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The Team

Our Team of Engineers, LabVIEW Consultants, Software Developers and Data Scientists are certified, experienced and passionate about what they do.
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.

John Porter

John Porter

Senior Systems Engineer

Expertise: 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.

National Instruments Specific Experience: CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperCertified LabVIEW Embedded Developver, 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 cRIO platform.

Dan Boxshall

Dan Boxshall

Senior Software Systems Engineer

Expertise: MEng Electronics and Communications Engineering, University of Bath. Software Architecture Design, Green Energy, Building Management, Power Electrical, Algorithms, Academic Research. CAD (2D and 3D), BREEAM Assessment, Healthy & Safety Assessment.

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNational Instruments Specific Experience: Certified LabVIEW Architect |Certified TestStand Developer. Actor Framework, Object Orientated Programming, Project Specification, Design Verification, cRIO RT and FPGA, TestStand, PXI, Instrument Device Drivers, Instrument Control (Serial, GPIB, etc), X Controls, Advanced Algorithmic Programming, Databases, Source Control, Unit Test Framework.

Dan has worked as a project engineer in building services consultancy and high power electrical products, and is an experienced senior software systems engineer. Dan is a founding organiser of the South West LabVIEW User Group (SoWLUG) and has competed in the NI Days Challenge the Champions event.

Michael Parkin

Michael Parkin

Systems Engineer

Expertise: BEng Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey. Instrument Control/Driver Development, Data Acquisition. SQL, TestStand, NI DIAdem.

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNational Instruments Specific Experience:  Certified LabVIEW Architect. Ex-NI Intern. Co-taught TestStand and multiple free LabVIEW taster sessions. Experience with Database Connectivity Toolkit and LabVIEW DIAdem Connectivity Toolkit.

As part of his degree, Michael spent a year working as an Application Engineer at National Instruments and following university worked for a year as a Software Engineer for an NI alliance member. Before joining Austin Consultants Michael spent three years at a company that specialise in distributed fibre optic sensing. Whilst there he worked predominantly on a large project involving pipeline surveillance monitoring and became a Certified LabVIEW Architect.

Jason Appleby

Jason Appleby

Systems Engineer

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

CertifiedLabVIEWEmbeddedDeveloperNational Instruments Specific Experience: Certified LabVIEW Architect. LabVIEW, 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 mechanical engineer. He has in-depth experience of delivering a wide range of test, measurement and control projects based on the NI platform, ranging from simple data logging and analysis systems to medical testing of bone irregularities. His expertise includes LabVIEW RT and FPGA applications based on NI cRIO platform, advanced knowledge of SQL queries, and reverse engineering a wide range of legacy systems.

Irene Vetro

Irene Vetro

Systems Engineer

Expertise: MEng Mechatronics and Robotics, University Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Control Theory, Autonomous Robotics, Matlab, Simulink, C++, CAD, Condition Monitoring, Data Modelling and Data Acquisition. LabVIEW, VeriStand, DIAdem

CertifiedLabVIEWDeveloperNational Instruments Specific Experience: Certified LabVIEW Developer. Ex-NI Teacher: LabVIEW, Veristand and DIadem Basics. Experience with automotive protocols CAN/LIN/FlexRay/J1939 over CAN.

 
As part of her master’s degree, Irene spent a year working at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna as research engineer of the European project FUTURA (Focus Ultrasound Therapy Using Robotic Approaches), which is a multi-robotic platform for non-invasive intervention. Before joining Austin Consultants Irene spent two years at National Instruments Italy as a Technical Support Engineer.
Steve Willoughby

Steve Willoughby

Systems Engineer

Expertise: BEng (1st Class Hons) Communications and Electronic Engineering, Northumbria University. Electronic design, basic mechanical design, various CAD software, LabVIEW. Electronic (Altium, Eagle), knowledge of embedded C (PIC, ARM-based TI uControllers and Arduino), basic Python, basic mechanical CAD.

CertifiedLabVIEWDeveloperNational Instruments Specific Experience: Certified LabVIEW Developer. LabVIEW, IMAQ, Instrument Control (GPIB, USB, Ethernet, PXI).

TA19031392_Steve-WilloughbyCertified Functional Safety Engineer

After leaving university Steve spent 6 years with the Civil Service as a systems engineer.  Steve then worked for Instrumentel Ltd developing hardware for service monitoring systems using both standard wired sensors and more specialised RFID based technology. He also developed an understanding of mechanical engineering, particularly mounting electronics systems in both clean and harsh environments. Steve gained experience of LabVIEW whilst based on a one-year secondment to Atmel in Heilbronn, Germany, where he assisted in validating and characterising small batch IC’s.

Matthew Frain

Matthew Frain

Systems Engineer

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

CertifiedLabVIEWDeveloperNational Instruments Specific Experience: Certified LabVIEW Developer. LabVIEW

Matthew Frain, a former summer 2017 intern, joined Austin Consultants following the completion of his Master’s degree in Mechatronics and Robotics at The University of Sheffield. Matthew’s time at the university provided him with 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.

Through university, Matthew has been involved in a number of projects involving autonomous robotics and focused on the implementation of Industry 4.0 technology in manufacturing environments.

RAZA RIZVI

RAZA RIZVI

Head of Data Science

Expertise: BS Mathematics and Economics, London School of Economics, MSc Computational Statistics and Machine Learning, University College London. Python, C++, C, MATLAB, R, SQL, Machine Learning, Statistics, Computational Mathematics, Signal Processing, Database Architecture.

Raza’s education has given him a strong mathematical underpinning and a solid understanding of the statistical sciences. Furthermore, his time at LSE and his interest in economics allows him to quickly understand the economic environment which our clients operate in as well as the business implication of the solutions we provide. Raza has worked on various Machine learning projects including bioinformatics, automated lung cancer detection via MRI, statistical financial analysis, reinforcement learning and robotics.

DORUK UZUNOGLU

DORUK UZUNOGLU

Python Solutions Architect

Expertise: BS Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MSc Machine Learning, University College London. Machine learning, computer vision, audio and signal processing, Python, Java, MatLab, C, SQL.

Doruk graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. During his undergraduate studies, he developed a strong background in software engineering, internet measurement, and computer networks. His undergraduate thesis about ad-blockers lead to a joint paper with his supervisor and was published in a conference in Washington DC in 2016. Having developed an interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning, he attended University College London directly after his undergraduate studies and obtained a master’s degree in Machine Learning in 2017. Having worked on projects in areas ranging from bioinformatics to automatic audio classification, he is able to utilise machine learning to tackle any kind of problem.

 

Aistis Stankevicius

Aistis Stankevicius

Data Scientist

Expertise: The University of Edinburgh: BSc Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence, MRes Neuroinformatics

Aistis graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 with a degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. For the following 5 years, he completed his post-graduate training, researching mathematical (inverse Reinforcement Learning and Bayesian) models of brain disorders. In 2016 he moved into industry, joining Green Running as part of the Data Science team working on predictive modelling within energy applications.

Cong Zhang

Cong Zhang

Data Scientist

Expertise:  BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Northumbria University, PhD Electrical Engineering, Imperial College London

Cong graduated from Northumbria University in 2012 with a 1st class honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She completed a PhD in control theory with the control and power research group at Imperial College London in 2017. She has 4+ years’ experience in optimisation algorithm, robust control and mathematical modelling and 1 year’s industrial experience in developing machine learning solutions for real-life problems.

Paul Hammock

Paul Hammock

Production Supervisor

Expertise: Quality Management Systems and Hardware assembly.

Paul is a quality and customer support manager with over 25 years in the Electronics Manufacturing and Test sector. As Production Supervisor, he plays a key role in ensuring the successful build, delivery, commissioning and ongoing support of our automated test systems. He is responsible for supervising the production process and driving performance in safety, quality and delivery including Service Level Agreements and individual support contracts.

Callum Houghton

Callum Houghton

Electrical Technician

Expertise: Hardware assembly.

Callum is a key member of the hardware team, working with our consultants he is responsible for the wiring and construction of our custom engineering. He joined Austin Consultants following an apprenticeship and has been involved with the on-site installation of a number of major projects.

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Certified

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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