Photonics Connected

The new dedicated network for the photonics community in Wales.

What is Photonics Connected?
Photonics Connected is the new dedicated network for the photonics community in Wales. It has been created by and sits within the Technology Connected organisation to represent and unite the photonics community.
Technology is ubiquitous, enabling every aspect of our lives. Technology Connected unifies, champions, and promotes Welsh Photonic technology across the world, building a better future for the industry in Wales.
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Photonics Connected Council

Alongside the launch of the new network, Wales has also established its first Photonics Leadership Council, which will work to unite the industry and provide a unified voice for the sector in Wales, to create a global brand of Welsh photonics.

Drawing on the expertise of its members, the Council will utilise its collective knowledge and influence, to unite, champion and promote photonics across Wales and throughout the wider global marketplace, with members acting as ambassadors for the industry actively leading, influencing and advising to expand the network and its global reach.

All members of the Photonics Connected council are unpaid, and no individuals derive financial gain from anything that they do in respect of PC. While organisations are welcomed as sponsors, that doesn’t mean that any particular company, individual or organisation has more say, influence or significance than another within photonics connected.  We welcome constructive input, participation and debate involving all parties within the photonics communities.  What we won’t accommodate, however, are unfounded and defamatory comments aimed at individuals or photonics connected.

Avril Lewis MBE

Louise Jones

Caroline Gray

Howard Rupprecht

John Lincoln

Carl Griffiths

Dr David Cunnah

Avril Lewis MBE

Managing Director, Technology Connected

Avril was appointed Managing Director of Technology Connected, formerly the ESTnet, in May 2012.

Her background is in the semiconductor industry, and she was awarded the MBE for services to the technology industry in Wales in 2018. Avril is an influential and energetic leader with highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, and thrives as a catalyst for change.

Louise Jones

Knowledge Transfer Manager at KTN & Photonics Leadership Council Chair

Louise Jones has a background and PhD in the fine chemicals industry with catalytic converter manufacturing and coating experience. Louise was a commercial project manager in two Universities delivering commercial collaborative projects between industry focused around solar energy development and manufacturing and photonics applications into other sectors. Louise currently leads on Energy Systems at the KTN focusing on Distributed generation and grid and the mix of renewables (including solar) that can integrate into energy systems. Louise is responsible for facilitating technological collaborations across industry and spanning the research community in the field of electrical energy systems. Louise also works extensively in Wales supporting innovation regardless of sector.

Caroline Gray

Professor of Enterprise, Engagement and Knowledge Transfer at Wrexham Glyndŵr University & Director of the Centre for Photonics Excellence (CPE)

Professor Caroline Gray is Professor of Enterprise, Engagement and Knowledge Transfer and the Site Director of The OpTIC Technology Centre a bespoke Technology and Incubation Centre, managed as Glyndwr Innovations Ltd. The facility offers high quality technical and office incubation facilities and business meeting and conference facilities, the centre is home to the WEFO funded Centre for Photonics Expertise project and also includes the Glyndwr Innovations, Precision Optical Systems Group who design, manufacture and assemble ultra-precision optical systems.

She is a Physics graduate who has spent her career of over 35 years working in the optical industry. She has developed CNC optical manufacture processes in both Single Point Diamond Turning and CNC polishing techniques for many applications including high end technically challenging applications and high volume precision component applications. Gray’s industry experience includes the management and technical directorship of SME’s and research projects.

Caroline is a member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist

Howard Rupprecht

Director of Strategic Development (Europe) at Rockley Photonics

John Lincoln

Director at Harlin & Chief Executive of the Photonics Leadership Group (PLG)

Dr John Lincoln is Chief Executive of the Photonics Leadership Group, industrial liaison for the Future Photonics Hub Southampton and Sheffield Universities and member of multiple advisory boards. Through business development consultancy,  Harlin Ltd, John supports SMEs, Universities, VCs and government agencies to identify growth opportunities and the impact of photonics.

Carl Griffiths

Technology Seed Fund Manager – Development Bank of Wales

Dr David Cunnah

National Manager, Innovate UK

Dr David Cunnah is the National Manager for Wales for Innovate UK. He grew up in Swansea and studied physics at Cardiff University, where he completed his PhD examining the photodynamic behavior of semiconductor nanocrystals. David’s professional career has included work in academic publishing and professional bodies. He was the National Manager for Wales for the Institute of Physics before becoming an Innovation Lead in Quantum Technology at Innovate UK.

 

David has experience working with policy makers and government, establishing and managing programmes, and in the UK’s innovation landscape. David is always keen to discuss how Wales can grow and promote its research and innovation landscape so that world-changing discoveries made here also return economic benefit for the people of Wales.

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