Central Support Team

QuantIC’s Central Support team is responsible for the overall management and co-ordination of the hub, working closely with our scientists, industry partners and stakeholders to ensure the smooth delivery of the hub’s vision.

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Steve Beaumont, Director
Steve joined QuantIC in November 2014 as our Director. Steve is Vice Principal Emeritus at the University of Glasgow and has a portfolio of responsibilities including academic lead for the Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS); chairing and holding non-executive directorships on the boards of a number of the university’s spinout companies; principal investigator on strategic research grants and leading on projects associated with Glasgow’s campus development. He is a member of the Innovation Scotland Forum. Steve is a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2000, and more recently (July 2007) a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).
Email: Steve.Beaumont@glasgow.ac.uk

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Miles Padgett, Principal Investigator
Miles has been with QuantIC since its inception as Principal Investigator. Miles is Professor of Optics in the School of Physics and Astronomy. In 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and in 2014 a Fellow of the Royal Society, the UK’s National Academy. In 2009, with Les Allen, he won the Institute of Physics Young Medal and in 2014 the RSE Kelvin Medal. In 2015 he won the Science of Light Prize from the European Physical Society.
Email: Miles.Padgett@glasgow.ac.uk

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Alastair Wilson, Chairman, Market Opportunities Panel
Alastair Wilson is Chairman of the QuantIC Market Opportunities Panel and a member of the QuantIC Management Board. He has been involved in photonics for over 40 years and has worked in both industry and the public sector. In the latter he was Head of Optoelectronics at Scottish Enterprise for 8 years and more recently was Director of the PhotonicsKTN and Director of Photonics in the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics KTN. In industry he has worked at Barr and Stroud/ Pilkington Optronics and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Ltd where he was one of the founders. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a member of the Board of Stakeholders of Photonics21. Currently Alastair works on assignments through his consultancy company WJA Consulting, specialising in photonics and economic development projects with a particular focus on economic clusters

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Sara Diegoli, Programme Manager
Sara Diegoli joined QuantIC in November 2014 as our Project Manager. Sara has over seven years’ experience as a scientist and manager and possesses in depth knowledge of the research environment in the higher education sector. Sara has a PhD in Nanotechnology from the University of Birmingham. She has held many positions within Technology Transfer and Business Development, holding past positions with the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and the University of Glasgow.
Email: Sara.Diegoli@glasgow.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)141 330 2338

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Kevin McIver, Business Development Manager
Kevin joined QuantIC in July 2017 and has a background in Physics forming part of his BSc in Mathematical Sciences and taught the subject in the secondary education sector. For over 15 years he has worked in both public and private sectors forging links between academia and industry.
Email: Kevin.McIver@glasgow.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4080



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Peter Chua, Public Engagement and Communication Officer
Peter joined QuantIC in May 2015 as Public Engagement and Communication Officer. He is a Chartered Marketer and has worked in marketing and communications across a diversity of sectors in the UK and internationally.
Email: Peter.Chua@glasgow.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)141 330 3449



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Catherine MacNeil, QuantIC Project Officer
Catherine joined QuantIC in June 2017 as project officer. She brings with her experience in administration and project coordination from university, non-profit, and public sector environments.
Email: Catherine.MacNeil@glasgow.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)141 330 3786



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Kirsty Walker, QuantIC Project Officer
Kirsty joined QuantIC in March 2016 as project administrator. She brings with her over 18 years of professional administrative experience working in fast paced environments within both the public and private sector. Please note that Kirsty works Tuesdays to Thursdays only.
Email: Kirsty.Walker@glasgow.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)141 330 1793