Our company

Spiro Control is an agile technology firm with vast expertise in process optimisation and process control. The company has built a strong reputation for building technology that is easy for customers to use and maintain, yet delivers a robust solution capable of tackling the most complex applications. Our continuous investment in R&D helps us to stay innovative and to stand out from our competitors.

Our people

Our team is made up of expert process control engineers, skilled developers, visionary business development people and everything in between.

Dr. Patrick Thorpe

Managing Director

Patrick has a career that spans more than 25 years working in industrial process control. He has specialist knowledge in the application of advanced process control to ethylene production and gas processing. He has also worked in a diverse range of industries including food, mining, energy, chemicals and polymers.

Patrick trained as an application engineer with Exxon Chemical before moving to Predictive Control where he was involved in product development and application. Foxboro subsequently acquired Predictive Control’s technology and he led the integration with Foxboro’s distributed control system. He has also worked as an advisor with Aspen Technology.

Prior to founding Spiro Control, Patrick co-founded Aptitude, a technology leader in advanced process control. In the role of operations director, he built a team of engineers located in the UK and India, leading the development of a commercial system identification software. Patrick holds a PhD in Chemical Engineer from Loughborough University.

Shabroz Gill

Lead Developer

Shabroz holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, one of the most elite and prestigious universities in India. He has been working in the field of process modelling and control since 2006.

Shabroz has developed algorithms and software to support numerous aspects of control engineering. Most significantly he has led projects on automatic tuning of PID controllers, model identification of industrial processes and model predictive control algorithms. He is a named author on three publications about automation and control.

Shabroz has extensive programming experience in C++, C#, Python, IEC 61131-3 programming languages and Matlab. He also has detailed knowledge of communication protocols including OPC and MODBUS. He has built two commercial software products from conception to commercialisation, including research, architecture, object oriented implementation, unit testing, profiling and support of the software.

Daniel Thorpe

Director, Marketing and Sales

Daniel is responsible for both brand strategy and new business sales at Spiro Control. He is enjoying the challenge of taking hands-on responsibility for developing and implementing creative go-to-market strategies for Spiro Control’s new portfolio of analytics and control products.

Daniel has a proven track record in leading business development and channel sales initiatives for leading technology organisations. He also has substantial marketing experience, most notably having worked with AS Monaco FC to develop and execute a new marketing strategy.

Surrounded by a team of highly focused engineers and mathematicians, Daniel is able to bring a fresh perspective to challenges faced by Spiro Control and Spiro Control’s clients.

Daniel holds a BSc in Economics from Bath University and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School. In addition to speaking fluent French, he is always looking for opportunities to practice his Swedish.

Brian Neve

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Neve has spent a long and illustrious career in leading-edge automation and process control. His focus has been pioneering the use of advanced digital control techniques in the Oil and Gas sector.

As head of process control at Exxon Chemical Europe, Mr. Neve oversaw the implementation of advanced process control at all Exxon petrochemical plants throughout Europe.

After spending ten years as a leading control expert with Exxon, and before that, ten years with Invensys, Mr. Neve has founded and managed three successful companies.

  • Founded and managed PACS. PACS developed the first all-digital, battery powered, radio communication system for industrial measurement and control. In 2008 PACS was acquired by Wood and Douglas Ltd.
  • Founded KBC Process Automation. The success of KBC Process Automation brought on the full merger with KBC Advanced Technologies PLC.
  • Founded and grew the ISS Group Europe, a company that provides software for visualizing process data

Dr. Bin Zhang

Senior Research Engineer

Bin Zhang has ten years post-doctoral research experience since gaining his PhD in Automatic Control & Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield. He is particularly strong in machine learning, signal processing, control, and C/C++ development.

As well as being a named author in nine articles about process control, Bin Zhang was the recipient of the Tindall Scholarship and awarded a Fee Scholarship by the University of Sheffield.

Prior to Spiro Control, Bin Zhang was a Control Systems Engineer in the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield where he:

  • Developed robotic visual inspection systems to automate the underwater geometry inspection using 3D photogrammetry and the cleanliness validation process in high-value manufacturing.
  • Integrated metrology systems with robots to improve path accuracy and proposed a control system architecture for multiple mobile robot machining.

Harrison O’Neill

PhD Studentship

Harrison O’Neil holds an MSc in Mathematics having gained a first-class degree in the same subject. In recognition of work completed during his undergraduate degree, Harrison was awarded the Institute of Mathematics Valedictory Prize.

Harrison is now working with Spiro Control to develop machine learning applications in the context of industrial process control. The focus of the research is to apply machine learning techniques to improve the monitoring, diagnostics, and tuning of control loops. This involves developing machine learning algorithms using data regression and classification techniques. The methods developed will be applied to both single and multivariable control systems to optimise their controllability and energy performance.

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Careers

It’s nice when you can feel good about the job you do and feel that you are part of something important. We see big changes occurring in the world of process control in the not too distant future and our ambition is to be a major force in leading this change. So, by joining Spiro Control, you will not only be crucial to shaping the future of our business, but we believe you will also play a significant role in changing the industry as a whole.

We are rapidly expanding and, as we grow, we’re determined to build an environment that attracts the best process control, data scientists and software development professionals by offering an environment that supports and nurtures creativity and innovation.

Keen to join us? Email your CV to careers@spirocontrol.com and state in the subject line the role for which you would like to be considered.

Current vacancies

  • Spiro Control is looking to hire a Product Developer. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to our amb...

  • Spiro Control is looking to hire a Senior Advanced Process Control Engineer. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead APC projects, ...