About Us

Milkalyser Limited is an agricultural technology start-up based in the beautiful city of Exeter in the South West of England. Following the success of eCow Devon Ltd, Professor Toby Mottram formed Milkalyser in 2016. Milkalyser limited aims to address the current fertility crisis facing the dairy industry by automating the inline analysis of milk progesterone.

Although we are a small team, our diverse range of expertise allows us to both understand the current challenges facing the agricultural industry and to develop the most innovative solutions.

If you would like to join our team, take a look at our current vacancies here.

Meet the Team

Toby Mottram, FREng. BA(Hons) MSc PhD FIAgrE

Founder and Chief Engineer


Toby Mottram FREng is the founder of Milkalyser and a prominent figure in the UK agricultural engineering sector. Up until March 2017, he held the position of Douglas Bomford Trust Professor of Farm Mechanisation at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, where he taught wireless sensor data capture and analysis in farm situations.

During his career he has co-invented robotic milking, developed cow breath sampling, in-line milk progesterone analysis and, in 2003, the rumen telemetry bolus.  After Silsoe Research Institute closed in 2005 he continued development of the pH bolus eventually producing a commercially viable product which he has sold worldwide through eCow since 2011.

In 2016 he held a BBSRC/Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship which allowed him to develop this business that will revolutionise dairy cow fertility. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.

For more information about Milkalyser, email toby@milkalyser.com

Christopher Stanley


Chris Stanley has co-founded five life sciences and medicine technology companies in the fields of in vitro diagnostics, drug discovery in neurodegenerative disease, and regenerative medicine, taking the operational roles of CEO, or CTO. Previously he worked for 14 years in the international technology consulting industry in the UK, US, Japan, and Scandinavia. He is an inventor on over 40 patents and patent applications, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Chartered Biologist.

Stuart MacLennan

Board Member

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Stuart MacLennan is on Milkalyser’s Board of Directors, advising on the strategic development of Milkalyser as we move into our next phase of growth. Stuart has been involved in the agricultural industry throughout his career, currently as the Director of artisan cheese producers, Cows and Co. The company is committed to innovative technology and renewable energy investments, playing a key role in long term growth and sustainable rural economy.

His previous experience includes being an Advisory Board Member for Geno International and as a General Manager for Genus ABS. During his free time, Stuart enjoys walking, golf and malt whiskey, and is an avid Glasgow warriors fan.

Paul Lynham, BSc(Hons) MSc PGCE FIAP

Software Development Manager

Paul was brought up on a small holding and, after studying agriculture, went on to lecture in the subject before teaching computing – both at further education colleges and for the Open University. In 1987 he started producing and marketing his own range of agricultural software. He is the current Vice-president of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP).

Paul’s work has spanned various sectors including agriculture, education, health, defence, policing, wealth management and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is interested in research and practices which can be used to improve software quality and has produced a framework called FURST to help with this endeavour.

One of Paul’s particular interests is the notion of ‘Compealing Code’ – code which is comprehensible and compelling while being appealing. This is linked to appraising code using static analysis.

Iain Redmore, BSc

Senior Software Engineer


Iain has a BSc in Computing, BTEC HNC in Electronic Engineering & Computer Technology and a BTEC HND in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He joined Milkalyser in April 2017 having previously worked for eCow as a software contractor. He has 32 years software development experience working previously in defence, oil & gas, recruitment and for the past 5 years agricultural technology.

Ed Wade

Senior Web Applications Developer


Ed has an Open University Certificate in Computing & IT and has previously worked on the IT Help Desk at Exeter University. Having previously worked with eCow, he joined Milkalyser in April 2017.

Ed is a member of the Fundraising Committee for The Blue Cross. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Leah, and their son Jack. Ed is also a keen singer and likes to keep fit by running and playing squash.

Jordi Llavina, BSc

Software Engineer


Jordi has recently joined Milkalyser after finishing his Telecommunication Degree. He has previously completed an internship as a software engineer for eCow in 2017, and has also been a software assistant in the BoC Group. Jordi is now creating the infrastructure for the next Milkalyser’s project.

In his spare time, he likes listening to music, reading or simply relax by enjoying the nature with friends.

Ben Brunt, MPhys PhD 

Chief Information Officer


Ben grew up on a dairy farm on the west coast of Wales, before going on to study Physics at university. He joined Milkalyser in June 2018 after completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge analysing data from the Large Hadron Collider. Away from work, Ben enjoys walking the hills, singing and whistling.

Francesca Harding, BSc(Hons) MSc

Information Officer


Francesca joined Milkalyser soon after completing her Masters in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture. Prior to this she studied Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter, specialising in Microbiology and Infectious Disease. Francesca provides the scientific background to our technologies, as well as performing data analysis tasks. During her spare time Francesca enjoys music, playing sport, and socialising.

Harriet Botterill

Office Manager

Harriet has been at eCow since 2012 and began working for Milkalyser in 2017, she ensures that both the eCow and Milkalyser offices run smoothly. She is currently studying for an accountancy diploma.

In her spare time, Harriet enjoys the cinema, listening to music, reading and spending time with her family.

David Shotter, BSc(Hons) 

Mathematical Modeller


David has just finished his degree at the University of Exeter in Mathematics, he has been working on the statistical and mathematical side of Milkalyser since September 2018 on a part-time basis whilst helping at Belmont chapel during the rest of the week.

With his spare time, he enjoys running, playing guitar, baking and playing chess.