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Our Management Team

As well as our team of LabVIEW Consultants, we have a team of talented individuals that keep Austin Consultants ticking around the clock.
Peter Davies

Peter Davies

Director / Head of Finance

Expertise: 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).

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNational Instruments Specific Experience: 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 was one of the first three people to reach Certified LabVIEW Architect status in the UK. He has over ten years’ experience across the National Instruments platform and 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 smart home product Verv, that uses advanced energy analytics and machine learning to help consumers save money on their energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint and keep their homes safe. 

Chris Thoroughgood

Chris Thoroughgood

Head of Systems

Expertise: 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.

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNational Instruments Specific Experience: 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

Expertise: 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.

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNational Instruments Specific Experience: Certified LabVIEW Architect | Certified LabVIEW Embedded Developer. LabVIEW (including most toolkits), 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. David teaches a number of the training courses provided by Austin Consultants.

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.
Chris Garratt

Chris Garratt

Business Development Manager

Expertise: MEng Electric and Electronic Engineering (1st Class), University of Surrey, Certified LabVIEW Developer, Certified TestStand Developer. Chris’ background provides a balance between sales and technical know-how and allows him to quickly get to the crux of a problem and identify the appropriate solution. As a former Certified LabVIEW and TestStand Developer, he is also able to accurately assess the amount of resource required to deliver a project.

Upon graduation, Chris joined National Instruments as an Applications Engineer and quickly progressed through their Engineering Leadership Program to reach the position of Field Sales Engineer for South East England before joining Austin Consultants.

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.
Gill Birchmore

Gill Birchmore

Marketing Manager

Gill has over 20 years sales and marketing 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.


Alwyn Davies

Alwyn Davies

Non-Executive Director

Alwyn has spent over thirty-five years in the worldwide survey industry in both Land and Hydrographic Surveying. He created and led a corporate IT team for 10 years, writing and implementing navigation and data processing software across a diverse number of projects including global offshore activities, military and survey vessels.

Alwyn has also held positions as an Associate Director of a major International Survey Company, a Chief Surveyor, Operations Manager, Technical Manager, Navigation Systems Manager and Special Projects Manager.

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

Innovation in LabVIEW

Innovative Ideas

We actively share best practice within the team and always keep up to date on the latest LabVIEW developments, and collaborate internally to develop 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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