Meet The Team

Meet the Team 2017-05-20T21:48:42+00:00

Established in 1998, Aurora has built its reputation not only on the quality of products it offers but also the quality of staff that it employs. Listed below are some of the key personnel.

Dr Tom Heseltine is Aurora’s CEO. Tom became CEO in 2016, having previously been responsible for the inception of Aurora’s face recognition technology when he joined the company in 2004. Tom has over 15 years’ experience in Software Development, Machine Learning and Biometrics, working extensively with Aurora’s clients to ensure that the technology is used to its full potential. His PhD pioneered new techniques in 3D face recognition to improve the accuracy of biometric systems, although his attention soon turned primarily to 2D techniques. In his previous role as Head of Research, he introduced Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning into Aurora’s technology portfolio, which resulted in a step-change in accuracy for both recognition and feature detection.

Lee Scorer is Aurora’s CTO. With 30 years of software development expertise, Lee has been instrumental in producing various solutions in helping Aurora grow its diversity into large scale enterprise cloud solutions incorporating Aurora’s AI Engines. Examples are MyPlayerTwin, Recruitment, LOR Cloud Modules, Head Office Database and Mobile Clocking solutions for Windows Phone and Android Phones.

Probably the most important and exciting product that Lee has had the vision to create is BioFrame: a robust and extensible architecture that serves as a base for all of Aurora’s Time and Attendance software. Lee leads all stages of System Development, including Mentoring, Design, Architecture, Testing and Support.

Patrick Usher is Aurora’s Applications Director. He joined Hugh at SIMS in 1990 following a successful career in Education and he co-founded Aurora in 1998. His responsibilities include the management of technical and development teams, oversight of the R&D team, liaison with customers and partners, design of technical specifications, training and consultancy.

Dr Przemyslaw “Shamek” Szeptycki is Head of Research, leading the Core Technology Team in all aspects of Aurora’s core technology development. He holds a PhD in Face Recognition from Ecole Centrale de Lyon and his extensive software engineering skills and computer vision acumen mean that his talents are utilised from concept and theory, through to implementation and deployment. Shamek has been responsible for the development of Aurora’s Deep Learning platform, which now forms the basis for Aurora’s face recognition, feature detection and AI applications alike. As a Biometrics Consultant he liaises with clients during deployment and design phases to ensure that Aurora’s innovative technology is being used to maximum effect.

Hugh Carr-Archer is Aurora’s Business Development Director. Since 1989 Hugh has run two successful companies in the IT sector. He led the growth of SIMS, an educational software company sold to Capita plc. After providing early funding for Aurora, he became CEO and since the inception of Aurora he has overseen the formation and growth of the company. In 2007 he was elected by his colleagues in the industry to be chairman of the Intellect Association of Biometrics. Intellect is the UK’s largest trade and industry association of IT and related technologies.

Richard McLaughlin is Aurora’s IT Manager. He has extensive experience technical project manager, solution designer, team leader and key account manager specializing in the provision and support of Aurora’s facial recognition systems. Richard provides services and support to customers and partners, including: Telephone helpline support, Installation and training. Internally he leads on: Project management, testing of new technology and software prior to release and the support of Aurora’s internal IT systems.

Gary James is Head of Sales and Customer Relations at Aurora. He began his career as a Technician for the Home Office Directorate of Telecommunications. Since then he has always worked with leading edge technology in the field of security and surveillance. Gary has also spent time within the mainstream CCTV industry as a Product Marketing Manager, after which he spent 15 years working in digital video recording.

He became involved in facial recognition as part of a social responsibility initiative within the gaming industry and deployed the first and only facial recognition systems in use within any UK casinos. Gary’s interest in the benefits that biometrics brings to the world of security and the verification of identity has driven his recent move to Aurora Computer Services.

Kevin Mortimer is Financial Controller and heads up the administration and finance functions for the company.

Kevin is an economics graduate who qualified as a chartered accountant in 1987 and has occupied senior finance roles within the leisure, manufacturing and waste management industries prior to joining Aurora.

Helen Prentice is a highly experienced non-executive director. Helen trained at Macintyre Hudson where she went on to manage a portfolio of SME clients. This included Accounting and Audit services as well as advice for start-ups and growing companies.