Our People

At the core of ABGI is a large team of highly professional post-graduate qualified scientists and engineers across all sectors, who undergo comprehensive and ongoing training on relevant legislation, regulation and tax guidance.

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All ABGI colleagues are focussed on delivering great outcomes for our clients.

The expertise and experience our team have is second to none, making us best equipped to find the right innovation funding and incentive solutions for your business.

You’ll find just a few members of that team below:

Gemma Monaghan

gemma monaghan abgiAbout Gemma

Gemma investigated nanotechnology and DNA based anti-cancer treatments during her PhD research. She has worked with chemical manufacturers and CROs, and gained industrial experience with Procter and Gamble.

Gemma has had experience working with manufacturers of food and drink, agricultural machinery and composite panels.


  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Forensics
  • Relevant Specialist Industry Experience
  • Proctor & Gamble Limited

Specialisms & Expertise

  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Formulation Development (drugs and personal care products)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Spectroscopy
  • Microscopy
  • Chromatography
  • Dynamic Light Scattering/Particle Sizing
  • Rheology
  • Circular Dichroism
  • Cell Testing (for drug development)

John Thomson

John Thompson ABGiAbout John

John has over 10 year’s experience in the chemical and drug development industries working for a leading CRO and the world’s largest laboratory equipment manufacturer. He was involved in the development of over 50 analytical methods for the extraction and analysis of new chemical entities in pre-clinical and clinical studies. John works with clients in Oil & Gas, Chemical industries, CRO, manufacturing and engineering.


  • BSC (Hons) Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Aptuit
  • Termo Fisher Scientific

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Liquid Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry
  • Time Of Flight Mass Spectrometry
  • Analytical Method Development
  • Solid Phase Extraction
  • Toxicology
  • Drug Development
  • Formulation Development
  • Chemical Pharmacology
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Bioanalysis
  • GLP
  • GCP
  • GMP

Karen Baker

Karen Baker ABGiAbout Karen

Karen has industry experience working in the analytical sciences division of a multinational pharmaceutical company. She has authored six scientific papers in various journals. She works with clients in Oil & Gas, chemical industries, including food chemistry and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and engineering.


  • Mchem (Hons, First Class) Chemistry with Industrial Experience
  • PhD Chemistry (Investigations into the role of A-amino acids as chiral modifiers for NI-based enantioselective heterogeneous hydrogenation catalysts)
  • PGCert Science Communication & Public Engagement

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • Glaxo Smith Kline Ltd
  • Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Pharmacology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Properties and Reactions of Matter
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • High Performance Liquid
  • Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Enantioselective Catalysis
  • Heterogeneous Hydrogenation
  • Catalysis
  • Surface Analysis
  • Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy
  • Reflection Absorption Infrared
  • Spectroscopy
  • X-ray Photoelectron
  • Spectroscopy
  • Low Energy Electron Diffraction
  • Temperature Programmed Desorption
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Ultra-high Vacuum Science

Graham Beck

graham beck ABGiAbout Graham

To add to his BEng, Graham has over 17 years
industry experience, primarily focused on
mechanical engineering relating to water and
wastewater treatment plant design and installation,
rotational equipment maintenance and repair, as well as
project engineering within manufacturing companies
and design consultancies. Graham works with clients in
general engineering, materials science, precision
engineering and water and wastewater engineering.


  • Postgraduate Diploma Engineering Design
  • BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • Ross-shire Engineering Ltd
  • Clyde Union Pumps Ltd
  • Advanced Technical Solutions Ltd
  • Grontmij Ltd
  • Black and Veatch Water (Europe) Ltd
  • Gleeson Ltd
  • Weir (Liquid Gas Equipment) Ltd
  • VA Tech Wabag (UK) Ltd
  • Bechtel Water Technology

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Design Methods
  • Design Tools
  • Design Analysis
  • Applied Design
  • Product Design
  • CAE Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Process and Environmental Engineering
  • Heat and Mass Transfer Energy Strategy

Kevin Bailey

Kevin Bailey ABGiAbout Kevin

Kevin investigated the synthesis and development of novel compounds to treat cancer. He was a postdoctoral researcher before moving to an international Contract Research Organisation.

Kevin works with clients in food manufacturing, manufacture of machinery and precision engineering.


  • MChem (HON) with Industrial Experience
  • PhD, Organic Chemistry

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • Glaxosmithkline
  • Cyclace (PhD Collaboration)
  • Charle River Laboratories

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Microwave Assisted Synthesis
  • Combinational Chemistry
  • Laboratory Robotics
  • Microwave Solid Assisted Peptide Synthesis
  • Cascade Reactions
  • Molecular Modelling
  • Directed Evolution
  • Drug Discovery
  • Development of Elastase Inhibitors
  • Chromatography Method Development
  • Radiolabelled Metabolite Profiling and Identification

Mark Westwood

Mark Westwood ABGiAbout Mark

Mark has 30 years’ experience in software development in banking and insurance, oil and gas, and the public sector. He has spent a decade working on high-performance scientific programs running on supercomputers for the oil industry. Mark works with clients in scientific and engineering software, mobile application development and big data.


  • BSc Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • MSc High Performance Computing
  • BA (Hons) Economics

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • Petroleum Geo-services Ltd
  • Office of The PM, Malta
  • OHM Surveys Ltd
  • JP Morgan
  • Lloyd’s Of London

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Performance Optimisation for Speed and Memory Efficiency
  • Serial and Parallel Computation On Shared and Distributed Memory Systems
  • Cluster Computing
  • Supercomputing
  • Software and Hardware Co-design
  • Computational Electromagnetics for Geophysics
  • Software Architecture and Design
  • System Validation and Verification
  • Database Analysis, Design And Development
  • Data Modelling
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • High Performance Computing
  • Imperative Programming
  • Functional Programming
  • Software Optimisation
  • Scientific Simulation
  • Inverse Problems
  • Visualisation
  • Big Data

Adrian Williamson

About Adrian

As a software engineer with a background in electronic, electrical engineering and controls, Adrian brings over 30 years’ experience of working in manufacturing, academia and global IT industries to the Jumpstart team. Adrian works with clients in software and app development, 3rd party integration, IT infrastructure, SEO and cloud technology.


  • BSc (Hons) Electronic And Electrical Engineering
  • DIS Diploma In Industrial Studies
  • CEng Chartered Engineer
  • CITP Chartered Information Technology Professional
  • PRINCE2 Project Management
  • AMCMI Cmi Management Certificate

Academic Positions Held

  • RA Loughborough University Of Technology
  • Senior Lecturer In Computing Coventry University
  • Senior Lecturer In Computing University Of Paisley
  • Leader Human Centred Computing Group
  • Leader Information Systems Research Group

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Computer modelling
  • Analogue electronic design
  • Microprocessor programming
  • Electrical control wiring design and installation
  • Industrial control systems and algorithms
  • Robot control, programming and production integration
  • Genetic algorithms research
  • Neural networks, AI research
  • Human computer interaction research
  • Information systems research
  • Organisation research
  • Software engineering
  • Operating systems
  • Real time systems
  • Computer graphics (ray tracing)
  • Human computer interaction
  • Enterprise c++ development and technology stack
  • Enterprise java® technology stack
  • Enterprise microsoft®. Net stack
  • Technology development integration and positioning
  • It and network infrastructure and hosting
  • Document management systems
  • Mobile device and applications
  • Interactive voice recognition and speech technology
  • Service oriented architectures, design, specification, development, IBM, Oracle enterprise systems, TIBECO enterprise product set

Paul Barton

About Paul

Paul has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Physics, a PGCert Social Science Research Methods and a Diploma in Economics. He works with clients in manufacturing of electronic devices and equipment, mechanical engineering, applied physics, and software development, including mobile devices, games, apps, platforms and data.


  • BA Physics
  • D.Phil. Physics
  • Diploma Economics
  • PGCert Social Science Research Methods

Academic Positions Held

  • Postdoctoral Researcher Oxford, Innsbruck (Austria) and Strathclyde

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • NHS Scotland

Alistair McKinlay

About Alistair

Alistair completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews and spent a further two years working as a Postdoctoral researcher within the University’s chemistry department.

He works with clients in engineering, manufacturing, chemical industries and medical technologies, renewables and recyclables.


  • BSc (Hons)  Mathematics and Chemistry
  • PhD Chemistry

Academic Positions Held

  • Postdoctoral Researcher University of St.Andrews (2 Years)

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Chemistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Powder X-Ray Diffraction
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Tunneling Electron Microscopy
  • Atomic Adsorption
  • IR Spectroscopy
  • Gas
  • Adsorption
  • Microwave Synthesis
  • UV SpectroscopyAutoclave (Hydrothermal) Synthesis
  • Other Material Characterisation Methods
  • Surface Area and Porosity Measurements
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Elemental Analysis
  • Oil Exploration and Identification
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Oil and Gas Terminology and Related Applications
  • DMVATEX Guidelines
  • CNC Machining Teminology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering Technology and Related Procedures CAD, FEA Plastic Injection
  • Molding and Associated Industry
  • 3D Printing
  • Updated Methodologies for Manufacturing Routes (Breweries, Plastics, Engineering) Electronics Integration

Stuart Pearson

About Stuart

Stuart studied mechanical engineering at the University of Sussex and went on to work with things that go bang at BAE and Marconi. Since then he has gained over 20 years’ experience working on business systems development and consultancy with one of the UK’s largest HR SaaS (Software as a Service) providers.


  • BSc Mechanical Engineering

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • Computers In Personnel Limited
  • Marconi Underwater Systems Limited
  • BAE Systems

Specialisms and Expertise

  • SQL Server Design and Programming
  • Service Broker
  • ETL
  • SSIS
  • System Analysis and Design
  • .net Coding
  • Business Systems

Glenn Craib

About Glenn

After completing first, a degree in Applied Physics, and then a PhD in 

Engineering Physics, Glenn spent most of the last 20+ years working for high-tech companies, gaining experience over the complete product life cycle of an eclectic mix of technologies such as software development (both embedded software and app development) electronic design, mechanical design, or even building and managing an EMC test laboratory.

Glenn also has experience in the generation and management of IP in various forms and has supported a number of wealth generation activities such as VC funding and grants.


  • Bsc (Hons, first class) Applied Physics
  • PhD Engineering Physics

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • Myrica (UK) Ltd
  • Infinite Data Storage Ltd
  • NXvision Ltd
  • Motive Television plc
  • Forth EMC Services Ltd

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Product Design
  • Process Design
  • Electronic and electrical engineering
  • Software Architecture and Design
  • Embedded software design
  • App design
  • EMC
  • Video compression technologies
  • Video streaming technologies