Our committee

Our committee members are elected from industry and academic institutions.



  • Chair

Dr Chris Parmenter

Christopher is a Research Officer in Cryogenic Electron Microscopy. His PhD is in polymer chemistry through which he developed skills in Cryo-TEM whilst investigating soft and biological systems. He recently moved into SEM, specifically Cryo-SEM and FIB-SEM of any samples where there is a nano-scale problem to solve or understand. He is keen to meet with other microscopists to further his knowledge of EM & other techniques. Chris is currently the Editor of Microscopy & Analysis.

  • Secretary

Judith Mantell

Judith is a Senior Electron Microscopist at the University of Bristol, sharing positions between the Wolfson Bioimaging Facility and the research group of Prof. Paul Verkade. The facility houses 2 TEMs, complete with cryo facilities as well as 3 SEMs , one a FEG SEM with cryo attachment. She also helped to set up the  GW4 CryoTEM Facility at Bristol, so has an interest in all things cryo related.  Although starting out as a Physics graduate and working in materials research, Judith has since worked for Oxford Instruments as Sales and Applications specialist in their EM division with special interest in  the cryoSEM and cryoTEM equipment that they made then, and previously for Philips Electron Optics (now ThermoFisher-FEI) as a TEM Application specialist both in Eindhoven and Cambridge. She was the winner of the 2021 RMS Vice Presidents Medal for Microscopy support.

  • Treasurer

Jill Webb

Reading Scientific Services Ltd,
Reading Science Centre,
Whiteknights campus
Pepper Lane


  • Website

Dr Saskia Bakker

Saskia manages the Advanced Bioimaging RTP at the University of Warwick. She did a PhD on the structure of small icosahedral viruses at the University of Leeds, followed by a post-doc on human enveloped viruses at the MRC - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. She has been doing cryo-TEM since 2007 and is now learning cryo-SEM. 

  • Member

Steve Murray

Hitachi High-Technologies Europe GmbH, UK

  • Member

Dr Eudri Venter

Eudri started his academic career in the late 2000s in South Africa where he studied viral genetics.  Those formative academic years was broadly characterised by exposure to advanced imaging techniques, which enforced his interest in all things to do with microscopes.  In 2019 Eudri emigrated to the UK to further his academic expertise and spent a three-year stint in agricultural research.  Following this there was an opportunity to work for an equipment manufacturer of high precision analytical and imaging equipment; serendipitously the same company that manufactured the very first microscope he ever used, which unknowingly kick-started his future career path.  Now, Eudri works for JEOL UK, specialising in different applications for SEM and TEM alike, ranging from volume EM imaging to cryo imaging to most topics in between.

  • Member

Dr Martha Briceno de Gutierrez

Johnson Matthey

  • Member

Mike Wombwell


  • Member

Gareth Jackson


  • Member

Ken Fahy

Ken comes from a physics background and is co-founder and product manager at SiriusXT Ltd. The Dublin-based company has developed a commercial lab-scale cryo-soft X-ray microscope for imaging frozen hydrated specimens in the so-called 'water window'. Advantages of the technique include the ability to image whole cells with native contrast to a resolution of at least 50 nm. Ken is interested in correlative workflow development as well as finding new imaging applications that could benefit from the lab instrument.

  • Member

Dr Raffa Carzaniga

Carl Zeiss Ltd. 

  • OPEN


We have an open committee position, ideally for an academic user. If you are interested, please contact the chair. 


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