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Officers 2017-18

President:  Lin Li

Professor Lin Li holds a chair in Laser Engineering and established the laser processing research centre at Manchester University. His current management roles include Director of the Laser Processing Research Centre within the university, Head of the Manufacturing and Management Research Group, Director of Research, Deputy Head of School and member of Senate of the University. He has been an AILU committee member since 2012 (and also served from 2004-7) and is currently Chair of the AILU Special Interest Group on Process and Product Innovation.




Vice President: Jonathan Blackburn

Jon Blackburn is a Group Manager at TWI, where his responsibilities include managing TWI’s laser welding activities. He joined TWI in 2006 as a Research Engineer, and since then has been working in the development and application of laser welding processes for TWI’s Industrial Members in primarily the aerospace, automotive, defence and rail sectors. Within TWI’s Joining Group he also has close interaction with TWI’s electron beam welding activities.







Executive Director: Dave MacLellan

Dave MacLellan has an engineering degree from Manchester University and more than 30 years of industrial experience in design, manufacturing, sales & marketing. In particular, he brings 25 years experience in the laser industry at JK Lasers and Rofin Baasel, working in sales, marketing, applications, training & project management and he has an extensive network of contacts in the laser community. In 2014 he established Anode Marketing, offering marketing skills, content creation for the web, social media experience, digital photography & editing.






There are a maximum twelve Ordinary Members on the Committee and 6 Co-opted members. Each serves a period of three years. Each year at the AGM in April we aim to have four Ordinary Member positions available for election. Ex-Presidents and Founder Members are Honorary Committee Members.

Ordinary Members 2017-18:

  • Paul Goodwin, TWI
  • Duncan Hand, Heriot-Watt University
  • Roger Hardacre, Advanced Laser Technology
  • Louise Jones, KTN
  • Tony Jones, Tec Systems
  • Shireen Khanum, GF Machining
  • Jonathan Lawrence, University of Chester
  • Anke Lohmann, M Squared Lasers
  • Adrian Norton, thinklaser
  • ​Vojtech Olle, OSI Optoelectronics
  • ​Mike Poulter, SPI Lasers
  • Ian White, Yamazaki Mazak


  • Adam Clare (University of Nottingham)
  • Mark Millar (Essex Laser)
  • Stan Wilford (IPG Photonics)


  • Mike Green, Pro Laser
  • John Powell, Laser Expertise
  • Malcolm Gower, Nanophoton Technologies (Ex President)

Ex Presidents:

    1995 - 2003 Bill Steen
    2003 - 2004 Tim Weedon
    2004 - 2005 Paul Hilton
    2005 - 2006 Malcolm Gower
    2006 - 2007 Tim Holt
    2007 - 2008 Clive Ireland
    2008 - 2010 Stewart Williams
    2010 - 2011 Paul Hilton
    2011 - 2013 Martin Sharp
    2013 - 2015 Neil Main
    2015 - 2017 Ric Allott



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