AgTech specialist Light Science Technologies (LST) has announced two new appointments to its team to continue advancing its strategy of growth.
New recruit Jessica Browne joins as Electronics Engineer, having previously worked as an engineer at various companies including GeoSLAM and Microlise. With a wealth of technical knowledge, she brings her 25 years’ experience specialising in designing and developing microcontroller-based products. Her new position will see her take on an R&D function, where she will be responsible for the design of electronics for LST’s burgeoning grow lighting and sensor product portfolio, as well as having input into type approvals, software and firmware design.
James Swords also joins as new Project Manager, leveraging more than 15 years’ experience at large aerospace companies, starting off as a technical apprentice straight from school. Previously he worked at established hydraulics and energy absorption device firm TA Savery & Co Ltd / Oleo International as Development Manager, taking on the operational lead for the expanding UKAS accredited test laboratory for rail and elevator products. In a newly created role at LST, among other responsibilities he will be tasked with overseeing new projects and implementing efficient processes to actively manage and communicate resource.
Simon Deacon, CEO and Founder of Light Science Technologies, said:
“I believe Jessica has the experience and expertise to help lead our R&D function and execute on the company-wide vision for innovation and growth going forward. Her breadth of design engineering knowledge will play a key role in LST’s development of its lighting and sensor products for the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) market.
“James’ recruitment is an important part of LST’s ongoing strategy to develop and strengthen its project management capabilities. With his track record in coordinating major projects and operations as a mechanical engineering manager, he is the person ideally equipped to step into this new role to support our clients across indoor farming with their project requirements and to streamline technical operations to ensure efficient delivery to the highest standard.”
Established in 2019, the firm currently employs 18 staff at its HQ and inbuilt lab facilities in Hilton, Derbyshire. Its focus is firmly set on global expansion as demand for growing fresh produce using more sustainable farming methods soars, as climate change, supply chain issues, labour shortages and now, rising energy costs, are impacting food security. Last year, LST launched nurturGROW, its 90% recyclable and reusable lighting product designed to reduce landfill waste, winning a global award for sustainability. The company has also recently been named as a 2022 contender for a string of national business and trade awards, reflecting its success and rapid growth over the past 12 months.