Team 2017-10-31T15:29:49+00:00

Meet the Team

CEO & Co-founder

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 MacDonald

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.

Director & Co-Founder

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.

Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder

Tom Smart

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.

Chief Scientific Officer

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.

Principal Scientist

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.

Senior Scientist

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).

Postdoctoral Researcher

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.

Operations Manager

Charlotte Proctor

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.

Principal Engineer

George Harrison

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.

Senior Scientist

Dr Michael Tomsett

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.

Apprentice Engineer

Connor Whitney-Smith

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.

Assistant Scientist

Hannah Rogers

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.

Assistant Researcher

Robyn Miles

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.