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 and the Midven Rainbow Seed Fund.

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.

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Orange-Tri Dan Wood

Chief Executive Officer

Dan is responsible for leading Keit and builds on over 10 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 Dr. Jim Rutherford

Sales Director

Jim has extensive global business experience having worked in the UK and overseas for 10 years setting up and managing both sales, service and operations, at international scientific companies including Millipore, Waters, Thermo Electron Spectroscopy, Jenway, Visible Genetics, and most recently at NDC Technologies.  Jim has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wales at Cardiff (Cardiff University).

Orange-Tri Dr. Tim Stephens

Development Scientist

Tim has 14 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 Dr. Ivan Evans

Senior Engineer

Ivan has 15 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. Jonathon Speed

Applications Scientist

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. 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 Mike Sellers

Senior Engineer

Mike Sellers has worked for 26 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 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  Dr. Michael Kaye

Mechanical Engineer

Michael received his PhD in Engineering from Imperial College London during which time he conducted research with Diamond Light Source using high energy X-rays. He has worked on developing processes for high temperature manufacturing of materials and worked in design and production of cryogenic equipment.

Orange-Tri Marisa Goodenough

Marketing & Communications Manager

Marisa is a Life-Science marketing professional with 18 years’ hands-on experience in corporate communications. Her background includes marketing management positions over a variety of clinical, non-clinical and bioinformatics companies 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.