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Management Team

Dr Roy McBride, Managing Director

As MD, Roy is responsible for company strategy and growth.  Roy co-founded PowerPhotonic in 2004, and drove the formation and funding of the company. Prior to PowerPhotonic, Roy was Hybrids Development Manager at Alcatel UK, where he managed a team developing advanced active modules for optical communications. Other prior roles included Electronics Development Manager at Kymata, lecturer and researcher at Heriot-Watt University, and Laser Development at Ferranti.  Roy is the author of numerous publications and co-inventor on 7 granted patents.

Richard Clarke, Finance Director

Richard is a Chartered Accountant and MBA with over 25 years’ experience as finance director in manufacturing and technology businesses in the UK, USA and Asia. He spent 6 years as Finance Director of Avimo Group, a Singapore-based optoelectronics manufacturing group and 5 years as CFO of a nanotechnology spinout from Oxford University, which floated on AIM in 2005. Prior to joining PowerPhotonic, Richard was Finance Director of Xennia Technology Limited, a developer of industrial inkjet systems, which was sold to Sensient Corporation in 2015.

Alan Short, Head of Operations

Alan leads the development and expansion of the operations function at PowerPhotonic. He has extensive experience in operational management, regulatory affairs, supply chain management and business strategy development in high technology industries. Alan’s previous roles include Chief Manufacturing Officer at Touch Bionics, Director of Manufacturing at Mpathy Medical Devices,  Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs at Omega Critical Care, and Quality Manager at Optos PLC. Alan holds an honours degree in Engineering with Management from Napier University.

Dr Natalia Trela-McDonald, Product Development Manager

Natalia joined PowerPhotonic in 2011. She leads the product development team, which develops new products from R&D through to full production release. The team specialises in optical product design, simulation, realisation and validation. Prior to joining PowerPhotonic, Natalia was a Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University. In this role, she worked on high power diode lasers and micro-optics for beam combining and fibre coupling, including projects with high profile industrial partners. Natalia’s work has led to a number of published papers and patent applications.

Paul Blair, Engineering Manager

Paul is responsible for design and development of PowerPhotonic’s laser machining systems and support equipment.  Paul is a veteran of the telecommunications and optical components industry.  Paul has been involved with a number of successful high technology startups including telecom start up Kymata Ltd, leading a new venture into hybrid integration of active and passive modules for optical communications, which became part of Alcatel. Prior to joining Powerphotonic, Paul was Director of Technology at Exxelis Ltd., which developed and manufactured UV-embossed films for the LCD TV industry.