Team Profiles

At FirstEDA, we are all experienced engineers. Our collective experiences, plus our considerable knowledge of EDA tools and methodologies, enable us to not only provide valuable support but also respond quickly to urgent requirements.

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Julian Lonsdale

Julian began his engineering career with GEC Avionics (now BAE SYSTEMS) in 1987. Whilst with the company he rose to ASIC Team Lead in the company’s research labs and was exposed to the early evolution of EDA and language-based hardware design. Subsequently, Julian moved into the EDA tool supply chain (sales and marketing) and was co-founder and a director of ALT Technologies. Julian established FirstEDA as an ‘EDA solutions-oriented organisation’ in 2002.

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David Clift
Applications Specialist

David’s electronics engineering career also started at GEC Marconi when he joined the company as an R&D engineer in 1984, working on a range of projects including Silicon-on-Sapphire and radiation tolerant ICs. David moved into the EDA industry in 1994.

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Ian Gibbins
Applications Specialist

Ian is a Chartered Engineer (MIET) with 30 years of experience in ASIC and FPGA design. Initially working in R&D for such companies as Nortel, Fujitsu, Sanyo and Ericsson, Ian moved into customer sales & support with Atmel in 1996. He holds a first-class bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering Design and Production.


Between us we have circa 80 years’ engineering experience. More important than that though is how well we work together as a team and with our customers. We have views and opinions and, put simply, we’ll always tell it how it is. We’re engineers and we get a buzz from solving problems.

We are extremely familiar with all of the solutions FirstEDA promotes and supports. See also our capabilities.