Burgess’s priority will be to guide Sentinel Photonics in its start-up phase to ensure delivery of its first product by the end of the year, and to seek additional investment into the company to help it to grow and development the next product line. This is Burgess’s first CEO appointment, and he joins the Sentinel team from the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), where he worked alongside the Sentinel's CTO, Sean Tipper.
Having held several leadership positions within Dstl, he not only brings a wealth of experience in photonics and knowledge of the customer base, but also in business and project management. His 15-year career in Dstl has been spent conducting research and development into the protection of military sensors from laser threats. This has included laser-proof cameras, adaptive tuneable filters, eye protection for pilots, and more recently novel methods to detect and decode laser threats.
Sentinel Photonics provides laser detection and protection systems to military and homeland security users. Its products protect both users and equipment from laser threats to prevent loss of life and improve battlefield and mission effectiveness.
The company employs cutting edge technologies invented and developed at the UK government's world-renowned Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to develop products that give end users an additional layer of defence in the Electro Optics environment.