EDWARD HERBERTFounder & COO
Having studied undergraduate Engineering Mathematics at Bristol, Ed spent a year cycling solo from Vancouver to Buenos Aires. Since then, his self-evident tenacity and initiative have been put to equally good use in the world of technology start-ups - of which he has gained considerable experience. He was a founder member of the R&D team at Metail and an engineering consultant at Redimension. His roles have spanned writing cutting edge research software to building mechanical mannequins for garment photography. He is an inventor of several patents.
DR DUNCAN ROBERTSONFounder & CEO
After completing a PhD in computer vision (Cambridge University), Duncan established an engineering consultancy business with the goal of facilitating the commercialization of cutting-edge machine learning and computer vision technology. He has worked closely with a variety of clients such as Microsoft Research and Samsung. He has had a pivotal role in the success of high-growth technology start-ups including Metail (Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer) and TrialReach (CSO). Duncan has authored numerous patents and high-profile technical publications. He is also an active angel investor, and has invested in and advised several exciting technology businesses including HowdyHub and FlyLogix. In his free time, Duncan enjoys windsurfing, sailing, piano, art collecting, and heritage building restoration.
MAT COOKFounder & CTO
Mat was awarded the highly prestigious MacRobert Engineering Award in recognition of his role within the Microsoft Research team that developed the body tracking software at the heart of Microsoft Kinect (>20M units sold). However, as well as being an extremely talented software engineer, Mat is also one of a rare breed of technologists who is equally at home in front of an electronics bench, milling machine, or welding gun. This, added to his track record of managing the development of complex engineering systems, makes him the ideal person to head up Dogtooth's technology team.
FRANK TULLYDirector of Mechanical Engineering
Frank is an experienced automation engineer and project manager both in industry and consultancy. At The Automation Partnership (now TAP Biosystems) he led large robotics developments, including all automation for the UK Biobank’s POLAR automated sample store which contains 10M blood samples – for which he came runner up in the MacRobert Engineering Award. More recently he led the Systems Development Group at 42 Technology, developing innovative automated processes for several clients. He has a M.Eng. degree from Cambridge University, and recently completed his MBA.
DR CHRIS PADBURYDirector of Electronics Engineering
During his time at Oxford University Chris juggled his doctorate in condensed matter Physics, first boat rowing and co-founding a successful University spin-out company. After finishing a Technology Enterprise Fellowship (Oxon), Chris worked for four years in technology consulting (TTP) heading up many complex electronics projects including industrial automation, medical implantable and ASIC developments. He then joined Philips leading technology development projects for innovative medical devices. During his time at Alere, Chris specialised in embedded system architecture and optical system design as well as coordinating key technology identification processes. Chris joins Dogtooth on the back of a couple of years working on wireless IOT devices and is now focused on all things electronic.
ADRIAN DUNLOPCommissioning Engineer
Having graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Warwick University, Adrian started his career at The Automation Partnership, learning all of the practical skills to complement his degree theory. He spent the following 15 years in the Biotech sector in both large and small scale lab equipment R&D, production, maintenance and management. Adrian has now followed his dream to return to robotics engineering with his position at Dogtooth. Outside of work Adrian loves to spend time road cycling and drumming in various jazz and function bands.
CHLOE DUMBRECKProduction Engineer
Straight after getting her Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Bath, Chloe went to work for one of the leading strawberry farms in the UK, performing horticultural tasks ranging from supervising strawberry picking teams to overseeing irrigation and spray technology methods to driving tractors. Chloe brings her experience in the horticultural sector to Dogtooth's operations team. In her spare time Chloe plays rugby for Harlequins Women's Rugby team
RUAN KENDALLLead Software Engineer
Ruan Kendall is a Research Software Development Engineer with more than 10 years experience developing cutting-edge machine learning and computer vision software for commercial applications. As a consultant at Redimension he worked on behalf of a wide variety of clients, ranging from large multinationals (working on Kinect at Microsoft Research) to high-growth technology start-ups including Antidote and Metail.
SIMON DOYLEEngineering Technician
Simon is passionate about building and maintaining mechanical systems. His life long enthusiasm for bicycles led him to become a professional bicycle mechanic, and he drove and maintained an old car en route from the UK to Cameroon as part of Africa Rally. He also has a wealth of horticultural experience. Having spent time learning organic farming practices and building and maintaining polytunnels at a local plant nursery, he moved into breeding Galanthus (snowdrops). The experience he gained enabled him to become a multi-award winning cider maker in his spare time. Simon is presently studying part time to obtain engineering service technician qualifications at Cambridge Regional College.
DR NICK SCOTTDirector of Manufacturing
Dr Nick Scott has almost thirty years experience of manufacturing and engineering. Having studied Manufacturing Engineering Tripos at Cambridge University, he gained a PhD in complex systems whilst working full time in an operations leadership role. He has spent time in both consulting and manufacturing. Starting out as a special purpose machine designer, he has worked in precision engineering manufacture of capital equipment, inkjet printing, IoT devices, medical devices and fast moving consumer goods. Trained in lean manufacturing by Shingijutsu, his lean manufacturing transformations have won three international "most improved" plant awards. Additionally, he has improved operational performance in the NHS, utilities, logistics, government and a charity. When not enjoying his work Nick runs, has an engineer's workshop at home and stands next to football pitches and basketball courts embarrassing his sons.
TOM HELLIERLead Mechanical Engineer
Tom is a mechanical engineer with experience in design and analysis of systems ranging across the consumer, medical, and industrial sectors. His mechanical engineering skills are complimented by a good understanding of surrounding areas, and he has experience designing complex, multi-disciplinary systems. His previous experience includes technical leadership for the multi-million pound development of an industrial gas valve, and management of projects developing anything from novel drinks coolers to surgical devices. Tom holds a 1st class Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and is a chartered engineer with the IMechE.
SEAN KINGHANPrincipal Firmware Engineer
With an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, Sean began his working life at a startup as an embedded software developer. In the thirty years since he has preferred roles offering that same intensity and diversity, largely in startups and consulting firms. He has particular experience of bare metal and real-time development, and of a wide range of communications media. His technical interests include type systems, embedded operating systems, and statically provable safety and reliability properties.
EDMUND SMITHPrincipal Software Engineer
Ed has spent his career to date solving interesting problems in a variety of areas. His first job was working on non-linear optimizers for Igloo at EMB (now Willis Towers Watson). Since then he has been responsible for implementing an industry-leading concurrent optimizer for FICO Xpress, for building the shader compiler front-end for Broadcom's VideoCore V, and for designing the packet query language in SolarFlare's SolarCapture. More recently he was responsible for the advanced animation planning systems in Frontier's Jurassic World: Evolution. He holds a PhD in Mathematics and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.
DR TOM DEANPrincipal Researcher
Tom has a first class degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. After four years as a postdoctoral researcher working in the field of computational statistics he left academia to pursue his dream of taking research out of the laboratory and using it to develop practical technologies of more immediate benefit to society. Since then he has worked on applying cutting edge machine learning techniques in the fields of cyber security and autonomous driving and, in his current role at Dogtooth technologies, to developing the next generation of agricultural robotics.
OLLIE CRABBBuild Technician
Ollie has been drawing robots since the age of 6, and occasionally still does. But as a man matures one should move on from drawing killer death machines from outer space, to building elegant agricultural robots. So it goes. Along with drawing robots, over the years he has drawn and painted lots of other things, sometimes in comic books, often on canvas, sometimes just a pretty thing to put on a wall. He’s also spent time as a Publican, notably successful at the helm of the first newly built pub in Cambridge for 32 years. There was a period in Education working with special needs, some time coaching rowing for the Colleges, and installing the exhibits at Kettles Yard for a number of years. There was also enough time for him to read Sociology at Leeds Met University. Bridging the gap between Art and Engineering, he brings an aesthetic sensibility, mechanical sympathy and an appetite for production. In his spare time he can be found making vast amounts of noise in his band, painting, playing cricket, thinking about going rowing again and building castles with his son.
CANDY MCGREVYOffice Manager
Before joining the Dogtooth team, Candy spent much of her career working for Warner Bros. She started out in the International Television Marketing team looking after talent coordinating their UK press tours and then moved to the Home Entertainment team where she project managed many DVD release campaigns for well known entertainment brands including The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones. Candy's organised, positive approach and incredible ability to multitask helps our talented team of engineers stay focused (and caffeinated). Originally from South Africa but having fully embraced British culture, Candy enjoys curry, ale and light exercise! Candy says "I was made to feel welcome from day one. Not only have I been given the opportunity to be a part of something truly innovative and exciting but I am doing a job I enjoy that fits around my family."
DR TOM REDMANLead Mechanical Engineer
Tom is an Electromechanical Engineer with a PhD in miniaturised wearable humanoid robotics. He specialises in system architecture, integration and implementation, delivering large multidisciplinary projects across the medical and synthetic biology areas. Before joining Dogtooth, Tom lead a team that successfully encoded data into DNA; storing Wikipedia in DNA. Tom’s background allows him to deliver in both the mechanical and electronics disciplines. Tom received both his 1st class Engineering Degree and PhD from the University of Southampton. In his spare time, Tom Captains the Cambridge water polo team.
IAN TAYLORPrincipal Software Engineer
CHARLES VICKERSDirector of Operations
Charles joined the Operations Department of Dogtooth in July 2019 having come from an engineering management background in the pharmaceutical industry where he focused on production line improvements and team leadership in high volume manufacturing. Prior to this, he worked as a consultant and specialist contractor in the construction sector, managing environmental remediation strategy and invasive species control for public and private sector clients. Working at Dogtooth sees a return to agriculture, with previous experience including a stint with DEFRA during the Foot and Mouth Disease crisis which proved good preparation for joining the Royal Marines Officer intake the following year. While at Cambridge University, Charles rowed for the University and the GB U23 squad while completing an M.Eng degree.