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.
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
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.
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.
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
Director of Strategic Development (Europe) at Rockley Photonics
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.
Technology Seed Fund Manager – Development Bank of Wales