The success of our technology is dependent on great people. Our team comprises highly skilled technical engineers supported by experienced business leaders and world-renowned academics.
Dr Nick New
CEO, Director, Founder
Nick previously co-founded Cambridge Correlators (the forerunner to Optalysys) and is the driving force behind the technology. Nick graduated from Cambridge University with a doctorate in Optical Pattern Recognition, following his Engineering degree at Liverpool University. He has been instrumental in raising investment and establishing links with several international academic and commercial institutions, including NASA, MBDA and British Aerospace.
James is an accomplished business and technology innovator with over 20 years experience. He has demonstrated success in pioneering and exploiting several award-winning technologies and has implemented strategies for rapid growth. He has experience leading strategy and operations, software engineering and business development functions in a wide range of industries. James has worked extensively with Global 250 organisations and government departments including the MoD and the US Department of Defense. James is a speaker on technology innovation, a mentor, NED and an Angel Investor.
EVP Business Development, Director
Emma is an experienced business strategist. She holds a First Class honours degree in Computer Science and an MBA with distinction from Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, USA. She spent time working at a senior level at both Andersen Business Consulting (London and San Francisco) and Deloitte & Touche (London) before joining Sony Corporation of America (New York) where she climbed to the role of Director of Corporate Development and M&A. Most recently she joined Amazon Kindle in the UK managing key publisher relationships and driving the UK digital content strategy.
Peter works closely with scientists and technologists to create and develop innovative and sustainable market-driven enterprises. He consults with many investors, and regularly reports on future trends, market dynamics and venture opportunities for companies in the UK and US. He is Chairman of YTKO and currently sits on the board of three start-ups. He is a mentor and teaching member of the University of Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre, an Honorary Alumnus of the Theseus Management Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France, an elected member of the Marketing Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Development.
Bev Hurley CBE
A serial entrepreneur with three previous successful businesses under her belt. Bev has been CEO of YTKO since 2000, a business consultancy specialising in market strategy for technology companies. Under her leadership, YTKO has grown significantly, and now employs over 100 staff in offices across the UK and in Europe. Bev herself has been honoured with the Queens Award for Enterprise, and is a UK Enterprise Ambassador, an Enterprise Fellow at the University of East Anglia and a member of the Secretary or State’s Entrepreneurs Forum. She is an experienced angel investor and NED, and has held a range of directorships in the public and private sector.
Robert founded RDT Precision Optics in 1998, after working with optics companies Vickers and Biorad. He brings a wealth of experience in manufacturing optical components. In recent years he has provided a design-to-prototype-to-manufacture solutions for bespoke systems. Rob leads the manufacture of optical components and mounts for the Optalysys technology.
Dr Ananta Palani
VP Technology, USA
Ananta holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge specialising in Photonics, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Optical Computing. He has co-authored several publications in Advanced Optical Materials including a diffraction grating using carbon nanotubes and liquid crystals, and visible diffraction from graphene. His research specialises in artificial intelligence, holography and optical computing. Ananta also holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada-Reno and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Georgia.
Simon is a highly experienced project manager, having worked in a wide variety of industries over the last 20 years. Leaving university with a degree in Chemistry he progressed from a graduate trainee role to a career delivering large infrastructure and technology projects for multi national clients such as IBM, AstraZeneca, Bradford and Bingley, and Arla Foods. Looking for a new challenge Simon began delivering new product development projects utilising a mix of traditional and modern delivery methods, working with clients such as the Home Retail Group, Boots, and Thorntons, as well as introducing new technology into areas such as care homes and the NHS to transform traditional data capture and analysis. Simon is working on the delivery of new Optalysys products and delivering fully tested prototypes ready for production.
Peter initially studied for a BSc Astrophysics before moving into the field of Optoelectronics while studying for his MSc in Queen's University, Belfast. Since this, Pete has been involved in ultra-high intensity laser-plasma physics, neutron cargo screening and CNC polishing of precision optics. During the past few years, he has been involved in polishing X-Ray Telescope systems, and has trained personnel in China, Czech Republic, South Korea and NASA.
Originally from Northumberland, Alex graduated from the University of Oxford in 2011 with a Masters in Physics. He spent the following year studying for an MRes at University College London as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development. He has continued on to a PhD in the CMMPE group at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering under Professor Timothy Wilkinson. Alex is a member of Christ’s College. Alex has previously worked in the nuclear sector, for Studsvik UK, and in research engineering roles in the oil and gas sector for The Engineering Business and BP.
Dr William Rowe
William holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UMIST; examining the potential of surfactants and other multiphase materials in the phase separation and crystallisation of membrane proteins. Following two years at Unilever Research and Development, he returned to academia, applying Machine Learning and optimisation techniques in the design and analysis of a variety of OMICS experiments. After ten years at the University of Manchester, he went on to work at Loughborough University, before joining the Optalysys team. His primary research interest is in bioinformatics and is the author of numerous publications in the field.
Nicole has a variety of experience working in mechanical engineering. She joined us from Ginetta Cars where she was awarded “Apprentice of the Year” and was involved in developing new components for racing cars, building 3D models for testing and rapid prototyping of new systems. Whilst at Ginetta she was also involved as a race day engineer, and was given a free car to drive in the GRDC entry level series due to her success in national and world level karting. Nicole is continuing to complete her qualifications in Engineering whilst working as CAD Engineer at Optalysys. She is developing new parts and processes for Optalysys prototypes as well as ideas with specialists on future commercial products.
Head of Administration
Wendy is a highly skilled administration professional with 17 years hands-on experience. Prior to joining Optalysys, she was a Property Support Officer at Wakefield Council and Clerical Officer at Northfield J & I School with Autism Resource. She is an experienced communicator, self-starter and professional achiever with outstanding clerical and computer skills.
Millie studied at Minsthorpe Community College - a specialist Science College - and went on to complete an apprenticeship in level 2 Business and Administration from 2014 - 2016 with a publishing company, where she was offered a permanent position. Millie’s ambition is to always achieve high standards and work accurately and efficiently. This was recognised earlier in the year when she was awarded a certificate of excellence by Sheffield University.
Prof Timothy Wilkinson
Tim received his BE (Elec.) from Canterbury University, New Zealand and his PhD from Magdalene College, Cambridge. He has been working in the field of freespace optics, devices and systems for over 25 years. He developed the binary phase-only matched filter (BPOMF) and 1/f joint transform correlators during his PhD, and has since filed several patents and authored and co-authored over 70 refereed journal papers. Recent research has involved applications of holographic technology. He is currently researching into the next generation of spatial light modulator (SLM) and liquid crystal devices based on nanophotonics for holographic applications within the University of Cambridge Engineering Department.
Dr. Richard Juday
Richard is a retired NASA Johnson Space Center scientist where he spent 35+ years. Most recently he was head of the Hybrid Vision Laboratory at NASA where he oversaw image processing and pattern recognition using digital computations and coherent optics encoding and filtering. He is a Fellow member of SPIE and of OSA, holds nine US patents, and is co-author of Correlation Pattern Recognition, a Cambridge book for which he wrote the optics sections. His other current notable areas of work include a NASA funded project to explore the principles of future space travel technology using White-Juday warp field interferometers. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.