John joined Lux as applications editor at the beginning of 2016. He founded Equation Lighting Design in 1986, working on all types of architecture, including heritage, museum, and retail projects. In 1998 he moved to Dorset and established John Bullock Lighting Design, carving out a new reputation working on residential projects, mainly in the South West. He has written for the lighting press for many years and played an active role in producing lighting commentary on his own website and in social media.
Victoria graduated with a BA Hons in Architectural Technology and the Environment. She started her career as an architectural technician before forming Design Applications with Neil Foster. She is now a creative lighting designer at Couch Perry and Wilkes and had been there for almost 4 years.
Following a short career as an electrician, Colin began work as a lighting engineer. 29 years and many varied roles later, he finds himself advocating the enormous potential of the evolving wireless controls industry. Colin passionately believes that the future of lighting control and connective technology, which are intrinsically linked, will soon dominate the controls industry, much as LEDs now dominate the commercial lighting sector.
Stephen has spent most of his career at the Aurora group and has led the trade projects area of the business through times of significant change in both the economy and the electrical industry at large.
After initial sales roles, Stephen was appointed managing director of Aurora’s trade division in 2013. Tasked with driving growth nationwide, he has devised commercial and sales strategies and expanded his team to develop and enhance customer relationships, service and new business.
Prior to Aurora, Stephen spent four years as UK sales manager at Deta Electrical Company Limited.
David has been involved with LED Lighting since 2003. He has a solid engineering background having originally trained as an engineer with the BBC, then the RAF, and a total of 30 years’ industry experience. At Lux TSI, David provides consultancy for global market regulatory compliance, as well as test and certification services for technology products including lighting and electronics.
Having been involved with LED Lighting from the early days, but very much a neutral, David has an excellent understanding of its strengths and weaknesses. He is passionate about empowering customers to make the right decisions and get the maximum benefit from this technology, at minimum risk.
Tony has worked for the past five years, developing and implementing the UK Lighting Strategy. He has worked with the Lighting Industry Association to put forward a Regional Growth Fund Bid, securing £1.7m of government funds to support the new LIA lighting testing facility. Tony has assisted with second stage funding to support the UK Lighting skills academy which will provide training and development for future generations of lighting engineers. Tony believes lighting is the perfect vehicle to deliver the promise of the Internet of Things. He is looking to work with the lighting industry, breathing life into integrated lighting and communications, to develop the next generation of internet based services.
Paul was born in Westminster and brought up and educated in Twickenham. Paul Reading started out as a trainee stockbroker in the City of London. In March 1989 Paul and Clive Thomson formed CP Lighting. In 2006 Paul started a new business Lamp Specs LLP with Mark Gee. CP Lighting is a specialists lighting wholesaler mainly supplying wholesalers, trade and corporate customers. Lamp Specs is an e-commerce company supplying both retail and end-users. Today Paul spends most of his time managing CP Lighting.
Jon is the VP of connected devices and manages the development and engineering of connected interface modules and sensors within the Gooee eco-system. Jon works with Gooee teams in Europe, Silicon Valley and the Taiwanese Science Park to engineer market leading connected devices that seamlessly integrate into the Gooee stack. Prior to Gooee, Jon previously worked for the retail lighting solutions company Microlights (part of the Aurora Group) for 8 years in a number of engineering and technical positions.
Matt has worked in the lighting industry for over 25 years, including 11 years at Eaton’s lighting business in Doncaster – joining in 2005 while the company was still Cooper Lighting and Safety.
Currently, Matt leads Eaton’s lighting specification and energy sales teams in his role as UK lighting solutions manager – key to delivering high quality, energy efficient solutions to specification and end-user clients.
As part of a multi-faceted role, Matt also works closely with the product design team, using his knowledge of client needs to help maintain Eaton’s customer focus when developing new products.
Dan graduated as a lighting engineer and has been working in the industry for over 15 years. He is now the lighting manager at Breathe Energy where he leads the lighting section of the company’s comprehensive energy reduction services.
Dan has developed lighting upgrade solutions for a number of UK hospitals, schools and large corporate estates.
Experienced in design, Dan appreciates that besides energy savings, lighting above all is human-centric. He believes that by employing a thought through lighting strategy the savings can be maximised and the benefits doubled by bringing areas back to life, making them a safer and better place to work.
Neil has worked in lighting for much of his career, including 13 years at Osram and Siemens in roles in product design, international marketing and lighting design.Neil has worked for Couch Perry & Wilkes for 10 years as lighting principal and associate director of lighting and creative innovation, which involves running the lighting design department.
Richard Felgate is the former head of energy management at Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest multisite retailers in the UK and an industry leader in the pubs and restaurants sector with brands including All Bar One, Vintage Inns and Harvester. Here Richard started from scratch transforming energy from being a cost that the business just incurred, to being one of the biggest opportunities for profit. Along the way, 1,500 buildings in the estate have become more energy efficient and a big, behavioural and cultural change has taken place among the company’s 40,000 employees.
After 12 years’ experience as a marine engineering officer, Chris came ashore to work on a number of building services projects including London City Airport, Goldman Sachs Fleet St, Barclays Capital in Canary Wharf and Earls Court & Olympia to name a few. In 2005 Chris joined the team at ExCeL London taking on a number of key energy saving projects. He helped develop sound systems and processes that have played an integral part in ExCeL being awarded the Mayor of London’s Green 500 Diamond Award. Chris is now responsible for buildings services at London South Bank University.
Simon is the managing director of Dextra Lighting, subsidiary company of Dextra Group. He has worked for Dextra for 21 years, having previously assumed senior positions within both the sales and commercial teams. He is now focusing on strengthening the company’s LED & project specification business in the UK. Dextra has been manufacturing lighting in the UK since 1978 and is an ideal supply partner for commercial, industrial & retail lighting meeting the specific demands of the client for new & fast track refurbishment projects.
Simon trained as an electrical engineer and has been working within the building services industry for over 15 years. He is now the managing director at Urban Jungle Energy & Engineering where he leads a team of experienced, fresh-thinking, dynamic, innovative chartered mechanical and electrical consultants and technology integrators. Prior to this he was the electrical engineering manager at Sainsbury’s where he was responsible for the specification of lighting systems throughout the estate. Simon is currently studying for his professional doctorate, investigating the impact of high CRI LED luminaires on product sales within the retail environment.
An engineer by background, Ray Molony has written about lighting for over 20 years. He is the editor of Lux Review and the publisher of Lux magazine. He studied electrical and electronic engineering at Dublin City University and worked on various projects in the defence industry.
He’s the co-author of the acclaimed book, Light: Reinterpreting Architecture, which was published by Rotovision in 2001 and translated into numerous languages. His current obsession is reclaimed luminaires.