About Us


Our team has deep experience in research and product development, in engineering and the physical sciences, gained over many years of activity in energy, medical and defence sectors. Some of our key specialisms include the creation of novel sensors and actuators, non-destructive evaluation, corrosion and its prevention, metallic and non-metallic materials developments, unique communication systems for difficult environments on land, sub-surface, underwater and air-borne, explosives design, test and mitigation, computer-based predictive modelling, software and electronics design and manufacturing. Much of our work leverages phenomena in acoustics, electricity and magnetism and electromagnetism.

Meet the Executive Team

The founders of 3-Sci – Prof Mike Hinton, Dr Mark Maylin and Adrian Bowles, have been co-workers for over 20 years. They are supported by several other highly-motivated and qualified staff. We describe here some of our highly-valued people.

Professor Mike Hinton


Prior to taking up his role as CEO of 3-Sci, Mike was the Technology Director at the National Composites Centre (NCC), one of seven UK government-sponsored High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres (HVM C) set up to transition technology across the “Valley of Death”. Presently he continues on a part-time basis as Chief Technology Officer for the overall HVM C (comprising 7 Centres). Before this he acquired 40 years of experience at QinetiQ working on programmes aimed at gaining a fundamental understanding of materials, ballistics and electromagnetic devices and used that knowledge to develop practical hardware used in the field by the UK military. He rose to the role of Technical Director responsible for providing the technical and engineering governance to a division of 3000 people, and responsible for the creation and implementation of the overarching technical strategy. He has collaborated extensively with research organisations in the UK and internationally and in recognition of this, he is a visiting professor at Nottingham University.

Adrian Bowles

Technical Director

Adrian spent his first career decade developing sensors and actuators for the medical, automotive, aerospace and defence industries at QinetiQ. From 2003 he became interested in the opportunities for new sensors and wireless technologies in the oil industry and later became Team Leader for the Oil and Gas Technologies team which successfully developed and licenced out a range of novel downhole technologies and subsea instruments. In 2008, he initiated and managed the development of the Wireless Corrosion Monitoring technology aimed at asset monitoring, which featured the early stages of Wi-Corr development.

Dr Mark Maylin

Technology and Account Director

Mark is an experienced business development professional with a solid technical background, gained with manufacturing OEMs (Oxford Instruments) and in R&D establishments. He spent his first 15 years of career in commercial project engineering and field servicing, then military technology development and team leadership, before spending over a decade as the Oil and Gas Account Director within QinetiQ. Mark has experience of working in each of the upstream (downhole) and downstream (refinery and petrochemical) sectors and draws on our relationships with partners and end-users to progress 3-Sci products to market.

Richard Caldwell

Chief Engineer

Richard started his career at Philips Research (later NXP Semiconductors) and spent over a decade conducting research into wireless systems, including pioneering work into Wi-Fi (802.11a), Bluetooth2.0 and Cognitive and Software Defined Radio. He also designed and demonstrated innovative methods of domestic HD video transmission using combined modulation and compression schemes. Also at QinetiQ, he implemented software and electronic solutions for self-organising mesh networks for use in the petrochemical industry.

Alison Blethyn

Operations Manager

Alison began her career as an industrial research chemist before moving into the areas of Health and Safety and Compliance from 2001 onwards and now possesses a NEBOSH diploma in Occupational Safety and Health. As Governance Manager for the Energy and Materials Division in QinetiQ, she oversaw the activities of approximately 150 staff specialising in a variety of technical disciplines and product developments, including analysis equipment for the Oil and Gas industry, batteries and fuel cells, defence stealth materials, innovative product design, and industrial waste pyrolysis. Alison ensures compliance with company assurance, UK legislation and industry best practice for continuing business success in 3-Sci.

Stephanie King

Senior Physicist

Stephanie is a highly motivated Chartered Physicist experienced in cutting-edge technology research and development, with practical skills gained through providing engineering solutions for challenging environments. She enjoys applying her knowledge of physics and engineering to a wide range of practical applications, having provided a variety of solutions for the Space, Defence, Medical and Oil and Gas sectors. Stephanie takes a leading role in 3-Sci in instrumentation, the characterisation and development of advanced transducers and their optimisation for deployment into practical, ‘field-ready’ systems.

Jerry Ludlow

Senior Technologist

Jerry is an experienced Materials and Corrosion Engineer, specialising in material selection, asset integrity management, corrosion prevention and mitigation. His early career encompassed 11 years addressing maritime defence technologies and challenges with the Defence Research Agency (DRA) in such diverse fields as superconductivity, magnetism, corrosion protection and marine materials selection. During a further 11 years with QinetiQ, he then went on to technically manage projects in research and development of novel technologies for upstream and downstream oil and gas assets.
More recently, Jerry has applied his knowledge and experience through engineering positions at Wood Group Kenny and Eni Engineering Exploration and Production, again specialising in Asset Integrity Management, Materials Selection and Corrosion prevention. He is now pursuing research and development of innovative technologies and solutions in the oil and gas sector as a Senior Technologist with 3-Sci Ltd.

Malcolm 'Mac' Davies

Business Development Manager

An engineer by training, Malcolm ‘Mac’ Davies has deep experience of Turnaround processes and in the implementation of cost-effective methods to address high intensity tasks. Mac began his career running his own UK Engineering Contractor Company, gaining a great deal of experience in how to liaise effectively with large plant Operators and meeting their needs for improved services and products. Much of his initial work was highly focused on the development of the UK North Sea fields and resources. Mac then moved to ICI as a Turnaround Manager in the Engineering Overhaul Group, engaged in Turnarounds for all of ICI’s bulk chemical and refining installations in the UK. Interest and need from overseas Operators led to Mac spending some years managing and advising on around a dozen turnarounds in Malaysia and for major Plants in Chile and New Zealand.

Mac has been involved with Turnaround Training for several years. In his Business Development role for 3-Sci, he is highly focused on ensuring that 3-Sci’s existing products and new product developments are optimized to meet precisely, our end-user needs.

Our Premises and Location

The 3-Sci team conducts its primary activities from modern offices, laboratories and workshops in the coastal town of Lee-on-the-Solent on the Gosport peninsula. The location is within easy reach of the M27 motorway running between Southampton and Portsmouth and the international airport at Southampton. Visitors arriving at London Heathrow can reach our facilities within 90 minutes. If you are anticipating being around the south coast of England in the near future, do drop by and come and see our exciting work.