Meet the Team
Carl D. Francis
Chief Executive Officer
Carl joined Aston EyeTech as Chief Executive following a decade in the consumer electronics industry. Most recently, he was CEO of the P2i Group, leading the business from pre-revenue tech start-up to dominant player in its sector. Prior to this, Carl spent three years as CEO acquiring, running, and successfully exiting Adria Ltd, Ireland’s largest textile business. He was previously Group Managing Director of the Caudwell Group, Europe’s then biggest privately-owned mobile telecommunications support business with sales of £1.5bn. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive of Flexonics, the principal division of global precision engineering group Senior plc, and Divisional President at SIEBE plc where for three years he ran the group’s worldwide recovery division.
BSc, University of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA)
Certified Public Accountant (USA)
Member of Mensa
Chief Technology Officer
Jonathan has a background in senior IT Management, with a specialism toward software development in addition to general technology management. He has a Computer Science honours degree from the University of Exeter. Over the past 12 years he has managed teams developing key commercial and bespoke software in both the Fire & Rescue and the Education sectors. Jonathan has extensive experience running and teaching teams using Agile development methodologies, particularly the Scrum methodology. Jonathan is a keen advocate of using design patterns in software development. An expert in internet, cloud, and data management technology, Jonathan has developed extensive network-connected data processing systems including multi-terabyte data warehouses used for data analysis.
Bachelors Computer Science (Honours), University of Exeter
Professional Member, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
VP of Product Development
Claire started her career as a computer engineer working in both the private and public sectors within the UK. After several years working on healthcare technology within the NHS, she specialised as a PACS Engineer and moved to a large American Private Healthcare company. With over 10 years’ experience in Medical Technology, DICOM/HL7, and Project Management, Claire was previously Head of UK Operations for a major international healthcare technology provider. Her experience and knowledge of both the software and hardware components of products puts her at the forefront for leading the EYOTOTM Product Development team.
VP of Research and Development
Michal is a graduate of both the Wroclaw University of Technology and Loughborough University and an expert in Optoelectronics, Biomedical Engineering, Image Processing, and Machine Vision. As part of his Ph.D., he completed instrumental research on the uncertainty of solar spectral irradiance measurements. Following this Ph.D., Michal became a Research Associate in the Centre for Renewable Energy and Systems Technology, Applied Photovoltaic Group at Loughborough University. He joined EYOTOTM in 2015 and leads the R&D team.
VP/GM North America
Kurt is a veteran of the optical industry, having started his career with Pearle Vision as a licensed optician, then advancing into senior sales, marketing and operations roles with FEA Industries and Indizen Optical Technologies of America (IOTA) where he was integral in launching the European-based brand into the Americas. He joined EYOTOTM in 2019 and oversees the group’s sales, logistics and operational activities in the U.S. and Canada.
Product Technical Architect
Jason has a first class Bachelor's Degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He started his career as a Software Engineer developing software for the educational and special needs sectors. Later in his career he led the development of software systems for measurement instrumentation. Jason has over 10 years of experience in software development and enjoys using the latest technology and software designs. In those years, he has experienced the complete software development lifecycle multiple times in a commercial environment. Jason joined EYOTOTM in 2016 and co-ordinates technology architecture between the R&D and Product Development teams.
Bachelors Computer Systems Engineering, First Class Honours
PHD in Computer Science
Non-Executive Board Members
John is the Non-Executive Chairman of EYOTOTM. An experienced Private Equity practitioner and winner of Midlands Dealmaker Awards four times with Bridgepoint (once) and LDC (three times). A seasoned Non Executive Director having held numerous board seats in a private equity and independent capacity during that period. Previously John was an Investment Committee member of LDC and currently chairs the Investment Committees of Finance Birmingham and CCF (Capital Creative Fund) in London. John has led a number of significant transactions including a major MBO which resulted in Lloyds Development Capital’s largest ever gain exceeding £60 million on a £6.75 million investment. John sits on the ASCEND SEIS Fund II & III Investment Committee and brings a wealth of investment experience and expertise to the team.
Bsc, Managerial & Administrative Studies, University of Aston, Accountancy
E. Dean Butler founded LensCrafters in 1983. He served as its Chief Executive Officer until 1988. In that same year, Mr. Butler founded Vision Express in Europe, which merged with the French retail group, GPS, to form Grand Vision in late 1997. Mr. Butler served as Chairman of Vision Express (UK) Ltd. Group from 1988 to 1997.
Previously, Mr. Butler held several different positions in the advertising and marketing division of The Procter & Gamble Company from 1969 to 1983. He has served as the Chairman of Eyeshop, a private optical concept company, Chairman of Sight Resource Corporation, and a Director of 1-800 Contacts Inc., the publicly held Utah-based contact lens retailer. He currently is on the Advisory Board of CooperVision, and a Director of Neurolens.
Master of Science (MS), Theoretical Chemistry (Honors), Michigan State University
Masters Business Administration, Michigan State University
As a highly successful entrepreneur and investor, Peter brings 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, holding numerous directorships across a wide range of life sciences businesses. Over this period, Peter has been involved with a number of high profile turnarounds and exits within the sector, including the acquisition of Surgicraft’s loss making business where, as Managing Director, sales quadrupled within three years and the business was subsequently sold to ISIS Equity Partners. Other key healthcare positions held, both previously and currently, include Bridges Ventures, Cisiv, Diagnostic World, Spring Active and Newtech Ortho.