Kore Technology
The Team

Who are we?


From the 20th to the 21st century Kore personnel can claim to have been involved in most facets of the development of time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Several of the members were original founding members of the company, and the team at Kore have a combined 200 years’ experience in mass spectrometry. Find out more about the individuals that make the team great below.

Managing Director

Dr Steve Mullock

I studied at Cambridge University gaining a first degree in engineering and then a PhD for research on type II superconductors. For the next 8 years I worked on design and development of time-of-flight mass spectrometer-based laser-microprobe and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) instrumentation. Then, in 1991 I co-founded Kore, taking on the role of Managing Director, but actually spending most of my time on design and development in electronics, software and electrostatic ion optics.

Project Manager

Dr. Fraser Reich

I graduated from Manchester University with a Ph.D. in Materials Science, spending time in the Physics department developing ion beam methods for materials analysis. Subsequently, I designed novel liquid metal ion sources for Dubilier Scientific ion microscopes, and then joined the Ion Beam Division of Kratos in Cambridge, developing applications for TOF-SIMS instruments. In 1991 I went to Silicon Valley and worked for Charles Evans and Associates, developing their 'TRIFT' TOF-SIMS and a Quad-SIMS for ultra-shallow depth profiling. I joined Kore in 2001. My role here as Project Manager is to negotiate that interface between client analytical challenges and instrument makers designing analytical tools.

Operations Manager

David Martin

I joined the original team in 1981 after 4 years as a technician in the Physics department at Cambridge University and having gained an HNC in Mechanical Engineering in that period. I was a founder member of Kore when we formed the company in 1991 and have been involved in building every instrument we have delivered since then.

Finance Director

Oliver Swift

I am responsible for all Financial matters here at Kore. I have a background in Audit having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2012 with Streets Chartered Accountants. I spent the next decade in a variety of Finance Business Partnering positions at Cambridge Assessment, building up a specialist knowledge in Financial Systems. I joined Kore as Financial Controller in April 23 having occupied the same role with Seed Environmental Ltd previously.

Research and Development Manager

Caroline Lamont Smith, CPhys FInstP

I graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) and started work at Kore in 1998 as a development scientist. In my current role of R&D Manager I am involved in every stage of instrument development from system level design through to test and commissioning, with a particular emphasis on turning new concepts and designs into high performance instruments. During my time at Kore I have been awarded my Chartered Physicist status and been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in recognition of the contribution I have made to the development of novel time-of-flight mass spectrometers.

Mechanical Engineer

Clive A Corlett C.Eng MIED

From a background in heavy engineering, oil exploration and power generation, I joined Kratos Analytical Ltd in 1985, designing Ultra High Vacuum scientific equipment: X-Ray Photo Electron Spectrometers and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometers. Transferring to Kratos's subsidiary, Cambridge Mass Spectrometry Ltd, I designed UHV Magnetic Sector and Time of Flight mass spectrometers. As a founding member of Kore Technology Ltd, I have been responsible for much of the mechanical engineering and the product design of our range of analytical equipment and bespoke scientific equipment.

Applied Scientist

Dr Danny Blenkhorn

I graduated with a Masters in Chemistry from Loughborough University in 2013 and then went on to study for a PhD at the University of Birmingham in Atmospheric Science. During my PhD I was invited for an internship at Kore Technology and started work for Kore in Autumn 2017. In my role as an Applied Scientist, I have a keen interest in optimising and tuning mass spectrometers, performing interesting client experiments, visiting and advising our customers around the world.

Scientific Sales Coordinator

Liz Roberts

I graduated with an MA from the University of Oxford in physiology and psychology and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in neuroscience. My career began in publishing and developed into multimedia scientific communications. I joined Kore in November 2023 to support the interface between our diverse, global client base and our in-house technical specialists.

Test Engineer

Toby Bitten

I joined Kore in 2000 as an Electronics Test Engineer with an HNC in Electronics. Over the years the role has evolved with the business and today I'm responsible for production of the electronic control system for every instrument we build. My role covers the procurement of parts, population of circuit boards, wiring of rack mount units and a complete bench test before integration with an instrument.

Instrument Assembly Technician

Colin Faux

I have been at Kore since 2014 Assembling and updating all Kore instruments for the past 8 years. I have 26 years’ experience of prototype/machine building and development from previous roles including modifying and machining/manufacturing components from scratch through to development and testing. Previous projects include various machines to manufacture vision tiles, drug coating & dispensing machines, ice cream dispensing machines, humidity analyser, dew point and oxygen analyser industrial equipment.

Logistics Support

Rachel Howe

I joined Kore in 2014 after a career in academic book binding at the University of Cambridge. At Kore I provide logistical support to our Operations Manager David Martin, including tracking and traceability of our products. My main responsibilities are to ensure the instrument project files are complete and to organise the kits of parts and sub-assemblies for every project we build.