Meet the team

Oxford Authentication offers a considerable record of academic achievement, including major prizes. All our team have been trained to the highest standards, whether in house at Oxford Authentication or at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology, Oxford University.

The Directors

Doreen Stoneham – Director

Oxford Authentication - Doreen Stoneham Director photoA director of Oxford Authentication Ltd, Doreen Stoneham has been conducting authenticity tests since 1970, originally with the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at Oxford University, which pioneered the process. It was there, in the early 1980s, that Doreen perfected the technique for the safe and reliable testing of porcelain.

Doreen has published a number of papers and articles on subjects ranging from authenticity testing to scientific research on thermoluminescence, as well as making radio and television appearances and lecturing extensively. She has also been called as an expert witness in courts of justice in both the UK and US. In 2008 Doreen was awarded the Gabor Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics for her distinguished work in the application of physics in an industrial, commercial or business context.

Doreen graduated from Bristol University in Physics.

Marshall Stoneham – Director

Oxford Authentication - Marshall Stoneham Director photoWe regret to announce that Marshall Stoneham died suddenly on the 18th February 2011 after a short illness, he will be deeply missed. Oxford Authentication will continue running as before, with Doreen Stoneham as a company director along with two new directors to be announced.

A director of Oxford Authentication Ltd, Marshall Stoneham, is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Materials and the American Physical Society. Between 1985 and 1995, Marshall was also a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University.

At Oxford Authentication, Marshall has special responsibility for quality assurance and is our radiation protection supervisor. He is also based in the London Centre for Nanotechnology and is Emeritus Massey Professor of Physics at University College London, where he directed the inter-departmental Centre for Materials Research from 1995 to 2005.

Marshall has also been a division head at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (of the Materials Physics and Metallurgy Division), AEA Industrial Technology’s Chief Scientist then Director of Research and a Director of the Institute of Physics Publishing, when the Institute won two Queen’s Awards for Exports.

Marshall has published a number of books, with his Theory of Defects in Solids now an Oxford Classic, alongside more than 500 research papers, including those on the basic science underpinning the applied science of authentication. He was awarded the 2006 Guthrie Prize from by the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society’s Zeneca Prize in 1995.

The Staff

All members of staff were trained at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology, Oxford University, or have received extensive full in-house training by the company.

Helen Mason – Manager

Oxford Authentication - Helen Mason Business ManagerOur  Manager, Helen Mason is a founder member of Oxford Authentication and played an integral role in setting up the company. She trained and worked from 1994 at The Research Laboratory for Archaeology, Oxford University. As well as being responsible for the day-to-day aspects of our business management and client relationships, she has considerable knowledge and experience of laboratory and data analysis processes.  Helen is a highly experienced  sampler, who travels the world to take samples.  Helen has additional training in Art History.

Marie Herbert -Laboratory Technician

Oxford Authentication - Marie Herbert Laboratory Assistant photoOur laboratory Technician, Marie Herbert joined us in 2003 after more than 13 years in a range of laboratories. Marie has received extensive in-house training at Oxford Authentication.

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