- Meet The Team

Editorial Team

April Cashin-Garbutt

April Cashin-Garbutt - Editor in Chief April graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge with a first-class honours degree in Natural Sciences. Specific modules in the History and Philosophy of Science, sparked her keen interest in science and medical news and communication. In her spare time April enjoys presenting hospital and community radio shows.

James White

James White - Editor James graduated from Plymouth University with an first class MPsych (Hons) in Advanced Psychology, where he particularly enjoyed getting stuck in with EEG experiments, volunteering and any pub quiz around. After graduating, James travelled to Australia for a year, touring the South East and getting a taste of freelance cameraman work. In his spare time, James continues to enjoy pub quizzing, travelling and particularly enjoys when England beat Australia in the cricket.

Bethany Ellison

Bethany Ellison - Editor Beth graduated with a BSc in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Leeds in 2014, where she particularly enjoyed modules in quantum physics, mathematics, and the philosophy of science and logic. After graduating, she briefly worked in educational publishing, before joining AZoNetwork as an editor. In her spare time, Beth can usually be found in her kitchen, surrounded by cookery books and attempting to perfect her macaron recipe.

Stuart Milne

Stuart Milne - Editor Stuart graduated from the University of Wales, Institute Cardiff with a first class honours degree in Product Design. After working on a start-up company involved in LED Lighting solutions, Stuart decided to take an opportunity with AZoNetwork. In his spare time Stuart likes to continue his love for art and design by creating art work and continuing his love for sketching. In the future Stuart would like to continue his love for travel and explore new and exciting places.

Will Soutter

Will Soutter - Editor Will has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Durham, and a MSc in Green Chemistry from the University of York. Naturally, Will is our resident Chemistry expert but, a love of science and the internet makes Will the all-rounder of the team. In his spare time Will likes to play the drums, cook and brew cider.

Kris Walker

Kris Walker - Editor & Videographer Kris has a BA(hons) in Media & Performance from the University of Salford. Combining editing with video, Kris is also our resident Social media expert. Outside of work, Kris is finally seeing a return on 25 years of hurt supporting Manchester City.

Feature Writers

Kate Bass

Kate Bass - Feature Writer Kate graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a biochemistry BSc degree. She also has a natural flair for writing and enthusiasm for scientific communication, which made medical writing an obvious career choice. In her spare time, Kate enjoys walking in the hills with friends and travelling to learn more about different cultures around the world.

Susan Chow

Susan Chow - Feature Writer Susan holds a PhD in cell and molecular biology from Dartmouth College in the United States and is also a certified editor in the life sciences (ELS). She worked in a diabetes research lab for many years before becoming a medical and scientific writer. Susan loves to write about all aspects of science and medicine but is particularly passionate about sharing advances in cancer therapies. Outside of work, Susan enjoys reading, spending time at the lake, and watching her sons play sports.

Ananya Mandal

Ananya Mandal - Feature Writer Ananya is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.

Tomislav Meštrović

Tomislav Meštrović - Feature Writer Tomislav is a medical doctor, specialist in the field of clinical microbiology, with a PhD in biomedical and health sciences. In addition to his interest in clinical and research activities, his immense passion for medical writing and scientific communication goes back to his student days. He enjoys contributing back to the community. In his spare time, Tomislav is a movie buff and an avid traveler.

Kirsty Oswald

Kirsty Oswald - Feature Writer Kirsty has a BSc in Human Sciences from University College London. After several years working as medical copywriter, she became a medical journalist and is now freelance. Kirsty also works part-time as an editor for a London-based charity. She is particularly interested in the social and cultural aspects of science.

Sally Robertson

Sally Robertson - Feature Writer Sally graduated from Greenwich University with a first-class honours degree in Biomedical Science. After five years working in the scientific publishing sector, Sally developed an interest in medical journalism and copywriting and went on to pursue this on a freelance basis. In her spare time Sally enjoys cross-country biking and walking, tennis and crosswords.

Yolanda Smith

Yolanda Smith - Feature Writer Yolanda graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of South Australia and has experience working in both Australia and Italy. She is passionate about how medicine, diet and lifestyle affect our health and enjoys helping people understand this. In her spare time she loves to explore the world and learn about new cultures and languages.

Liji Thomas

Liji Thomas - Feature Writer Liji Thomas is an OB-GYN, who graduated as gold medallist from the Government Medical College, University of Calicut, Kerala, in 2001. Liji practiced as a full-time consultant in obstetrics/gynecology in a private hospital for a few years following her graduation. She has counseled hundreds of patients facing issues from pregnancy-related problems and infertility, and has been in charge of over 2,000 deliveries, striving always to achieve a normal delivery rather than operative.

Afsaneh Khetrapal

Afsaneh Khetrapal - Feature Writer Afsaneh graduated from Warwick University with a First class honours degree in Biomedical science. During her time here her love for neuroscience and scientific journalism only grew and have now steered her into a career with the journal, Scientific Reports under Springer Nature. Of course, she isn’t always immersed in all things science and literary; her free time involves a lot of oil painting and beach-side walks too.

Customer Relationship Team

Philip Melnik

Philip Melnik - North American Relationship Manager Phil is a 10 year veteran of the digital marketing world with past stints at both GlobalSpec and Compare Networks. A 1982 graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, NY (BA- History), Phil is an avid Internet marketing evangelist and a student of markets, literature, life, faith and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lee Pickering

Lee Pickering - Relationship Manager Lee has over 20 years’ of marketing and advertising experience working for some of the largest radio, TV and online companies in the world. He has a passion for understanding the requirements of the client and coming up with solutions to meet the needs of their business. He is also a proud father of a 9 year old son and a 6 year old daughter and spends his weekends coaching soccer matches and watching a mix of kids rugby, athletics, swimming and street dance.

Yasmine Ayane

Yasmine Ayane - Relationship Manager Yasmine graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a bachelors science in Psychology. Her interest in individual's decisions and process making determined her career would focus on working with people in an business environment. Alongside building relationships amongst AZoNetwork, Yasmine is often found somewhere in the French alps - either on the slopes or commencing Après.

Frank Barker

Frank Barker - Relationship Manager Frank graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in International Business. He has spent his younger years playing rugby around the world in both Australia and Spain. Although Frank has a keen interest in combining travel and sport, he has since returned to his hometown and currently plays for the local 1st XV.

Development Team

Joel Scanlon

Joel Scanlon - CTO Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

Ben Amada

Ben Amada - Senior Lead Developer Ben's career has focused on architecting, developing and maintaining I.T. systems. Integrating applications with 3rd party systems, improving application usability, troubleshooting and coming up with innovative solutions are Ben's strengths and areas of work he enjoys. In his leisure time, Ben can be found dining out or following his favourite sporting events.

Torsten Christensen

Torsten Christensen - Front-End Developer Torsten has been working in web design for over 6 years. During that time he has worked with a large number of clients, working for a well established design agency as well as for himself. Other than his passion for design, Torsten has a keen interest in music and can often be found at gigs or playing his guitar.

Management Team

Ian Birkby

Ian Birkby - CEO Ian is a second time around entrepreneur, who founded Dynamic-Ceramic in 1992 and led the company through to a successful exit in 1997. AZoNetwork was established in 2000 in Sydney Australia. Ian has a first class honours degree in Engineering Metallurgy and Ph.D. in Engineering Ceramics and Tribology. Ian's a former member of the Institute of Materials, Materials Strategy Commission and the UK's Institute of Ceramics. He also served as Chairman of Medilink North West (a medical devices consortium) and is a former Director of the Australian Nano Business Forum. When not indulging in his passion for all things webby, techy and digital he can still be seen running around the soccer field trying desperately to emulate his Leeds United heroes from the 70's.

Rolf Easto

Rolf Easto - Global Relationship Manager Rolf started his sales career back in the days when print advertising was in vogue and with twenty-five years’ worth of ‘hard yards’ behind him in direct selling, sales management and running a successful manufacturing business, he brings all the necessary experience and skills to help lead our global sales operation. He is a passionate advocate of relationship building and customer service across all levels of the business. On the days when he’s not spreading the ‘AZoGospel’ Rolf can be found watching his local rugby club, mountain biking in the hills and catching up on all things related to his love of soul music.

Kirsten Frances

Kirsten Frances - Office Manager A background in healthcare based further education lecturing and 5 years plus in Sales Management with Clarins Skincare, Kirsten brings to her role of Office Manager (or chief cat herder as she sometimes calls it) a wealth of corporate organisational experience. She's a a passionate advocate of customer service and would love to hear from you if you're only a mildly upset customer. Outside of work Kirsten enjoys spending time with her three girls and swimming in as many rock pools as she can find on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Rachel Fisher

Rachel Fisher - Finance Manager Rachel graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in management and sport. Following her studies, she spent 7 years with a UK startup company, which made prototype parts and grew rapidly into a £10m+ company, studying CIMA alongside. She recently relocated "Up North" and found this great opportunity within the AZo Team. In her spare time she can be found coaching kids football, dog training, playing the piano and baking.

Liz Boston-Brady

Liz Boston-Brady - Accounts Manager Liz has been working in finance for over 6 years, and has gained experience within all the different aspects of an accounting team. She is currently studying for her qualifications alongside working full-time. Outside of work, Liz enjoys socialising with friends and family, shopping and cooking (not always successfully). She also enjoys taking her dog out and about. Liz also enjoys travelling, particularly camping and would love the chance/time to explore more.