Meet the team

Our dedicated team spans a wide range of disciplines such as mechanical engineering, industrial design, scientific analysis, project management and regulatory approval and certification. We form agile and integrated project teams that function as an extension of clients’ internal staff.

Meet the team

Tom Oakley

Director

MEng, University of Cambridge

A dedicated and widely skilled engineering consultant with flair for innovative design and business development.
Tom consistently delivers projects that produce high quality safety-critical designs for mass production.

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Keith Turner

Director

PhD and BA in Physics, University of Oxford

Experimental problem solver and innovator in all sorts of physics systems such as thermal, fluidics, mechanics and materials. Loves “getting things to work”, especially for medical devices that improve people’s lives.

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Liam Malone

Principal Physicist and Management Team Member

PhD in Physics, University of Bristol

With his background in fundamental physics research, Liam loves applying scientific principles to research and development problems. He is experienced at rapidly developing initial concepts into innovative and exciting new products ready to be handed over to manufacture.

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Thom Wyatt

Principal Engineer and Management Team Member

MEng, University of Sheffield

Thom has a broad background in safety critical engineering which he has applied to medical devices for the past four years. He enjoys getting the root of clients’ problems and applying creative, robust solutions.

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Adam Nightingale

Senior Mechanical Engineer

MEng, University of Cambridge

Adam is a Chartered Engineer with a background in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He has worked on products from early-stage R&D all the way through to production and has a broad range of experience in consulting and start-ups, including in drug delivery devices and microfluidics.

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Bradley Sawyer

Consultant Mechanical Engineer

MEng, University of Cambridge

Bradley is a mechanical engineer with experience of learning and projects from various engineering disciplines. With interests in product design, materials, and all things practical, he brings an innovative and systematic approach to his work.

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Catriona Eldridge

Consultant Materials Scientist

MSc, University of Cambridge

Catriona is a Materials Scientist with a range of experimental experience including mechanical testing and thermal analysis, and a broad knowledge of engineering materials. She enjoys new challenges and using a methodical approach to find solutions.

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Elena Guss Tarazona

Consultant Mechanical Engineer

MRes Biomedical Engineering, University College London

Elena’s background in mechanical engineering and research brings a flexible approach to problems. She enjoys applying her strong practical skills and solution-based focus to projects, finding efficient ways to get results.

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Ethan Miller

Senior Physicist

PhD in Physics, University of Durham

Ethan is an experimental biophysicist with a background in developing synthetic biological systems and high-resolution imaging.  He can quickly grasp new concepts and break down complicated problems allowing him to discover creative solutions.

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Finn Heraghty

Consultant Mechanical Engineer

MEng, University of Cambridge

Finn is a mechanical design engineer with a keen interest in materials and innovative products. His strong background in practical work has led him to enjoy designing parts for manufacture whilst working alongside clients to refine their ideas.

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Gabriel Villar

Principal Physicist

PhD in Physics, University of Oxford

Gabriel’s research background lends rigorous scientific understanding to complex technical problems. His experience includes medical device development, robotics and safety-critical embedded firmware design, optoelectronic sensing and electromechanical control to name a few! As an engineering consultant, he is accustomed to communicating understanding effectively, and applying it to develop innovative solutions for our clients.

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Hamish Atkins

Consultant Mechanical Engineer

MEng, University of Bristol

Driven and focused, Hamish will work with you to deliver projects to an excellent standard. He will bring a refreshing and objective view to your organisation’s science and technology challenges with his analytical eye and methodical approaches.

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Heather Jameson

Senior Engineer

PhD & MEng, University of Cambridge

From her research background in aerospace engineering, Heather brings both expert knowledge of fluid dynamics and strong analytical skills. Her broad range of technical experience including laboratory testing and computational simulations, allows her to understand and tackle a problem from many angles.

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James Alexander

Consultant Mechanical Engineer

MEng, University of Cambridge

James has a background in mechanical engineering and is focused on solving complex client problems. He has experience ranging from materials research at near atomic scales to driving manufacturing improvements in heavy industry.

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Joe Batley

Senior Physicist

PhD in Physics, University of Leeds

As an experimental physicist, Joe’s experience spans engineering and fundamental science. With a critical eye, he is adept at breaking down technical scenarios, identifying constraints and developing practical solutions from the lab to the nanoscale.

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Joel Williams

Consultant Mechanical Engineer

MEng, University of Cambridge

Joel is an enthusiastic mechanical engineer with a very broad interest across different engineering disciplines. He enjoys applying his knowledge of mechanics and fluid dynamics to the world around him; especially when that has a practical outcome which improves people lives.

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Jordan Eriksen

Consultant Mechanical Engineer

MEng, University of Cambridge

Jordan is a mechanical engineer with a background in fluid dynamics and turbomachinery. He is an experienced consultant engineer, with a background in the mechanical/aerospace, and a passion for working on electro-mechanical systems. Jordan makes use of his proficiency in C++ and Python to develop a range of embedded systems for deployment as well as test automation.

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Julie Garner

Administrator

Julie is part of our finance team, dealing with accounts payable functions, processing invoices and helping to maintain an efficient finance department. She is also responsible for a variety of front-of-house tasks.

Juliette Ngan

Consultant Biomedical Engineer

MEng, Imperial College London

With experience across different engineering disciplines as well as knowledge of the human body, Juliette can bring an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. She enjoys combining her research, modelling and practical work skills to rapidly develop innovative solutions.

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Kamaal de Silva

Senior Mechanical Engineer

MEng, Imperial College London

Experienced engineer specialising in medical device design – keen to discover problems in the industry and construct innovative mechanical or digital solutions. From connected app development to the mechanics of drug delivery, Kamaal adds flexibility and expert knowledge to Springboard.

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Kristien De Clercq

Senior Aeronautical Engineer

MSc, Delft University of Technology, NL

Kristien is an experienced engineer with a keen interest in biomechanics and aerodynamics. With a very hands-on approach she quickly gets ideas off the ground.

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Leanne Yip

Senior Consultant Product and Industrial Designer

MEng, University of Bath

Designer with experience in usability engineering. Practising a user-centred design approach. Combining usability, UX and manufacturing knowledge to create concept visions that can be transferred to manufacture. She can produce outputs ranging from HF documentation to renders, surface models and UI prototypes.

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Omar Shah

Consultant Materials & Mechanical Engineer

MSc, University of Cambridge

Omar is a mechanical engineer with an academic background in materials science. A keen tinkerer, he enjoys the opportunity to get his hands dirty in the lab. He also has experience in developing ab initio computational models of physical problems in Python and C.

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Philip Howie

Principal Materials Scientist

PhD, University of Cambridge

With a broad scientific background, Philip is ideally placed to carry out in-depth investigations that deliver solutions. He adds breadth to Springboard’s team, bringing specialist knowledge of the properties and testing of engineering materials.

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Jon Dibben

Electronics Independent Consultant

BEng, University of Reading

Jon has more than 30 years’ experience in specifying, designing and debugging electronics hardware. He has a wide range of skills including microprocessors, embedded software, FPGAs, mechatronics, analogue, RF and PCB design. He enjoys working with the client to create the right solution for their needs.

Phil Wright

Software and Firmware Contractor

BEng, University of Leeds

Phil has more than 20 years in writing and testing embedded firmware and, before that, electronics design. Phil enjoys solving all sorts of engineering problems and has specific experience in developing firmware for healthcare and medical products, in embedded Internet-of-Things platforms, and digital signal processing.

Rachel Lewis

Senior Mechanical Engineer

MEng, University of Cambridge

Rachel is a mechanical engineer with experience on a range of projects from coding and mathematical modelling through to mechanical design and testing. Her strong theoretical background allows for quick understanding of new challenges.

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Phoebe Buckley

HR Manager

Phoebe is a skilled HR generalist with 10 years’ experience. Providing specialist knowledge and supporting growth, she enjoys partnering with colleagues across the business. Phoebe is passionate about people and helping them thrive at work.

Sally Maclachlan

Marketing Manager

B Com Marketing and HR

Sally has worked in a number of business marketing roles over her marketing career with a particular interest in communication and content marketing. She has focussed on wearable medical technology over the last few years and brings this experience to Springboard.

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Matthew Latham

Consultant Mechanical Engineer

MEng, University of Cambridge

Matthew is a mechanical engineer who enjoys the practical problem solving abilities that you need to find solutions for clients.

He has a range of interests across engineering disciplines with a background in fluid dynamics and mechanics.

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Sam Johnstone

Senior Product Developer

MEng, University of Southampton

Sam is an experienced product developer who enjoys managing large multi-disciplined engineering teams. Sam believes in taking a practical, risk-based approach to create innovative devices that succeed in the real world.

As an engineer, Sam has strong mechanical and systems engineering skills and is proficient in several software languages including python, C, C++ and MATLAB.

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William Woodard

Year in Industry Student

William is a year in industry student with a keen interest in electronics. He chose to do a gap year in industry to gain practical skills and context for the concepts he will learn in his engineering degree.

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Kiara Taylor

Consultant Product Design Engineer

MEng, Loughborough University

Kiara is a design engineer with a keen interest in sustainability and user-centred design. Drawing from a broad understanding of engineering, design and manufacturing principles, Kiara enjoys working with clients to develop innovative solutions.

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Joshua Aubrey

Year in Industry Student

Josh is an aspiring engineer looking to use his problem-solving skills to make a difference.  His passion for innovation and ready to go attitude, bring a fresh perspective to any challenge.”

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