Spectral Edge Appoints Chief People Officer to Support Growth


The image fusion technology business has also hired hardware engineer and imaging scientist as it continues to scale

5thJune 2018 – Cambridge: Spectral Edge, the image fusion technology specialists,hastoday announced the appointment of Sue Handley Jones as its first Chief People Officer. The appointment is the latest in a series of new senior hires for the company, with CEO Rhodri Thomas and CTO Dr Ilya Romanenko joining in 2017.

Handley Jones brings more than 15 years of experience in HR and resourcing to the company. Most recently she was Vice President, Human Resources, at Apical Limited, a global leader in imaging and embedded computer vision intellectual property (IP) products, where she was part of the management team which helped to complete the sale of Apical to ARM Holdings in 2016. With a specialism in helping tech start-ups grow through their people function, Handley Jones will be overseeing the organisations general HR function, as well as the resourcing of a highly specialised team.

“I am delighted to be joining Spectral Edge at such an exciting time for the business,” said Handley Jones. “The team has developed some truly amazing technology and, having recently raised new funding, the business is going from strength to strength. I’m looking forward to using my skills to make an impact on the company as it continues to scale.”

Based in Cambridge with deep academic roots, Spectral Edge combines cutting-edge imaging science with machine learning to improve pictures and videos on mass-market devices. This is done in real time with a pixel-level, embeddable technology that can be implemented in software or in silicon. The technology behind the process can be used across a range of potential applications that rely on image quality for either function or aesthetics – from mobile to security, and from automotive to on-demand video or live broadcast.

The company has also recently made technical hires, bringing on board hardware engineer Andrei Vasilyeu and imaging scientist Ana Tsifouti, PhD. With almost two decades as a systems and development engineer, Vasilyeu has considerable experience dealing with complex hardware and has worked extensively within the field of video and broadcast. Tsifouti has almost a decade’s experience in the area of image quality and has specialised in image capture systems, algorithmic processes and human investigations, most recently at Imagination Technologies. She also holds a PhD from the University of Westminster where her thesis investigated image usefulness of compressed surveillance footage with different scene contents.

“Sue, Andrei and Ana all have a wealth of expertise in their respective fields and I am delighted they have decided to join us on our journey at Spectral Edge,” said Rhodri Thomas, CEO, Spectral Edge. “Given how technical and specialist our technology is, it is  imperative that we continue to hire the very best in the business as we continue to scale, and Sue will play an important role in our growth. I look forward to working with all of our latest addition, and on developing our HR function with Sue to make Spectral Edge an even better place to work.”

About Spectral Edge

Based in Cambridge, UK, and spun out of the University of East Anglia’s Colour Lab, Spectral Edge combines cutting-edge imaging science with machine learning to improve pictures and videos on mass market devices. This is done in real time on a pixel-level; embeddable technology that can be implemented purely in software or in silicon. They work closely with specialist image science departments at a number of universities including the University of East Anglia. Spectral Edge was recently a finalist at the BT Sport Innovation Award, where its technology was applied to an innovative solution for helping colour-blind people watch sports streams on TV.