Meet the Team
Dr Harry Destecroix
Harry is a driven entrepreneur who co-founded Ziylo while finishing his PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry at the University of Bristol. He has an in-depth knowledge of this technology and the field of chemical carbohydrate sensing in general. He is also the director and co-founder of two sister companies that have enabled the growth of Ziylo.
Keith is a former senior executive of Lloyds Banking Group with many years of corporate finance experience. He acts as director and/or mentor to several companies ranging from a recent start-up in the hospitality sector to an AIM-listed software company with a market cap of >£500 million.
Prof Anthony Davis
Anthony is Professor of Supramolecular Chemistry at the University of Bristol, and a world leader in the field of molecularly engineered sugar receptors. He has published nearly 200 articles in the top academic journals and has received several high profile academic awards.
Tom is a co-founding member of Ziylo. He has a degree in Mathematics and Finance, a Masters in Actuarial Science and is studying to qualify as an Actuary. He is driven and has a strong interest and knowledge of economics and start-ups, acting as finance director for Ziylo. Tom fills a number of roles including development of business strategy, legal and IP, budgeting and forecasting, accounting, risk management and business administration.
Dr Andy Chapman
Andy has worked in some leading academic institutions in the UK and Spain where his varied research activities have led to several high-impact articles and books. He has specific experience in funding acquisition and a previous chemical SME in which he led customer-driven research and development.
Dr Mike Orchard
Mike has over 25 years experience in synthetic organic chemistry and has held a number of senior positions in several companies. He has invaluable experience of process development and medicinal chemistry.
Dr Ben Miles
Ben has hands-on experience implementing a broad range of optical detection techniques. During his PhD at the University of Bristol, Ben developed novel detection systems for the analysis of the optical signal from individual nanoparticles. Ben has published in a range of high-impact academic journals on the techniques developed in his research, which are among the most sensitive optical detection approaches.
Dr Johnathan Matlock
Jonathan is an expert synthetic organic chemist who has PhD and postdoctoral experience working with world-renowned scientists at the University of Bristol and with two leading pharmaceutical companies (Roche and GSK).
Dr Miriam Wilson
Miriam gained industrial experience with GlaxoSmithKline before pursuing her PhD at the University of Manchester. She then moved to the University of Bristol as a Novo Nordisk STAR Fellow. She has worked for world-leaders in her field and her strong work ethic has been rewarded with publications in high-impact journals.
Charlie orchestrates the daily running of Ziylo including coordinating staff, tracking deadlines and managing meetings. Originally a Primary School Teacher, Charlie is passionate about Outreach. She invites and organises school visits to Ziylo, at their workplace in Unit DX.
George has a background in electronic engineering with a degree in applied chemistry from the University of Plymouth and six years of experience in the scientific industry. He is multi-skilled, practical, has strong problem-solving skills and has already designed and built three prototype signal processing units for Ziylo.
Michael is a multifaceted chemist, having laboratory experience in the world-leading chemistry departments of Oxford, Manchester and Bristol, as well as the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton. His PhD in molecular communication has provided him with extensive skills in supramolecular and peptide chemistry.
Connor is an apprentice engineer who specialises in CAD, CNC, Rapid Prototyping and design. As well as working for Ziylo, he is studying for his BTEC in Mechanical Engineering at Bristol City College.
Hannah is an assistant scientist at Ziylo working in the chemistry team. As part of her degree at the University of Bath, she is on 12-month placement here in Bristol.
Robyn is undertaking a work placement at Ziylo, helping with market research, and assisting in the lab with the chemistry and engineering teams. She is currently studying physiology at the University of Bristol.