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The Team

Our multidisciplinary team of engineers including LabVIEW consultants, software developers, systems architects, electronic and mechanical engineers, and data scientist are certified, experienced and passionate about helping you to find the correct solution.
Peter Davies

Peter Davies

Director / Head of Finance

Experience: BEng: Computers, Electronics and Communications Engineering, University of Bath. Power Engineering & Energy Consultant, PIC Programming, HTML, FIX Protocol, FX Trading. Green Energy, Optical engineering solutions, Nuclear Fusion, Aerospace, Advanced signal analysis implementation, Profibus, Instrument control (Serial, GPIB, RS232, Ethernet etc).

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNI Expertise: Certified LabVIEW Architect. cRIO, FPGA, VISION, PXI, Large-scale applications, device drivers. LabVIEW: Webservices, Data-socket, Data Dashboard for LabVIEW (iPhone, iPad & Android app).Peter has delivered projects as diverse as Fusion reactor control solutions to consumer retail systems.

Peter is also CEO and Founder of Green Running, creator of Verv, the Industry Standard Isolator for Air Conditioning, Heat Pumps, and large Electrical Equipment.

Chris Thoroughgood

Chris Thoroughgood

Head of Systems

Experience: BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering (1st Class Hons), Sheffield Hallam University. Automated test systems, predominantly using NI PXI platform as a base, PID control system, embedded systems, high-speed data capture and analysis and instrumentation comms (Ethernet, RS485/422/232, GPIB). Project Management and basic mechanical fixturing knowledge.

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNI Expertise: Certified LabVIEW Architect. Real-Time, FPGA, CRIO, VISION, PSoftware: LabVIEW (and add-on toolkits such as, Database/SQL, Control, report gen, signal processing), TestStand, LabVIEW Real-Time (deployed to cFP and cRIO), LabVIEW FPGA (deployed to cRIO and R-Series cards). Hardware: PXI, NIDAQ (a vast array of I/O cards), CompactDAQ, cRIO (including Ethernet and SB RIO), cFP.

Chris has worked on and lead, test, measurement and automation solutions across a wide range of industries including Mil/Aero, Automotive, Medical, and Manufacturing, and is responsible for managing our team of engineers.

David Catto

David Catto

Head of Software

Experience: MEng: Avionic Systems, University of Bristol, Registered iOS Developer. Systems Architecture/Design, Scientific instrumentation, Defence/Aerospace (subsystem and environmental simulation), Control (PID, control tuning, feedforward, lead-lag compensation etc), FPGA and embedded, Digital Filtering (inc. signal conditioning on FPGA), Advanced signal analysis, High speed data acquisition (inc. custom high-speed ADC/DAC boards), Instrument and device control (Serial, GPIB, I2C, SPI). IOS programming, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, SQL, .NET (basic) Special LV interest: OOD in LV (byref/byvalue/actor framework etc), WebSockets.

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNI Expertise: Certified LabVIEW Architect | Certified LabVIEW Embedded Developer. LabVIEW Real-Time, LV FPGA, CompactRIO, CompactDAQ (USB and Ethernet), FlexRIO (inc. modification of VHDL), NI-Vision (inc. GigE cameras, image recognition etc), NI TestStand, NI VeriStand (real-time HIL simulation/test environment), PXI, PXIe (inc. peer to peer streaming), Large-scale applications, Framework development, Device drivers (inc. DLLs).

David has worked with BAE Systems, Thales, EADS, CAE Inc. and prior to joining Austin Consultants in 2011 was Lead Developer for a nanotechnology company. 

John Porter

John Porter

Senior Systems Engineer

Experience: BSc Robotics (1st Class Hons), Plymouth University. System Architecture, Advanced UI design, Large Scale / Multi-Target applications, Process Control Systems, ATE Systems, Control (PID / Incremental / Custom Algorithms), Custom Test Sequencers, Multi-Level Alarm Systems, High-Speed Data Acquisition, Instrument Control / Driver Development. Java, C#, Embedded C, SQL, Special LabVIEW Interest in Advanced User Interfaces & VI Scripting.

NI Expertise: CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperCertified LabVIEW Embedded Developer, LabVIEW, Real-Time & FPGA, Toolkits including Database Connectivity / Report Generation, cRIO / Industrial Controllers / Real-Time PC, DAQmx (USB / Ethernet / PCI / PCIe).

John’s degree in Robotics provides a background in a range of software languages and tools, electronics, embedded, sensors and integration. After graduating John joined NI UK as an Applications Engineer providing support for the NI suite of hardware and software, as well as teaching the full range of the LabVIEW courses before becoming an alliance partner consultant.

John has led teams creating a wide range of LabVIEW software applications for customers across a variety of industries, primarily in Petrochemical, Manufacturing and Aerospace. The majority of applications involved control of bespoke rigs, designed and built in-house, usually based on the NI PXI platform.

Jason Appleby

Jason Appleby

Systems Team Lead

Experience: BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering BEng, Sheffield Hallam University. Mathematics, Problem Solving, Data Acquisition, SQL, IMAQ, MATLAB, Visual Studio, 

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNI Expertise: Certified LabVIEW Architect. TestStand, LabVIEW RT, LabVIEW FPGA, cDAQ, cRIO, MAX, Functional Safety Editor, Instrument Control (Serial, GPIB, etc.), Toolkits including Database Connectivity Toolkit and Amazon Web Service S3 toolkit

Jason is an experienced LabVIEW Architect and electronic engineer. He has in-depth experience in delivering a wide range of test, measurement, and control projects based on the NI platform. His expertise includes LabVIEW RT and FPGA applications based on the NI cRIO platform, advanced knowledge of SQL queries, and reverse engineering a wide range of legacy systems.

ROB MAY

ROB MAY

Senior Systems Engineer

Experience: MEng Systems Engineering, The University of Loughborough. Automotive product development and testing.

CertifiedLabVIEWDeveloperNI Expertise: Certified LabVIEW Developer. LabVIEW

Rob is an experienced senior engineer with a background in electronic and PCB design and manufacture, product development, and VHDL.  His previous role as a development test engineer, designing test systems for product development to validation in the automotive sector, means Rob also has a wealth of knowledge delivering high power density test systems.

Lee Armstrong

Lee Armstrong

Electrical Engineer | Functional Safety Engineer

A certified functional safety engineer, Lee has over 10 years of in-depth experience working in a variety of hardware engineering roles. As a design engineer, he is experienced in leading teams on aerospace, petrochemical, and manufacturing projects from design to installation and commissioning, 

Lee is responsible for overseeing the in-house design and manufacture of bespoke ATE and production systems based on the NI platform, incorporating standalone and programmable safety controllers to meet the relevant required standards.

Liam Vernau

Liam Vernau

Systems Engineer

Experience: BEng Mechanical Engineering (1st Class Hons), Sheffield Hallam University.

CertifiedLabVIEWDeveloperNI Expertise: Certified LabVIEW Developer, LabVIEW, VeriStand, DAQmx, Instrument Control (USB, Ethernet, RS232), RealTime & FPGA using the cRIO Platform.

Liam is a skilled mechanical, electrical and software engineer who has delivered various complex automated test systems and applications. Within the automotive sector, Liam has been responsible for leading the installation, integration and commissioning of our EV automated test platform, test cell control and safety systems.

MATTHEW FRAIN

MATTHEW FRAIN

Systems Engineer

Experience: MEng Mechatronics and Robotics, The University of Sheffield. Control Theory, Autonomous Robotics, Matlab, C++, CAD, Condition Monitoring, Data Modelling and Machine Intelligence

CertifiedLabVIEWDeveloperNI Expertise: Certified LabVIEW Developer. LabVIEW

A former summer 2017 intern, Matthew has in-depth knowledge and understanding of advanced control theory as well as the practical expertise to apply this knowledge to a range of mechatronic systems. Matthew has delivered a wide range of projects including, Industry4, end-of-line testing, and custom device interface development for automotive applications.

LUKE RUTTER

LUKE RUTTER

Systems Engineer

Experience: MEng Mechatronics, University of Sheffield

CertifiedLabVIEWDeveloperNI Expertise: Certified LabVIEW Developer. LabVIEW, LV Vision Dev with IMAQdx, DAQmx.

Luke has an extensive background in R&D, delivering on high-value projects, primarily in the manufacturing, aerospace, and civil engineering sectors. As a senior controls engineer he has an in-depth understanding of manufacturing processes, automation, safety, data acquisition, and management,

Gill Birchmore

Gill Birchmore

Project Manager | Marketing Manager

Gill has over 20 years sales, marketing, and project management experience in technology and digital industries.

The primary focus of her work is to understand and analyse business challenges, and identify cost effect and sustainable solutions.

A commercially astute and results-orientated problem solver Gill is skilled at maintaining a strategic overview whilst taking a pragmatic approach to implementation.

Matt Collett

Matt Collett

Head of Commercial

Matt has over 17 years experience in Business Development & Account Management in technical services and recruitment solutions; driving new business through working with senior stakeholders to implement strategic initiatives within the UK, Europe US, Asia, and India. Clients have included both Enterprise and SME organisations across a broad range of sectors including Engineering, Telecommunications, System Integrators & Consultancy Services, FMCG, Financial Services & Energy & Utilities.

Marie Sene

Marie Sene

Head of Operations

Marie is an experienced Operations Manager who has an extensive background in service operations and technical project delivery at BSKYB (11years). Marie acquired her experience through the delivery of mobile applications and has had responsibility for Service Provisioning Management, Project Management, Product Introduction, and Incident Management. She has provided support for 3rd party and in-house Mobile/interactive TV/web services including but not limited to Remote Record iPhone & iPad, Mobile TV, Sky+ Android, Sky Sports News, SMS, ITV, Playboy, Sky Security Centre and Sky Arts to name a few.

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Certified LabVIEW Architects

Certified

We are passionate about developing our team and supporting them to reach the highest certified level of their specialist area, and providing you with the assurance that our team really knows their stuff.

Innovation in LabVIEW

Innovative Ideas

We actively share best practice within the team and keep up to date on the latest technology developments, including developing frameworks and tools to assist the LabVIEW community.

LabVIEW Technology

Advanced Technology

We have a huge amount of skill across many programming languages within the team. We choose LabVIEW because of its graphical interface, which makes it easier and quicker to build functionality and therefore better value for our clients.

LabVIEW Quality and Service

Quality & Service

Our core values as a company are Customer Happiness, Service, Quality and Reputation. We pride ourselves on our reputation within the industry, and this is down to our successful project and satisfied customers.

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