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SPL Values

Trustworthy

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Committed to customers

We go above and beyond to meet and exceed client expectations.

Excellence driven

Our enthusiastic and passionate team is fully committed to accuracy, excellence and outstanding quality.

Collaborative

We work together with our clients, contributors, partners and employees to deliver unrivalled content.

Creativity

We are at the forefront of finding inspiring and hard to source scientific content and responding to our clients’ needs.

Personal attention

We work closely with clients and contributors to ensure successful projects and campaigns.

Meet The Team

We come from different backgrounds and cultures and support diversity and inclusivity. We recognise the importance of a good work life balance. We invest in our people through training and development. Get an insight on how it is to work at SPL.

HR Manager

Lorna Robertson

What is your role at SPL?
I am the HR manager, responsible for the recruitment, training, development and wellbeing of SPL employees. I also manage our payroll and pension scheme in addition to providing leadership, guidance and support on HR issues.

What is it like to work at SPL?
SPL is a unique place to work. I would describe the environment as relaxed, professional and flexible. The Company treats its employees as individuals and nurtures their talent. Your opinion is valued and your ideas are listened to.

What is your background?
Before SPL I worked within HR in financial services, the NHS and local government as well as working in the digital imaging industry. I am also an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

What are your passions/hobbies?
When I am not spending time with my family you will find me on a hockey pitch either playing or coaching. My other passions include Pilates, cycling, swimming and baking.

Favourite SPL picture
B640/0714

Head of Accounts

Jennifer Thompson

What is your role at SPL?
I am the head of Accounts at SPL, I am responsible for the accounting function at SPL which includes photographer financial and taxation issues, payroll and our year end accounts

What is it like to work at SPL?
SPL is a good place to work, especially as this is quite a small company it is much more personable, and you become very familiar with the people to come into contact with and there are some lovely people working here and they are very passionate about what they do.

What is your background?
My background has been in accounting and finance mainly in for large organisations such as NHS and Central government

What are your passions/hobbies?
I do love to travel and visiting new places. I also love to cook and love finding new and interesting places to eat.

Favourite SPL picture
There are so many to choose from as the collection is so vast and there are so many great images but one that has always caught my eye is: C009/2605
Every time I look at this image it brings back memories of great holidays to Jamaica and relaxing on the beach next to a tree very much like this one.

Sales Director

Simon Stone

What is your role at SPL?
I am the Sales Director at Science Photo Library. My responsibilities include overseeing the direct sales teams in the UK and North America, the management of our network of distributors and partners, the direction of our work within Right Control and company direction responsibilities alongside Giancarlo, Rose and Michael.

What is it like to work at SPL?
SPL is a great place to work. I started with the company in 2003 as Commercial Sales Executive, handling requests and business development for our corporate and advertising customers. A few years later I became International Manager working with our distribution network. I became Sales Director several years after that. The core reason SPL continues to be successful is the passion, knowledge and expertise of our staff.

What is your background?
I was born in a small town in the midlands. I moved to London at 18 years old to attend university, graduating with a degree in Environmental Science. After university I travelled extensively including working for a media company in Sydney for several months. It was during this trip that I developed a passion for photography.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I love being outside in nature, walking with my family and dog. I have played 7-a-side football for the best part of 25 years and still do weekly. I enjoy riding my bike and I try to attend live music, theatre and cinema, as often as time permits.

What is your favourite SPL picture?
It is extremely difficult to choose just one. There is a real variety from the microscopy to images from space; from the miniscule to the super massive. I’m going to go with Z260/0013, Silverfish, SEM, from Eye of Science.

Director

Giancarlo Zuccotto

What is your role at SPL?
I am one of the three directors of SPL and, being a small/medium sized company, my job covers many areas from finance, IT and our website, HR and constantly looking and developing plans to continue the success that SPL has enjoyed over the last 45 years.

What is it like to work at SPL?
For me it’s a joy and I feel lucky and privileged to have been part of SPL for the last 32 years. I love science and I have worked, and continue to, with wonderful colleagues over the years. I think what’s key and what has kept me in this sector for so long is that most of the people I have shared this road with over the years – colleagues, photographers, illustrators and clients – genuinely share a passion for documenting science and making it available to a larger audience.

What is your background?
I was born and grew up in a small farm near Mantua in Italy and studied physics at Padua university where I graduated in 1990. My studies also formed my original connection with Science Photo Library. My partner Daniela saw a job ad in the Evening Standard where SPL was looking for a picture researcher, to be honest the only box I ticked was a degree in a scientific subject. I was offered an interview but unsurprisingly failed to get the job, possibly given how poor my English was at the time. I was instead offered a part-time, filing job, that was in December 1990, and the rest is history.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I have to start with stargazing as I have enjoyed looking up at stars & constellations for longer than I can remember. When not at work I like to get my hands dirty whether it’s working at the allotment or fixing my bicycle. Finally, I absolutely love trees and marvel at these giants wherever I happen to be.

Favourite SPL picture
This is a tough one with 1 million images to choose from, I would like to choose two if I can. The first one is C051/8517, One of the thousands of images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. The large galaxy on the left is about 300 million light years from us and, if you really zoom in, you can see that almost every other object in the frame is another galaxy much further away. There are about 100 billion stars in every galaxy and the image, despite creating a sense of hopeless vastness, does firmly anchor me on planet Earth.

I also wanted to choose H414/0056, a portrait of the German mathematician Emmy Noether (1882-1935), a true giant in her field and a symbol for all the women in science whose contribution is far too often not recognised. It was probably my first Eureka moment when at university I studied her famous theorem linking symmetries of physical systems with the conservation of quantities like energy and momentum.

Marketing Manager

Ivona Tokic

Editor

Rosa Caballero

Head of Creative

Natasha Adesanu

International Admin Assistant

Donna John

What is your role at SPL?
My role at SPL is International Admin Assistant, which involves liaising with our international distributors regarding the sales they make for us.
I enter reports into our database, send invoices, and respond to any related queries.

What is it like to work at SPL?
I have worked at SPL for 15 years, we’re a fun team to work with. Great colleagues, very approachable and can bounce ideas and solutions off one another.

What is your background?
My background has always been in Admin, I really enjoy the data entry aspect of it all.

What are your passions/hobbies?
My hobbies are reading, knitting, and baking with my grandchildren.

Favourite SPL picture
F023/2157

Accounts Administrator

Robert Ilari

What is your role at SPL?
I’m part of the Account/Finance team, my role as the Account Administrator is dealing with the Sales & Purchase ledgers and credit control.

What is it like to work at SPL?
I’ve been working at SPL for 26 years and had various posts in different departments before this current one. As a small company the working environment at SPL has always been very good.

What is your background?
I’m French, I came to the UK in 1978 and my background was in catering.
I worked a chef and as a restaurant manager for few years and later I managed a theatre company performing shows in Primary Schools.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I like cooking, reading, and taking my dog for walks.

Favourite SPL picture
There are so many great images in SPL collection but the one I’ve chosen is not a recent picture, but I’ve always found it intriguing and serene.
T280/0044

IT Manager

Dermot Paikkos

What is your role at SPL?
My role as the IT manager is to manage the many diverse systems that SPL uses on a day-to-day basis as well as plan for future enhancements. The website is the most public of these. I have worked on many versions of the website. The first site was a static page on Demon Internet back in the 1990s. As technology has improved, we’ve added bells and whistles to make the site more user-friendly and try to provide more value and features to our clients and end-users. We have striven to make the site as responsive as possible, for that the search engine is critical. Images and video need to be optimised for the websites too. More recently the focus has been on making pages mobile friendly. There have been many good developers, designers and copy-writers in the history of the website. The amount of actual coding I do these days is tiny but I still review all the code that is submitted for merging.

What is it like to work at SPL?
Working at SPL is enjoyable. I’ve been here over twenty years so I guess “the proof is in the pudding” as they say. I generally cycle to the office. The office has a cycle park and shower so that’s a huge relief for a sweaty bi-pedal like me. Office life has changed quite a bit over the years but the pandemic really shook things up. Remote working was rare before but is almost the norm for most staff. I still prefer the office though.

What is your background?
I was born in London, in Stepney, according to my birth certificate. I have not strayed far. I was schooled in Holloway and Kentish Town and went to university at the Metropolitan University (formerly North London University).

What are your passions/hobbies?
In my spare time, you’ll often find me at my allotment these days. I got one about 4 years ago and it’s like having a small child. It seems to need fairly constant pampering and attention. It can reward and frustrate you in equal measure. So while I’ve been rewarded by strawberries, asparagus and artichokes this year, my broad beans and garlic have been blighted by pesky black-fly and leaf miners.

What is your favourite SPL picture?
There are too many wonderful images to have a favourite. My wife and I liked C026/9150 because it would look nice on our living room wall but we haven’t got round to buying it yet. We do have a large print of the milky way (R800/0192) in the hall, apart from its stunning detail, it helps to remind you of how truly massive our universe is.

Marketing Assistant

Benjamin Kidd

Commercial Account Manager

Paul Biggs

What is your role at SPL?
I am Science Photo Library’s Commercial Account Manager. My core client base covers the Advertising, Graphic Design, Communications & PR agencies & Corporate business sectors. I predominantly manage clients in the U.K but also have responsibility for many other European territories. In addition to these the client accounts for South Africa, Asia & the Pacific.

My role involves initial contact & engaging with clients creative requirements. I then begin help to identify & source the best content & guide to the most suitable licencing options. In addition, with clients who have a larger, specific & or bespoke requirement, subscriptions, buy outs & commissioned content creation. The role is 360 & with my, education, experience & design industry knowledge it allows me to be appropriately placed to assist clients from these creative based sectors.

The commercial sector allows me to stay relevant in an industry that I have spent my entire working career servicing and managing.

What is it like to work at SPL?
The working environment & atmosphere at SPL is a perfectly balanced one, highly professional, supportive & friendly. With so many varied staff members with various working & personal backgrounds it makes for a vibrant, varied environment to work in.

I have enjoyed & learnt so much in my time here & this being down to the unfaltering support & management structure making SPL such a great place to be.

All of this lends itself to why I have spent last 17 years working here! Quite literally SPL has become my work family.

What is your background?
Educated and living in the home counties I studied for my BA at Falmouth University, a specialist university for the creative industries based in Cornwall, England. Graduating from there in 1998 with a degree in communication & design studies.

My working life started as a Junior graphic designer in North London. After some time, I felt that I was more suited to dealing with the accounts & clients directly. It was at this point I made the move across the studio to client account manager. Since then, I have worked as a client manager, in various agencies in London, Isle of Wight, the South of England & the Home counties. I have managed more client accounts than I can begin to remember, naming but a few these have included, Apple, IBM, Disney, British American Tobacco, Coke, Carlsberg, the National Trust, Safestore, & many, many others.

What are your passions/hobbies?
Varied & eclectic these include 19th & 20th Century Art/sculpture (*Henry Moore), Edwardian Maritime history & history in general, photography, motorsport & cars (especially my beloved vintage 1971 Mk1 Ford Capri), football & golf.

What is your favourite SPL picture?
An incredibly difficult one to make, but for its grandstanding, staging, scientific historical context – C036/8383 – Tesla coil experiment, circa 1899.

Metadata Specialist

Anisah Mohamud

What is it like to work at SPL?
Working at SPL is great because everyone here is friendly and helpful. I really enjoy working here because I get to learn something new everyday from SPL’s vast collection of images and videos.

What is your role at SPL?
My role at SPL is to write titles, captions, and keywords for images. I also check and upload submission templates.

What is your background?
I am a British Somali born and raised in London. Before working at SPL, I studied Genetics at university.

What are your passions/hobbies?
My hobbies are learning new languages and travelling.

What is your favourite SPL picture?
My favourite SPL picture is C054/2570, a light micrograph of polarised glycerine crystals. I like it because of its beautiful colours.

Head of Motion

Ben Jones

What is your role at SPL?
I run the video department, Motion, having launched it in 2009. It’s a varied role: I liaise with our contributors about submissions and with our sales team about requests. I arrange shoots and commission new work. I analyse sales, content and web behaviour data to see what’s selling where, and to help find areas we can exploit. I work with our senior video editor and IT department to streamline workflows and reduce the storage space and processing burdens that working with video entails. I work with our captioning team to get clips online as quickly as possible with accurate and helpful information attached. I try to stay on top of recent developments in both science and in video technology, so there’s a good bit of reading and research, following news stories and new trends on science and imaging sites. I also interact with the wider industry too: I’m on the board of the trade body FOCAL International, and I’ve attended international industry events including the World Congress of Science & Factual Producers, Footage Marketplace, Footage Fest, CEPIC, the FOCAL Awards and more.

What is it like to work at SPL?
Interesting – I’m surrounded by knowledgeable people and stunning imagery. It’s great to bounce ideas around, learn about new collections and delve deeper into the data that underpins our company and industry. After two years of covid it’s been a relief to get back to the office and have proper conversations again. I’m passionate about science communication and education, and it’s great to be able to help people visualise and understand the fine details of the world around us.

What is your background?
I’ve always been an abject science geek. When I was a spotty young teen with a small telescope I cut out and framed the prettier space pictures from one of my many astronomy books, and found out when I started here 10 years later that they were all from SPL, supplied by the author himself. I studied medicinal chemistry and wrote for the student music paper at university, and that combination got me into SPL as a caption writer back in the late ‘90s. I’ve been here ever since, running that department for a few years before moving to set up the video department.

What are your passions/hobbies?
Music, food & drink, gardening, sport, Wikipedia rabbit holes…

What is your favourite SPL picture?
I have to choose a video – K003/9282. We shot this on Michael Faraday’s desk in the Royal Institution’s famous lecture theatre, with high-speed camera work from Pirate Industries. I remember in chemistry class at school when they wheeled out an old grainy video of someone dropping the alkali metals in water baths, going from the familiar sodium fizz through potassium’s pink flame to the ones you don’t get your hands on at school – rubidium and caesium. These latter two exploded and destroyed the glassware on the video and I loved it. Finding myself running a science video collection 25 years later, still with love for an explosion or two, it was a no-brainer to update those old shots. I love that the shockwave forms a perfect sphere.

Creative Director

Rose Taylor

New Contributions Manager

Seymour Yang

What is your role at SPL?
I am the New Contributors Manager. My role is to find new sources of content for SPL.

What is it like to work at SPL?
I’ve been working for SPL since 1996 and it’s great here. I get to meet and work with super interesting people and I am passionate about the scientific content in our collection.

What is your background?
After I graduated from University (a degree in crop science and botany) I worked at another stock photo agency before moving to SPL.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I like art, music and sports.

What is your favourite SPL picture?
E439/0011 I like it as it was the first magazine front cover I sold for SPL and it is also a very fascinating, if gruesome, subject.

Senior Motion Content Editor

Galen Woltkamp-Moon

What is your role at SPL?
Senior Motion Content Editor.

What is it like to work at SPL?
There’s a very fantastic atmosphere with great people. It’s relaxing to work at SPL.

What is your background?
I was a nurse and medic in the US Air Force and have a filmmaking degree. A perfect combination for SPL I’d say.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I have a huge passion for video game music and promoting it as a true artform. It’s such a passion of mine that I set up the London Video Game Orchestra.

What is your favourite SPL picture?
K004/5448

Editor

Andrew Simmen

What is your role at SPL?
Picture editor.

What is it like to work at SPL?
I have worked at SPL since 1990, with a few years off to run a cooperative café venture (adventure) in the early 00s. In all those years we have been through the digital revolution and various economic ups and downs, to say the least. Through it all I have found SPL a great place to work, meeting a lot of interesting and creative people and being supported by a very close knit team of highly professional and caring individuals. We work hard but we have also had some stonkingly good parties. The balance between professionalism and good personal relationships between suppliers, clients and work colleagues is what has been the most rewarding aspect of working at SPL.

What is your background?
I’m a trained geneticist and immunologist attaining a BSC Hons in Applied Biology. After deciding I didn’t want to spend my work life stabbing mice, I serendipitously fell into working at a Scandinavian TV company in their newsroom library. The combination of working with image systems and my science background got me through my interview at SPL, landing the position of picture researcher. After many years, (the staff turnover at SPL is famously slow!) I became the deputy research manager and then after a few more years, I joined the editing department where I still can be found beavering away.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I have a passion for all the visual arts in particular photography, fine art and all those weird installation things people get up to. I also enjoy theatre, film and dance as an audience member rather than a participant. I’m a keen cyclist and gardener, though frustrated by my garden being a balcony six floors up. Which means I’m very Darwinian in my approach, it really is the ‘survival of the fittest’ up here. I’m also a Francophile and have been a practising Buddhist for longer than I care to remember ( one day I hope to stop practising and get it ‘right’).

What is your favourite SPL picture?
C021/2763

Content Information Manager

Caroline Paikkos

Account Manager

Charlotte Hill

What is your role at SPL?
Account Manager.

What is it like to work at SPL?
It`s a brilliant company to work for. I really love the flexibility I have as an employee which makes work and home life so much easier.

The people at SPL, your colleagues are the best.

What is your background?
I worked for Getty Images for 14 years.

What are your passions/hobbies?
Good food, good wine, my garden, running, biking and my family.

What is your favourite SPL picture?
C017/3719

Rights Control Specialist

Justin Hobson

What is it like to work at SPL?
Personally rewarding. It’s lead by a great team. Company built on integrity – it has real depth of knowledge and know what it’s talking about. The company is very agile, constantly making changes to match the business requirements, but there is very much the constant of delivering quality content for the clients. That has never changed and a huge effort goes into maintaining very high standards.

What is your background?
Studied marine ecology and biological photography at university. Saw working at SPL as a great fit for both my knowledge of science and my interest in photography.

What are your passions/hobbies?
Photography continues to be very much my passion.

Favourite SPL picture
P550/0095

Account Manager

Barrie Underwood

What is your role at SPL?
Account Manager responsible for looking after clients globally from the Publishing, Production and Not for Profit/Charity sectors.

What is it like to work at SPL?
A relaxed atmosphere working with people who are passionate and knowledgeable about the content they help create.

What is your background?
Over 20 years’ experience within the Content Licensing industry work.

What are your passions/hobbies?
A supporter of Leyton Orient and a keen DIYer.

What is your favourite SPL picture?
No one favourite picture but a number of favourite collections and contributors such as Lennart Nilsson, Steve Gschmeissner and Arie van’t Riet.

Rights Control Administrator

Danielle Higgins

What is it like to work at SPL?
My role at SPL is to assist the Rights Control Specialist in the day to day running of the department, creating invoices, ensuring that timely payments are made, updating our internal systems, and closing legal cases successfully.

What is your role at SPL?
SPL is a wonderful place to work offering a great work life / home life balance. Many of SPL’s employees have worked at the company for many years which says a lot.

What is your background?
I have over 10 years’ experience working as a Legal PA for a magic circle law firm assisting a Corporate Partner and various senior associates.

What are your passions/hobbies?
I love going for long walks with my dog Bertie and keeping active. I also enjoy travelling to new places with my family.

What is your favourite SPL picture?
C054/5196

Business Development Manager

Nan Halperin

What is your role at SPL?
I am the Business Development Manager for North America. My responsibilities include managing current, and past clients while seeking new ones, across all sectors. Most of our business is from the US and Canada, and occasionally Mexico.

What is it like to work at SPL?
I describe my work at SPL as diverse, interesting, and fulfilling, professionally and personally. Every day I deal with a wide variety of clients from some of the largest companies in the world to specialty artists needing just one image.

What is your background?
I’ve worked in digital content licensing for the past 14 years, and only for UK companies. I started this phase of my varied career with ITN Source, focusing on education, and transitioned to mostly tv/film production. When the ITN archive closed and the Reuters collection moved to Screenocean, I moved with it. When I was introduced to SPL, I was fascinated by the collection as it was very different from the historical footage I’d worked with. I continue to learn something every day, and to be delighted by the beauty, importance, history of the materials we represent.

What are your passions/hobbies?
Adventure/active travel (biking, hiking, snorkelling, swimming), and trying new recipes!

What is your favourite SPL picture?
Too many to name, but love Arie van ‘t Riet and C023/1419, C028/8959 and Dr. K.H. Fung.

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