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Regional distribution of organisations who regularly provide input into the PLG
Regional distribution of organisations who regularly provide input into the PLG

The Photonics Leadership Group collects and disseminates input from the full spectrum of UK photonics industry to provide expert informed guidance to government, support agencies, users and developers of photonics to highlight opportunities for maximising the growth and adoption of this key enabling technology.

The PLG welcomes input from industry leaders from across the full spectrum of those developing and applying photonics in the UK, from component suppliers to integrated system manufacturers. We are especially grateful to the following contributors for their regular input.

If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor, attending  3  meetings per year and reviewing PLG recommendations and outputs, please contact us.

Each PLG meeting is attended by ~25 people from the following pool  with 50-60% of those attending every meeting being senior managers at UK manufacturers based throughout the country.  The PLG is an entirely voluntary organisation and we are grateful to everyone who has contributed their time to championing the cause of photonics in the UK and provided venues time and support to the group.

Ian Alderton, Alrad
Prof Martin Dawson / Simon Andrews, Fraunhofer CAP
Ric Allott/ Tom Butcher STFC/Central Laser Facility/AILU
Karin Burger, SPIE
Nick Martin BAE Systems
John Blomfield, Qioptiq
Laura Cadman, EPSRC
Andy Carter / Mike Wale, Oclaro
Chris Dorman, Coherent Scotland
Mark Gubbins/ Richard Pitwon, Seagate
Mark Greenwood, SPI Lasers
Prof. Duncan Hand, Heriot-Watt University
Susannah Heck, Kaiam
Prof. Jon Heffernan, University of Sheffield
Antony Hurden, Grounded Innovation
Andrew Kearsley, Oxford Lasers
Nigel Rix, Mat Walsey, KTN
John Lincoln, Harlin Ltd, Future Photonics Hub
Allan Colquhoun,  Robert Lamb, Leonardo,
Chris Leburn, Chromacity
Anke Lohmann
Gordon McKenzie
James Mckenzie, Photonstar led group plc
Graeme Malcolm, M2 Lasers
Wyn Meredeth, Compound Semiconductor Centre
Drew Nelson / Iwan Davies IQE
Andrew Charlton Laser Quantum/ Lynton Lasers
Georgios Papadakis, Innovate
Representatives from Thales UK
Andrew Robertson, Gooch and Housego
Representatives from EW Simulation Technology
Sir Prof. David Payne, Prof David Richardson, University of Southampton
David Rimmer, DREM Ventures Ltd., Welsh Optoelectronics Forum
Representatives from QinetiQ
Prof. Alwyn Seeds, UCL
Prof. Martin Sharp, Association of Industrial Laser Users, Liverpool John Moores University
Michael Robertson,  Huawei
Stuart Sendall, PhotonSens/ Pacer International
Chris Sorsby, Vitritech
Jason Smith, University of Oxford
Stephen Taylor Technology Scotland / Scottish Optoelectronics Association
Mark Thompson IPG
Sergei Turitsyn / Andrew Ellis, University of Aston, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies
Ian White, University of Cambridge
Alastair Wilson, WJA Consulting, CST Global
Philip White, UKTI


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