Management Team

Leading the field requires expertise. Our team offers this in depth, in R&D, customer support, applications development and also in the commercial and financial fields.

Louise Madden

Chief Executive Officer

Louise joined Applied Photophysics as Commercial Director in March 2014. Louise’s brief is to build upon the successful growth of the Applied Photophysics business to date, both organically and through the expansion of its current product portfolio, so maintaining the Company’s market leadership in its chosen fields.

Louise brings with her 10 years of experience within the analytical instruments business having spent time in both the UK and Scandinavia, working with Farfield Group Limited and Biolin Scientific AB. Before this, she spent 11 years at KPMG, where her clients ranged from owner-managed businesses to multi-national PLCs. Louise has also, during this time, gained extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions.

Stuart Wood

Operations Director

Stuart joined Applied Photophysics in 2017, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in a variety of senior positions within Operations.  His most recent role as Head of Business Excellence at Oxford Instruments saw him leading the development and implementation of a continuous improvement programme throughout Europe, Asia and North America.  It was while working here that Stuart was recognized for his talents in operations management by being named in the ‘Lean Top 25’ report, which celebrates outstanding individuals in lean and continuous improvement.  Prior to this he has worked in consultancy and production & engineering.

Sue Cresswell

Marketing Manager

Sue brings a wealth of experience in life science marketing and market communication. Familiar with working in multi-national environments, she has demonstrated success in introducing new companies and technologies to the global life science market and driven the transition of established biotech tools companies from technological- to commercially-focused organisations. She has established two successful market communications agencies, and was previously Market Communications Director at Biacore SA (now GE Healthcare), where she played a key role in returning the Company into a profitable business, leading to its acquisition.

Lindsay Cole

Research Director

Lindsay Cole joined Applied Photophysics in 2007 as an applications scientist working in the R&D department. During this time he has played a major role in the development of our Chirascan CD spectrometer platform. Lindsay’s first major contribution to the Company was in the design and development of the CS/SX stopped-flow accessory. He was also deeply involved with the DMS application for the Chirascan V100 CD instrument. His most significant achievement so far has been as the project leader on the development of the Chirascan Q100.

Lindsay gained his PhD from the University of New England in Australia before undertaking Post-Doctoral research at the University of Michigan, USA, and the University of York, UK.

Paul Jones

Head of Continuous Improvement and Quality 

Paul joins us with a wealth of experience in Operational Excellence practices assimilated from working within a wide range of sectors; notably as a Lean Six Sigma Senior Advisor within the UK Government manufacturing excellence programme and latterly with Grant Thornton LLP.  Prior to this Paul spent over a decade as Operations Manager with a UK sector leading manufacturer where he led the business in the adoption of an award winning Lean and Continuous Improvement programme resulting in: stable business growth, industry leading on-time delivery in full (OTIF) and a fully engaged and empowered workforce.  Paul’s experience of driving sustainable Continuous Improvement is central to his role as Head of Continuous Improvement & Quality at Applied Photophysics.   

Rachel Doyle

Development Manager

With a background in Chemical Engineering, Rachel spent over ten years working at AstraZeneca across a number of European manufacturing sites, in technical, project and people management roles – with continuous improvement being a key aspect of all of these.  Rachel also brings with her experience working as a consultant for the UK governments Manufacturing Advisory Service Programme and most recently as the Operations Manager of a bank note manufacturing facility for De La Rue.

Jason McClounan

Finance Manager and Company Secretary

Jason joined Applied Photophysics in 2017, bringing with him over 15 years of experience, from transactional accounting to leading a team of Accountants within an Operational Finance Function.  Jason brings a wealth of knowledge of working within PLCs and LTD Companies with mergers and acquisitions and during other periods of substantial growth.  His proven eye for detail and desire to continually improve and implement new business processes will prove to be key to the ongoing growth of Applied Photophysics.