Meet The Team

Power Gems is wholly owned by Patrick McGuane and Dr Phil Ellams.

Patrick McGuane (right) heads up the sales division and oversees the administrative functions. He is in daily contact with our customer base, and helps to ensure there is continuity from initial enquiry through to product delivery.

With over 25 years of experience of the international lighting market, Patrick maintains strong relationships with customers all over the world. He travels extensively to meet end-users on site, to attend trade shows and exhibitions.

Dr Phil Ellams (left) is responsible for the product design team and manufacturing operation. He has the task of developing products and is always looking at the latest technology.

Phil is a chartered engineer with over 20 years experience in power electronics research and development. He studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Salford University and gained a doctorate (PhD) in 1995. He has published extensively and holds a number of patents protecting Power Gems interest in new markets.

“What separates Power Gems is the people; they care about the product so they make it easy to get parts and to have people available on the ground to make sure that rental companies needs are taken care of.”
John Banner, Filmtrade

We are an ever-expanding team based in Manchester in the UK, and Los Angeles and Atlanta in the USA. Here are just a few of the team members most-likely to be spotted – by phone, by email or in person:

Jeremy Walsh, General Manager at Power Gems Corporation in Los AngelesChip Harley at Power Gems Corporation in Los AngelesJeremy Walsh (left) is general manager for the US and leads our team in LA. Before joining Power Gems in 2003, Jeremy was responsible for setting up and managing the repair operation for William F White. And before that? He was at Power Gems. Yes, he came back, older and wiser, keen to manage the repair network and after-sales support across the US West Coast.

Chip Harley (right) has worked in the film and TV lighting business in excess of 30 years. Chip spent his early career with LTM Lighting and Cinemills Corporation before joining Power Gems more than 15 years ago. Chip is looking after sales from the California office.


Kevin NeakKevin Neak (left) provides technical support for customers in Georgia. An enormously capable engineer working in the Atlanta area, Kevin is a key player in the American lighting dimmer market. He brings many years of technical experience in developing lighting technology in his role previously at Innovative Dimmers (also known as RatPac Dimmers).

Michaela Axon (right) looks after our accounts and controls our finances, deftly dealing with invoice queries and processing payments from our HQ in Manchester. A keen supporter of Manchester United, Michaela has been known to crunch numbers in her sleep.



Giles Clarke (left) is well-known to technicians all over the world. He keeps in regular contact with customers in remote locations, spending the day answering your technical questions by email. Think of him as a pen pal, but one with 20+years’ knowledge of Power Gems products.

Production Manager, Allison Cox (right), oils the wheels of the shop floor, always busy looking after our team of engineers and skilled assemblers who construct and test the product on site in Manchester. She won’t rest until your order is safely in the shipping department.


Kimberley Mills (left) ensures the smooth shipment of our products worldwide and the day-to-day operation of the office. She likes to practice her German, French and Spanish whenever possible, and is also highly articulate in getting Power Gems ballasts from Manchester safely delivered to Timbuktu and beyond. A fan of Formula 1, she’s most likely to be heard muttering, it’s go, go, go…and they’re off.