Emergent Design

Justen Hyde

Justen is co-founder and Managing Director. In addition to project management he works on image processing and data analysis.

His career so far has included research and development of face recognition technologies for the construction and air travel industries, high speed signal processing for non-contact flow measurement in industrial settings and writing user interfaces for portable differential pressure sensors.

He holds a Masters in electronic engineering and a PhD in image processing from the University of York. He regularly cycles, swims and runs but is desperately trying to ignore suggestions that he should do a triathlon. Justen plays bass with the hope that enthusiasm is a workable substitute for skill and has collected an impractical number of board games which he would quite like to play more often.

Dan Parnham

Dan is co-founder and Technical Director. He’s responsible for the design and development of our entire software infrastructure, management of the software build and packaging process, researching new technologies and techniques, and looking after our servers.

Having previously worked alongside Justen in the research and development of face recognition technologies he has also created software for communication with legacy instrumentation, vehicle tracking, and an augmented environment museum display.

He received a Masters in electronic and computer engineering followed by a PhD in image processing from the University of York. He’s a competent archer, occasional fencer, and regular runner.

Jo Tonnison

As the Business Administrator Jo ensures that company processes and administration operate seamlessly as first-class aspects of the business. Her prime focus is to support Emergent Design in providing exceptional service to our customers, ensuring that they have the right people and products in the right place at the right time.

Jo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience through her diverse background which includes training, education, local government and retail. Whether it be running a training department in a West End store, supporting the Chief Executive of a local council or managing school accounts, streamlining and managing systems to maximise operational efficiency and providing excellent customer service have always been at the heart of what she does.

She holds an honours degree from Exeter University and a PGCE from Loughborough University. It was also at university that she first trod the boards in G&S productions, something that she continued to do for many years. More recently she has taken up archery; her fellow club members would call her a social archer with emphasis on the social element!


We’re always looking for new members to join our team. If you’re interested in image processing, interface design or any other aspect of our work then get in touch; especially if you like the idea of building real, tangible equipment to improve the efficiency of industrial production lines.

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