Core Team Members

Ron Yandle - CEO
Ron is professionally trained in Operations Management and is thus central in creating and maintaining critical processes and systems to support the achievement of our global mission. He has worked for major international companies in this role, such as Corus, Control Data Corporation and Panasonic.

For the last 10 years he has been exclusively employed as a Senior Director at Optoelectronics companies. He has extensive knowledge of optoelectronic products, manufacturing process control and six sigma as well as the funding opportunities within Wales and the UK.

Professor Nigel J. Copner - CTO
Nigel obtained the top first class Physics honours at Reading University in 1988 followed by a PhD in Laser Physics from Swansea University in 1992. He subsequently worked at the defence research labs in Malvern for 6 years where he worked on novel optical systems for radar. He then emigrated to work for JDS Uniphase in both Ottawa and San Jose as an R&D Senior Manager. In this role he invented the wedged switch, dispersion interleaver and blue note laser all of which are currently being commercially exploited.

Nigel has accumulated more than 40 patents in the optoelectronics industry and is currently working with a number of customers on some of these concepts. In his role at JDS Uniphase he also developed many of his concepts through to pilot line with the design being robust enough to pass the brutal Telecordia 1221. Overall he welcomes detailed technical discussions under NDA.

Samantha BurvilL - Business Development Manager
Samantha has an honours degree in Psychology and a PhD in Business Growth with a keen interest in business and enabling growth. Sam specialises in liaising with prospective customers for bespoke optoelectronic technology products that currently are not available to the market. Sam also undertakes market research and marketing and is involved in grant applications and reports. Sam is currently project manager for one of Cymtec's key projects, a project due to reach commercialisation next year.

Simon Bellhouse – Operations Manager

Simon has held key operational positions for the past 18 years, in operational, logistical and production management. Simon has worked for one of the worlds largest braking manufacturers in the automotive industry, gaining vast knowledge and experience in all areas of manufacture, customer service and quality assurance. Simon has worked for the past decade with Europe’s largest providers in logistical support. His operational management position with Cymtec will help ensure all aspects of manufacturing are driven to the highest standards focused on the customer’s requirements. 

DANIEL REES-WHIPPEY – Lead Electronic DESIGN Engineer
With many years’ experience in the field of Electronics, Daniel is currently the Lead Electronic Design Engineer at Cymtec. Previous experience has been achieved working for Large Manufacturing Companies, start-up SME’s and MoD contracts.  Daniel is currently studying towards a PhD in Optical Electronics via the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS).

Chris has over 10 years of experience in the Photonics industry, following an honours degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Optoelectronics, Chris has held roles within design, development and engineering management.  In these roles he’s worked closely with a wide range of industries including commercial, industrial, medical and defence, each with diverse requirements, requiring the understanding of application specific product development to take initial concept through to production.

Contact us today for all your current and proposed Optoelectronic requirements. We are more than happy to initiate with an informal discussion.