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

About 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

About 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

About 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

About 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

About 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

About 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 ABGI 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

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Cryptocurrency exchange
  • Supplier payment platform (immediate payment, i.e loan in advance of 30 day terms) on behalf of multiple public and private sector organisations
  • Credits platform for retail banking clients
  • Mortgage and loan broker services
  • Corporate loan broking, institutional lenders
  • Corporate loan broking, private investors
  • Manufacturing
  • Electronic device and equipment
  • Mechanical device and equipment instruments
  • Optics and laser based devices
  • Applied Physics
  • Numerical modelling and simulation
  • Quantum mechanics and applications
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Stress and material fatigue
  • Software Development
  • Compute control of devices and instruments
  • Mobile devices networking
  • Proprietary commercial platforms
  • Games and apps
  • Digital marketing and SEO

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
  • DMV
  • ATEX 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

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

Tony Combe

About Tony

35 years experience in electronic and software product and service design, covering military and aerospace weapon system design, including data storage designs including hard-disk and optical drives.

Tony also worked on consumer electronic product design including multi-media products audio and video, Television Broadcast software video on demand, Mobile application design including video on demand, live television, augmented reality and social media.


  • Bsc Electronics and Mathematics

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • Mobect Ltd
  • Eyetime Systems Ltd
  • Liquid Inc
  • TU LLP
  • Crossroads (Dunfermline)
  • NXVisions Ltd
  • IDS Ltd
  • Infinite Data Storage Ltd
  • Myrica (UK) Ltd

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Precision Mechanism Design
  • Servo Control
  • Electronic Circuit Design
  • Television Broadcast System
  • Video Compression and Streaming
  • Software Platform Design
  • Cloud Software
  • Mobile App Development
  • Agile
  • DevOps

Eloise Bevan

About Eloise

Eloise Graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a 1st Class Masters degree in Chemical Engineering.

She has research experience in new and advanced technology systems such as hydrogen production and transportation methods, bioenergy processes and industrial waste from energy processes. Eloise works with clients in general engineering, materials science, food & drink, waste & recycling, manufacturing and textiles.


  • MEng Chemical Engineering

Specialist Projects

  • Hydrogen Production Methods and Transportation
  • Renewable Energies and Passive Constructions
  • Life Cycle Assessments
  • Hydrothermal Carbonisation

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Bioenergy Processes
  • Energy-from-waste Process
  • Renewable Energies
  • Electrochemical Engineering (Fuel Cells and Batteries)
  • Hydrogen Production Technologies
  • Industrial Ecology - LCA
  • Nanomaterials
  • Fife Science and Fire Dynamics
  • Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Reactor Engineering

Elizabeth Montgomery

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth has 10 years experience utilising her mathematical ability and excel knowledge.

Supporting the Innovation Funding Consultants, Elizabeth works across all industry sectors to collate the cost capture spreadsheets, interpret data, analyse financial information. and reports on the company statistics. To support with this process she keeps up to date with industry knowledge such as attending conferences like Women in Tech and relevant courses to further her knowledge and education, as well as keeping up to date with HMRC's CIRD manual



  • BSC Mathematics and its applications
  • Business Analytics and Reporting i3BAR
  • Visual Analytics and Dashboard Design i2VSA

Relevant Specialist Industry Experience

  • Administrator at the Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Administrator at Edinburgh Council
  • Finance Assistant at a Pharmaceutical company
  • Records Manager at a Pharmaceutical company

Specialisms and Expertise

  • Improve efficiency of the process for clients
  • Data Interpretation
  • Advance excel user
  • Business reporting