Make science
make sense

At nuron, we are passionate about fibre and solving challenging science and engineering problems which will make the world a better place.



make infrastructure make sense

….to cut carbon, stop pollution and boost prosperity


  • build a diverse and multi-skilled engineering team to deliver environmental, social and economic solutions for infrastructure customers
  • make infrastructure smart and enable digital innovation by delivering future proof sensing and communications solutions 
  • deliver intelligent infrastructure fit for cities of the future


nuron was formed by Mike Ainger (former Geo) and Mark Rutherford (Financial Strategy Expert) and commenced trading in 2015, bringing together their considerable experience of the utilities and telecommunication industries. The company was set up to address the need for a step change in monitoring technology for the wastewater industry, and to lead a team of bright entrepreneurs, innovators and engineering experts.

nuron’s entrepreneurial management team is headed up by Claire Fenwick, Managing Director, with Paul Dickenson as Technical Director. They combine successful careers focused on installing and running conventional communication networks, fibre networks in sewers and developing fibre optic monitoring solutions for oil and gas customers.

nuron’s technical advisors include experts in Optical Fibre Sensing and Networking, Sewer Engineering and Fluid Dynamics from the Pennine Water Group (a leading urban water engineering research group in the UK) at the University of Sheffield.

nuron’s Infratech services division was founded in 2020 when our customers asked us to apply our entrepreneurial mindset and multi-disciplined science and engineering experience to solve their pressing technical challenges, typically relating to legacy products and assets.   We now provide outsourced R&D services across a wide range of sectors.

Claire Fenwick and Paul Dickenson


Management Team

Claire Fenwick

Claire Fenwick

Managing Director

Claire holds a Bachelors degree in Special Engineering from Brunel University and has a successful 15 year track record in the telecommunications industry working at COLT, BSkyB and Telewest.  More recently she brings business strategy and leadership experience from her time at FibreSpeed and has infrastructure procurement, build and management experience ranging from conventional telco networks to man-entry and non-man entry sewer networks and subsea cable installation at Geo Networks.  Her versatility, leadership skills and love of challenging convention have fast tracked her from grass root delivery to senior management. Claire is a conscientious and diplomatic leader with a hands-on delivery style.

Paul Dickenson

Paul Dickenson

Technical Director

Paul has a background delivering fluid mechanics and flow monitoring for the oil and gas industry. He spent 13 years with Schlumberger, the largest oil and gas service company, in a range of UK and global technical roles. Most recently, he lead the development of flow monitoring applications of distributed fibre optic measurements, targeting well surveillance, pipeline monitoring and leak detection. Paul holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has a methodical approach to problem solving and natural ability to communicate complex solutions in a simple way.

Tom Garwood

Tom Garwood

Engineering & Operations Manager

Tom’s background is a chartered mechanical design engineer, with the IMechE,  having worked in a range of industries including nuclear, rail, renewables, moveable structures and O&G prior to joining nuron. He holds a 1st class master’s degree from the University of Sheffield and subsequently conducted research there for his PhD in the field of building energy use and simulation. Now Tom uses his multi-discipline experience to lead the delivery teams in solving novel and unique engineering challenges associated with nuron’s own technology development and those of our Engineering Services clients across a diverse range of industries.

Carl Chaplin

Carl Chaplin

Commercial Finance Manager

Carl is a senior commercial finance professional with 13 years experience across both established global businesses and early stage startups having worked in retail, infrastructure and financial services. He hold’s a Msci. In Applied Mathematics from Glasgow University. 

Carl heads up the wider Finance team and is the commercial financial lead at nuron as well as project managing customer projects. 

Board Members

Mike Ainger

Mike is the Founding Director of nuron, and has 30 years’ experience in the transport, communications and engineering industries, including 10 years in the UK rail industry and over 15 years in senior management roles in the telecoms sector.

Mike was Chief Operating Officer of Geo Networks from 2004 to 2014, the UK’s leading dedicated optical fibre business, which was sold to Zayo in 2014. He was also responsible for the development of the UK’s only optical fibre business to successfully use the sewers, Geo metro (formerly Urband).

Mike is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Chris Smedley

Chris is an experienced leader who has developed and led several technology businesses with an emphasis on customer acquisition, high quality service, retention and growth. He originally qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters, before joining the senior management team at Colt Telecom plc.

He founded and ran Geo Networks, the UK’s leading dedicated optical fibre business, which was sold to Zayo in 2014.

As well as sitting on nuron’s board, Chris has recently established a new business, Landways, which provides long-term communications infrastructure solutions for high-density buildings and venues.


Mark Rutherford

Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in telecommunications and technology business, specialising in commercial and business development and strategic planning on start-up businesses.

He was part of the founding team at Orange’s New Business Ventures group, tasked with expanding the brand in Europe, before joining 3UK as Director of Business Planning and Strategy to launch the first commercial 3G operation in Europe.

As well as sitting on nuron’s board, Mark runs a business specialising in supporting the creation of new start up and further development of telecom businesses.

Technical Advisors

Prof. Kirill Horoshenkov

MEng, PhD, FREng

Professor of Acoustics

Kirill Horoshenkov is Professor of Acoustics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He is an expert on novel sensing technologies for the inspection of underground assets and instrumentation. He has been principal investigator or co-investigator on 19 projects related to urban water sensing. He has over 160 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has a strong track record in research leading to non-academic impact. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious Brian Mercer Award from the Royal Society, ultimately leading to the establishment of his spin-off, Acoustic Sensing Technology Ltd, which markets SewerBattTM technology for buried pipes inspection in the UK and overseas.

Prof. Simon Tait

Bsc (Eng), PhD

Professor of Water Engineering

Simon Tait is Professor of Water Engineering in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at Sheffield University. He is an expert in the processes associated with sedimentation in river and urban drainage systems and the hydrodynamics associated with flows over rough, water worked sediment deposits. His secondary interests are in applying and developing improved measurement and management methodologies to allow urban water infrastructure systems to cope better with pressures caused by climate change, changing patterns of use and physical deterioration and more recently the study of energy use and recovery in urban water systems.  Simon has over 70 publications in refereed journals. He sits on CIWEM’s Urban Drainage Group and is current Editor of the ICE’s Water Management journal.

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