Photonic Solutions Team

Andrew Blain - Managing Director

Andrew has been with Photonic Solutions since Autumn 2011. Andrew graduated with a BSc in physics then  with an MSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Glasgow University,

Prior to joining Photonic Solutions, Andrew established his own businesses which introduced him to working in sales. During his earlier years at Photonic Solutions he was able to draw on both his skills and experience gained from running his own business and his technical knowledge gained in his education to excel in his poistion as Senior Sales Executive. In July 2017, Andrew headed up the employee backed buyout of Photonic Solutions and was appointed Managing Director.

Andrew is a keen musician playing saxophone, piano & bass guitar in a variety of different bands and has given performances in big shows to members of the public, celebrities and even royalty.

When not playing music Andrew can be found on the golf course or football pitch.

Elaine Blackwood - Director of Sales and Marketing

Before joining the company in 2007, Elaine worked for 10 years at Edinburgh Instruments - a leading manufacturer of scientific grade single photon counting spectrometers. Initially working as a development and installation engineer, Elaine moved into the sales department, eventually becoming the Sales Manager of the Spectrometer Division.

Elaine holds a PhD from the Laser Physics Group at Southampton University and a BSc in Physics from Glasgow University.

After completing her PhD, Elaine worked as a Research Scientist in the Technology group at the Gray Laboratory Cancer Research Trust (previously part of Mount Vernon Hospital but now the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology & Biology) looking into the development of optical instrumentation and imaging techniques particularly for in-vivo imaging.

Elaine headed up Business Development at Photonic Solutions until July 2017 when she was appointed Director of Sales and Marketing. 


Craig Garvie - Sales Director

Craig joined Photonic Solutions in April 2005 as a senior laser engineer and became a sales engineer in 2011 and in July 2017 became Sales Director. Craig recevied a BSc (Hons) in 2001 in laser physics & optoelectronics and a PhD in physics in 2005 from Strathclyde University.

When not playing with lasers Craig is a somewhat frustrated footballer.

Ben Agate - Business Development Director

Ben spent his academic career at the University of St Andrews, where he developed femtosecond laser sources, and achieved a PhD in Laser Physics in 2003. He then spent four years as a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the multidisciplinary field of Biophotonics, looking at femtosecond optical tweezers and cell transfection.

He joined Photonic Solutions in 2007 as a Service Engineer, and has gradually moved primarily into a Sales role for both Scientific and Industrial systems. He is now also a company Director, with a responsibility for Business Development.

When not at work, you will find Ben at home in the garden, walking the dog, or coaxing his two boys away from the TV and onto the golf course.

John Inglis - Financial Controller

John Joined Photonic Solutions in January 2012 having held a range of senior financial positions in prominent Scottish companies over the past 20 years including Murray International, Peckhams and DX Communications amongst others.

Educated at Caledonian University, he is a keen skier and road cyclist. and once climbed the Col Du Porte in the Pyrenees on his road bike.

Karolina Ward - Sales and Marketing Executive

Karolina started in April 2015. With a BSc honours in Business Studies from Napier University followed by an MSc in Corporate Strategies from Poznan University of Economics, Karolina started her adventure in physics while working for Pyreos, a high-tech start-up based in Edinburgh.

After 4 years’ experience in Sales and Marketing with the Infrared sensors manufacturer, she became the International Business Development Manager for Gilden Photonics, a spectroscopy manufacturer. At Photonic Solutions, Karolina will be responsible for Corporate Marketing and Sales of a number of specific product lines.

Karolina is a keen triathlete and completed her biggest sporting challenge to date by doing the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon which involved swimming across Loch Tay, running over 7 Munros, kayaking along and then cycling back around Loch Tay. She loves her snowboarding in the winter and sailing and mountain biking in the summer.

Douglas McRobbie - Sales and Service Engineer

Douglas spent his academic career at The University of St Andrews and Heriot Watt universities, where he achieved a BSc, MSc and finally a PhD in 2008. He then accepted a 2 year position as an EPSRC Research Fellow at The University of St Andrews, designing, manufacturing and testing microfluidic optical traps containing semiconductor lasers.

In 2010 he joined Selex-ES as a Laser Engineer, contributing to the manufacture and delivery of over 500 high power laser systems to an American manufacturer of targeting pods for the fast-jet market.

Douglas joined Photonic Solutions in 2014 as a Service Engineer, offering support and training to our customers. In 2015, Douglas took on additional sales responsibilities within the company.

In his spare time, Douglas enjoys getting outdoors with his young family, eating good food and cycling or running whenever time permits.

Paul Scullion - Service Engineer

Prior to joining Photonic Solutions in early 2017 Paul spent several years working with laser manufacturing companies across the Central Belt of Scotland.

After gaining a BSc with honours in Laser Physics from Strathclyde University and MSc in Acoustics from Edinburgh University he initially joined Intense Photonics working within their R&D team responsible for helping to develop methods to characterise IR semiconductor diodes.

Following this Paul joined Coherent as a laser systems engineer gaining valuable manufacturing experience of both CW and Ultrafast solid-state systems and also gained experience working with the optical networking technology company Kaiam maintaining and improving their range of UV gas lasers used in 24/7 manufacturing processes.

Paul is now focussed on using his commercial laser experience to provide technical support and training to customers and end users of lasers and optoelectronic based products.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys travelling abroad and getting outdoors around Scotland, eating out at new restaurants and going to music festivals at home and abroad.

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