About Us

Officers & Committee

Officers 2019 - 2020

President: Jonathan Blackburn

Jon Blackburn is a Group Manager at TWI, where his responsibilities include managing TWI’s laser welding activities. He joined TWI in 2006 as a Research Engineer, and since then has been working in the development and application of laser welding processes for TWI’s Industrial Members in primarily the aerospace, automotive, defence and rail sectors. Within TWI’s Joining Group he also has close interaction with TWI’s electron beam welding activities.





Vice President: Adam Clare

Adam Clare is Professor of Manufacturing Engineering & Faculty Director of Admissions, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham. His research focuses on the use of non-traditional manufacturing methods to arrive at net shape while inducing favorable material properties and generating new surfaces on engineering components. He is particularly interested in developing new manufacturing methods and materials for use in the high value manufacturing sectors including aerospace and biomedical engineering.





Executive Director: Dave MacLellan

Dave MacLellan has an engineering degree from Manchester University and more than 30 years of industrial experience in design, manufacturing, sales & marketing. In particular, he brings 25 years experience in the laser industry at JK Lasers and Rofin Baasel, working in sales, marketing, applications, training & project management and he has an extensive network of contacts in the laser community. In 2014 he established Anode Marketing, offering marketing skills, content creation for the web, social media experience, digital photography & editing.

There are a maximum twelve Ordinary Members on the Committee and 6 Co-opted members. Each serves a period of three years. Each year at the AGM in April we aim to have four Ordinary Member positions available for election. Ex-Presidents and Founder Members are Honorary Committee Members.

Ordinary Members 2019-2020:

Elected until 2023
Paola De Bono (TWI)
Ceri Brenner (STFC)
Tom Chaffer (TRUMPF)

Elected until 2022
Richard Carter (Heriot-Watt University)
Hollie Denney (II-VI)
Matthew Wasley (Knowledge Transfer Network)

Elected until 2021
Derrick Jepson (Aerotech)
Arina Mohammed (University of Hull)
Mark Thompson (IPG Photonics)

Jonathan Lawrence    (Coventry University)
Mark Millar      (Essex Laser)
Tony Jones      (Cyan Tec Systems)
Mike Poulter      (SPI Lasers)
Shireen Khanum (GF Machining)
Cliff Jolliffe (PI)


  • Mike Green, Pro Laser
  • John Powell, Laser Expertise
  • Malcolm Gower, Imperial College London

Ex Presidents:

    1995 - 2003 Bill Steen
    2003 - 2004 Tim Weedon
    2004 - 2005 Paul Hilton
    2005 - 2006 Malcolm Gower
    2006 - 2007 Tim Holt
    2007 - 2008 Clive Ireland
    2008 - 2010 Stewart Williams
    2010 - 2011 Paul Hilton
    2011 - 2013 Martin Sharp
    2013 - 2015 Neil Main
    2015 - 2017 Ric Allott
    2017 - 2019 Lin Li





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