Our Team

Chief Executive Officer: Mike Handley

Marketing and Advertising consultant with 30 years experience working on branded goods and services. Mike started his career as a Creative Group Head working in TV, radio, outdoor and print with Geers Gross. Mike also has experience of designing and manufacturing high quality products in the UK, manufacturing in China, and retailing through John Lewis and Mothercare. Mike has successfully run The Handley Partnership for the last 20 years. He brings commercial expertise to the PolyChord company and acts as principal point of contact for all client-focused business.

Chief Technology Officer: Dr. Will Handley

Theoretical Cosmologist, studying the very earliest moments of the universe, having recently completed his PhD under his supervisors Anthony Lasenby and Mike Hobson. Dr. Handley’s main interest is in examining the effect that high energy physics has on the universe a split second after the Big Bang. Recently, his work has focussed on developing novel Bayesian algorithms for high-dimensional parameter estimation and model comparison using nested sampling. Dr. Handley is a member of the Planck Core HFI team 2.

Chief Science Officer: Prof. Mike Hobson

Director of Studies, Physics Prof Hobson is Cambridge University Professor in Astrophysics and Cosmology. Prof Hobson is a researcher in the Cavendish Laboratory, and both Director of Studies in Natural Sciences and a member of the Admissions Committee at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His research interests include cosmology, in particular primordial fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background, and star-formation. He is an experienced teacher of university physics and mathematics.

Academic Advisor: Prof. Anthony Lasenby

Cambridge Professor of Astrophysics and Cosmology Fellow of Queens’ College. Prof Lasenby’s areas of interest include Anisotropy of the microwave background, cosmology, the Galactic Centre, telescope surface profile measurement, phase reconstruction problems, atmospheric spectral line broadening. Geometric algebras, the application of Clifford Algebras in physics.