Laser 2000

Meet the Photonics Teams

Our team of highly skilled professionals are here to help you find the right solution for your application.
Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Our team of highly skilled photonics professionals are here to help

Even if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for on our website,  we can probably still find a solution to meet your requirements. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements with one of our experts.

The Photonics team is split between:


Peter Collins

BEng (Hons), MSc (Eng)

Head of Sales & Marketing (Photonics)

Peter’s background is in materials processing with lasers, previously working in R&D and process development. Peter joioned Laser 2000 in 2004 and currently leads the BioPhotonics team, working with Industry and Research customers mainly in the microscopy and spectroscopy fields.

Peter also runs the marketing department and is part of the leadership team.

Louis Chawner

BSc (Hons)

Account Manager

Louis studied Applied Physics at Napier University, graduating in the summer of 2000, joining Laser 2000 in January 2001.

Louis looks after some of our university and government research labs, as well as our industrial customers in microscopy and spectroscopy.

In his free time he is a keen home brewer. He is a beer and fitness enthusiast, and believes that they balance each other out. He also spends a lot of time writing and performing in various performing arts.

Karen McGeachy West

MPhys (Hons)

Field Sales Engineer

Karen’s background is in Astrophysics and she obtained her Master’s degree from Edinburgh University in 2013. 

Karen started at Laser 2000 straight after graduating and her current role is Field Sales Engineer in the BioPhotonics team, working with Industry and Research customers mainly in the microscopy fields. She also specialises in our product range for multi-photon and super-resolution microscopy.

Toby Scrivener

MPhys (Hons)

Account Manager, Vortran & PicoQuant Product Manager

Toby did his Masters project in the area of subatomic particles and graduated in 2013 from Swansea University. He joined the Laser 2000 team shortly afterwards.

Toby Looks after Scottish research institutes, and as a part of the BioPhotonics team he looks after Industrial customers mainly in the fields of microscopy, spectroscopy, and point of care.

In his free time he enjoys running, cycling and swimming. He is currently training to become an ironman.

Sarah Hampson

PhD, MChem (Hons), MRSC

Mid-IR Product Manager

Sarah completed a PhD in nanobiotechnology, developing 3D-printed microfluidic sensors. She joined Laser 2000 in 2018 and is part of the BioPhotonics team, working with a wide range of lifescience customers from researchers through to pharmaceutical manufacturers and science/technology OEMs.

As the Product Manager for our mid-IR range of optics, she works closely with clients in fields such as environmental gas sensing, biologics manufacturing and stand-off detection. 

In her free time Sarah is a keen oil painter and sushi enthusiast.

Shannon O’Connor

BSc (Hons)

Field Sales Engineer

Shannon’s background is in Chemistry, focussing on Materials Chemistry and Catalysis.

Shannon graduated from the University of Southampton in 2018 and joined Laser 2000 that same year. In her current role as Field Sales Engineer, in the BioPhotonics team, she supports a range of customers including research institutes and manufacturers of systems and pharmaceuticals.

As the Product Manager for the PhotoReaction LED range, Shannon also works closely with our customers utilising Photocatalysis for a wide range of applications such as drug discovery.

Joshua Seagrave

MPhys (Hons)

Sales Support Engineer

Following Joshua’s bachelor’s degree, he completed a master’s degree in astrophysics and spacecraft instrumentation where he used microscopy and LIDAR to study the top 30km of Mercury’s surface for future ESA missions.

Joshua joined Laser 2000 in 2021, and supports the sales engineers.

In his free time josh enjoys cycling and rowing and has raced against world champions. He is training for races around the UK including head of the river on the Thames.

Industrial Photonics

Alan Hughes

BSc (Hons) Optoelectronic Engineering

Director, Industrial Team Leader

Alan Joined the company as an internal sales engineer in 1999, progressing through the ranks to senior sales person shortly after. He helped organise and execute an MBO of Laser 2000 (UK) in 2008 at which time he joined the board of Directors and Senior Management Team.

In addition to the company leadership roles, he manages a few select customer accounts and heads up the Industrial photonics team.

Lisa Thomson


Field Sales Engineer

Lisa has a degree in Optoelectronics & Laser Engineering from Heriot Watt University. She has been with Laser 2000 since 2003, and is currently in the Industrial Photonics team, working with Industry and Research customers with a focus on optical components and systems.

Lisa is also our Quality & Compliance Manager since 2018 and looks after our processes and accreditations. 

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Paul Williams


Field Sales Engineer

Paul joined Laser 2000 in July 2013. He is currently part of the Industrial Photonics team, catering to industrial customers at the cutting edge of photonics research and engineering, and working with Imperial College, London. Paul is also product manager for the Zaber motion control range.

Paul completed his PhD in Ultra-Low temperature physics at Lancaster University, where he also obtained his MPhys. He studied the energy properties of quantum turbulence in superfluid Heilum-3B. His work was carried out at temperatures below 100 microkelvin.

Siân Brooks

BSc (Hons)

Field Sales Engineer

Sian joined Laser 2000 in 2012 after graduating from Swansea University with a Physics degree. She started in internal sales, supporting the industrial customer base. Then progressed to field sales and product management in the same sector.

Sian is now looking after our Laser Test and Measurement product range, and looks after our Defence, Fibre Sensing, and Laser Manufacturer customers.

In her spare time, she loves to be creative, and enjoys going for long walks to see historical landmarks.

Alexander Elliott

MPhys (Hons)

Field Sales Engineer

Alex joined us after graduating from University and has been with Laser 2000 since 2017, working as a field sales engineer. Alex works with a broad range of industrial and research customers, across a variety of application bases.

Alex enjoys reading, mountain biking and squash in his free time, having participated in squash tournaments around the country in the past.

Dan Young

BSc (Hons)

Laser Test & Measurement Product Manager

Dan joined Laser 2000 in January 2020 after graduating from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Physics. He is currently in the Industrial Photonics team working closely with Paul & Sian, with a focus on Laser Test and Measurement as the product manager for DataRay, Liquid Instruments, and Laser Point.

In his spare time Dan enjoys hiking up mountains, wild camping, and astrophotography.

Connor Stroud

MPhys (Hons)

Sales Support Engineer

Connor’s background is in Physics, with his Masters project focussing on Structured Illumination Microscopy. He has been a part of the company since January 2020 and he currently supports Alan and Lisa as part of the industrial photonics team.

In his spare time, Connor enjoys swimming, squash, and badminton.