Manager

Cade is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the research and development of embedded systems. He holds an Engineering Doctorate in System Level Integration jointly awarded by the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde. He also holds an MEng in Computer System Engineering from Bangor University, Wales. Before joining CENSIS, Cade founded and ran an engineering consultancy...

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Siân Williams - Business Development Manager

Siân joined CENSIS from an earlier business development role in the Scottish Sensor Systems Centre (S3C), an industry-university partnership delivering collaborative research into intelligent sensors and sensor systems. At CENSIS Siân is responsible for outreach and events planning, strategic marketing, and skills development, including the Innovation Centre's MSc and EngD programmes. Prior to joining S3C, she was the Manager of...

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Lynda Nicolson - Marketing Advisor

Lynda supports the CENSIS marketing, event planning and social media activities.  She studied Business Studies and Marketing and her career over the last 25 years has been in in the advertising, marketing and graphic design sectors. Prior to working with CENSIS, she managed marketing for the Encompass project at the University of Glasgow and ran an events programme to encourage...

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Technical

Dr Graham Kerr - Technical Director

Graham has over twenty years experience in New Product Development and Engineering Management. As a Post-Doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow, Graham worked on laser interferometry for gravitational wave detection developing laser stabilisation techniques. His first foray into industry was with Babcock Energy Systems as a Senior Electronics and Instrumentation Engineer developing controls solutions for the Energy Sector. He...

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Dr Shrawan Jha - Senior Engineer

Shrawan is responsible for development projects related to sensor elements and transductance (pre-processing). An experienced semiconductor engineer and physicist, Shrawan has experience in developing sensors for application in engineering, IT, health, environmental monitoring and defence. He is also experienced in developing other electronic devices including LEDs, HFETs, and MEMS based on micro and nanotechnologies from concept to materials and devices...

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Kevin Power - Software Systems Architect

With a track record in innovation, Kevin is an experienced systems engineer and has spent several years as a technical lead in organisations within the Telecoms and Oil & Gas sectors. The bulk of Kevin’s career was spent with Fujitsu as a Principal Engineer, successfully defining and developing WiMAX/4G LTE systems. Kevin was the driving force and architect behind the...

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Helen Sandison - Senior Engineer

Helen is an engineer with research and development experience in the defence and microelectronics sectors. Prior to CENSIS she worked as an Applications Engineer at ST Microelectronics, providing system validation, technical and application support for marketing and customers. She also spent 10 years working for SELEX Galileo developing antenna test and calibration automation process, analysis, calibration and algorithm development of electronically...

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Stuart Simpson - Senior Engineer

Stuart is an electronic engineer with experience in the defence, communications and condition monitoring sectors. Following an engineering apprenticeship in the Royal Navy, Stuart went on to work with combat command systems, radars and communication equipment. He then moved to Agilent Technologies working on the manufacture and test of PDH and SDH test equipment, before going to Vodafone where he worked...

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Dr Norman MacKenzie - Principal Firmware/SW Engineer

Norman has over 20 years' experience of embedded software development. He started as a software engineer at Motorola Manufacturing Systems, working on robotic systems for factory automation, before moving to Pentland Systems, where he designed embedded software for Analogue I/O modules. At Honeywell Security he worked on intruder detection systems, and at Bitwise he developed software for 3G femtocell access...

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Project Management

John Whelan - Project Manager

John has over 20 years' experience in the entire product life cycle including R&D and New Product Development primarily within the Oil and Gas industry. Starting out as an Electronic Design Engineer, John moved into System Design and Architecture before transitioning into Project Management. He has overseen multiple projects with multidisciplinary global teams covering proof of concept, prototyping, qualification and...

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Finance

Susan Corbett - Finance Manager

Susan is a qualified CIMA accountant with over 10 years post-qualified experience. Before joining CENSIS, Susan worked for three years as an accountancy tutor for Kaplan Financial. Prior to this she worked for seven years at Barclays Wealth where she held roles as Finance Business Partner and Financial Controller. Susan trained as an accountant with British Telecom in London having...

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Contracts

Diane Foster - Senior Contracts Manager

Diane holds an LLB (Hons) and LLM and has extensive experience working within and for the University sector.  She has over 14 years’ experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements between University and commercial partners, including agreements for the supply of research, service, consultancy, confidentiality, secondments, collaborations and has practical experience of state aid issues and UK / EU export...

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Administration

Johan Brady - Office Manager

Johan is an experienced administrator with 12 years' office management expertise, and joins CENSIS from a training and professional development company based on the outskirts of Glasgow. After several years in the same post, coupled with the imminent arrival of the day when her youngest starts school, Johan felt that it was time for a fresh challenge professionally. She is...

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Kaid Milligan - Modern Apprentice Administrator

After leaving college, Kaid joined CENSIS in February 2016. She provides administrative support to the whole office including the CEO and her day-to-day duties include managing staff diaries, room bookings, providing finance and purchasing support to the Office Manager, and providing marketing support for CENSIS events.

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