Obituary – Richard Dyson
Richard, the owner of Trilogy Lasercraft, was brought up in North Lincolnshire, and was the first in his family to go to university. He obtained sponsorship from British Rail to study electrical engineering in Bradford, and worked for Plessey in research and development, before moving to a company in Wakefield to build spark erosion machinery.
His interest in lasers started in the early 1980s, when he worked at The Laser Cutting Company in Sheffield, and became a fellow of the Engineering Industry Training Board, studying manufacturing management.
His subsequent move to Cambridgeshire was to join Lasercraft, a company that he bought in 1999, after setting up his own company with his friend and colleague, Sheila Bailey.
The company expanded from producing business to business awards into laser cut paper and non-engineering materials. It currently has seven lasers of different capacities, and a skilled and loyal team, many of whom have been with Richard and Caroline, his sales director and wife, for more than 10 years.
Richard was passionate about new technology. His aim when he set up Trilogy Lasercraft, was to see if he could run a profitable company without compromising the principles of complete honesty and reliability with both colleague and clients, while also having a good time.
He was a founder member of the Briman group of British manufacturers, and recently attended Silverstone, enjoying a day chatting to visitors about the wide range of British made products available for promotional and marketing purposes. His life-long love of motor sport made Silverstone his new favourite trade show destination.