Founded in 2005, Carne Technologies (the word carne is Latin for "meat") has quickly established itself as a world leader in meat-processing science and technology. But, though still a relatively young company, our experience in the meat industry in fact goes back decades.

The wider capability of the Carne Technologies team continues to grow and develop and has at its core people with commercial meat processing expertise, electronic design capability, software programming and development, engineering, & fundamental meat science. 

Recent years have seen some notable achievements, including the development of a new generation of meat-processing technologies (new electrical stunning systems, integrated immobilisation, back stiffeners and SureStim systems) many of which have become the industry gold standard internationally.


Drs Clyde Daly and Nicola Simmons started their careers in academic environments before focusing on commercial research and industrial applications. Between them they offer unique expertise in animal welfare in the critical stages before and during slaughter, carcass and meat processing interventions to control and optimise quality, and objective & subjective measurement of key appearance and eating quality attributes, computer modelling and data analysis. Their decades of involvement with the meat industry means they are in a unique position to apply scientific principles in the generation of practical solutions and opportunities at all stages of the value chain. 

Dr. Nicola Simmons, General Manager

Nicola is one of the founding partners of Carne Technologies. She initially started her career in the meat industry by joining the family butchery business in London. She then went on to complete an Institute of Meat Graduate course at the old Smithfield college in the UK, followed by an MSc and PhD in meat science at Bristol University. Nicola then held senior positions at both the Meat Industry Research Institute of New Zealand (MIRINZ) and then the Crown Research Institute AgResearch, leading teams of scientists in both science and industry-focussed programmes. During the early years at Carne Technologies, Nicola was heavily involved in both the day-to-day product development and the commercial projects. However, with the continued growth of the Company, Nicola is now focussing more on the 'business' end of the Company, to ensure that the business activities align to the ever-increasing demands of our customers.

Dr Clyde Daly, Managing Director

Clyde is the other founder of the Company. He studied animal science and physiology, initially in the US then completed his MSc at University College London. He undertook his PhD research from Bristol University at the AFRC Meat Research Institute, and then stayed on as a Senior Researcher to continue research on animal welfare during stunning and slaughter, providing consultancy services for many UK abattoirs and animal welfare organisations. In the early 90's, Clyde left the UK for a new life in New Zealand, working for the Meat Industry Research Institute of New Zealand (MIRINZ) and then the Crown Research Institute, AgResearch. During his time there, Clyde led many programmes all with a focus on either animal welfare or meat quality.

Clyde is well recognised and highly regarded internationally for his expertise in humane stunning and slaughter systems. In this capacity he works with meat companies all round the world providing practical solutions and opportunities to the increasingly demanding criteria of animal welfare, religious requirements, safe working practices and meat quality.