Five members to take up places on the IOP’s Council

17 September 2014

Five members who have been elected to the Institute’s Council will take up their places on 1 October 2014. They are Trevor Cross, Lisa Jardine-Wright, Kevin McGuigan, Angela Newing and Mark Wrigley.

Trevor Cross

Trevor Cross is group chief technology officer at e2v, based in Chelmsford, Essex.

A graduate of Bath and Lancaster Universities, he has a PhD in radiation effects in III-V semiconductors. In 1985 he joined the e2v group.

Early in his career Trevor had a technology and business development role in e2v’s solar power systems activity, providing solar panels for spacecraft for small satellites (including for SSTL). This involved transferring research technology from the GEC Central Research Labs in Wembley to Chelmsford – this being the first example of an ongoing career focus of technology translation and commercialisation.

Trevor has 10 years’ experience at board level at e2v, including as director for space and communications products and as technical director. Responsibilities have included profit and loss responsibility for a £20 m global business in space, TV broadcast and satellite communications. Trevor played technical lead in the management buyout of e2v, which then listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2004, establishing it as a separate company from GEC-Marconi.

Trevor has played a key role in e2v’s university engagement programmes (e.g. eCIMP with Prof. Sam Kingman at Nottingham and, at the Open University with Prof. Andrew Holland of the e2v centre for electronic imaging). In 2005 he was appointed a council member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council with a special interest in knowledge transfer and wealth creation. He chairs the CLASP funding panel of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and is a member of the STFC’s Economic Impact Advisory Board.

He is a member of a number of university committees. Through a career-long interest in innovation, he chaired the TSB-led Electronics, Sensors and Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network from 2009 to 2014.

His interests include imaging technologies, and high power RF/microwave and quantum technologies. He is married, with a son aged 11 and a daughter aged eight.

Trevor was a member of the IOP in his student years, re-joining recently and becoming a fellow in 2011. He has written more than 35 conference papers and patent applications.

Lisa Jardine-Wright

Lisa Jardine-Wright’s current main role is as educational outreach officer for the Cavendish Laboratory and co-director of the Rutherford Physics Project.

She is also a director of studies in physics at Churchill College, Cambridge, a lecturer of first-year maths for natural sciences, and head of class for a third-year physics course called “Physics Education”.

She studied for her MA, MSci in physics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and gained her PhD in theoretical cosmology under the supervision of Prof. George Efstathiou at the Institute of Astronomy. Her research focused on the formation and evolution of spiral galaxies, like the Milky Way, from the Big Bang to the present day.

After her PhD she continued as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Astronomy and began her career in science communication and outreach.

She was awarded a BA Media Fellowship at the Financial Times in 2004 and has continued to write book reviews for the Times Higher Educational Supplement and Science and to act as a consultant for BBC News Magazine.
In conjunction with carrying out her research, from 2004–07, Lisa acted as the astronomy consultant for the redevelopment of the astronomy galleries and planetarium at the Royal Observatory Museum in Greenwich.

Lisa has been a member of the IOP since graduation and began volunteering for the branch committee nearly 10 years ago when she took up her role as outreach officer at the Cavendish. Since then she has chaired the East Anglia Branch and is now acting as secretary. During this time she began the now national “3 Minute Wonder” competition. In 2012 she received the Phillips Award for distinguished service to the IOP.

Kevin McGuigan

Kevin McGuigan is associate professor of medical physics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he teaches physics to medicine, pharmacy and physiotherapy students. He is also an adjunct professor of medical physics with the School of Physical Sciences in Dublin City University.

He is an active researcher in the field of the use of solar energy to treat biologically contaminated water such that it is safe for human consumption. As part of these investigations he has run large-scale, long-term health impact assessment studies of household water treatment and storage technologies in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Cambodia.

He has published more than 60 scientific, peer-reviewed papers and has supervised MSc and PhD postgraduate students.

He has been active in the IOP since his undergraduate student days and served as honorary treasurer, chair and vice-chair on the IOP in Ireland executive committee over the past nine years. He currently sits on the IOP Science Committee.

Angela Newing

Angela Newing has been a member of the IOP since her student days in Bristol in the 1960s, and became a fellow in 1989.

Her career has been almost entirely in medical physics (apart from a brief excursion into teaching) and she became director of medical physics for Gloucestershire in 1989. She also became Visiting Professor of Medical Physics in Cranfield University Post-graduate Medical School based in Gloucestershire.

Angela took early retirement from the NHS in 2000 but continued research activities with PhD students. For six years from 2000 she was a non-executive director of a hospital trust in Bath and helped to win it Foundation Trust status. Angela served as a magistrate for 30 years, becoming Bench Chairman in 2004 for three years.

Since retiring, Angela has been actively involved in IOP activities, serving on the committee of the South West Branch, first as treasurer and then as chair until October 2014.

She has previously served the IOP as an IOP trustee and as a member of the Benevolent Fund Committee and chair of the Mayneord Phillips Trust. She was also a member of the Institute of Physics in Engineering and Medicine council for a number of years.

Mark Wrigley

Mark Wrigley currently runs his own company, Alternative Photonics, offering consultancy and training services as well as community-based engagement.

Graduating in physics at the University of Leeds in 1975, his scientific career has focused on the electromagnetic spectrum.

He researched a master’s degree at the University of Sheffield in tungsten-halogen incandescent lighting, before taking up a research and development role supplying infrared temperature sensors to gas turbine engine manufacturers.

The advent of the digital age saw his career focus switch to digital mobile communications, and he was active in the roll-out of second-generation (2G) mobile infrastructure (GSM) in Europe, China and the US. Later he was involved in developing data overlays (GPRS) for 2G mobile phone networks. He lived and worked in China, Japan and the US during the 1990s.

He has a lifelong passion for photography. Now semi-retired, he is able to explore new, disruptive technologies such as Raspberry Pi and 3D printing.

He is currently working on a project for the University of Sheffield’s community-based Festival of the Mind, which combines these technologies with Pi Camera-based photography.

With a career that extends over more than 30 years, he has held a range of positions including sales, marketing and product management.

The one unifying factor in all of these roles has been the value of a physics degree, the methodologies it teaches and the credibility it brings to a commercial role in a technical environment.

Mark is an active member of the IOP’s Yorkshire Branch Committee.