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Kore Technology
The Team

Who are we?

MEET THE TEAM

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.

OUR PEOPLE
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

Jack Nayar

One of the founding members of Kore Technology Ltd., I am responsible for all the Financial and HR aspects of the business and providing assistance to the Commercial and Corporate activities. My areas of expertise include: accounts, insurance, tax, payroll, leases, letters of credit and audits. Prior to this, I worked in Financial Accounting for 12 years with Cambridge Mass Spectrometry Ltd and Kratos Analytical Ltd with some of the other founding members of Kore Technology.

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.

Sales and Marketing

Sara Twist M.Sc

I graduated with a Masters in Forensic Science in 2017 from the University of Kent. My degree had a strong focus on analytical chemistry, and my Masters year focused exclusively on inorganic chemistry. I have a background in sales and marketing, management and customer service, and I joined Kore in mid-2019.

Applied Physicist

Ashley Hall

I graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with a first class degree in Astrophysics in 2012 where I continued on to work in dark matter research. I then became a fully qualified teacher of Physics passing my passion for science on to others. I am currently studying part time towards an M.Sc in Physics at Imperial College London. I joined Kore at the start of 2019 as an Applied Physicist where I am involved with the design, build and test of almost every instrument we make. I then accompany them worldwide for on-site installation and expert customer training.

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 5 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.