TK Staff

Richard Wylde - Managing Director

Read Natural Sciences at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and then completed a PhD with Prof Derek Martin in the Department of Physics, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London.

Richard Wylde splits his time between academic and business work: He was a senior visiting research fellow of the Physics Department, Queen Mary and Westfield College for 15 years and is now based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy , University of St.Andrews.

He also runs the Churchwood Trust group companies, whose WWW site you are visiting. His research interests lie in the design of MM-Wave and Far Infrared optics for plasma fusion diagnostics, astronomy, cosmology and earth remote sensing. He was an associate scientist on ESA's Planck Mission, looking at microKelvin anisotropies in the 2.7K Cosmic Background Radiation. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Acadamy of Engineering in 2013

He is current devoting a lot of his time to the MetOp-SG programme which is keeping TK well occupied

 He dives in caves - The photo was taken before entering the Devil's Eye Cave System in Gilcrist County, Florida with the instructor Steve Berman (left) - sadly now deceased.

Click here if you feel the need to learn more about Cave Diving or of his current project - mapping of the
Actun Chen system in the Yucatan

Holding the Planck HFI focal plain structure

 

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Trevor Walker - Scientific Instrument Director

Instrument maker Trevor Walker makes most of the QO systems that TK builds. Here he is assembling a two colour Interferometer for NIFS in Japan.

 

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Stuart Froud - Works Manager

Stuart is our Works Manager

 

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 Starting his engineering career in 1987 with a mechanical engineering apprenticeship with DuracellĀ® batteries he moved into injection mould toolmaking, which then lead him into CAD design work.

Having joined TK in 2003 as a designer, in March 2019 he was promoted to Works Manager, following the retirement of Mick Clack.

As a family man of 2 children, typically a lot of his time is spent running a Taxi Company!  But when time allows he can be found cycling or trying to run for more than 5K.

 

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David Roberts - Commercial Manager

David Roberts, our commercial manager and company secretary, is responsible for making sure that all of our paperwork is in order.

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Dr Kevin Pike - Project Scientist

Dr Kevin Pike joined Thomas Keating Ltd. after working on the Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation (DNP) Project at the University of Warwick developing 6.7 and 14.1 T high-resolution DNP-enhanced Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and 3.4 T DNP-NMR at cryogenic temperatures with continuous-wave and pulsed microwaves. In addition to his interests in magnetic resonance and microwave hardware, he is also a keen hiker.

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