Team

We are a well-funded, world class team, experienced, energetic and passionate about success.

The founding team is complemented by over a 100 years’ experience in Datacom, Telecommunications and fibre optics,in research and product commercialisation.

We have the backing of arguably the leading academic team in the world working on advanced telecoms fibres and based at the University of Southampton. With a mix of Private and Industrial end user investment, we are currently building an extensive commercial team and infrastructure.

Dr David Parker: Chairman

David is an experienced executive and entrepreneur in the technology sector and is a co-founder of Lumenisity. A physicist and then engineer by training David has a PhD from Imperial College, is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and in recent years was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Following a successful career in product design and technology management in the photonics arena David moved into a business leadership role and has led very large international businesses for companies such as Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and Marconi managing some of the world’s largest optical components operations. He was formally CEO of SPI Lasers, a University of Southampton spin out where he grew the business to one of the largest suppliers of laser systems in the world before being acquired after a period as a publicly floated company which he led the IPO.  More recently David has returned to his passion of creating and managing early stage technology companies helping them get started and grow. He has served as Chairman of a number of companies in the communication, semiconductor and IoT space.

In addition to Lumenisity he is currently Chairman of Perpetuum and Concirrus both in the Industrial IoT arena and is a Venture Partner at Touchstone Innovations., one of the largest investors in early stage tech in Europe.

Professor David Richardson: Co-founder & Chief Scientist

David is Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton where he has worked for the past 28 years following his PhD in fundamental physics at the Institute Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France. He is an internationally recognised authority on optical fibre technology and its applications.

David is a co-founder of Lumenisity Ltd and was previously a co-founder of SPI Lasers Ltd, now a major supplier of fibre lasers to the manufacturing sector. David isa Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering as well as the Optical Society of America, and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009. He is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder and just recently won the EU H2020 “Breaking the Optical Transmission Barriers” Horizon Prize for his collaborative research on data transmission in multicore optical fibres.David has published more than 1000 technical papers during his career and has graduated more than 60 PhD students.

David has extensive experience of running large UK and EU funded collaborative research programs and has worked closely with a wide range of major UK and international industrial partners.David is an active member of the global photonics community, for example chairing both of the leading international conferences on optical communications (OFC and ECOC) in recent years.

Professor Francesco Poletti: Co-Founder

Francesco, a world-renowned expert in structured fibre technology, is a Professorial Fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton and a cofounder of Lumenisity. A Telecommunications engineer by training, he worked on the design of optical telecoms networks and nonlinear impairments in WDM systems at Marconi Communications, before obtaining a PhD on microstructured optical fibre design from the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton (UK).

During his career he has worked on micro and nano-structured optical wave guides, nonlinear optical processes, inverse electromagnetic problems, photonics band gaps and low density of state guidance mechanisms, always with the aim of transferring innovative ideas into practical optical fibres. For over 10 years he has been at the forefront of the development of structured optical fibre technology and has led teams developing several world-first fibres. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in international journals and conferences and presented over 20 invited talks worldwide on the topic of structured fibres alone. For his innovative research and scientific vision, he has been awarded fellowships from the Royal Society and from the Royal Academy of Engineering. More recently he has won a European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant for producing the next-generation of optical fibres for data and power delivery.

Dr Marco Petrocvich: Co-Founder 

Marco Petrovich is a leading expert in structured fibres. A Principal Research Fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Centre with eighteen years’ experience in the development of special optical fibres, spanning fabrication technology, optical and material characterisation and optical fibre sensing.

Marco has been coordinating the Micro-structured Optical Fibre fabrication activities and facility at the ORC since 2009, including development activities within the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics. He has a wide repertoire as principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for multiple research grants from the Industry, the defence sector and the EU.

Dr Petrovich is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a member of the technical programme committee of international conferences and is associate Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal. Dr Petrovich has authored or co-authored over 200 journal and conference papers.

Dr Petrovich holds a “Laurea” degree in Physics from the University of Padua, Italy and a PhD in Optoelectronics from the University of Southampton, UK.

Dr Mike Fake: Co-Founder & Director

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in the optical telecommunications, consumer electronics and technology sectors and is a co-founder of Lumenisity.

Graduating as a physicist at the University of Nottingham, Mike was awarded his PhD while working for Hewlett Packard Components Group in the UK, leading a successful team designing and manufacturing Erbium Doped Fibre amplifiers and pump lasers for the terrestrial and high reliability sub-sea markets.

Moving to California with the HP Test and Measurement Group, Mike launched the acclaimed Optical Spectrum Analyserline targeting the optical components and telecommunications sectors. After returning to the UK as Director Product Management with Bookham Technologies and following the successful introduction of the tuneable laser line and high speed modulators, Mike moved to the consumer electronics sector, with Raymarine, a leader in the Leisure Marine Industry, culminating with the successful floatation on the stock market.

Back to the Fibre Optics Industry, Mike was responsible for Business Development and strategic planning for SPI Lasers, and later for the parent company, TRUMPF.

Recently Mike has been advising high tech companies, identifying new market opportunities and strategies as an independent consultant,culminating in the formation of Lumenisity.

Andy Appleyard: Co-Founder & Director

Andy has had over 30 years experience in senior technical and commercial roles in high tech optoelectronic start-up businesses including industrial fibre lasers, telecom components and sensors.

After graduating with an MSc in Optoelectronics and Laser Devices from the Universities of Heriot-Watt and St Andrews, Andy worked in several engineering and technical management roles within the Pirelli Group in the UK and Italy developing components for telecommunications systems, culminating in the successful setting up of an optical components manufacturing facility in Milan. Returning to the UK, Andy was Technical Director for Integrated Optical Components Ltd, subsequently sold to SDL Inc and then as Chief Engineer at SPI Lasers he was responsible for the development of a range of medium power fibre lasers before taking on Product Management responsibility for SPI’s medium power and kilowatt class laser products.

More recently as an independent consultant he has been engaged on behalf of  blue chip laser companies on business development and corporate venturing activities, prior to becoming a co-founder of Lumenisity.