Our story

Ambisense was founded in 2014 with the belief that technology adoption would improve the assessment of environmental risk. At the time technology was perceived to be a real threat to established business models (and still is in some instances) but we felt confident that as technology improved and market demands changed, those barriers would fall and the industry would embrace digitalisation, just as practically every other industry has and is doing.

And so, as the environmental industry evolved so did Ambisense not only developing Ambilytics, a system of environmental intelligence but bringing our innovations to new industries and markets.

Seven years on weʼve grown to a team of almost 20 people, with offices in three countries and customers across three continents.

Where weʼve been and where weʼre going

Where weʼve been and where weʼre going

SECURED FUNDING OF €3 MILLION

2021

LAUNCHED AMBIAIR AND ENTERED THE INDOOR AIR

2020

LAUNCHED AMBILYTICS

2019

SECURED FUNDING OF €1.1 MILLION

2019

LAUNCHED DISSOLVED

2018

SECURED FUNDING OF €1 MILLION

2018

LAUNCHED MULTIFLUX

2018

OPENED UK OFFICE

2017

LAUNCHED GASFLUX

2014

FOUNDED

2014

Meet Our Team

Geo-environmental Engineer

ADAM RAWLES

Background – Having worked for a remediation/earthworks contractor for 3 years, Adam’s skills lie with management of large scale remediation projects.

What you do in Ambisense – I manage all projects within the UK ensuring they run smoothly from initial deployment to demobilisation.
A few interests – I love cooking, hiking and kayaking. I’ll always take any opportunity to travel and see something new.
What you do in Ambisense I am responsible for managing the sales team and delivering the best experience for our customers. My team and I not only generate new business but also collaborate with other departments to ensure the successful delivery of all projects.

A few interests: I love travelling and sport, particularly skiing, tennis & yoga. I also enjoy camping and walking my crazy springer spaniel.

Anna Ward - Commercial Manager at Ambisense
Commercial Manager

ANNA WARD

Background: Anna has over 10 years’ experience in business development and account management. She is also experienced in customer service and marketing, specialising in social media.

What you do in Ambisense I am responsible for managing the sales team and delivering the best experience for our customers. My team and I not only generate new business but also collaborate with other departments to ensure the successful delivery of all projects.

A few interests: I love travelling and sport, particularly skiing, tennis & yoga. I also enjoy camping and walking my crazy springer spaniel.

Data Scientist

IMAN ZOLANVARI

Background: Iman has an interdisciplinary background in Civil Engineering and Computer Science (i.e. BSc, MSc and PhD). He received his PhD at UCD and then worked for over 2.5 years as a Research Fellow at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin.

What you do in Ambisense: Iman works on processing the captured data, analysing and visualising them using advanced ML methods. He mainly focuses on the state of the art technologies to intelligently detect anomalies in the received data and forecast the possible trends on them for our clients.

A few interests: I play the Setar, love to learn new things and BBQs with my friends. I also make delicious pizzas!

Admin & HR Manager

KAROLINA SCHLAGNER

Background: Karolina has over 10 years’ experience in coordinating office work, managing people and organizing events. Before joining Ambisense Karolina was self-employed and worked as a freelancer at publishing and events. She is also a certified Strategic Intervention and NLP coach.

What you do in Ambisense: I manage the day to day running of the Dublin office, while the company has grown I’ve gotten involved in preparing monthly books, recruitment process, HR and implementation of new documents and strategies.

Interests: I enjoy traveling, hiking and going to music festivals.

Test & Verification Engineer

MARCIO CUSTODIA

Background: Marcio has over 4 years of experience in hardware development and R&D projects for the energy sector. From São Paulo, Brazil, his degree is in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

What you do in Ambisense I work as an Electrical Engineer in Ambisense. I am highly specialized in Hardware testing and prototyping, and so play an important role in ensuring the quality of our products and services.

A few interests: As a true Brazilian, I love being outdoors and have a good laugh.

Neil Grennan
Customer Success Manager

NEIL GRENNAN

Background – Neil has 10 years experience in the gas detection industry, where he worked closely with customers in managing their accounts, helping with technical sales inquiries, quotes, internal sales as well as product support and service roles. Prior to this, he worked as an electrician for 6 years and this formed a good base of technical knowledge and ability. Due to this combined time and experience, he has gained an understanding of how to best serve the needs and wants of the customers and the industry. He holds a FETAC Level 6 Advanced Craft Certificate and is currently pursuing a BA Honors Degree in Business.

What you do in Ambisense –I support and train the customers on the Ambiair range so that they fully understand what value the product can offer their organization. I also liaise with the internal product and engineering teams here in Ambisense, to ensure that the customer’s voice is heard, and their requirements are met so that we at Ambisense can deliver the level of excellence that’s expected by our customers.

A few interests – Neil is a huge motorsport fan and love music and travelling. He also has a keen interest in running, although he can’t say that he always enjoys it.

Marketing & Communications Manager

RACHAEL WALKER

Background: As with many of the team, Rachael has worked in several different industries, in her case sectors ranging from medical devices to commercial fleet, before finding her place in Ambisense. She has worked both in Ireland and abroad on almost all aspects of marketing, from digital to traditional.

What you do in Ambisense: We are a company full of really talented people, experts in our respective fields, and my role is to show the industry this and the results of our hard work; the exciting new developments and innovations that we are bringing to the market.

A few interests: I enjoy a good book, going on exciting holidays, yoga and hiking

UK Technical Manager

RICHARD HILL

Background: Richard has 28 years of experience as a research scientist designing test, measurement, and analysis systems for the Aerospace industry. He has also worked in motorsport, developing custom powertrain control solutions for a range of motor vehicles from drag motorbikes through to circuit racing cars.

What you do in Ambisense: I am the UK Technical Manager and use my broad, in-depth knowledge of instrumentation, electronics and computing to help Ambisense deliver technical excellence to our customers. I continually strive to improve reliability and accuracy of all our product range.

A few interests: I enjoy fishing, cooking, and have a passion for kayaking. I love the outdoors and am a volunteer officer for a local conservation society.

Richard Lavery - General Manager at Ambisense UK
UK Operations Director

RICHARD LAVERY

Background – Richard has worked in both technical and commercial manager roles in UK consultancy. He brings 15 years of experience specializing in environmental monitoring and instrumentation in the brownfield, landfill, and onshore petroleum sectors. Richard holds an MSc in Geo-Environmental Engineering from Durham University and a BSc Physical Geography from Hull University.

What you do in Ambisense – I have overall control of Ambisense’s UK operations. My responsibilities include all technical, operational and commercial activities in the UK, and I am heavily involved with business strategy and development of the UK business.

A few interests – In his spare time I enjoy following my beloved Preston North End F.C., cycling and watching lots of cricket. In addition to this, I spend a lot of time with my young family, and occasionally, sleeping……

Product Manager, AmbiAir

RONAN COONEY

Background: Ronan has spent 10 years in the Aviation & Aerospace industry working on data acquisition systems in various positions across test, customer returns and general operations. Previous to that he worked in the electronics manufacturing sector working on POS units, data centre storage racks, medical devices and automotive electronics amongst others. He holds a B. Eng in Electronic Engineering from DCU.

What you do in Ambisense: I lead the engineering team in relation to product integrations and new product development. We’re focused on offering solutions to customers using technology and solving problems that they may have on remote sites. We try to leverage both products that are currently well established on the market and cutting edge technology to drive new product development.

A few interests: I’m an avid Manchester United fan for my sins and have a strong interest in cookery and travel.

Geo-environmental Engineer

STEVEN ASHTON

Background – Steven has over 5 years’ experience working in the UK brownfield sector, providing environmental and geotechnical project support to small and large-scale developments across the UK.

What you do in Ambisense – I manage the contaminated land projects within Ambisense, liaising with our clients, engineers and developers to provide a quality experience for our customers. I provide support from quote stage to demobilisation and regularly monitor our instrumentation during the deployment phase for quality assurance.

A few interests – I really enjoy skiing and holidaying abroad. I am also trying improve at cooking and playing the piano!

Head of Finance

TOM ADAMS

Background: Tom has over 20 years’ experience in the finance sector with much experience within FMCG and Electronic and Gas Sensor Technology. Prior to joining Ambisense, Tom served as Site Director & Divisional Controller in one of the world’s leading gas detection companies. Tom Holds a B.B.S & M.A from Trinity College Dublin, is a member of C.I.M.A, has a Diploma from National College of Ireland in HR, and is an Associate member of C.I.P.D.

What you do in Ambisense: I currently serve as Head of Finance with responsibility for the future development and growth of the business.

A few interests: Tom enjoys all sporting activities but is a keen sailor, actively participating in racing events from the months of April to September.

Head of R&D

TOM ARCHER

Background: Tom has 15 years of experience working in academia. His focus as been on applying data science and machine learning to design new materials. He designed and implemented a system to automate the calculation of material properties from ab initio quantum mechanics, allowing the use of machine learning to techniques to be used to guide material discovery. He has used these tools to secure both industrial and EU funding.

What you do in Ambisense: Tom works closely with the hardware and data analytics team to secure and deliver on funding opportunities.

A few interests: I am interested in building IoT devices, in particular, remote beehive monitors, which introduced him to the world of environmental monitoring. I also enjoy sporting activities including paragliding and open water swimming.

UI Developer

ZAHRA SOLTANPOUR

Background – Zahra holds a bachelor's degree in software engineering and has worked as a web developer for almost 5 years. During her career, she has gained technical skills in front and backend development and is a specialist in c#, javascript and angular.

What you do in Ambisense – I am working on the company's website as a designer and troubleshooter. Besides, I collaborate with the backend team to visualize sensory data. My role also expands with working with the Data Analytics team to visualize ML forecasted trends.

A few interests – l enjoy literature and poems, traveling, music and hiking.

Meet Our Board Members

Ambisense - Stephen McNulty- CEO
Chief Executive Officer

STEPHEN MCNULTY

Stephen is a co-founder of Ambisense. He was UK and Ireland Sales Manager with ALS, a global commercial laboratory operating in the Environmental Sector. Previous to this he managed Irish and Scottish Business Units for Severn Trent Laboratories. Stephen holds an MBA from DCU an M. Eng from the Open University & a B. Eng in Mechatronic Engineering also from DCU.
Ambisense board member - Chris Horn
Board Member

CHRIS HORN

Chris co-founded and became CEO of IONA Technologies headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, which went public in 1997 using Lehman...
Ambisense board member - Wayne Byrne
Non-Exec Director

WAYNE BYRNE

Wayne is a prolific entrepreneur with particular expertise and experience in the clean-tech sector. He is co-founder and CEO of Oxymem, the multi-award winning waste-water, smart aeration company. He is also co-founder and Chairman of Biocore Environmental a biosolids & waste-water management business and previous to this, built and disposed of a major waste equipment company, the Manvik Group, a business with 80 staff and a turnover in excess of €40M.
He holds an International Executive MBA from the Smurfit Business School in UCD and a Diploma in Advanced Management also from UCD and is a registered Enterprise Ireland Business Partner.
Ambisense board member - Philip O'Quigley
Board Member

PHILIP O'QUIGLEY

Philip has over 20 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas Sector, in a variety of senior management positions spanning a number of London and Dublin listed exploration and production companies, including experience in a number of other countries including Australia, South Africa, Argentina, and the U.S… He is currently CEO and a Board member of Falcon Oil & Gas and a non-exec director of Providence Resources. Philip is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young in Dublin.
Chairman

GRAHAM LOVE

Graham is a chartered accountant and had an extensive international executive career, culminating in taking the technology firm QinetiQ through its IPO onto the LSE in 2006. Since then he has pursued a portfolio career as chairman of several technology enabled, private equity backed businesses, including LGC and SLR Environmental Consulting. He is currently chairman of The Royal Mint and of Hanson Wade, a private equity backed business focused on providing business intelligence to the life sciences community.
Investor at BGF

MARK SYKES

Mark is an investor at BGF, the leading growth capital investor across the UK and Ireland, based in their Dublin office. Prior to joining BGF, Mark worked for Apax Partners in London, focusing on Business Services investments, and before that he spent time with Credit Suisse in their Investment Banking Department, advising clients on M&A and capital markets activities. Mark holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a degree in economics from Trinity College, Dublin