Who We Are

Keit Spectrometers is a company focused on developing FTIR technology for process monitoring and control applications in manufacturing industries. Keit is backed by prominent technology investment firms Longwall Venture Partners, Angel CoFund, UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund, Wood Family Office and Wren Capital and is an active Industry Partner with the Centre for Process Analytics and Control Technology (CPACT), an EnterprisePlus Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC),  and Industry Member of IBioIC.

Based on the Harwell Oxford Science and Innovation Campus, Keit spun out of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Harwell, England which is managed by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of the seven UK Research Councils and conducts research into particle physics, space science and photon science.


Orange-Tri Dan Wood

Chief Executive Officer

Dan is responsible for leading Keit and builds on 16 years’ senior management experience in optics and photonics-based technology companies. Previously, Dan was Head of Business Development in Dublin-based nanotech start-up Ntera and has an MSc (Oxon) in Engineering and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Orange-Tri Jolyon Tidmarsh

Technology Director & Keit Co-Founder

Jolyon has significant experience in establishing technology based start-up businesses and managing technical projects, with previous successes in the fields of online drinks quality measurement, and bio-fuels. With a degree in Applied Physics, Jolyon has a technical background in designing optical systems in the infra-red with particular applications in spectroscopy, telecommunications and optical fibre sensing.

Orange-Tri Matthew Dreaper

Finance Director

Matthew is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 15 years’ experience as Finance Director of various growing businesses. He was CFO of Nucare plc, and after this group of companies was taken over in 2007, Matthew started working with a small number of early-stage technology companies. He has helped these companies raise over £10m of funding to support their growth, providing on-going advice and management services in his capacity as Outsourced Finance Director.

Orange-Tri Mike Sellers

Chief Operating Officer

Mike Sellers has worked for over 20 years in global high-tech companies including Siemens Medical in Germany and GE Healthcare in the US. More recently, he provided freelance consultancy for clients such as the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Samsung & GE Healthcare. Mike earned his Engineering degree from Cambridge University.

Orange-Tri Richard Salliss

Sales Director

Richard’s 35-year career is founded on a solid track record of technical sales, consultancy, chemical engineering and advanced solutions experience at global process automation and chemical companies including Honeywell, ABB, Boots Chemicals, and Rohm & Haas. Richard is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University and an MSc in Process Automation from Newcastle University.

Orange-Tri Dr. Jonathon Speed

Product & Applications Manager

Jonathon received both his Masters and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Southhampton. He has spent the last several years as an R&D Scientist at technology companies Nexeon, Accentus Medical and PerkinElmer supporting and writing about surface characterisation and nanotechnology including the use of FTIR and Raman spectroscopy.

Orange-Tri Dr. Tim Stephens

Development Scientist

Tim has over 16 years’ experience in the development of optical measurement techniques. Prior experience includes development of near-IR gas spectroscopy within novel optical fibres, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, flow measurement and particle size analysis. He received his PhD from Heriot-Watt University.

Orange-Tri Stephanie Wood

Application Scientist

Stephanie is the Top Finalist from both her MSc degree from Loughborough University and BSc degree from University of Kent. Entering her first Graduate role, Stephanie brings her expertise in analytical techniques, method development, consumer research and product development from R&D industry experience at Catalent Pharma Solutions, 3M Health Care and P&G.

Orange-Tri Dr. Ivan Evans

Senior Engineer

Ivan has 17 years of industrial experience developing photonics technology. Ivan has held senior engineering positions at SPI lasers, Oxsensis and Bookham Technology working on high power lasers, optical fibre sensing and silicon photonics respectively. Ivan was a Science Foundation Ireland Research Fellow at the University of Limerick developing multi-wavelength ring lasers and received his PhD from Glasgow University in short pulse laser excitation of optical nonlinearities in semiconductor lasers.

Orange-Tri Dr. James Sobol

Development Scientist

James received his PhD in Physics from Swansea University, during which he developed a holographic microscope for imaging of laser-cooled atoms. He acquired experience in Doppler-free saturated absorption spectroscopy and various nanoscale imaging techniques during his PhD and MSc in Nanotechnology respectively.

Orange-Tri Victoria Grigson

Development Scientist

Victoria received both her BSc in Physics and MPhys in Spectroscopy from Durham University. She works on the improvement of sample interface technology with a speciality in optical design and modelling.

Orange-Tri James Stevens

Development Engineer

James is a mechanical design engineer with a Masters in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portsmouth where he studied the effect of UV radiation on Kevlar composites. Trained in 3D modelling, James specialises in prototype development and material compatibility in aeronautical and aerospace applications.

Orange-Tri Marisa Goodenough

Marketing & Communications Manager

Marisa is a Life-Science marketing professional with 18 years’ hands-on experience in corporate communications. Her marketing background includes positions over a variety of scientific organisations such as Medifacts, Gene Logic, and Eagle Genomics.  She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) with a CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing, Digital Strategy.

Orange-Tri Dr. Hugh Mortimer

STFC Research Fellow & Consultant

Hugh is the inventor of the novel FTIR optical design and currently a research fellow at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). While studying for his DPhil at the University of Oxford, Hugh developed a Static Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (SHIFTS), which later led to the evolution of the IRmadillo™ instrument.

Orange-Tri Dr. Kate Ronayne

Non-Executive Director & Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Representative

Kate currently leads the commercial exploitation activities for STFC and represents the Council on the board of multiple spin-out companies. She has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and a background in spectroscopy research.

Orange-Tri David Denny

Non-Executive Director & Longwall Representative

David has worked in or served on the board of over fifteen start-up companies since 2000. David is a partner in Longwall Ventures, which manages two investment funds, and is based at the Harwell Campus. David has an MBA from Harvard Business School.