AES British Section Past Committee Members

Tomos Wise

Past Chair – Tomos Wise (Solid State Logic), Chair in 2014.

Tom joined the AES while studying Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems at the University of York. He has a diverse background in music, having worked in Research & Development for a number of prestigious companies including Meridian Audio, Oxford Digital and Solid State Logic, all of which are AES Sustaining Members. An accomplished live sound engineer, he has also played and recorded with several bands. Tom is now Product Manager for SSL’s Live consoles. He has been on the AES committee since 2011.


Ben Supper

Ben Supper (ROLI) – Committee 2010-2014, Chair in 2013.

Since graduating from Surrey’s Tonmeister course in 2000, Ben Supper has worked as a design engineer at Cadac Electronics, as hardware team leader for Focusrite/Novation, and currently at ROLI as the head of physical technology. Along the way, he’s written DSP algorithms, designed mass-market audio hardware, completed a PhD, lectured on a number of subjects, and co-written patents and technical papers. An AES member since 1998, he joined the UK committee in 2010.


Rob ToulsonRob Toulson (Anglia Ruskin University) – Committee 2013-2014.

Rob Toulson is Director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is an active researcher in sound, audio and music production fields, holding a first degree in Engineering, a PhD in Digital Signal Processing, and a number of years’ experience working in the electronics industry as well as teaching electronics and music technology in Higher Education. Rob is founder of the Cambridge regional branch of the Audio Engineering Society and he is a director of both Half-ton Studios in Cambridge and High Barn Studios in Essex. Rob is also a successful music producer and recording, mixing and mastering engineer, with a number of commercial credits to his name.


Patrick NaylorPatrick Naylor (Imperial College) – Committee 2013-2014.

Patrick Naylor is a member of academic staff in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London, where he is involved in teaching and research for digital signal processing applied to audio, speech and acoustics. Important topics in his work are microphone array signal processing, blind multichannel acoustic system identification and equalization, and single and multi-channel speech enhancement. He is also a director of the UK Centre for Law Enforcement Audio Research, and a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Committee on Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing.


Chris BaumeChris Baume (BBC) – Committee 2013-2014.

Chris Baume joined BBC R&D following his master’s degree in Electronics with Music Technology at the University of York. He has worked on a variety of projects covering many different topics, including spatial audio, video quality analysis, audio codec evaluation and systems architecture design. In 2010, he joined the BBC’s audio research group where he has investigated artificial bandwidth extension of speech, and collaborated with Queen Mary University of London on creating a system for analysing music to extract information about its mood. He is currently developing the next generation of broadcast audio production tools.


Kerry-Anne KubisaKerry-Anne Kubisa (University of Leeds) – Committee 2014.

Graduating from the University of Sheffield in Creative Music Technology in 2001, Kerry-Anne is currently the audio engineer and studio manager at the School of Music, University of Leeds. Specialising in acoustic and location recording, she turns her expertise to Classical and World music of all scales: chamber music, operas, orchestras, and choirs. As the technical coordinator for The Universities Concert series, she has engineered for artists including John Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae, Kirsty Almeida and the Troubadours, Zoe Rahman, Bill Nelson and Rei Nakamura. She has also recorded for The Leeds International Piano Competition, the BBC, and Dame Evelyn Glennie. An active member of the AES Education Committee, Kerry-Anne founded the AES North of England region in 2010, and continues to run, coordinate, and promote its many lectures and events.


Kerry-Anne KubisaAlan Trevena (Jaguar Land Rover) – Committee 2014.

Alan Trevena is the audio systems specialist at Jaguar Land Rover, advising on acoustics, installation, design, and technology for in-car audio systems. Alan previously served as a senior engineer at Alpine Electronics and at DLC Design, and has more than ten years’ experience in automotive audio. He has been an active AES participant ever since graduating from the University of Salford’s Electroacoustics course in 2003, and currently chairs the AES Loudspeaker and Headphone technical committee.


Will EvansWill Evans (Focusrite) – Committee 2009-2013, Chair in 2012.

Will Evans has a background in acoustics (he studied Acoustical Engineering at the ISVR, University of Southampton), and recently passed his PhD viva exam at the University of Surrey. His thesis explored the effects of loudspeaker directivity upon the perception of reproduced sound, and he taught Electroacoustics on the Tonmeister Course for three years whilst studying. Always a music and recording enthusiast, Will’s own record label, which he started in 2006 whilst studying at Southampton, slowly gained notoriety and led to his working in the music industry, assisting at Warp Records and managing a number of signed acts. He continues to run the label and is also Artist and Public Relations manager at Focusrite — a role which sees him combine his passion for artists/records with audio engineering.


David PopeDavid Pope (MusicScreen) – Committee 2012-2013.

David Pope has worked in the Cinema industry for over 20 years. Trained as an audio engineer with Neve, he worked as a sound dubbing consultant for Sony Cinema Products and quickly rose to be General Manager of their European Operation. David joined DTS as Director of Business Development in 2001 and is well known for his work in supporting the Disability Working Group and establishing a subtitling and audio description service to UK Cinemas. In January 2010 he joined XDC (now dcinex) as Director of Operations for UK and IE. To date he has firmly established dcinex as the leading digital cinema company for the independent exhibition sector.


Zoran CvetkovicZoran Cvetkovic (King’s College London)

Zoran Cvetkovic is Professor of Signal Processing at King’s College London. He received his Dipl. Ing. and Mag. degrees from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, the M.Phil. from Columbia University, and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He held research positions at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland (1996), and at Harvard University (2002-04). Between 1997 and 2002 he was a member of the technical staff of AT&T Shannon Laboratory. His research interests  are in the broad area of signal processing, ranging from theoretical aspects of signal analysis to applications in audio and speech technology and neuroscience. From 2005 to 2008 he served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactionson Signal Processing.


Andy FarnellAndy Farnell (Mogees)

Andy Farnell is a computer scientist from the UK with specialisations in signal processing, modelling and synthesis. Pioneer of procedural audio and the author of MIT textbook “Designing Sound”, Andy is visiting professor at several European institutions and consultant to interactive media companies. He is a senior lecturer in Audio Engineering at SAE London and also currently works as Head of R&D at Mogees Ltd. Andy is also an enthusiastic advocate and hacker of Free open source software, who believes in educational opportunities and access to enabling tools and knowledge for all.


Brecht De ManBrecht De Man (Queen Mary University of London)

Brecht De Man is a researcher, audio engineer and musician. Combining his experience as a recording engineer and live sound engineer, musicianship and engineering education, he started a PhD in Audio Engineering at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London, UK. Prior to this, he obtained an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium, with one year worth of MSc level courses at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland.
Brecht has published and presented research on intelligent audio production tools and the psychoacoustics of mixing engineering. He is an active musician and music teacher, and works as a freelance sound engineer in and around London. An active member of the AES, he is also Chair of the AES Student Delegate Assembly, Chair of the London UK Student Section, and involved in the organisation of various past and future AES events such as the Up Your Output! student events.


Nikolay GeorgievPast Chair – Nikolay Georgiev (SAE Institute London)

Nikolay Georgiev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. At 15 he made his first four-track recording and since then has been recording and mixing projects from classical, rock, electronic and experimental avant-garde music. Nikolay’s educational profile includes an undergraduate course in general engineering at the Technical University of Sofia, first class honours degree in Philosophy at the University of Sofia (with additional specialisation at Universität des Saarlandes, Germany) and a 2-year course in Audio Engineering at SAE Institute London. He now works as a Music Producer, Recording Engineer and an internal and 3rd party Plug-in Developer for Acustica Audio‘s Acqua platform and represents the company in the UK. Nikolay also holds a position as an Audio and Music Production Lecturer at SAE Institute London. As student liaison and events coordinator, Nik chaired the first two editions of the annual Up Your Output! event — the UK’s first in many years designated specifically for Student Members.


Rupert Brun

Rupert Brun (Brun Audio Consulting)

Rupert worked at the BBC for 36 years in various audio engineering roles, he is now an independent consultant. He has a strong track record in audio innovation. Rupert created include “HD Sound” (BBC Radio 3 with a wide dynamic range delivered over the internet), NetMix (an experiment which allowed those with a hearing impairment to hear the commentary of an event clearly without spoiling the audio balance for other listeners) and reinvigorated surround sound for radio. Rupert is now working with a number of companies to develop audio products and services for the broadcast industry.


Chris BarlowChris Barlow (Southampton Solent University)

Dr Barlow studied Music at the University of Sheffield and Music Technology at the University of York.  He has taught in both the Secondary and Higher education sectors as a specialist in Audio Engineering and Acoustics.  Chris is Director of Solent Acoustics – the university’s acoustic consultancy and training business, and is course leader for the MSc Applied Acoustics.

Always interested in the science of sound, Chris moved into acoustics for his PhD at the University of York, specialising in voice and speech analysis, and completed in 2003 to work in a postdoctoral research fellowship at Leeds College of Music. He moved to Southampton Solent University in 2004 as a lecturer in audio engineering, was made Reader in 2009, Associate Professor in 2012 and Professor in 2016.  Particular interests include audio production, sound design, spatial audio and sound for video games, with recent projects focusing on 3d and virtual reality.

Chris is Chair of the South of England group of the Audio Engineering Society, sits on the Southern Branch committee of the Institute of Acoustics, and also on the UK National Executive of the Audio Engineering Society.   He is also interested in Educational Technology, and has been chair of the International Conference on ICT in Education since 2012.