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The Team

The Team

Dynamic, creative and innovative

IBEX likes amazing people! IBEX is a group of talented individuals working closely together to make the most of our skills and knowledge as each inspires and supports the rest.

Between us, we have several decades of experience with X-ray techniques and analysis applied in many fields, of delivering user-friendly software and of innovating to respond to customer needs for characterisation and inspection.

Dr. Neil Loxley

Dr. Neil Loxley

CEO

Neil gained his PhD in X-ray Physics from Durham University in 1988 and now has over 20 years of senior management and leadership experience working in high growth technology businesses. He was previously CEO of Bede plc, a global X-ray metrology business which he led from a university spin-out to a main list IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Neil also acted as Chairman, CEO or non-executive director on a portfolio of venture capital backed technology businesses prior to joining IBEX in 2011.

Neil takes primary executive responsibility for the operation of IBEX, and the development and execution of its long-term commercial and technology strategy. Neil maintains a high level of interaction with the technology and application teams to ensure that the IBEX products and technology are aligned to the needs of customers.

In his spare time, Neil likes to stay fit by cycling and playing golf and is an avid reader of modern Science Fiction.

Dr. Gary Gibson

Dr. Gary Gibson

Founder and CSO

Gary is the founder of IBEX Innovations, which he formed in 2010. He developed the fundamental technology behind IBEX and then successfully obtained venture capital backing for the company in 2012. Gary stepped down as CEO in 2013, moving into his current role as Chief Scientific Officer.  He also takes management responsibility for the IBEX quality systems.

Gary graduated with a PhD from Imperial College, London, in 1999, and then took up a research post at the University of Cambridge. After being offered a fellowship at Cambridge, he moved into research positions in high tech industries, working for a number of blue chip corporations, such as SDL and JDSU, and start-ups such as Intense Photonics. He headed many different research teams but then became fascinated with the interplay between commerce and technology. He shifted his focus to sales and marketing and account management, being promoted to become Deputy Director of Sales and Marketing at Bede X-Ray Metrology, a successful X-ray technology company based in Durham. Gary worked for Kromek for a number of years as a product manager and then Phase Focus, a high-tech start-up in microscopy, as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Kurt Scott

Kurt Scott

Grants and Project Delivery Manager

Kurt graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with an MEng in Chemical Engineering. Following his degree, he earned a placement on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership working with Durham Business School and Microbac, a north-east water treatment company, to implement project management practice within the company.

During the KTP Kurt was involved with various local and international projects at Microbac and was able to utilise and expand on his engineering and management skills.  He also earned the status of PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Kurt joined IBEX in 2011 and assisted Gary in getting the operation up and running. He now works as the Grants and Project Delivery Manager and oversees the day to day operations of the company, including applying for grants and liaising with project stakeholders.

Adam Hirst

Adam Hirst

Senior Technician

Adam has extensive experience working in hands-on technical roles. He joined IBEX in 2012 and brings a diligent, methodical and meticulous approach to experimental development work.

Dr. Paul Scott

Dr. Paul Scott

Innovation Manager

Paul joined IBEX in September 2012, bringing several years industrial experience in the field of X-ray detection. He has an excellent track record for delivering innovative solutions to scientific and engineering challenges, holding a PhD and a number of related patents in this field. In particular, he brings expertise in the design and development of detectors and associated electronics for X-ray imaging systems.

Having completed a degree in Physics at Newcastle University, Paul’s career began through an industrially-sponsored PhD with a leading manufacturer of CdTe-based detector technology. Upon completing his PhD, Paul took up full time employment with the sponsor and worked on a number of projects related to the design, manufacture and application of high count-rate energy-resolving detectors.

Paul's strong experimental background with experience in new product development, project management and X-ray physics are an asset to IBEX.  In his spare time, Paul likes messing about in boats.

Will Thorley

Will Thorley

Senior Software Engineer

Will graduated from Durham University with an MEng in New and Renewable technologies. He then spent several years in the pharmaceutical industry, project engineering and setting up quality systems, and working as a software consultant. Will has developed a wealth of programming and engineering skills. Eager to work in a challenging, cutting edge environment, Will joined IBEX early in 2013 to fulfil this ambition. Will has a range of experience with software, from creating various apps to developing games.  In his free time, he loves all things medieval.

Dr. Josh Cowling

Dr. Josh Cowling

Senior Applications Engineer

Josh graduated from Durham University in 2009 with a MEng in Electronic Engineering and has since completed his PhD in Engineering and Applied Physics, working on the design of holograms for 3D semiconductor fabrication. This background gives him a wide skill set in programming, high performance computing, signal processing, theoretical and applied science, and engineering. His expertise has taken IBEX's technology forward across a range of applications areas. Josh now leads the development of IBEX's medical technologies.

Jordan Hall

Jordan Hall

Technician

Jordan joined IBEX in 2013 on an apprenticeship, expanding the technical team and providing IT support.  While with IBEX, he has also studied Business Administration and IT, working towards HNCs.  Outside of work, Jordan enjoys football.

Ben Lopez

Ben Lopez

PhD Student Mathematician

Ben is IBEX's statistics guru.  He graduated with an BSc in Mathematical Sciences from Durham University in 2013. Now a PhD student, funded by IBEX, Ben works closely with the Applications and Innovation teams, developing key statistical approaches to data modelling and analysis.

Dr. Tamzin Lafford

Dr. Tamzin Lafford

Senior Applications Scientist

Tamzin joined IBEX in 2015, building on 20 years' experience with a variety of X-ray characterisation and imaging techniques in both industry and academia. Her career began with X‐ray characterization specialist Bede Scientific Instruments Ltd., a spin‐out from Durham University, which later became Jordan Valley Semiconductors Ltd. Tamzin then spent five years as a beamline scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in France, supporting visiting researchers and working on a collaborative project characterising silicon for solar cells. 

Tamzin has a breadth of customer-facing experience aiming to match customer requirements with characterisation solutions, ranging from customer consultation, instrument commissioning, training and demonstrations to writing documentation, testing software and supporting sales teams. She holds a BSc and a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Bath.

Outside work, Tamzin enjoys badminton and culinary experimentation, sharing results with friends and colleagues.  She speaks French fluently and has picked up how to say "hello" and "thank you" in several other languages as well.

Adam Ratcliffe

Adam Ratcliffe

Mathematician

Following his Masters degree in Mathematics from Durham University, Adam joined the IBEX team in 2015, strengthening the in-house mathematics capabilities key to the data analysis for the IBEX technology. He works closely with the Applications and Innovations teams and with statisticians at Durham University to advance IBEX's data analysis methods, particularly in contaminant detection and experiment simulation.

Mohammad Darr

Mohammad Darr

Software Engineer

Mohammad came on board in 2015, enhancing the capacity of the software team, producing in-house applications software and components for customer-facing software kits. He has a BEng in Biomedical Engineering from King's College, London, and worked as a programmer and software tester before joining IBEX. In his spare time, Mohammad enjoys computer gaming and programming.

Oscar Bates

Oscar Bates

Research Scientist

Oscar graduated from the University of York with an M.Phys. in Physics, writing his dissertation on composite magneto-electric thin films and taking an interest in interactions between radiation and matter. He has always aspired to work in a business environment, gaining some experience in Civil and Mechanical Engineering before and during his degree. As a result of his previous work, Oscar wanted to combine his passion for science and technology with his interest in business, making him ideally suited to join the IBEX team.

Oscar enjoys running, cycling and tennis; he has a working knowledge of French which he is eager to improve.

Lisa March

Lisa March

Office Manager

Lisa's career covers office managment, Human Resources, Health and Safety, IT infrastructure, staff training and data protection.  An all-rounder well equipped to keep the IBEX office in order!  She is innovative and forward-thinking, used to instigating systems, policies and procedures which improve efficiency and are straightforward to use.  Lisa has a clutch of qualifications in HR Management and Personnel Practice, and is studying for a mini Masters in Business Analysis.

When not at work, Lisa loves being outdoors with her family and exploring places of historical interest.

Bradley Reece

Bradley Reece

Apprentice Software Engineer

Bradley joined the software team in February 2016, having obtained a Level 3 Subsidiary Extended Diploma in IT from Hartlepool College in 2015, where he is also completing a similar diploma in electronic engineering.  Bradley has previously run his own company, together with colleagues, offering web hosting and virtual servers, for which he wrote the software and set up the server architecture and provided customer support to a range of clients.

In his spare time, Bradley likes going to new places and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Richard McWilliam

Dr. Richard McWilliam

Senior Research Scientist

Richard holds an MEng degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Aberdeen University and a PhD in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology from Durham University. After completing his PhD studies, he became a Research Associate at Durham, specialising in digital holography and optical modelling techniques for 3D photolithography. He then became a Research Fellow attached to a National Centre for Through-Life Engineering partnered with Cranfield University, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems, focusing on the self-repair and survivability strategies for electronics subjected to high radiation environments.

He brings varied experience in modelling and experimental evaluation of physical principles, especially those involving image and signal processing techniques. He is a co-inventor of several granted patents in the areas of electronics and algorithms for 3D imaging.

Outside of work, Richard enjoys playing the piano and DIY electronics projects.

Andrew Duckers

Andrew Duckers

Senior Software Engineer and Team Lead

Andrew joined the software team in November 2016, having previously developed systems for traffic control, asset management, outsourcing, and financial services.

Andrew forged his programming skills in the 1980's on the BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64, and initially followed a career in engineering before moving to computer science and software development.  He is passionate about software engineering methodologies and best practice, and loves the challenges of developing high quality, maintainable code.

In his free time, Andrew enjoys cycling, running, walking in the Lake District, and discovering new coffee shops and cake recipes.