Meet the Team
An organisation’s greatest asset is its staff - competency, innovation, drive and motivation are key to an organisation's success. We strongly believe in continual professional development for all staff and are proud to have invested more than £500,000, in the last two years alone, to further training and qualifications and provide new facilities and equipment for existing staff while also expanding the expert team and supporting five apprentices, student placements and post-doctorate knowledge transfer partnerships to work alongside and join our team of leading experts.
We believe it is important that our clients can get to know and develop professional relationships with the individuals with whom they liaise for their professional testing and support requirements. This page allows our clients and visitors to learn about our key personnel and to ask direct questions.
Dr Nick Kirk
Nick has over 20 years’ experience in the glass sector - including six years in furnace design and construction. He has extensive experience and knowledge of glass production, products and applications including glass packaging, glazing, fibre insulation, continuous fibre and technical glasses.
In addition, Nick has comprehensive experience and knowledge of environmental issues including recycling, energy efficiency and environmental control. Nick provides support to his internal team as well as independent glass expertise. He also acts as a legal expert witness for clients.
He holds a PhD in materials engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering in materials design and materials engineering, is a chartered engineer (CEng), a chartered environmentalist (CEnv) and fellow of the Institute Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM).
In his current role as Technical Director he has a team of 25 respected glass experts, technologists and technicians delivering high quality services to GTS’ international customers from the whole of the glass supply chain.
“Glass Technology Services is not a typical analysis and testing laboratory, as we provide a solution to address an issue, rather just an analysis and test report. If required, we are capable of undertaking our analysis and testing with interpretation of the results within a few hours depending on the service. This is vital for the rapid manufacturing sector that we service, as any down time or reduction in production efficiency can be very costly to our customers.”
As business development manager at Glass Technology Services Ltd, Phil is responsible for working with new and existing clients to ensure that their requirements are met, that our services reflect the needs of client sectors, facilitating continuous improvement in our business processes and for both external communications and marketing.
Phil holds a degree in Biomedical Science and has eight years’ experience working across the glass industry and its supply-chain at British Glass - working on a range of legislative and practical issues affecting the sector.
Drawing on this understanding of the glass supply-chain, its products, public image and relationships, Phil is continuing to build relationships to identify new opportunities for GTS and help customers with their requirements, improve products and conduct essential research.
Daniel is head of the analytical and glass technology departments at Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS). He has fourteen years’ experience at GTS working on glass chemistry, durability and analysis and is a leading specialist in XRF, UV/VIS and SEM analysis, including bespoke method and programme development.
A recognised expert in glass chemistry, Daniel is also secretary of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) TC02 committee for durability and analysis of glass.
Rob Ireson has been in the role of Innovation Projects Lead at Glass Technology Services Ltd, Sheffield, since July 2012. He is responsible for coordinating the long term development projects, that GTS is involved with, and for developing new and innovative opportunities for glass-related research, such as bioactive glass materials, glasses for LASER applications, coatings for glass and the capability to ‘print’ glass materials onto 3D substrates.
He is also responsible for developing and maintaining links with academia and other research centres across Europe. Whenever he gets the chance, he also likes to get involved with the hands on technical work, with experience of formulating new glass compositions, building furnaces, melting glass and use of a wide range of analytical techniques.
Previously Rob has gained more than seven years’ experience in R&D and project management at Tata Steel, developing a wide range of novel coatings and coating processes for steel substrates.
Martyn is responsible for delivering the technical focus in several major European / TSB projects working within the area of bio materials, including formulating specialist glasses for trabecular coatings, glass fibres in silicate free formulations for weaving into resorbable wound healing fabrics and new glasses for bio applications to promote cytoblastic and cytoclaustic reactions in-vivo.
Recently, Martyn has also started working looking at 3D printing for additive manufacture in the biomimetics field as well as new work to reformulate and improve glass used for the filtration of water sources.
Our strong sense of innovation also includes other project work on going into phosphate lasers for sensing, the use of glass to extend the life of oil fields and a new compact melting facilities that will revolutionise the way in which glass is manufactured.
But this does not mean I've lost my interest in the melting and refining of glass at GTS, where we work to design and develop glass for a myriad of uses.
This can be from straightforward glass raw materials selection through glass refining and glass colours to non-silicate systems. We're always improving the performance of glasses, from work which begins with a request to meet a client's needs, whether this is as simple as a specific density to glass designed for high temperature ion exchange kinetics or looking at the sulphate refining of glasses on an industrial scale.
Glass is a fantastic and fascinating material, something which even now continues to be ancient in nature but unlimited in its uses.