Our management team lead the industry

They are some of the world's leading experts on fiber optics, photonics, and engineering. We are more than the three letters that mark our achievements in academics and applied research. We have a passion for solving our customer's impossible problems; and for sharing our knowledge and raising the next generation of innovators, so please reach out to us, we'd love to hear from you.

Chris Emslie

Chief Executive Officer

Chris is the founder and CEO of Fibercore remains deeply involved in technical innovation, manufacturing and business development. As one of the industry's acknowledged leaders, he is credited as co-inventor of the manufacturing technique used to produce the all-silica, dual-clad, rare-earth doped fiber that has probably been used in more of the world’s high power fiber amplifiers than any other design. He is a doting father and loves to spend time in the countryside.

Brian Herbst

Senior VP of Sales

Brian is the Senior VP of Sales for Fibercore and is one of the industry's top experts on fiber optic cables for downhole sensing. Brian worked at Michelin Tire Corporation and was a nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy prior to working at AFL, where he created and developed a Specialty cable group. Brian is a keen runner and can often be found building, digging, and developing engineering solutions on his new homestead farm project in his spare time.

David Hannam


David is in charge of finance and operations at the Fibercore HQ in Southampton, UK. He has a Masters's degree in Aerospace Engineering and qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In his spare time, David can be found enjoying walks with his family in the countryside and he loves the Lake District for its beautiful scenery.

Dr. Andy Gillooly

Technical Business Development Manager

Andy is the Technical Business Development Manager responsible for investigating and developing new optical products. He achieved a Ph.D. in FBGs and has worked for SPI Lasers as a senior fiber laser development engineer and at Sharp as a sales engineer. Andy is a keen nature photographer and aviation enthusiast.

Ashley Speed

Production Manager

Ashley is the Production Manager at Fibercore. The longest-serving member of the company, he began developing and productionizing optical devices in the 1980’s. Moved into optical fiber manufacturing in the 1990’s and has been instrumental in numerous new fiber designs. Developing the team to make Fibercore into a world-class manufacturing facility. His downtime is spent with family or near water, windsurfing, fishing, or skiing.

Tim Hart

Test & Quality Manager

Tim is Fibercore’s Senior Test & Quality Engineer and is additionally responsible for ISO9001, ISO14001, and ISO 45001. Tim has an MPhil in Optoelectronics and has worked for companies in similar industries, namely: Sifam Ltd, BT&D Technologies (later known as Hewlett Packard, then Agilent) and STC Submarine Systems. Tim runs most days and regularly competes in distance races across the UK.

Liz Leathem

HR Manager

Liz is responsible for the Human Resource provision to Humanetics businesses in the UK. Her Masters in Personnel and Development, along with her experience in different areas of business life enables her to take a pragmatic approach to solving people's problems for a win-win outcome. When not at work, Liz enjoys spending time with family and friends, being creative, and traveling.

Helen Morris

Marketing Manager

Helen is the Marketing Manager for Fibercore’s global marketing activities, with additional responsibility for the Salesforce CRM. Helen has an MBA, MCIM, and 25 years of experience working with high tech B2B companies in New Product Development/Supply Chain and developing global marketing departments (20 years) for such companies as IBM/Xyratex and SPI Lasers. Helen enjoys living near the beach for weekend walks, loves to cook, and is often found tending to the allotment with her family.

Karen Moore

Account Manager for North America - East Coast, Canada, & Russia

Karen is Account Manager for North America, East Coast, and Canada, along with supporting customers in Russia. Karen received her BS in Systems Engineering from the US Naval Academy and MBA from Syracuse University. She has worked in some extremely demanding roles within sales and applications engineering at companies such as Corning, Nufern, Xanoptix, Precision Filters, Photonic Controls LLC as well as six years as a Lieutenant, Civil Engineer Corps in the U. S. Navy. Karen is into running, hiking, swimming, and mountain biking and spending time with her family.

Bianka Sanchez

Account Manager for North America - West Coast & South America

Bianka is the Account Manager for North America - West Coast and South America where she utilizes her bilingual skills. Bianka brings more than 15 years of technical sales experience and sales management in the fiber optic industry. In her spare time, Bianka enjoys dirt bike riding, hiking, and learning about other cultures.

Nick White

Account Manager for Europe

Nick is an Account Manager for Fibercore and is responsible for European customers. He began his career with a Masters in Chemistry and initially worked as an analytical scientist in a water testing laboratory, latterly moving into customer-facing roles whilst continuing to utilize his technical skills. Nick loves traveling, cooking, and reading.

Jess Lin

Account Manager for Asia, Australasia, Middle East, & Africa

Jess is Fibercore's Account Manager for Asia, utilizing her bilingual skills with her accounts. She also manages our accounts in Australasia, the Middle East, and Africa. Jess has a multicultural background, an international master in management, and over seven years of experience in sales and international business development within the telecommunications, consumer electronics, and pharmaceutical industries, having worked for multinational companies such as Huawei and In-Rich. Jess enjoys traveling and discovering other cultures.