Dr Michael Foster
Dr Michael Foster completed his PhD in 1999 in the study of cometary atmospheres. Due to his interest in instrumentation he then moved in to the field of LIDAR and remote sensing. He has worked in this area for the last eleven years, playing a key role in a number of space LIDAR projects including designing filtering solutions for EarthCARE, ADM (Aeolus) and the Ascope missions.
Dr Foster is recognised as one of the leading experts in the UK in LIDAR instrumentation and has worked with a number of research groups over the last ten years, developing a variety of concepts. These include UCL, Imperial College London, the University of Leicester, Open University and University of Southampton. In 2010 with Dr Jonathan Storey Michael set up IS-Instruments to develop new solutions to industrial problems using optical instrumentation.
Outside of work Michael is a keen golfer and avid skier and recently has taken up running triathlons.
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Dr Jonathan Storey
After completing both a degree in Physics and a PhD in Space Plasma Physics at the University of Leicester, Jon found himself entering the world of optical instrumentation. In over 10 years of working in the field he has been responsible for designing and building every element of optical and laser based instruments for a variety of applications, ranging from the highest specification optical filter and 3D landing LIDARS for the European Space Agency through to a gas contaminant sensor for British Gas.
His wide range of skills means that he is involved in the initial design of a system, specifically the optical, mechanical and software elements, through to assembly and testing prior to delivery. Jon started IS-Instruments with Dr. Mike Foster in 2010 to find innovative solutions for industrial problems in the process industry using their extensive knowledge of optical technologies.
Outside of work, Jon is a committed family man with a wife and 3 year old daughter. If he ever has any spare time he enjoys the occasional round of golf and reading a good book. Given the continuous round of DIY he also enjoys, the spare time doesn’t happen too often!
Nicolas Bantin is a former investment banker who worked in the City of London for more than 30 years with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Bank of America. Nicholas has wide experience in corporate finance and lending before moving in the 1990 to manage CIBC’s proprietary portfolios. While running the portfolios Nicholas developed a liquidity fund to protect the Bank against catastrophic events such as those witnessed in 2007-8. After the Quebec Referendum in 1995, he moved to Bank of America to run the London proprietary portfolios.
Nicholas retired from the City in 2001 and decided to work with small technology companies to achieve their ambitions. Given the lack of support by Banks towards growing SMEs Nicholas is now developing new funding structures to enable SMEs to manage their funding gaps.
Outside work Nicholas enjoys politics, rugby and travelling.
Dr Benjamin Crutchley
After obtaining a degree in physics from the University of Nottingham in 2007, Ben gained experience abroad by teaching English in Japan and South Korea. In 2009, he then returned to science, and more specifically photonics, and undertook a PhD at the University of Surrey where he specialized in understanding the physical efficiency limitations of LEDs and laser diodes based on GaN-materials. This involved performing optoelectrical measurements using unique high pressure and low-temperature cryostatic techniques. Ben also worked as a post-doc researcher at the university where he contributed to the development of a novel junction temperature measurement system for LEDs.
In his spare time, Ben attempts to brew beer, goes bouldering, plays the occasional round of golf and keeps fit through jogging and yoga.
Dr William Brooks
Will joins IS Instruments from a background in materials science and instrument engineering. Will completed a B.Sc Chemistry degree in 2006 followed by an Electronic Engineering Ph.D in 2012. In addition to 4 years of post-doctoral research at the Centre for Solar Energy Research at Glyndwr University, North Wales, Will has gained excellent experience in optical measurements for materials development in a multidisciplinary environment.
This places Will in a strong position moving forward to apply this knowledge and experience to his new role of Optical Engineer at IS Instruments.
Josh recently completed his PhD in Space and Climate Physics at UCL, focusing on innovative ways of combining stereo imaging and laser rangefinding (LIDAR). This research earned a postgraduate award from the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers in 2016.
His skillset covers expertise in 2D and 3D imaging, electronics design and programming. In his spare time he enjoys bouldering and helps run the International Astronomical Youth Camp.
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