Dr Mike Strahand draws on over 30-years’ experience starting and growing businesses in the competitive water and analytical instrumentation markets. He is a leadership figure in the water industry, as an Ambassador for the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) and a director of the Sensors for Water Interest Group (SWIG).
Mike co-founded the water-quality monitoring company ATi UK in 1998. Under his leadership, as Managing Director, the workforce grew from one person to a team of 35 employees, achieving sales of €6.6m. During his time leading ATi, the company won long-term supply contracts with 90 per cent of UK water companies, and he implemented a succession plan for senior management to allow for a successful exit.
“Mike will bring his considerable experience to bear in working with our leadership team on strategic direction, partnerships and deal-making,” said Aquamonitrix CEO Mark Bowkett. “We are delighted to welcome him aboard as Chief Strategy Officer at a time when we are embarking on rapid international sales growth.”
The game-changing Aquamonitrix® real-time nitrate and nitrite analyser combines high accuracy and specificity with ease of use and low operating costs. It offers disruptive water-quality monitoring capabilities in wastewater treatment, drinking water, groundwater, surface water, environmental monitoring and aquaculture applications.
“Having dedicated my career to the vital role of robust analyser technology in evidence-based science,” said Dr Strahand, “helping to lead Aquamonitrix will be both a continuum of that focus and an exciting opportunity to champion a new tool to protect aquatic environments, deliver safe drinking water and help achieve net-zero emissions.”
Aquamonitrix Ltd was spun out from the Irish chemistry company T.E. Laboratories (TelLab) in 2021. The company has attracted funding from Enterprise Ireland and the European Union. Targeting global markets through a network of international distributors, Aquamonitrix currently employs a team of 11 scientists, researchers and engineers at a state-of-the-art research and manufacturing facility in Tullow, Ireland.