Meet the team
Colin Overton - CEO
Colin, our Managing Director at Knight Optical started the company over 26 years ago after getting involved in the John McArthur microscope, a simple handheld device designed for saving lives in Africa, identifying simple diseases and treating them quickly and effectively.
Colin developed the Company into a leading position where quality and service is second to none. By making a large investment in people and a state of the art Metrology Laboratory Colin created the blueprint for success, where highly qualified technical advisers develop long-lasting partnerships with our customers backed by the best technicians anywhere.
In early 2015 Colin took his expertise to open the USA office and introduced Knight Optical’s unique blend of expertise and dedication. Leading from the front, the USA office is already gaining customers exponentially who enjoy Colin’s dedication and enthusiasm.
A keen carp fisherman with a personal best of 58lb.
Anna Overton - Director & Head of HR
Anna is an HR specialist with many years experience. She has helped to build the company over the years by steering the recruitment strategy and building up the structure and teams that we have today. Anna has personally put in place the resources and skills necessary to build the USA operation.
Anna loves spending time with her family and dogs as well as escaping into a good book.
Curtis Manley - European Sales Manager
Curtis heads up the technical sales team at Knight Optical HQ based in the UK. Curtis graduated from university in 2007 with a Masters degree in Physics with Astrophysics. He has strong beliefs in building successful partnerships with customers, helping to support their needs and developing optical products to enhance customer instruments. Curtis is a proud father of 3 and in his spare time has a passion for Egyptian history, science and new technologies.
Ian Mann - Financial Controller
Ian joined Knight Optical in 2017 and heads up the Finance and Purchasing teams.
As Financial Controller, Ian’s role is to oversee all financial related matters in addition to providing sound financial advice to aid decisions that help drive the business forward.
With over 18 years experience of delivering stability, control and excellence in financial leadership, Ian is a key enabler of the business’ profitable and sustainable growth, via his creative and empirical approach to business. A strategic thinker, he brings with him a wealth of financial experience having worked for a number of SME’s across a variety of sectors including Retail, Insurance and Manufacturing.
Ian enjoys spending time with his wife, two young children and their crazy chocolate Labrador, and when time permits he is also a keen golfer.
Mick Phelan - Quality Assurance Manager
Mick has over 25 years’ experience working in the optics industry, having worked in both manufacturing and quality control. He is a qualified lead ISO accredited auditor with many years’ experience in ISO standards, making him a fantastic asset to Knight Optical. He believes that relationships between suppliers and customers are key to achieving and maintaining the high standards that Knight Optical are renowned for.
In his spare time, Mick enjoys spending time with his family.
Daniel Malkani - IT & Communications Manager
Daniel manages our expansive SAP system and all digital communications with our customers for both our UK and USA offices. Holding a BSc in Computing & IT and working for over 10 years as an IT Manager over multiple industries, he has gained broad technical knowledge and managerial experience.
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys travelling by getting away at the weekend, and losing himself in a good book or the world of theatre.