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National Contact Point & Global Innovation Lead - Advanced Manufacturing, Innovate UK
I am the UK’s National Contact Point (NCP) for Horizon 2020 (EU framework research and innovation programme) and Global Innovation Lead for Advanced Manufacturing & Materials sectors. My primary responsibilities are to raise awareness, provide specialist advice and practical information to UK organisations on all aspects of EU Horizon 2020 grant funding and international innovation opportunities.
I have keen interest in pursuing science diplomacy to foster global research collaborations and advance UK’s growth in high value manufacturing and NetZero transition.
Before joining Innovate UK, I was a Systems Engineering consultant for UK Ministry of Defence and led various future civil aircraft R&D projects, as an Airframe Integrator at Airbus.
Adela is a Manufacturing Manager based in London with a can-do mentality. As an operations specialist, she supports a variety of clients, but typically leads projects in the Consumer Goods area, having previously worked in industry for two top-tier fast-moving consumer goods companies.
Adrian Bird is a Partner, leading our ERP practice across the Manufacturing industry for IBM in UK and Ireland. He helps our clients to shape and deliver major business transformation programmes, enabled as appropriate by business process reengineering, cloud and cognitive technology. He has 35 years experience working in the oil & gas, and manufacturing industries. He has a Masters in Engineering Science.
Adrian Segens is co-founder of placemaker.tech and a consultant working with early stage technology companies.
He has worked with technology entrepreneurs to deliver systems that have enabled manufacturers to gather data from their operations and supply chains. Through this work he has been deeply involved with some of the most advanced and high-profile corporate sustainability programmes of recent years. Over the past two years, his work has increasingly revolved around the circular economy, product sustainability and the application of Natural Capital accounting. He has lead sessions for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s ‘Disruptive Innovations Festival’ and presented at events for the EIC’s Raw Materials KIC on issues around life-cycle thinking and the potential for AI/IoT and blockchain technologies in sustainability.
Agata has recently joined a very ambitious business with a great market product and the team of remarkable people and currently holds the position of Head of Operations.
Since coming to the United Kingdom in 2005, Agata worked in manufacturing and held various positions mainly in the automotive industry. Throughout the career she often acted as a link between supply chain and operations, using her personal and professional experience to build strong relationships between management and all employees through empowerment and engagement strategies. She has lead and taken part in major business transformations.
Her goal has always been to be inspirational to those who work with her and leave a legacy for use going forward. According to Agata: ‘Find a solution’ attitude is a must in any leadership position and she strongly believes that the utilization of other people’s skills and knowledge is vital in this aspect.
She has a passion for adding value in the eyes of the customer by implementing Lean methodologies, which had developed when she was a part of a core team who lead her organisation to achieve Lean Model Site status.
Alberto Rizzoli is an Italian-born entrepreneur and Co-Founder of V7, a platform to create the sense of sight for machines. Over 1,000 AI teams use V7’s platform to develop cutting-edge neural networks in manufacturing, industrial inspection, and agri-tech. Alberto founded his first startup at age 19 becoming MakerFaire’s 20under20. In 2015 he began working on AI with Simon Edwardsson, while studying under Ray Kurzweil. This joint work led to the creation of the first engine capable of running large deep neural networks on smartphones CPUs. Alberto’s work on AI granted him an award and personal audience by Italian President Sergio Mattarella, as well as Italy’s Premio Gentile for Science and Innovation. V7’s underlying technology won the CES Best of Innovation in 2017 and 2018.
Alex Kotelnikov is CEO and Co-Founder of Turation, AIoT company from Cambridge, UK. Working both in Europe and Asia, Alex has spent over 10 years in the automation domain including applied AI and Machine Learning. He has received a number of R&D awards in his career such as the Gold Medal of Geneva Exhibition in 2018 for a novel Deep Learning solution for Computer Vision applications. In 2019, as recognition of his technical and professional excellence, Alex has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE being among quite a few members under 30 to achieve this grade.
|Alex Kotelnikov is CEO and Co-Founder of Turation, AIoT company from Cambridge, UK. Working both in Europe and Asia, Alex has spent over 10 years in the automation domain including applied AI and Machine Learning. He has received a number of R&D awards in his career such as the Gold Medal of Geneva Exhibition in 2018 for a novel Deep Learning solution for Computer Vision applications. In 2019, as recognition of his technical and professional excellence, Alex has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE being among quite a few members under 30 to achieve this grade.|
Group Leader Assembly Maintenance: Control Engineering, Tooling & Digitalisation, BMW
Alex has worked in the automotive manufacturing industry for 15 years and during this time has experienced many different areas of the business including vehicle quality engineering, Production planning & Project and Programme management within Group IT
Most recently he leads the Control Engineering, Joining Technology and Maintenance Digitalisation teams within Assembly.
In this role, he blends both operational and strategic responsibilities and has the lead for the digitalisation activities within Assembly at MINI Plant Oxford, which recently was awarded by The Manufacturer, Smart Factory for the second year running and overall Manufacturer of the Year 2019.
Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds.
She is an internationally recognized design advocate and speaker, a researcher at the Institute for the Future, and the author of Calm Technology and Designing With Sound. She spent two years as a fellow at MIT’s Center for Civic Media and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
Named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, she was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2012 and received the Claude Shannon Innovation Award from Bell Labs. She was the co-founder and CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri. You can follow her work on Medium: https://medium.com/@caseorganic and Twitter: https://twitter.com/caseorganic.
Dr Anas Achouri is the founder and CEO of DONAA. He is originally from Morocco, and moved to France to get three masters in mechanical engineering, in environment and sustainable development, and in mathematical modelling for engineering applications. He studied aeronautical engineering in USA before completing his PhD in materials engineering in UK. He faced the problem of low success rate in high value additive manufacturing while managing manufacturing projects across different industries. Also, he developed new techniques to improve manufacturing during his research project sponsored by Rolls-Royce.
|Andrea has 20+ years of experience in Corporates and Start-ups (e.g. Finmeccanica, Bell Helicopters, Rolls-Royce GE-Avio, …). He is the founder of an association helping start-ups finding investments and growing. He is an Associate Partner of IMCI and EMV Capital Venture Partner. He has been Turbo Union BoD Chairman and Q-Bot NED (now chairman of the Advisory Board). He has an MBA from London Business School. He has Chartered and Fellowship status with IET, CMI and APM|
Dr Andrew Gordon is the Senior Data Scientist with eight years of experience in Data Analytics consultancy and implementing advanced analytical methodologies across a range of applications within Public and Private sectors. As the Lead Data Scientist within AAL, Andrew has fulfilled both client-facing and technical roles throughout a diverse range of projects. As such, Andrew has significant experience in both the communication of insights and findings to Senior Management Teams, as well as the delivery of complex analytical frameworks and components to the appropriate/intended end users within organisations.
Andrew leads the GTM Strategy and Sales Support teams for Infor in Europe and Asia across manufacturing, distribution and logistics verticals. His work includes helping supply chain leaders take advantage of technology to build more responsive and resilient supply chains.
Andrew Sentance CBE
Senior Adviser, Cambridge Econometrics & Former Member of the Government's Monetary Policy Committee
Andrew Sentance CBE
Andrew Sentance, CBE is a British business economist. He is currently Senior Adviser to Cambridge Econometrics. From November 2011 until October 2018, he was Senior Economic Adviser to PwC. He was an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England from October 2006 to May 2011.
Andrew Triantaphyllou is a DfAM Technical Specialist at the MTC and leader of the UK National Centre for AM DfAM research group. Andrew delivers high-risk research projects for customers from Space, Aerospace and Automotive sectors. He has led the development of multiple DfAM training courses and a design framework for industrialising AM.
Andrew is a member of ASTM, ISO and BSI standards committees on Design for AM and the Technical Contact for their AM design decision guide. He is a member of the ASTM Centre of Excellence management team, a steering committee member of the University of Birmingham CDT for Topological Design and represents the MTC as a partner in the newly-established EPSRC DfAM Research Network.
Predominantly working in Aerospace and Defence industry coming from a military early career, managing data and those involved has become core to my career, which spans several companies and Europe. A lot of my effort and success has surrounded 2 main areas, extended enterprise and internal tool migrations from internal tool developments to external (COTS) tool implementations. I still see the biggest challenge as Extended Enterprise, due to the varying approaches and tools used in the supply chain and with the customer bases. Although working in the Space Industry today I am faced with the unusual challenge of building 1off’s mainly science projects which do not fit into the ideal efficient production model.
|Andrew is a Partner in Deloitte’s supply chain practice with over 25 years of consulting experience in the consumer business industry. He is an expert across the whole Planning spectrum and has deep experience in the design, validation and implementation of supply chain target operating models including organisation design, integrated network design, and implementation of supporting technology.|
Andy Clifton is the Global Sustainability Manager at Rolls-Royce. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2005 as the Design for Environment Capability Owner after completing a research PhD at the Materials and Engineering Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University. His primary role at Rolls-Royce is to lead the development of the company’s engineering and design capabilities so that sustainability forms an integral part of all decision-making processes across all businesses and functions. He chairs various industry and collaborative working groups on the topic of sustainable design, which are leading the definition of new standards for best practice and sustainable business performance for the aerospace sector.
I am an expert in the application of 3D / Immersive Technology for the benefit of education, industry and property. At Imagin3D, I have led the team of developers to deliver award winning programs in higher education utilising Augmented Reality (AR) and transformational projects for the property market including Virtual Reality (VR). This includes data capture and visualisation associated with outline planning, stakeholder consultation, design and property sales. Currently coordinating a user driven research project to understand best practice for immersive technologies in digital expo’s.
Anita has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years, the majority of her career being within manufacturing/automotive industries. She is a member of the Manufacturing Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, developing and reviewing with the group, manufacturing engineering courses and degree apprenticeships in manufacturing and robotics. A member of WMAAN and a member of the GBSLEP Apprenticeship Hub. Anita supports external activities, engaging with schools and career events promoting manufacturing/engineering. Anita is driving the vocational qualification levels at Lander, with employee development at the forefront of business practice. There are 270 employees at Lander including over 100 apprentices.
20 years of consulting experience covering manufacturing, supply chain and procurement topics
Focus on operations transformation programs in process and discrete manufacturing industries, ranging from refining and specialty chemicals to aerospace and automotive parts
Leading Kearney’s team of manufacturing experts in Europe
Leading Kearney’s sustainability efforts in manufacturing, embedding the topic into all our offerings
Leading Kearney’s Manufacturing strategy and network optimisation team covering higher level strategic topics as well as advanced analytics driven optimisation and footprint transformation execution
I believe everything begins with great design. When it’s done right, it leads to exciting new products and businesses that create value for both the companies that make them and the people they employ.
We need more great design in the world, and can only achieve it by thinking beyond productivity, whilst embracing design and manufacturing as a single discipline. At Autodesk, I lead a collaborative initiative focused on enabling the design and manufacturing industry to succeed in a world that’s becoming increasingly connected, where we have to do more with less.
There’s a lot of hype, jargon and boundaries that need to be challenged along the way, so it’s important to have a clear vision of the future, a clear path to it and the courage to work together and make it easy for the industry to engage.
My favourite quote by no one famous “None of us is as smart as all of us”
An electronics engineer by training, Bala is a leading authority on machine learning, data science, machine vision, sensors and algorithms, and a huge proponent of science and engineering in the UK.
Currently Head of AI and the Lead AI Architect at Stanley Black & Decker’s Digital Accelerator, Bala’s manages Stanley’s AI group and architects and strategizes AI solutions for the group’s various businesses. Prior to this, Bala was senior scientist at Procter & Gamble, where he led programmes in data science, machine learning, IoT, machine vision, and sensors. He also delivers talks and workshops to companies looking to undertake the AI journey.
Bala serves as Vice Chair for the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society for the UK & Ireland, and serves on the EPSRC (UK government) Peer Review Panel – and has won awards from both bodies.
Bala Amavasai is a walking example of an Übergeek. He loves all kinds of new technologies and gadgets.
Barry is responsible for the MTC’s digital manufacturing strategy to industry.
Driving the adoption and digitalisation of manufacturing deriving value and enabling impact on UK PLC.
Prior to joining the MTC, Barry has occupied a number of leadership positions in market making and strategic transformation roles, including: Chief Digital Officer, Manufacturing Industry Leader, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Professional Services.
Enabling organisations to explore and create business impact through digital transformation, delivered at pace and scale.
|Bharat is Principal Security Strategist at Trend Micro and is responsible for advising Trend Micro’s largest UK and Ireland customers on security transformation. Bharat has 20 years of experience as an information security professional and has worked for Alcatel Lucent/Nokia, KCOM, Siemens and before Trend Micro he held the position of Security Technologist in the CTO Office for HP Enterprise Security Services. Bharat works with CISOs to understand risks, develop security strategies and enable business objectives.|
Brendan Abbott is Head of Business & Professional Services at Experian. He has 22 years’ experience both Client and Supplier side achieving business outcomes through the use of data for understanding and responding to economic, commercial and HR challenges. His experience is valued by Strategy, Risk, Supplier Management, Finance and HR professionals.
Brenna Sniderman leads the Center for Integrated Research, where she oversees cross-industry research for Deloitte. In this capacity, Brenna leads a team of researchers focused on global shifts in technology, mobility, climate, and workforce; in other words, how organizations can operate and strategize in an age of digital, cultural, environmental, and workplace transformation. Her own research focuses on connected digital and physical technologies and their impact on how companies operate – specifically additive and advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Digital Supply Networks, and the Future of the Enterprise. She works with other thought leaders to deliver insights into the strategic, organizational, and human implications of these technological changes.
UK Printer Operations Director & Group Manufacturing Excellence and Health & Safety, Domino Printing Sciences plc
Charles Lupton is Industrial Business Development Leader, IBM UK Limited.
With a background in Finance and Telecoms, Charles joined IBM seeing the emergence of software as a critical component to business controls.
After running several software businesses that covered Application Lifecycle Management, Cloud and IoT within IBM, he has most recently worked extensively as a digital transformation specialist within the Industrial Sector and focused on Industry 4.0 technologies including artificial intelligence, IoT, analytics and asset management. Charles also runs transformational change projects across supply chain, procurement, finance and human resources yielding high level efficiencies within businesses. Charles has achieved Industry excellence badges within IBM covering industrial products, electronics and manufacturing and a diploma from Boston University for Advanced Sales Leadership.
He is leading IBM’s participation within the Factory of the Future initiative, which is led by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and a consortium of industry partners, on which he will present in the IBM keynote session on Wednesday 11th.
Chris runs the supply chain for innocent drinks, responsible for everything from sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and technical affairs. He’s also responsible for establishing innocents first manufacturing facility, a world leading carbon neutral plant in the Netherlands. Chris has worked in and around manufacturing and supply chain for over 20 years and is passionate about sustainability and how businesses should balance both people, planet, and profit.
Chris is one of the true champions of ‘The Customer’!
With a career spanning over 30 years of senior board-level experience across a range of industries from Brewing to Retail, Publishing to Technology – Chris is widely recognised as a leading thinker, innovator and navigator in the field of customer experience.
Since founding CGA in 2001, the consultancy has built a significant reputation both nationally and internationally for its fresh and original thinking on customer engagement across a range of business sectors.
Chris is a strong advocate of the importance of the human experience and is an exciting, provocative and highly regarded speaker.
Innovation Lead with Manufacturing Made Smarter programme helping organisations collaborate to bring through the next generation of digital innovations and create a new future for UK Manufacturing.
Background: Innovation Champion, Operations Manager, Manufacturing Manager & Lean Improvement Leader, experienced in driving step-change into a wide variety of manufacturing sectors.
Specialties: Business Improvement, Supply Chain Solutions, Change Management, Value Stream Reviews, Lean & Six Sigma, Leadership Coaching, Manufacturing/Production Management, Low-to-High Volume environments, Hi-tech & Traditional Manufacture, Sectors from Sewing & Furniture to Automotive, Motorsport & Aerospace. Transition to digital manufacturing.
Chris has been with E.ON since 2017, and has worked across the group in a number of product focussed and customer facing roles in the Industrial and Commercial Energy Solutions.
For the last 12 months, Chris has occupied the role of UK Product Manager for Digital and Energy Management services, which covers our energy and visualisation technology, remote building management, and technologies that support manufacturers. With a strong understanding of business and sustainability drivers, as well as industry level innovation, Chris looks to help businesses develop genuine and meaningful insights from their data to improve their business operations and sustainability goals.
|Business and Partnerships Consultant at Hosokawa Micron Limited , responsible for innovation, development and data driven manufacture. Career has spanned Pharmaceutical, Food and Chemical industry sectors and within SMEs, startups and in global blue chip organisations through to academia and associated spin outs . Extensive experience in process design, commissioning, production, operations, supply, capital expenditure, new product, technology and business development, commercialisation, business strategy, planning and evaluation, and multi-functional general business management .Claire has a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering and is a Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.|
Prior to joining the MTC in January 2011, Dr Clive Hickman had over 35 years engineering experience in several roles within the automotive sector, culminating in the position of Head of Engineering for Tata Motors in India
Born in Dudley in the West Midlands, he gained a first class honours degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.
Over the last 10 years, Clive has led the MTC through a period of extraordinary growth, helping to create a national asset that has become a magnet for manufacturing across the UK.
As Chairman of the Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission, his ambition is to deliver a set of actions which will make the Midlands the pre-eminent Innovation Region in the country.
Cranston Polson is the Founder and CEO of H2H Energy, a hydrogen specific technical consultancy, and H2H Advantage, a hydrogen training and education company. He is a hands-on Mechanical/Systems Engineer, and hydrogen technical specialist and has been solely focussed on the hydrogen industry for more than 12 years.
Cranston has wide-ranging experiences with electrolysers, hydrogen storage, fuel cells and hydrogen fleet management/maintenance. He also has extensive experience with hydrogen refuelling station design, build, commissioning, and operation and maintenance. More recently Cranston has been delivering hydrogen training courses to wide range of audiences, with the aim of addressing the knowledge gap and sharing his wealth of hands-on experience to assist in the growth of the hydrogen industry in Australia.
Dan joined JAM Recruitment in October 2003 as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant and within 12 months was the Account Manager for the largest company account. He was promoted to Senior Account Manager in 2006, Principal Account Manager in December 2007, Team Leader – Major Accounts in March 2008, Business Unit Manager in January 2009, Accounts Director in January 2011, Client Services Director in January 2012 where he held responsibility for business development throughout JAM (both new and old clients), the integration of new clients into JAM and subsequent client satisfaction including added value offerings. Most recently, in April 2018, he was promoted to a Group Director with responsibility across all group companies but mainly within JAM and its sister company, Hunter. He’s currently focusing on the development of Hunter as a standalone business to JAM (but one that does also help JAM provide a more rounded service to our clients) – this involves new business development, development of the company offering and customer success within current clients.
|Dan has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry and is a specialist in energy policy, public affairs and communications, focusing on energy policy that will support the emissions reductions needed for the UK to reach its net zero target.
He worked for RWE npower, and E.ON in the UK and Europe, supporting the development of wind farm projects, efforts to develop carbon capture and storage technology, and the development of effective energy policy with Government. Dan returned to E.ON when there was major shift in strategy, selling off all interests in conventional power generation plant and focussing instead on networks, renewable energy and energy solutions for customers.
Dan studied ecology and environmental sciences in the UK, in the US, and in Ireland.
Dan Rossek is the UK Marketing Manager for Omron Electronics, a global supplier of automation and robotics solutions. Passionate about technology and innovation, he has spent his entire working career in the field of automation within the manufacturing sector.
Since graduating with a degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, he has worked in a number of roles from technical support, application engineering, product management and marketing.
David Campbell leads the product marketing team at Sugar. His organization is responsible for go-to-market strategy and planning for all Sugar products. Working at the intersection of product, sales, and marketing, David’s team figures out how to attack markets to maximize revenue return on sales and marketing investment. As a 30 year veteran of B2B software and technology, David has launched multiple category-defining products for Sugar, AvidXchange, Avalara, Hewlett-Packard, and FuelQuest.
Dr David Pugh is the manufacturing market lead at the Digital Catapult, where he sits at the interface between digital technologies and industrial end users to help develop new innovations into real value for the manufacturing sector. David also leads the Industrial Net Zero Innovation Centre (INZIC), a collaboration between Digital Catapult and TWI, focussed on supporting industries net zero goals through the use of digital technology.
IET Design and Production Sector Deputy Chair and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Coventry University, IET Design and Production Sector
David Wright is Director of Strategic Relationships at Coventry University, part of the team responsible for identifying, developing and implementing major projects and investments which are driving the university’s research agenda forward. He is based at the National Transport Design Centre, a project conceived by David, which opened in May 2017. His career has been primarily in the automotive sector, including Land Rover and Morgan Motor Company. David joined the Manufacturing Advisory Service – West Midlands in 2002 as its first Chief Executive. He is the Lead for the UK Automotive Council Technology Group Design work-stream, is a Board Member of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and a Fellow of the IET.
|Deborah has worked with many clients over the years developing solutions for their businesses, enabling them to streamline, scale and grow intro the future.
She currently leads the sales, marketing and current commercial strategy for Enapps and talks to many owners and Directors of manufacturing businesses wanting to grow, but struggling with disparate systems preventing them from having a complete 360 degree view of their business and the individual performance of parts of it, challenges that prevent them from embracing change and opportunity in the future.
Declan has more than 30 years of HR Transformation experience in guiding global organisations with developing their HR strategy, HR service delivery model (i.e. operating model), including HR Shared Services and the development and deployment of enabling HR technologies.
His experience includes HR Transformation, HR Service Delivery Model design, business process reengineering, business process outsourcing, standing up HR Shared Service Centres in North America, Europe, and Asia, large HR systems implementations (SAP/SF and Workday HR), and post implementation support. In addition, Declan has assisted organisations in developing their HR outsourcing strategy and with their transition out ‘to’ and back ‘from’ various HR BPO providers.
|Derek is the CEO of Vos Voco. His career has spanned supply chain operations and delivering people/process/systems projects. Frustrated with not having data to aid continuous improvement, he founded Vos Voco. Originally from Australia, he now lives in Oxfordshire.|
|An Internet of Things and Digital Transformation Specialist, based at Sci-Tech Daresbury, helping organisations to thrive in the Digital World. Providing end-to-end solutions and professional services, IoT Horizon empower their clients to accelerate their Digital Transformation. Deyrick’s infectious enthusiasm and passion for all things IoT is a force to be reckoned with.|
Dr. Donna Dykeman is the Programme Manager for Collaborative R&D with a PhD in Materials Engineering, and experience in polymer composites processing and characterisation. Donna is based in Cambridge UK with the Ansys Materials Business Unit, and oversees a portfolio of R&D projects on various material, manufacturing, eco-design, circularity and ICME topics.
Dr Ajith Parlikad
Ajith Kumar Parlikad is Reader in Asset Management at Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is based at the Institute for Manufacturing, where he is the Head of the Asset Management research group. He is a Fellow and Tutor at Hughes Hall.
Ajith leads research activities on engineering asset management and maintenance. His particular focus is examining how asset information can be used to improve asset performance through effective decision-making. He actively engages with industry through research and consulting projects. He is a member of the steering committees of the IFAC Working Group on “Advanced Maintenance Engineering, Services and Technology” and the UK Digital Twin Hub. Ajith’s current research focusses on the development and exploitation of digital twins of complex asset systems bringing together data from disparate sources to improve asset management.
Ajith joined Cambridge University to read for his PhD degree, which he successfully completed in August 2006. For his PhD, he developed a methodology for quantifying the benefits of improving product information availability and quality on the effectiveness of product recovery processes.
Dr Alexandra Brintrup
Head of Manufacturing Analytics Research Group, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
Dr Alexandra Brintrup
Alexandra Brintrup is a Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. Alexandra leads the Manufacturing theme for Pitch-In, a £4.9 million project that supports the Government’s Industrial Strategy by significantly enhancing the commercialisation and wider exploitation prospects of UK IoT research and technology.
Alexandra trained as a manufacturing systems engineer and then embarked on a research career in Artificial Intelligence. She is fascinated by the merger of the two. Her research interests include:
– Predictive Data Analytics and Machine Learning in Manufacturing, especially for predicting and handling uncertainty in manufacturing
– Development of automated and scalable optimisation and distributed decision-making technologies, particularly with nature-inspired algorithms and Multi-agent Systems
– Identification of emergent patterns in manufacturing and industrial systems, particularly in relation to robustness, resilience and quality outcomes
Dr Alicia Greated
Dr Alicia Greated is the Chief Executive Officer for KTN. KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new to accelerate ideas into real-world solutions.
Previously Alicia was Global Director, Research Engagement at Heriot-Watt University and prior to that, led the Newton Fund (a £735 million research and innovation fund to enhance the UK’s engagement with global emerging economies) delivery team at the UK’s Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
In 2008, Alicia moved to Delhi, India where she was founder and Director of Research Council UK (RCUK) India at the British High Commission. After four years in India, she moved to Beijing to become Director RCUK China at the British Embassy in Beijing.
Alicia has worked as acting Director of Research for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). She also spent five years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) where she was Head of Engineering.
Alicia has a PhD in Molecular Genetics. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a representative on the UK Government’s Jet Zero Council. Alicia is a member of various advisory groups including Scottish Funding Council’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, the Una Europa External Advisory Board and will join the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee from 2021.
Dr Hannah Edmonds
Dr Hannah Edmonds has worked at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, since 2012. She is the Chief Engineer for the Digital Manufacturing Accelerator (DMA) programme in Liverpool. The DMA is developing a Digital Manufacturing ecosystem which will include a Rapidly Reconfigurable Factory Environment (RRFE) and Digital Factory Environment (DFE). This ecosystem, along with the development of the local supply chain, will help organisations accelerate the development and implementation of digital manufacturing system solutions.
Dr Edmonds has previous led the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) project for ‘Factory In A Box’ (FIAB) Manufacture at the MTC. Engaging with a number of thermal energy start-ups / SMEs to identify the technical and commercial feasibility of FIAB manufacture for their products; understand their manufacturing challenges and the potential benefits of deployed manufacturing for their business. Dr Edmonds went on to lead the MTC’s Smart Manufacturing Accelerator (SMA), a service for delivering integrated manufacturing and supply chain solutions enabled by industrial digital technologies. The SMA uses the capabilities and digital tools developed within the FIAB project at MTC to deliver impact for industrial customers.
Dr Edmonds has a PhD in Additive Manufacturing from Loughborough University and has also worked as a Technical Specialist in solid state welding processes research, with specific expertise in rotary and linear friction welding, at both the MTC and TWI.
Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE
Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering, innovation, and diversity and inclusion activities. She is chair of the government’s Innovation Expert Group and the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment; trustee of EngineeringUK and Foundation for Science & Technology; member of the Made Smarter Commission; director of Festival 2022 Ltd; and advisor to accelerateHER and Lloyd’s Register Foundation. She has been named as one of the ‘Inspiring 50 Women in Tech’ and one of the most influential women in engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and Honorary Professor at UCL. Hayaatun was awarded a CBE for services to International Engineering in the 2020 New Year’s Honours.
Dr Imogen Cleaver
Dr Jagjit Singh Srai
Head, Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
Dr Jagjit Singh Srai
|Dr Jag Srai’s research focus is in the analysis, design and operation of international manufacturing supply networks including the impact of advanced production and digital technologies.
His work is characterised by its interdisciplinary nature, involving collaborations with leading industrial and institutional players that provide effective pathways to impact. Within Cambridge, Jag is Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Global Food Security. Internationally, he is Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production, and inputs to UNCTAD’s annual industrial development reports, most recently on Investment in the Digital Economy. He has also leads IfM’s Digital Supply Chain Industrial Consortium involving leading multinationals collaborating on digital supply chain transformation.
Dr Mostafizur Rahman
Technical Specialist for Data and Information Systems, Manufacturing Technology Centre
Dr Mostafizur Rahman
Dr Mostafizur Rahman is one of the Technical Specialist for Data and Information Systems theme of Digital Engineering at the MTC, and his current research focuses manufacturing informatics, Data science and AI, Digital Engineering and Industry 4.0.
With over 18 years’ experience in Data Science, AI and Machine Learning industry, Rahman was awarded his PhD in Data Mining and Machine Learning from University of Hull, UK and MSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence from Dalarna University Sweden.
Rahman has worked in both academic and commercial organisations. Currently he is working on several Data Analytics, Digital Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 projects, where he is utilising AI, data mining, machine learning and Big Data technology to solve many complex manufacturing problems. He has also technically led a number of industrial and collaborative (UK and EU) research projects primarily looking at data analytics, machine learning and Industry 4.0 solutions for manufacturing and supporting UK manufacturing industry on their AI strategy.
Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou
Nicky is a Senior Industrial Fellow at IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS). She is responsible for developing custom-designed services to support the strategy and innovation activities of companies of all sizes.
She has worked with many organisations across different sectors, including engineering, oil and gas, food, defence, software and telecoms. She has helped numerous companies to develop their strategy, innovation, technology and product-development processes. She has also managed and participated in several European consortia to develop strategic research and technology roadmaps to facilitate the commercialisation of novel technologies and new engineering approaches.
Some examples of projects Nicky has led are here:
Develop a sector strategy
Develop a research strategy aligned with industrial needs
Develop a strategic research and technology roadmap for ICT in manufacturing in Europe
Helping SMEs grow and become more sustainable
Nicky is an experienced facilitator, and she has co-developed, co-authored and delivered tools and methodologies in innovation strategy, roadmapping, creativity, portfolio and project selection.
Prior to joining IfM ECS, Nicky spent 12 years working in high-tech companies in Cambridge, UK, in diverse high technology areas such as optical bio-sensing and organic electronics. She commercially managed two product lines, generated and delivered several commercial contracts and organised and managed large training courses as part of technology-transfer activities.
Nicky has a BSc in Physics from Athens University and an MPhil and PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of Cambridge. She holds a CMI Level 5 Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring and is a qualified PRINCE2 project manager.
Dr Nik Watson
Dr Watson has a MEng in Mechanical Engineering (University of Hull, 2005) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering (University of Leeds, 2010). From 2010 to 2014 he was a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds. His research there was performed in the Food Physics Research Group and was funded by Innovate UK, BBSRC and via numerous industrial collaborators. In 2013 Dr Watson became a chartered engineer and he is a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and an Associated Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2013 he was also one of the founding directors of the start-up company Albion Crystallisation Ltd, who specialise in developing energy efficient food processing technology. In 2014 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham. In 2015 he became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr Watson is a member of the Food, Water, Waste (FWW) Research Group.
Dr Seb Giudice
Dr Seb Giudice is a Charted Engineer with Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET). His role at the MTC is to set the technology and product strategy for Advanced Production Systems (APS) team. This includes managing a team of senior technical specialists, and overseeing the development of standardised value propositions. He is also the Technical Lead for high value strategic projects working alongside industrial partners and clients. More recently he was very active in the MTC’s response to the Covid 19 crisis, and part of the team that developed new products now been used across the National Health Service (NHS). Prior to the MTC, Seb worked for Jaguar Land Rover as and Innovation Manager, bringing new technologies and methods for rapidly converting factories. He has also worked for Rolls-Royce plc as the Capability Acquisition Manager for the manufacturing team in the design of future factories for Small Modular Reactors (SMR).
Duncan is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s supply chain practice with over 17 years of broad experience across consumer products supply chains. He is an expert in the development of supply chain operating models with a focus on planning, manufacturing, and logistics.
He is responsible for successful client delivery of our SupplyCycle production optimisation tool with a focus on helping our clients move from pilot to scaling across their manufacturing footprint.
Professor of Industrial Informational Engineering, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
Duncan McFarlane is Professor of Industrial Information Engineering and Head of the Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory. He has been involved in the design and operation of industrial automation and information systems for over twenty years.
Duncan is the lead on the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring project which is investigating how low-cost, readily available digital technologies can be implemented to support growth and productivity in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project addresses the common concern that many digital manufacturing solutions are designed for large companies. The research team is working with SME partners on a UK-wide and international project to identify common digital challenges in SME manufacturers and create inexpensive digital options.
|Edward has spent the last 5 years working with over 50 of the largest Manufacturing organisation using AI to optimise OEE while making the organisation self sufficient through the upskilling of Process engineers.|
|Erdem Ozturk is the Managing Director of a new start up “Productive Machines”. It is in the process of commercializing the digital machining solutions that were developed at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). The first product is planned to be available on the market in April 2021. Erdem has been with AMRC since 2010 and leads the digital machining theme at AMRC. His main work involves development of process models and integration of these models with measurements from machines. He has led a diverse portfolio of projects funded by H2020, Innovate UK, Catapult and companies. He is an Associate member of CIRP (The International Academy For Production Engineering).|
Eric pursued an academic career before transitioning to the commercial world of data science via the public sector. Whether in academic research or the private sector, Eric is driven by the challenge of solving big problems using data and the scientific process. Eric now leads the analytical and machine learning elements of The Data Analysis Bureau, primarily designing solutions to solve client problems.
Dr Foroogh Hosseinzadeh is the technical director at Stress-Space and a Senior Lecturer at The Open University with over 14 years of research experience in applying experimental methods for residual stress characterisation to facilitate stress engineering for industrial applications. Her work has led to considerable success in developing innovative tools for engineering stress measurement, and translating the technologies from scientific to industrial communities.
Brand Ambassador, Trust Hunter Former international swimmer, representing GB in the 2008 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games
Francesca Halsall, former international swimmer, representing GB in the 2008 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. World, Commonwealth and European Champion.
Fran spent her first career travelling the world as a professional swimmer, competing at three Olympic games, winning over 40 International medals, and breaking a World Record along the way. Since retiring from sport, people and great teams are what interests her, and she works with individuals and businesses to help them achieve their ambitions and goals through sharing her life experiences. Especially, how the mindset of an elite athlete can transform the way people approach success in their lives. She delivers talks and workshops to a wide range of industries on topics such as motivation, resilience, team dynamic, stress management, habit formation and winning mindset.
Gerard is a recognised and accomplished data management professional, helping businesses unlock the value of their information.
A firm believer in the principle that good data management is all about people rather than IT systems, Gerard’s proven approach focuses on delivering real change through stakeholder buy-in, organisational redesign, process improvement and team development.
He has set up substantial data governance organisations, built large data management teams from scratch, implemented workflow systems, delivered cost-reducing data management processes, built data quality systems and set up insightful BI systems. Gerard has worked in many blue-chip organisations throughout his career and is currently heading up global master data management at Jacobs Douwe Egberts in the Netherlands.
An engaging communicator, Gerard is a regular speaker at data management and governance conferences, where his practical content and real-life examples are always popular and well received.
Gianmarco is an experienced Strategy Senior Manager, with a history of linking commercial opportunities to product offer and corporate strategy. Within his 10 years in the industry at JLR, GM and Audi, he has introduced and leveraged innovation to launch new products to gain market share. He managed cross-functional teams to launch new Jaguar XEL and XFL in China, led commercial offering transformation project worth £ 100M. Worked globally (UK, US, Germany, Italy), holds PhD, MBA and 6σ Black Belt, speaking 4 languages at business level.
Giles leads Data Platform Modernization for Avanade in the UKI region and is head of solution architecture for the financial services industry. As part of the wider Data & AI leadership team for the UK, Giles is responsible for driving the growth of Avanade’s data practice in the UKI. A subject matter expert on strategic Power BI enterprise implementation with experience designing solutions across multiple industries that deliver true business value, Giles guides his clients to envision the art of the possible within Azure data platforms. Giles has experience delivering projects across Australia as well as in the UK in industries from Finance, Government and Manufacturing to Tourism and Not for Profits.
Gordon Macrae is the special projects manager at Gripple Ltd, the global market leader in wire joining and tensioning devices. Gordon is an innovation champion at Gripple , was instrumental in setting up in Incub an in house incubator. During lockdown one he developed our Innovation learning materials which have now been delivered to our future leaders team and embedded through a series of workshops across teams
Prior to joining Gripple Gordon has done Managing Director, Operations and Finance roles in mid to large corporates
|Hannah Randles is the Sector Manager for Health and Life Sciences for Growth Platform – the Liverpool City Region Growth Company and the Innovation Agency;she also provides executive support for the Health and Life Science Board managed by the Local Enterprise Partnership. Hannah works alongside colleagues within the City Region to support and develop the Health and Life Sciences sector with a focus on business growth, inward investment, collaboration/networking support and wider strategic initiatives. Previously, Hannah worked at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital supporting Innovation within the Trust and working with partners around the ERDF funded program Health Innovation Exchange. She has also worked in education, supporting schools to connect with business (specifically in the Health and Life Sciences sectors) and as part of a project team at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.|
Hassan is a data scientist at GSK with background in bioinformatics and pharmaceutical technology. Hassan’s research focuses on R&D for manufacturing with a focus on using machine learning to create holistic understanding of the pharmaceutical discovery, development, manufacturing, and supply chain. At GSK, Hassan has worked on various Machine Learning projects with teams across the company. Prior to joining GSK, Hassan worked in academia, and co-founded a start-up focused on reporting and recording infectious disease cases in Pakistan. Hassan volunteers with mentorship schemes for undergrad students, and with an Ed-Tech start-up focused on cartooning early stage curriculum for young learners.
Hazel is a senior knowledge transfer manager at KN working in the areas of defence and security. KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions. Prior to the KTN, Hazel worked in the Home Office realising innovative science and technology solutions for Government Departments. Hazel also leads the KTN Electromagnetic Innovation Network at KTN and welcomes the opportunity to support the manufacturing sector where spectrum resilience and security issues can be addressed through cross-sector activities.
Heba Khamis is the CEO and co-founder of Contactile. She has a PhD in Engineering, an Honours degree in Software Engineering and a Bachelor degree in Medical Science from the University of Sydney, Australia. She has been researching human tactile sensing and tactile sensor design for robotics since 2012 and has extensive experience in robotics programming. She was the first person at UNSW Sydney to ever receive a Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges grant and received of $400k US ONRG funding to develop tactile sensor technology for remote and autonomous robotic manipulation.
Helena Lisachuk is a Partner at Deloitte Consulting. She leads the IoT practice globally and represents Deloitte in the Industrial Internet Consortium focused on development and adoption of (industrial) IoT. She has 20 years of experience in strategy definition / roadmap development, due diligence, target operating model development, post-merger synergy realization, customer journey mapping, organization redesign, technology delivery, change management, and program / portfolio management.
Henrik von Scheel
High Value Manufacturing Catapult
|The HVM Catapult is your partner in manufacturing innovation, harnessing the best research to transform the products you sell, the way you make them and the skills of your workforce. Whether you’re looking for a better production line or support with a new product, our world-class expertise and equipment can help you to deliver a more productive and competitive operation.
Our services are available to firms of all shapes and sizes from FTSE-listed companies to small firms deep in the supply chain. Our offer is built on:
It’s our business to support your growth and guide you in breaking into new markets.
At the HVM Catapult, we will help you to transform great ideas into commercial realities.
Prior to joining Cambridge, Ian had 35 years of industry experience, working at senior levels in multinational companies such as Dell, Philips and Groupe Bull, as well as setting up and running small and mid-sized technology and consulting businesses in the USA and the UK.
He has a strong interest in Innovation and Change and works with Business Modelling and Innovation researchers at the IfM and the Centre helping and advising in the development of new models and tools. He has considerable experience in delivering business model, innovation and value analysis workshops to industry and other sectors.
Other responsibilities include the management of marketing and administrative activities, the recruitment and relationship management of new industry and academic partners and the development of international collaborations. He also has particular interest in the development of guides and tools for industry.
Irma Gilbert is the Founder and Chief Platform Officer and an experienced entrepreneur with 23 years experience in manufacturing and a strong track record of establishing businesses from start up (in various countries, such as Angola Portugal, Brazil and Mozambique). Her areas of expertise include: superior sales abilities and strong supplier management capabilities, marketing, customer service, creating innovative business strategy and commercial models to exploit opportunities in both new and existing markets.
James has worked for Defra for 3 years, and currently has responsibility for Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Policy, situated in the Resources and Waste Division. Prior to joining Defra, James studied Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds, and has a long-running interest in sustainable production and consumption.
James has an undergraduate degree in Materials Science from Imperial College, London, and an MSc in Gas Turbine Engineering from Cranfield University. He obtained his PhD in materials from Cambridge University, where he has since held Research Assistant and Senior Research Associate positions. He is also formerly a Coordinator and Senior Teaching Associate of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Methods for Materials Science at the Centre for Scientific Computing at Cambridge. In 2012 he established Double Precision Consultancy which specialises in the provision of advanced mathematical modelling services to industry. He also co-founded Plastometrex in 2018 and is the current Chief Executive. Plastometrex recently closed a seed investment round of +£1m that was led by Element Materials Technology.
|Awen collective is an award winning, UK based Industrial cyber security software company and we focus specifically on industrial sectors & technologies. We have developed a software system that performs Asset & Vulnerability Discovery on Operational Technology (OT), including ICS, SCADA and IIoT systems. We have existing support from the likes of the MOD, NCSC, UK government and British water/Energy companies.
James is head of Industrial Cyber and business development lead for Awen since Jan 2020. With a strong background in growing businesses within technology and start-up environments. In an ever changing Cyber Lansca
Jessica Leigh Jones MBE
Multi-award-winning Engineer and Astrophysicist and Co-Founder and CEO of iungo Solutions Limited
Jessica Leigh Jones MBE
Jessica Leigh Jones MBE is a multi-award-winning Engineer and Astrophysicist. She is Co-Founder and CEO of iungo, a CareerTech Company democratising access to excellent careers for everyone. Jessica is a Non-Executive Director of Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) and Vice Chair of Wales’ largest exam board, WJEC. She is the Womenspire 2020 Board Member of the Year. Jessica has received the Freedom of the City of London and represents the fastest progression to the rank of Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers. She was 2017’s Woman of the Future for Technology & Digital, featured in the 2020 Who’s Who list of influential British people and appeared as one of the youngest in the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe List 2018.
– Deutsche Bank, Head of Resources, equities / investment management, resources and energy storage technology focus.
– PwC, Operational reviews and strategic assessments – mining, minerals processing, and infrastructure in Australia, North America and Europe;seconded to BHPB and Rio Tinto.
John is an experienced management consultant and senior director who has helped organisations build and transform their businesses to realise their ambitions in the telecoms and IT sectors.
With 30 years global experience he’s worked at a senior level for Nokia, Level 3 Communications in Europe and USA, BT and Hongkong Telecom. He was also a management consultant at PA Consulting Group for ten years, recently working on the business case for 5G in smart manufacturing.
He’s helped launch three mobile networks and led operations planning for the rollout of a $1.5bn European backbone network. He also headed a value based sales group focussed on identifying and articulating benefits for major customer opportunities.
John is a Chartered Engineer, member of the IET and Chartered Institute of Marketing and has an MBA.
|John Patsavellas is a senior lecturer in manufacturing management in Cranfield University having joined the university in 2018, following a career in the manufacturing industry spanning sectors as diverse as steel, food, paper products, pharma, fashion, building products and sanitary-ware ceramics. He has been a boardroom director since 2004. John has an honours degree in mechanical engineering, an MSc in manufacturing and an MBA, whilst his PhD research in Cranfield focuses on the digital transformation of operations. John is an active member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Manufacturing Policy Panel and the IET’s Production and Design Sector group. He is the annual presenter of the Manufacturer’s Top-100 UK talent awards, the convener of the annual National Manufacturing Debate at Cranfield and a frequent article contributor in the fields of supply chain and digital manufacturing ecosystems.|
|Affectionately described as a ‘factory-visit junkie’ by chairman of Made in Britain, Chris Harrop OBE, since joining the organisation in April 2015, John’s certainly developed a healthy obsession with provenance marketing and the amazing stories members tell of their businesses, some stretching back more than 100 years.
With 1450 SME and larger manufacturing businesses using the award winning collective mark, 400+ joining this year, there will certainly be a lot of catching up to do in 2021.
John is currently a Strategic Client Advisor within SAP’s global manufacturing and Industry 4.0 team.
Prior to joining SAP in June 2019, John’s career included global roles at EY, Atos and Schneider Electric (Wonderware) as well as roles in manufacturing and manufacturing automation.
These roles involved work with EY and P&G’s IWS partnership, Siemens Digital Factory, Siemens Mindsphere, PTC Thingworx, GE Predix Perfect Plant and many other technologies.
John’s client experience includes many of the worlds largest manufacturers across all sectors and manufacturing process types. His work has involved global travel and this combined experience provides him with a unique insight into the challenges of digital transformation in manufacturing.
An experienced sales leader with a proven track record of success in the Energy Solutions sector. Currently I lead a team of Strategic Account Managers in EON’s new B&CS sales business. I have over 20 years’ experience of working in the energy industry that has helped me develop a range of skills across areas such as Energy, Renewable Energy, Business Development, Energy Efficiency & Stakeholder Management. Myself and my team build long lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with senior professionals’ at large blue chip companies. Helping these companies to become ‘Energy Fit’ and stay competitive in their marketplaces.
Jon is innovation. There is no one better at spotting opportunities for improvement in anything from software to business processes – yet his real specialism is hardware. He’s conducted world leading research in AM processes and made improvements even to state-of-the-art AM equipment. Jon started his career as an actuator engineer at the European Technical Centre branch of SMC Pneumatics, focused on testing products over their life cycles and streamlining operations between subsidiaries in Europe and SMC Headquarters in Japan. Before joining Enable, Jon spent a year and a half as the R&D engineer at voxeljet UK, where he specialised in the high-speed sintering process (HSS), a polymer-based high-throughput alternative to selective laser sintering.
|Dr. Josef Waltl is Principal Group Program Manager in Microsoft’s Azure IIoT Service Line. Together with his team he focuses on the overall Azure Manufacturing Service Portfolio. Before that he built-up the global Industrial Software Partner Ecosystem at AWS and led M&A and Product Strategy Projects for Siemens Digital Industries Software and Factory Automation. He holds a Doctorate in Software Platform Management from the Technical University Munich and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Salzburg.|
Joseph F. Paris Jr
Joseph F. Paris Jr. is a recognized thought leader on operational excellence; an international entrepreneur; a prolific writer; and a sought-after strategist, consultant, and speaker with engagements around the world. His book, “State of Readiness” (May 2017) has been well received and endorsed by business leaders from highly respected companies – with operations around the world and across industries – and promises to be a definitive work on the field of Operational Excellence.
I strive to form a better world through uncovering and addressing some of the key challenges faced by UK design and manufacturing. I passionately consult as a value engineer to elevate businesses and individuals to unlock their potential through the Future of Making with Autodesk technologies.
Juan has a background in Operations, with over 12 years of experience in the manufacturing sector. Always acting as a link between the Operations and the Information Systems, he has a foot on each side of the fence. With extensive knowledge in lean transformation and philosophy, coupled with IS functions such as business analyst and MES implementation Project Manager, Juan is one of the leaders in the digital transformation of SEM Ltd. He also leads an Agile Team of developers in charge of taking advantage of the new I4.0 technologies providing data solutions for the different stakeholders in the company.
Co-Chair, Made Smarter & Board Member, Industrial Strategy Council & Chair, Digital Catapult
Juergen Maier is Chair of the Digital Catapult, co-Chairs Made Smarter and serves on the Industrial Strategy Council which advises Government on Industrial Strategy. Juergen argues strongly for the modern re-industrialisation of the North of England and is a board member of both the Greater Manchester LEP and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
Juergen is the former Chief Executive of Siemens UK. A position he held from July 2014 to December 2019. Over his 33 year career with Siemens he held a number of senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany. This included Managing Director of Industrial activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton (where he started his career as a Production Engineer)
Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme. He was made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2017. Juergen has also received honorary doctorates for his services to UK Science and Engineering from the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent, Salford Manchester, Cranfield, Sheffield and Manchester Metropolitan. Juergen was awarded a CBE in the New Years honours list 2019.
Juergen is a passionate advocate of rebalancing the UK economy and has supported many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing and engineering skills. In 2017 he was asked by the Government to lead a review into how to increase the digitalization of the UK manufacturing sector. The subsequent report led to the creation of the joint industry/government ‘Made Smarter’ Commission, which Juergen co-chairs with the BEIS Business Secretary.
|A highly experienced Strategist for business development, with 25 years of industry knowledge, and over 20 years of technology solution and implementation experience.
Julian has worked for global digital consultancy business, Columbus for 10 years in strategy, project direction and business development roles.
Kate Brown de Vejar
|Kate Brown de Vejar is a Partner and Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration at DLA Piper. An Australian and New York qualified attorney, resident in Mexico City for the past 12 years, she has represented clients in a wide range of commercial and investor-state arbitrations.
Kate is Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration’s Latin American Users’ Council, and Vice-President of ANZMEX (Australia, New Zealand, Mexico Business Council). From 2008-2016, she was a member of the Australian Delegation to the United Nations (UNCITRAL) Working Group on Arbitration and Conciliation. Who’s Who Legal 2020 lists Kate amongst its most highly-regarded arbitration practitioners, globally and in Mexico. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Queensland, Kate is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Kevin has been in the Interconnect industry for over 40 years and has worked for the top global connector companies during his career. He is currently manager for all HARTING products within the UK and Irish regions, covering all applications and market sectors. He is a member of a trade association and Deputy Chair of the BSi working group 3 and 5 for connectors, enclosures and racking.
Lee is Deputy Director for Research Partnerships at the ERC, and is responsible for project managing and delivering the flow of research commissioned by partners on small businesses and entrepreneurship. Lee’s career has focused on understanding business performance and the impact of policy on decision-making and outcomes, she was previously Chief Economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation (now Make UK).
As a member of the IfM ECS team Liz works with companies of all shapes and sizes to help them develop their business strategies and build the operational capabilities they need to create sustainable step changes in business performance and profitability. She leads the IfM ECS participation in the Government-funded Sharing in Growth activity, a £110m programme of intensive supplier development in the UK aerospace and nuclear industries.
Liz also works closely with the IfM’s Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory research group in developing and applying approaches for advanced factory design and automation. Projects have been completed with a range of companies, including Foxconn, Laing O’Rourke and Jaguar Land Rover.
Before joining IfM ECS in 2010, Liz had more than 15 years’ experience in manufacturing, with senior roles in operations management and manufacturing engineering. She initially built her career in the electronics industry, in an environment of highly configurable, build-to-order, complex electronic products on short lead times. She also worked extensively as a management consultant and project manager for a range of manufacturing companies. As a project manager, Liz has led projects in lead time reduction, delivery performance improvement, product transfers, cost reduction, resource planning, new product introduction and strategic reviews.
Liz has a Masters Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University.
Lord Karan Bilimoria
Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range have collectively been awarded a total of 110 Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world. Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group now TESCO PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA). Since 2017 Lord Bilimoria has been a Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Lord Bilimoria is an Honorary Group Captain in 601 Squadron Royal Air Force. In June 2020, he was appointed President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Helen Steele: 20 years of HR experience in Airbus in various roles including Recruitment, Early careers, Employee Engagement, HR Business Partner and now Culture Change Specialist..
Luciano Lo Tito
|Luciano is an experienced Lean Manufacturing and Smart Factory specialist.
He has extensive experience in helping clients across multiple industries to transform and innovate their operations. Luciano has led and implemented digital transformations, from strategy definition to implementation, delivering operations performance improvement, including process quality and efficiency increase together with cost of goods sold and inventory reduction.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Luciano was a consultant with the Watson IoT team at IBM, worked at Amazon in the fulfilment operations and managed various successful lean manufacturing transformations for the Legrand Group in Australia and Italy.
Luke is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Manufacturing practice with a background in Human Capital. Luke has over 15 years of experience leading large scale organizational transformation initiatives for Fortune 100 companies. Luke supports his clients in responding to the digital revolution in manufacturing and brings them solutions to address the future of work in their organizations. Luke focuses on: designing and delivering adoption programs that link employee use of digital tools, technology, and standard work to value;developing and implementing experiential learning that provides manufacturers with critically scarce digital skills;and implementing new organizational structures and workforce strategies that align client organizations to disruptions in their environment.
Mahesh De Zoysa
Management Consultant, Business performance, and Data Analytics Expertise.
Business consultant and advisor to senior Industrial & Private Equity clients. Built the European division of a consulting firm from start-up to a £15m annual revenue business unit that was sold to the $7bn conglomerate SGS. Structured and executed the largest transformation program of its kind in southern Europe business owned by one of the largest PE firms in the world.
Architected projects that have delivered in excess of £50m of annualized value to date.
Mamta Singhal BEng MSc MBA CEng MIET
Mamta Singhal BEng MSc MBA CEng MIET is a design engineer and has an NPD and supply chain background moreover she an active campaigner on diversity in engineering. In 2007, she was awarded the Women’s Engineering Society Prize for engaging and inspiring young people’s interest in STEM. A Chartered Engineer Mamta’s career has seen her work for Scottish Enterprise, Dyson, Mars and international toy company Hasbro.
In 2016 and 2019 she was a speaker and mentor at Management Today’s Inspiring Woman in Business Conference for STEM and in 2018 she chaired the panel for the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards. She also appeared in the IET’s ‘Portrait of an Engineer’ campaign in 2017. She has recently spoken at Cogx where she presented on the future of manufacturing and sustainability. She also sits on The IET’s UK Manufacturing Policy Panel.
Over the years she chaired engineering awards and mentored others in fulfilling their potential. A truly passionate person with regards to STEM and drives the connection between creativity, sustainable product development and engineering wherever possible. She has over 15 years experiences with roles in manufacturing, project management, engineering, quality, packaging development and sustainability. She currently works for a major FMCG.
Singhal was appointed as a member of the IET Council for 2019–2022. She was awarded her Fellowship in July 2020 from the Women’s Engineering Society. Also in 2020, she became an Honorary Visiting Professor at Middlesex University – Design Engineering and Mathematics Department.
Mark is an experienced Business Consultant having worked at QAD for over 10 years. He holds APICS CPIM & CSCP accreditations and is committed to helping manufacturing organisations improve their operational effectiveness. He is a firm believer that the greater adoption of advanced technologies has the potential to vastly improve the productivity and competitiveness of the world’s manufacturing companies.
|Mark Hughes joined Epicor Software in 2018 as regional vice president UK and Ireland. He brings with him
more than 20 years’ experience within the technology sector—using his extensive expertise within the
supply chain and manufacturing space to help over 1000 manufacturing businesses take advantage of the
latest advances in technology
Mark is the Executive Director of the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA). The AREA is a membership funded alliance, helping to accelerate the adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) through a comprehensive ecosystem.
With a focus on creating value and ROI for its members, his goal is to develop a robust and active ecosystem for AR. His background includes a strong interest in mobile, AR, VR, and IoT and he is excited to work with enterprises, providers and research organizations to the benefit and growth of the AR within the enterprise.
Mark has extensive experience in the manufacturing sector and has 30 years working in the field of plant and factory automation. Focused on transforming clients sustainability and optimisation strategies in the manufacturing sector through digital transformation.
Marlini is the Managing Director Challs International Limited, who manufactures household cleaning products for the FMCG sector. They supply their branded products, including, Buster, Bin Buddy & Alkimi globally, operating in the UK, USA, Singapore & Australia.
Both the manufacturing and the chemical industry is still very male dominated and Marlini is keen to empower more women to champion in these areas. It starts with the current workforce, she invests and supports people around her, making sure there is a solid base and the company’s ethos of “building for the future” is incorporated in her hiring decisions. The same applies with championing change and new methods of work. Marlini has developed links with schools and now takes on work experience students, most of whom are female. The Suffolk Business Women’s Board is an important group for Marlini. She is an active member attending meetings and speaking at multiple events for them. Her passion is people, and one of her great pleasures is to see people around her flourish.
|I work with Mechdyne Europe’s largest manufacturing and research clients. My work focuses on advising clients on how to achieve maximum value from AR, VR and Mixed Reality. Before Mechdyne, I worked in the IT industry for many years in the US and Europe. I am passionate about the big idea, design thinking and making the impossible possible.|
Maryam Qureshi is a 3D Application Engineer. Maryam works specifically with HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology. Working directly with customers to assess their current manufacturing limitations, HP help find bespoke and cost-effective solutions to their problems. Maryam helps to implement the MJF solution into customers’ businesses by encouraging them to use the technology to innovate and design, specifically by designing for additive manufacturing.
Mateusz Chudy is a Supply chain manager with +10 years of experience in the Manufacturing environment. Mateusz worked for 7 years in the tobacco industry, where he managed Production, Internal logistics and lead various supply chain and engineering projects. Gained experience in managing European supply chain for Pampers including Material procurement, Production and capacity planning. Currently Mateusz Leads Supply Chain Department at Cetes Cosmetics (An Oriflame Comapany)
|Matt Paskin is Design & Marketing Director for Whitecroft Lighting and leads their Technical and Circular strategies. Having worked in the Lighting industry for 18 years Matt has held leadership roles in Technical, Manufacturing and Marketing functions and was instrumental in the adoption of LED technology at Whitecroft Lighting. Recently Matt has been the driving force behind the launch of Whitecroft Vitality and the organization’s shift to a Circular business model.|
Specialising in IoT and integrated solutions, Matt has led multi-discipline teams encompassing test, support, release and agile software development for over 18 years, within both small to medium enterprises and large multinational organisations. When done well, technology can be a catalyst for massive change and improving the human condition, Matt is fascinated by this and how the right circumstances can lead to giant leaps in understanding and innovation.
Matti has been with c-Com since the beginning. He has played a lead role on many successful c-Com deployments across the globe. Within this short presentation he will share insights and success stories gained from projects in the automotive and aerospace manufacturing industry. Matti is happy to discuss your specific requirements. Just request an appointment after the presentation.
Maximilian Ge conducts research into education and adoption of Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Cambridge University Engineering Department. He has been actively engaged in the Cambridge technology and innovation ecosystem for over a decade. Maximilian worked on tech startups and undertook PhD research at the IfM Centre for Technology Management in technology acquisition and business models in the tech and biotech industry. He holds an MSc in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St Andrews and read maths and computer science at the University of Cologne.
Michael is Deputy Director of STFC Hartree Centre, established in 2013 with a goal to transform UK industry through big data, high performance computing, and AI technologies.
Michael leads the Hartree Centre’s development by forming new relationships and collaborative projects to strengthen links between industry, academic and research organisations across the UK helping to deliver a competitive advantage and accelerate productivity of their people and processes by applying digital technologies within their organisation.
Holding a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Leeds and an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University, Michael began his career as a Research Chemist working for Unilever and went on to become an Area Sales Representative for Dionex UK, selling specialist equipment to high value markets before joining STFC in 2004 where he has worked to build opportunities and partnerships using applied research to solve industry challenges.
Mike is a UK Director of Tangent Works (www.tangent.works), the creators of The Tangent Information Modeller InstantML solution, automates the building of machine learning models in just a few moments with a single pass of the data.
Mike has previously worked with various global technology companies to deliver value through collaboration.
Mike Wilson has over 35 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing across a broad range of industry sectors and is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK.
Mike is Chief Automation Officer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, leading the drive to increase the adoption of automation in UK manufacturing. He is also Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association and has previously been Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics. His book “Implementation of Robot Systems” was published in 2014.
Neil is the Director and Principal Consultant of Factorytalk UK and before this ran an independent consulting company specialising in the implementation of technology driven change.
Prior to setting up his own company in 2014, he worked for AstraZeneca as the IT Strategy and Portfolio Manager for Supply Chain and Manufacturing. With over 30 years experience of leading engineering, supply chain, manufacturing and IT functions Neil brings this extensive life-sciences experience to FactoryTalk clients.
Neil lives in the UK with his family and in his spare time is a keen road cyclist and custodian of classic cars and motorbikes.
Nicholas Leeder is the VP of the Digital Transformation Solutions Field accountable for the Sales, Customer Value Lifecycle, Marketing and Enablement globally. During his leadership tenure, PTC has assembled an industry leading team to help customers realise tangible value from digital transformations.
Mr. Leeder’s experiences of industrial transformations, including Industrie 4.0, has focused on the changes and challenges to design, manufacture, operate, and service things for a smart, connected world. He is also an internationally recognised thought leader and keynote speaker including chairing events in Europe such as ManuTalk and keynotes at PI Europe and North America. He has had numerous articles published and participates in several industry advisory bodies including the Financial Times and World Economic Forum’s Industry Strategy meetings for Advanced Manufacturing.
Nick Davis leads our Digital Transformation offering for industrial clients, focused on the use of digital in transforming supply chains and manufacturing operations. He leads the UK firm’s focus on Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT, and helps global manufacturers to deliver the outcomes from their most challenging Digital-enabled transformation programmes.
|Nigel Dawson is a traditional apprentice trained engineer in Production and Robotics studying ONC, HNC and finally a Production Engineering Degree at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. Having spent many years designing and commissioning systems for the process and offshore oil industry, he moved into automation technology for Festo. He has spent the last 24 years at Festo in sales, marketing, solutions engineering and product management, advising industry and industrial media on the optimum solutions for Electric Automation in production lines through the UK, Europe and Asia. Nigel is currently global head of business development as well as application management in Festo HQ, in Germany. His team develops business, software and applications for electrical automation in all industries across the world.|
Nigel Haigh has worked at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, since 2018. He is the Supply Chain Manager for the Digital Manufacturing Accelerator (DMA) programme in Liverpool. The DMA is developing a Digital Manufacturing ecosystem which will include a Rapidly Reconfigurable Factory Environment (RRFE) and Digital Factory Environment (DFE). This ecosystem, along with the development of the local supply chain, will help organisations accelerate the development and implementation of digital manufacturing system solutions.
Nigel is a successful operational leader with extensive industrial experience and a strong track record of delivering significant business success. Prior to joining the MTC he was a member of the European leadership team for a top 3 global pharmaceutical company, managing global programmes & supply chain transformation.
Nigel also has 19 years professional consulting experience with medium size privately owned companies and global organisations, implementing Supply Chain Strategy, Lean Manufacturing, Operational Excellence and Cost Reduction.
Nigel has worked in Manufacturing for most of his 31 years in Rolls-Royce. This has focused on new technology development as well as technically leading significant factories. The highlight has been the development of two lighthouse facilities for the company. In his current role Nigel is focused on furthering Digital Manufacturing and truly joining up the digital thread. Nigel led the RR element of the Ventilator Challenge UK which was to set up and source components for the Smith’s Medical paraPAC300. He is passionate about UK manufacturing and the benefits it brings to society and is now a member of the Made Smarter Commission.
Broadly recognised as a highly motivated and passionate operations and strategy manager, a native change leader! My objective is to grow personal and professional in top managerial positions and succeed at an international level.
Nilam identifies and promotes cross sector opportunities for organisations developing photonics, electronics and sensors. She works with businesses and organisations that are looking for support to explore alternative application of solutions in other sectors.
Before joining KTN, Nilam worked with the water sector to remove barriers when introducing innovation. She developed a platform that allows businesses to get their solutions seen by decision makers, trialled and integrated. She has experience helping SMEs develop their pitch and gain a wider understanding of their end users, as well as developing strategies in complex organisations with multiple stakeholders.
Nilam has an MSc in Sustainability from Anglia Ruskin University.
Oliver Newman is Pulse Systems Cloud Solutions Engineer and Embedded Systems Programmer. He maintains and develops the portal offering in addition to the research and development of new smart IoT devices. He started his tech career as part of the operations team for a large public sector organisation, introducing powerful automation elements to their daily routines- optimising overall efficiency and productivity within the company. Oliver is an advocate for the positive effects that smart buildings offer and their surrounding data can have on the efficacy of facilities management teams, the environmental quality for the building’s users, and overall savings for the company.
With over 15 years of experience within the automation industry Oliver utilises his skills to drive strategic transformation of companies through uptake of automation. The majority of this has been with FANUC, a market leader in automation solutions including robotics, CNC, plastic injection moulding, wire EDM and vertical machining. Oliver promotes the use of modern IoT technology and manufacturing strategy to ensure businesses can run more efficiently, with less risk, whilst maintaining profitably.
Pari is the Founder and CEO of The Engineering Company. After spending time at industry leading giants like BP and BAE Systems, Pari decided there must be a better way to do engineering. Driven by the vision of a world where incredible things are easy to engineer, Pari founded The Engineering Company in 2016. Since then Pari has raised millions of pounds in funding across multiple fundraising rounds, scaled the TEC team to 9 incredibly talented engineers, and led the development of TEC’s ground-breaking Systems Development Platform, Flow.
Paul started his career at BAE Systems in the early 1980’s designing spacecraft control systems before moving to Cobham Plc where he ran group manufacturing companies in the UK and USA. In 2001, Paul left Cobham to establish a Chinese based manufacturing business that he now chairs and more recently a sister business in Vietnam.
For nine years Paul worked as an advanced engineering and aerospace specialist for HMG DIT helping UK manufacturing companies gain market access in China, Russia, India, and Indonesia.
Paul is also Chairman and founder of The Data Analysis Bureau (www.T-DAB.com) which provides AI and ML Industry 4.0 solutions. As well as a member of the IET Manufacturing Policy Group, Paul is a trustee of the Design and Technology Associations.
Paul Haimes is the Vice President of Pre-Sales in EMEA. In this role he is responsible for leading teams of Pre-Sales Business Developers and Technical Specialists across PTC’s major geographies within Europe.
Since joining PTC 20 years ago as a Pro/ENGINEER Application Specialist, Mr. Haimes has held a range of managerial positions within the Pre-Sales organisation – initially, leading the UK team, expanding to Northern Europe and since 2006, as VP at an EMEA level.
Working with customers throughout EMEA, Mr. Haimes has over 20 years of Product Development experience. His key areas of expertise are Computer Aided Engineering, Product Lifecycle Management and more recently, Smart Connected Products and IoT.
Mr. Haimes has a Masters degree in Industrial Design and Bachelors degree from Loughborough University.
|Paul heads up the business development team at Intergage and is responsible for driving new business and building relationships with engineers and manufacturers.
Paul has more than 30 years’ experience helping companies to grow. He is also a member of the UK5G Connected Places Working Group, advising on how best the authorities can encourage the take-up of 5G to boost business growth. Most of Paul’s career has been spent working with major brands including Amstrad, Barclaycard, Virgin Mobile, Orange, EE, Telefonica and BT.
Paulo Carneiro is a mining and tech entrepreneur. He has several years of experience in stone mining and since 2017 he started working on technological products in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and more recently robotics. He holds a Bachelor degree in accounting and specialisation in Financial System & Capital Markets.
|Pertti Kujala is the Director of Thingsee Smart Factory solutions at Haltian. Pertti has been a part of Haltian from 2012, the beginning of the company and has worked in several IoT leadership positions. Pertti began his career in Nokia in 2003, where he successfully held various mechanical design, engineering, and concepting roles. He is a visionary, and problem-solving centric person. His focus is always in excellent customer experiences and design, also in IoT solutions. His passions include industrial design and modern building architecture which are his sources of inspiration. Pertti holds a degree of M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oulu in Finland.|
Dr. Peter Colman is a Partner and shareholder at Simon-Kucher. Peter joined Simon-Kucher in 2008, and divides his time between his base in the North of England and the London office. He leads the consultancy’s Technology & Industrials practice for the UK and Ireland.
Peter has generated strong profit enhancement results throughout his 20 years in consulting and industry. He specialises in Commercial Excellence programmes to address strategy, sales & marketing, pricing and product management topics. He has worked for corporate clients, private equity-backed companies and venture capital-backed start-ups across Europe and North America.
Peter has written over 25 articles for publications such as Institute of Sales Management, Sales Initiative Magazine, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Professional Pricing Society and The Manufacturer. He is a regular speaker / panellist at conferences, a Manufacturing Excellence Awards judge and a Member of Institute of Sales Management, Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Directors.
Prior to joining Simon-Kucher, Peter worked for digital marketing and technology consultancies focusing on eCommerce and Customer Relationship Management transformation programmes.
Peter holds a PhD in Electronics from the University of Cambridge and a First Class degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham.
Peter de Strijker
Peter De Strijker is an application engineer / industrial manufacturing for Autodesk, Inc. He is responsible for driving the Autodesk manufacturing sales channel in the Benelux region in Europe. Before joining Autodesk, Peter worked as mechanical design engineer at a Belgian marine engine and gearbox manufacturer. He is a graduated engineer with a degree in electro mechanics.
Independent Pharmaceutical Professional, Liverpool City Region LEP Health & Life Sciences Board Chair
|Joined the pharmaceutical industry in R&D laboratories – over 37 years experience (E.R. Squibb/Bristol-Myers Squibb, Moreton, Merseyside), eventually headed up large R&D group across two geographies and UK R&D site.
Peter currently is a Pharmaceutical consultant for CDMOS and university departments, whilst also being on the board of a number of universities and Liverpool City Region LEP Health and Life Sciences Board.
Peter van den Houten
|Peter is an Industrial IoT Specialist at Cisco focused on helping Manufacturing customers design, validate and deploy the architecture needed to build the factory of the future, which includes the use of Cisco and non-Cisco technologies to support a vast array of use cases.|
Philip joined Mirakl April 1st 2019 and works out of the London office, exploring how platforms complement incumbent business models whilst returning high EBIT profitability and working with internal teams to assist organisations in their journey towards digital customer engagement.
A solution sales professional working in the technology and services industry for over 20 years, Philip has experience in a variety of clients across the retail, consumer product and B2B sectors and uses these industry insights to tailor offerings and deliver value. His knowledge of customer touchpoints spans across marketplaces, eCommerce, in-store, mobile and contact centre.
In his past 2 roles, Philip worked for digital and commerce agencies focused on providing enterprise eCommerce platforms and digital services and uses these industry insights to tailor offerings and deliver value to customers.
|Philippa is the Managing Director of CNC Robotics Ltd, a leading robotic integration company based in the Liverpool City Region. Philippa is responsible for leading the development of the business and its people and is passionate about working closely with the community to address critical challenges that will shape our future. Philippa is a member of the Institute of Directors, and sits on several advisory boards including MAKE UK Regional and Industrial Strategy Challenge fund Manufacturing Made Smarter. In 2019 she was inducted into Insiders 2019 42 under 42 list celebrating the strength of the region’s brightest business talent who will form the next generation of successful business leaders and business owners.|
Professor Andy Schofield
Andy has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry and is currently responsible for the development and deployment of a number of advanced engineering processes, technologies and capabilities across a variety of military aircraft products. He is a BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow and also the chair of a BAE Systems Group wide Advanced Manufacturing Technology Steering Board. Andy sits on a number of advisory groups in the UK, represents BAE Systems on the programme boards of a number of High Value Manufacturing Catapult Technology Centres in the UK and is a council member and non-exec director of TWI. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of The Welding Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Member of the Institute of Metals, Minerals & Mining and a Chartered Engineer. He was included in The Manufacturer Top 100 list in 2016 and has been appointed as an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham.
Professor Fiona Charnley
Associate Professor of Circular Economy and Co-Director Exeter Centre for the Circular Economy, Exeter University
Professor Fiona Charnley
Fiona joined Exeter Business School in May 2019 after working for eight years at Cranfield University as a Senior Lecturer in Circular Innovation. Fiona has a background in Industrial Design and has established herself as a thought leader in the Circular Economy, working at the interfaces of Design, Innovation and Manufacture.
Fiona is an investigator on a number of research grants including the EPSRC funded projects ‘Circular4.0: Data-Driven Intelligence for a Circular Economy’, ‘Small is Beautiful’ and ‘Manufacturing Immortality’. Fiona also successfully led the EPSRC funded Network in Re-Distributed Maufacturing, Big Data and Consumer Goods (RECODE) and is a member of the management group for the Connected Everything Network Plus.
Fiona has extensive experience of working with organisations from across sectors to identify new approaches to design, innovation, manufacture and business modelling to transform resource use and value creation. She has also led multiple education and executive training programmes to support future leaders in developing the skills and capabilities necessary to transform our industrial system from linear to circular. In 2018 Fiona was recognised as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering by the Women’s Engineering Society and the Telegraph for her contribution to Circular Economy research and education.
BA Industrial Design (Loughborough), MSc by Research (Cranfield), PhD Whole System Design (Cranfield)
Professor Rab Scott
Rab is accountable for the delivery of the AMRC’s Chapter 2 Digital Transformation and ensures a digital thread is woven throughout everything the AMRC delivers. Starting at the AMRC in 2001 when just a handful of engineers occupied a single building, Rab has progressed from his original role as lead on Virtual Reality and Simulation to now be Professor of Industrial Digitalisation at the University of Sheffield.
Alongside his work at the AMRC, Rab is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Design, Manufacturing Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde; Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Exeter Business School; IET Spokesperson for Virtual Reality and a member of their Digital Panel; Deputy Chair of the Immerse UK Advisory Board; Member of the UK 5G Manufacturing Working Group; Member of the BSI IST/31 Standards Committee; and Operational Chair of the HVMC Digital Strategy Team.
With his wealth of experience Rab is a thought leader in digital for UK manufacturing and makes sure the ground-breaking digital work the AMRC does alongside its partners is adopted both internally and externally.
Professor Sam Turner
Professor Sam Turner is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult. Sam works across the HVM Catapult centres and stakeholders, including government, to develop manufacturing strategy for the UK. He is part of the Made Smarter strategy implementation group led by Juergen Maier and was part of the review team. In this role Sam has chaired the D4I digital industry group, the Through Life Engineering Services (TES) Council and the IMechE Manufacturing Industries Division.
He joined the HVM Catapult team in 2017 from his role as CTO of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, where he worked on a range of projects and capabilities including the flagship digital facility Factory 2050, machining, casting and composites technology. As a founding member of the AMRC, Sam led the growth of the AMRC’s Machining Group, with successes in delivering impact to UK industry, before moving into the CTO role. Sam has over 20 years experience in manufacturing working across the aerospace, steel, defence, automotive sectors.
Professor Tim Minshall
Head of the Institute for Manufacturing and Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
Professor Tim Minshall
Tim is the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation at the University of Cambridge, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Head of the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM). His research, teaching and engagement activities are focused on the links between manufacturing and innovation.
Since joining the University of Cambridge in 2002, Tim has played a very active role in the development of innovation and technology management activities across the University. He also works closely with companies in the Cambridge cluster, the largest and most successful technology cluster in Europe.
He is also actively involved in outreach activities to raise awareness of engineering and manufacturing among primary and secondary school children and their teachers.
Tim was appointed as Head of the IfM in 2017 and is a member of the board of directors for IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd and St John’s Innovation Centre Ltd, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC) at Doshisha University in Japan, and a member of the IET’s Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel. He is a member of advisory / steering committees for groups including ideaSpace, Cambridge i-Teams and 100% Open. Tim is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, where he is also the Director of Innovation and Engineering Outreach.
He is a recipient of a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence and a Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award. He is also actively involved in outreach activities to raise awareness of engineering and manufacturing among primary and secondary school children and their teachers.
Before joining the University, he was a Project Manager at St John’s Innovation Centre, where he worked on a series of projects to support industry / academic collaboration focused around new technology ventures. Prior to working at St John’s Innovation Centre, he worked as a teacher, consultant, plant engineer and freelance writer in the UK, Australia and Japan. He has B.Eng. from Aston University and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering.
Industry professional with 25 years of experience in Auto, Trucking and Machinery industry around product development, manufacturing, and after market space. Proven track record in building and deploying large scale industrial solutions around the world. 10+ years of experience in running a global Industrial practice around Bill of Materials (Engineering, Manufacturing, Prototype and Service BoM’s) and configuration management (includes alliances, business development, customer engagement, proposals etc). Consistently applied new technology to streamline traditional product development, product validation, manufacturing, and support processes. Strongly believe in transforming these processes again with IoT and Machine learning.
Ravi Gidoomal is a director of EDGE Digital Manufacturing, working with business leaders to maximise performance, reduce costs and increase competitiveness using digital technologies. Ravi is a member of the board of DRL-Tool.org and was a contributing author of British Standards PAS 1040 on Digital Readiness. Ravi has more than 20 years of experience
gained across multiple industries and sectors as an investment banker and management consultant. He provides advice to businesses with a focus on strategic planning, digital transformation, business development and finance.
MAIT Lead Product Engineer - Additive Manufacturing and Antennas, Airbus Defence & Space
Richard Browning is Founder and Chief Test Pilot of Gravity Industries which designs, builds and flies Jet Suits, pioneering a new era of human flight. The company was founded in March 2017 to challenge the perceived boundaries in human aviation and to inspire others to dare to ask “What if?”. It now scales towards an International Race Series. Prior to founding Gravity, Richard was a Royal Marines reservist for six years and an Oil Trader with BP for 16 years where he discovered and implemented major new technologies winning the BP Group innovation Award.
|Richard Gould is Sales & Business Development Manager at MetLase, and a qualified engineer.
He’s been with the company for four and half years, joining very shortly after MetLase was created.Prior to MetLase, Richard was Commercial Manager at Castings Technology International (Cti) and The University of Sheffield’s, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, for their “AMRC Castings” division.
For the last 19 years Richard has focused on the development, commercialisation and adoption of new disruptive and advanced manufacturing techniques which bring about step change improvements in manufacturing processes and end-users’ product performance.
Richard has been instrumental in the successful implementation of new advanced manufacturing techniques, in companies based in UK and worldwide, including Rolls-Royce, GKN, McLaren Automotive, Boeing and Siemens.
Crystal Doors faced closure over the planning rejection for their installed one megawatt biomass burner during 2015. Richard then set out on a mission to become the UK’s most environmental company. Having planted 11,000 trees by the age of 14, and gained a degree in Food manufacture, Industry 4.0 and environmental impact reduction is in his DNA. This year winner of IEMA carbon transition award and Insider sustainable company award. Richard’s significant evidence that an SME can reach carbon neutral by 2022, his vision now is to engage with stakeholders and lead others on their journey.
Richard Willingham is Applied Scientific Technologies Business Development manager who will be able to provide you with information on our products and how they could benefit your company. Peter Moore will also be joining us to give information on integrating AGV’s and AMR’s into your systems.
Rob has over 21 years of industry experience in both technology and supply chain roles at three global organisations. Rob spent the last three years working on Digital Projects across the Energy, Food & Beverage, Aviation and Automotive industries. He has knowledge of all aspects of Digital Operations from Supply Chain and Manufacturing to Field Services. Rob also has knowledge of both traditional on-premise automation systems and has experience in building cloud-based smart factory solutions. He has also led Alliance and Channel teams selling manufacturing automation software across Europe.
Rob is a Process Improvement Leader for Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd. Rob has been recognized internationally for his ground breaking process simplification work at the Rolls-Royce Defence President Awards and Global Project Management Awards. Rob started his career in the Royal Air Force before progressing into planning & control, nuclear component design and transformational business improvement. Rob is a Chartered Engineer and an active member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Manufacturing Industries and Management Committees. Rob is active on LinkedIn and other social media. An aspiring author, Rob is hoping to publish his first book on process simplification in 2021.
Rob’s work was recently celebrated by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. https://www.imeche.org/news/news-article/meet-the-engineer-on-a-mission-to-save-his-colleagues-from-‘soul-destroying’-manuals
Rob Munro is a technology and innovation management specialist and works with business and innovation leaders within the high-value manufacturing community and government.
Before becoming an innovation and technology-focussed specialist Rob spent twenty-four years within speciality chemical and material companies ICI and Johnson Matthey creating new technologies and building new businesses. He held senior line management positions in manufacturing operations, commercial and R&D with strong track record in developing business and innovation strategies, improving business work processes and delivering complex high-value projects.
Today, Rob assists clients move their organizations forward in the following key areas,
- Developing effective technology and innovation strategies that align the organization.
- Enabling the transformation of organizations for Open Innovation.
- Creating more effective innovation systems in general and specifically front-end innovation.
As a research practitioner in innovation management Rob is an active chemical engineer with a deep interest in using science and technology to respond to the challenges of climate change, population growth and resource depletion.
Rob holds a Masters’ degree in Chemical and Process Engineering and an MBA from Manchester Business School where innovation theory and management was a particular focus.
|Having worked in consulting roles for over 15 years, Rod has helped many manufacturing companies improve productivity through software solutions. A universal theme is that companies want to improve productivity and reduce costs and Rod proves how this can be done by using software, working with small specialist owner managed companies through to global operations.|
Roger Gorman is the founder and CEO of ProFinda.com
ProFinda is the world leader in a new market segment, called workforce optimization. A new $50bn market in how every organization in the future will better understand their own skills, far better optimize how people are matched to the right work at the right time and prepare far more strategically for tomorrow.
Roger spent nearly 15 years researching the science of skills, new markets and how workforces need to adapt and prepare. Roger’s research and now the ProFinda platform is transforming organizations like Deloitte, KPMG and beyond.
Roger’s ideas and success in this space has seen him lecture at Davos leading the future of work and skills for the future. And beyond keynotes at many global forums, and multiple think tanks, Roger has also been an advisor at Obama’s Whitehouse on the future of work.
I’m delighted to invite him to share his ideas and views on skills and the future of manufacturing. What we need to all look out for and what we need to begin thinking about.
Roger has spent 20+ years designing and operating international supply chains, mainly in the automotive, industrial and retail finished goods sectors. Notably he held senior operational and commercial management roles across the manufacturing and after market supply chains.
Rosa Wilkinson joined the High Value Manufacturing Catapult in 2017 as Director of Communications.
Previous roles included senior civil service posts at the Trade and Business Departments, as Director of Innovation at the Intellectual Property Office and as Director of Public Policy for Lloyds TSB.
Outside the Catapult, Rosa retains an involvement in her family’s industrial property business. She is a non-executive with the MTA and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s External Affairs Committee.
From March to the start of July 2020 she led communications for the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium.
Russ McKay is an IBM Executive IT Specialist and Solution Architect. He is a Charted Electrical Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology, an Open Group Distinguished Technical Specialist and one of IBM’s Academic Ambassadors. As a senior professional in IBM’s European AI Applications team, Russ works with manufacturing and engineering customers on the definition, specification and implementation of complex IoT and asset management projects.
Ruth is an award-winning Engineer and Inventor. In 2006 she was Young Engineer for Britain with her GCSE product ‘The StairSteady’ which is now sold internationally and for which Ruth holds a number of patents. Ruth started her first business when she was 16 and was the youngest person to be listed on ‘Management Todays 35 under 35’. Ruth is passionate about STEAM careers (particularly encouraging women into STEAM). She co-founded Kids Invent Stuff with Shawn Brown aimed at inspiring young people into STEAM. Ruth is a keen welder and maker and co-founded #GirlsWithDrills with Kisha Bradley and works with Lincoln Electric on a programme to get more women into welding.
|Over the course of a decade Sam worked in various roles for manufacturers before founding Starling. He now leads Starling who work with manufacturers to digitalise their work instructions, standard operating procedures and training records.|
Sam Saunders is a chartered engineer and Data Strategy Manager at Dyson. Before moving into strategy, Sam worked in various Design Engineering roles, gaining experience across a number of stages of the product development lifecycle – from technology research to pre-production design optimisation. Having first gained experience in general product/commercial strategy, Sam chose to specialise in Data Strategy after seeing first-hand the frustrations resulting from poorly applied data capability, and the transformative potential of well applied capabilities. His key focus at Dyson is to prospect, scope, and secure backing for new data and analytics opportunities, ensuring efforts are aligned to wider business priorities.
|Dr Sammar Javed is a Research Associate currently working on ERDF Funded GM Cyber Foundry and PrintCity Network projects to develop and implement Evaluations. She joined Man Met on 1 April 2020 for RKE funded project worth £32,657 for sustainability and growth of a manufacturing company Deluxe Beds Ltd. she was successful in bidding and implementing projects on marketing strategy development, leadership and HR development and technological upgrades through Winning Pitch, LEP, Digital Enterprise, and Manufacturing Growth Program. During the project duration of 6 months, she was successful in bringing direct savings of £219,952 including a winning management KTP bid worth £171,657. Previously, Sammar successfully completed Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project of Huddersfield Business School and Deluxe Beds Ltd, with focus on process innovation utilising SCRUM, bringing saving of over £1.8M, exceeding the defined 5 year targets.|
|Sara spent over 25 years of her career working in the corporate market in marketing, business development and sales management roles in a number of global Telecoms and IT companies. Over the last 5 years she has been solely focussed on working within the SME market and is passionate about helping companies improve their business and operational processes through the adoption of cloud-based sofware which delivers tangible value across their organisation.|
Starting her career in the financial sector, working for some of the leading UK commercial insurers and loss adjusting firms after 10 years Sarah made the jump to follow her passions and studied mechanical engineering. Now based in the Airbus Innovation Space, Broughton plant, Sarah is a leader in topics relating to the application and acceleration of innovation and culture change. Working as the Agile Specialist, Sarah is driving the implementation of agile ways of working for today and for future generations, embedding innovation into the business and into the routine of every employee. Outside the Broughton plant, Sarah has strong connections to the Airbus global innovation eco-system and international culture-change platforms. Sarah’s core values include energy, creativity, empowerment and an appetite to fail fast. Outside of work, Sarah is a proud mum of two and AFOL (Adult fan of Lego!)
Dr Sarah Karmel is Head of the Chemistry Department at Photocentric Limited, where she looks after the development of novel photopolymer materials for 3D printing applications. Her main interests focus on the development of functional materials for 3D printing, including particle filled photopolymers for the use in large scale manufacturing. Sarah is leading our research on 3d printed batteries, in which she and the team focus on designing and manufacturing electrodes and battery cells with improved electrochemical performance using 3d printing.
Silas Adekunle is a Robotics Technology Entrepreneur, Engineer and Inventor.
He was formerly CEO of Reach Robotics, which created MekaMon, the world’s first gaming robot launched globally with distributors such as Apple. He led the company to generate millions in revenue and raised millions in venture Capital.
He is now the co-founder and CEO of Reach Industries where they are building a platform to make it quick and easy to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies.
|Simon Eaves is a PLM technical consultant for Symetri Ltd specialising in helping companies improve productivity through the use of PDM\PLM Solutions.
With over 20 years’ experience, Simon has implemented a variety of enterprise management solutions for many companies across a number of industries.
Over the last 5 years, Simon has become one of the country’s leading cloud PLM Consultants working with a team of specialists who deliver fully integrated end-to-end engineering data management solutions.
Simon Reid is Head of Advanced Manufacturing at Growth Platform – the Liverpool City Region Growth Company. Growth Platform has been set up by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to act as a single body responsible for inward investment, business growth, skills and education initiatives and destination marketing www.growthplatform.org
After graduating from London Metropolitan University in 1989 Simon returned to Liverpool to deliver Government funded training programs to the long term unemployed before starting a career at engineering and manufacturing recruitment company Kinetic plc in 1993.
For the next 13 years Simon played a pivotal role in the company’s growth which was predicated on delivering on site provision to manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, FMCG and food and drink sectors. Simon held the role of Service Director with a portfolio of OEM and large Tier 1 companies throughout the UK including Airbus, Kimberley Clark, Arla Foods and Ford. Simon set up a new permanent recruitment wing of the business specialising in senior and executive positions in manufacturing before joining rival Beresford Blake Thomas in 2008 to set up their engineering divisions in Manchester and Liverpool.
Simon joined The Mersey Partnership (TMP) in 2010 as an Investor Development Manager working with foreign owned companies in the Liverpool City Region helping them to attract additional investment and internationally mobile projects. Following a stint as SuperPORT manager for TMP Simon then joined Peel Ports as the Commercial Manager for bulk liquid products for the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal, account managing international companies like Shell, Cargill, Ineos and Essar. In 2014 Simon joined the LEP to head up Advanced Manufacturing and working with the Making It Board to deliver economic growth in this critical sector before making the transition to Growth Platform in November 2019.
Simon was instrumental in devising, developing and implementing “LCR 4.0” – a European funded program to deliver Industry 4.0 technologies to 300 SMEs across the Liverpool City Region – www.lcr4.uk Simon also sits on the Made Smarter NW Pilot Steering Group.
Growth Platform, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, STFC Hartree Centre and Sensor City launched LCR4 START in October 2019 to help SME companies in the Liverpool City Region to develop a digital roadmap.
Steph Locke is a deep technologist turned entrepreneur. With a 10+ year career in helping deliver ROI from data, her experience across multiple industries yields added insights for manufacturers. A 5-year awardee of the Microsoft’s Most Valued Professional award, Steph’s global thought leadership in data & AI is firmly established.
With a background in PR (20 years altogether), marketing and management and with a strong interest in sustainability and a passion to increase consumer awareness of the importance of recycling I feel that TerraCycle is a great place to use my skills and experience. TerraCycle is a social enterprise, the world’s foremost leader in the recycling industry for hard-to-recycle waste and one of the fastest growing eco-friendly companies in the world.
TerraCycle works with over one hundred major brands in 21 countries across the globe to collect used packaging and products (everything from biscuit wrappers, to pens, to air fresheners and even the likes of cigarette waste etc.) that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new eco-friendly materials and products. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s free sponsored waste recycling programmes, which are free fundraisers that pay charities and non-profit organisations for every piece of waste they collect and return.
I currently head up TerraCycle’s Communications function across Europe (where we operate in 12 markets) – my role encompasses strategy development and implementation for customer service, social media and public relations campaigns both client and customer facing.
Prior to this role I have also held the following positions within TerraCycle – Director of Client Service & Communications (Northern Europe), General Manager (UK & ROI), Country & Communications Manager (UK & ROI), PR Manager (UK & ROI
Steve has vast experience in digital transformation having worked across the world for Consultancy and Software firms as well as a number of blue chip organisations. He has published many articles and blogs on Industrial Automation and Digital Twins. “Digital transformation has been happening for a while. What was merely buzz words is now reality and organisations need support, insight, education and help in identifying truly transformative digital products and services to help them in their Industrial Automation journey – and I aim to do just that!”
Dr Steven Barr is a Chartered Engineer, advisor and company director specialising in making data and digital technologies work effectively for business growth. He co-leads EDGE Digital Manufacturing and is a member of the board of DRL-Tool.org, working with the UK’s leading institutions to boost adoption of data and digital technologies. He is the lead technical author of British Standards PAS 1040 guide to Digital Readiness. Steven spends most of his time shoulder-to-shoulder with manufacturing business leaders, helping them to take full advantage of data and digital technologies in dealing with business challenges and achieving growth ambitions. Steven is a former National Director of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, and 30 year veteran of working with over 50 design, technology and manufacturing companies large and small.
|Steven is the Head of Programmes at Vertical Aerospace which encompasses the operational side of the organisation. He is responsible for the Programme Management, Supply Chain, Logistics, Build and is currently overseeing the Quality and HS&E functions. He will be also be responsible for attaining the Production Organisation Authority, a key step towards certification.
Steven is a veteran of the automotive and Formula 1 world, having won 8 World Championships during his motorsport career. He has over 29 years of experience working in Inventory, Procurement, Logistics and Programme Management as well as Build Assembly. His experience varies across automotive, notably working on the Aston Martin DB7 project, and Special Vehicles and Sales at Prodrive. The majority of his career was spent in Motorsport working for many of the top teams across different disciplines such as World Rally and Formula 1. Most recently he worked for the Mercedes AMG F1 team responsible for the Whole car and Aerodynamics development planning.
Innovative data strategist, CDO, and certified Enterprise Architect with a broad scope of international experience across in multiple business processes. Proven record of accomplishment in designing and delivering complex technical solutions, process automation, global programmes to deliver operational excellence to create a competitive advantage.
|Sven helps companies to source, understand and utilise available technologies. He also helps them discover and access funding. He connects people and organisations that will benefit from working with each other.
He works directly with companies from startups to SME to multinationals in the electronics sector. He also assists government and local organisations including Innovate UK, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) across the UK. Sven works with innovators, business leaders, CTO’s, engineers, and system developers in technology areas including Radio Frequency Electronics, Satellite Communications, Agri Tech coms, machines, radar, high frequency communications, manufacturing, mobility, power electronics, robotics, and GHz comms including 4G, 5G, and 6G.
Sven Strassburg is an IBM Industry Solution Architect for Europe.
He has both a production and software engineering background. For the last 19 years he has been involved in all aspects of process automation, system integration, production optimisation and IoT-focused engagements. Starting seven years ago he became increasingly involved in connecting the physical world to the digital world, which is now his full-time focus within the AI Applications division of IBM.
Thang Vo-Ta co-founded Callaly with leading UK gynaecologist Dr Alex Hooi, who invented the company’s first product, the Tampliner®, after decades listening to women talk about their frustration with the choice of period care products available.
He has helped secure global patents for Callaly’s various innovations and leads the Callaly team and its strategic direction. Thang manages Callaly’s commitment to the environment, people and communities as a certified B-Corp. Thang is a former private equity professional in the New York and London offices of Goldman Sachs, where he helped manage the firm’s venture capital investments. In 2019, he was named a Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 entrepreneur and The Manufacturer’s Top 100 manufacturing leader. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT.
Thomas is the founder and Head of the IfM’s Cyber-Human Lab, which focuses on how technologies can be used to augment human work and improve human performance in industry. His research is broadly interested in the intersection of human capacity and technology to create solutions that can make a significant contribution towards a better future.
Trusted advisor and leader with 30 years of experience in improving global supply chains working within the Consumers Goods, Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Industrial and Leisure Sectors.
I work with leading global companies and SME’s to deliver transformation in their supply chains, focused on strategy and network optimisation, digital supply chain, offshoring and reshoring, restructuring and performance improvement including lean and operational excellence.
I am an inspirational thought leader developing leading insights into global supply chain management and manufacturing and am regularly quoted in the press and speak on these topics at conference platforms across Europe.
Tom Æ Hollands
|Tom Æ Hollands is the Innovation and Technical Director at Raynor Foods, he is an accomplished Food Scientist who has worked in both government (Food Standards Agency) and the private sector. Tom is a true innovator at heart and has won a number of national and international accolades in recognition of this. Tom’s innovations are focused around sustainability and has interests in meta food systems, their emerging technologies and the complex links that connect them|
|Tom Brennan is the Chief Marketing Officer at Rootstock Software and has an extensive track record of helping companies like Rootstock achieve rapid growth. With more than 30 years of experience in ERP and business application software, his goal is to make the market aware of the powerful value proposition Rootstock shares with Salesforce for manufacturers and distributors.
He began his career in the computer/software industry in the early 1990s. While at CODA Inc., he played a key role in helping the company go public on London’s AIM. Since then, he has held executive positions managing marketing, sales and building distribution channels at a variety of companies and most recently he was Senior Vice President of Marketing at FinancialForce before joining Rootstock.
|Thomas (Tom) Leeson is Senior Industry Marketing Strategist for the Manufacturing sector at OpenText.
Tom is an Engineer by trade, a Mathematician by education. He has nearly 40 years of experience working in the manufacturing sector. First within Aerospace, Automotive and Discrete Manufacturing companies introducing computational techniques before moving into the Engineering and Manufacturing IT sector. The last 22 years Tom has fulfilled various senior roles with manufacturing software specialists Dassault Systemes, SmarTeam PLM, Computervision, PTC and the Artificial Intelligence Company Aion Corp.
Tom is passionate about engineering and manufacturing and began his career with a traditional engineering apprenticeship as a Precision Engineer servicing the Oil and Gas, Mining, and Automotive industries in Scotland before moving on to design analysis careers with British Aerospace (BAe) and Jaguar Cars. With BAe he studied a master’s degree in Computation Mathematics relating to Computer Aided Engineering.
With a wealth of industry experience within the software technology sector, Tony Pottle has spent the last 25 years with Exel Computer Systems. Tony has worked with customers of all sizes and at every level in the manufacturing and distribution sectors.
Bringing an in depth understanding of customer needs both for ERP and Field Service solutions, Tony plays a key role in delivering consistent successful software implementations. Tony is an accomplished speaker and presenter of technical software solutions and regularly presents Exel’s products to large and small corporate audiences.
I’m incredibly passionate about the world of manufacturing and raising the profile of, British Manufacturing, especially for the next generation – who are the future of manufacturing here in the UK. It’s an incredibly exciting time for British Manufacturing, a time of change, evolution and rejuvenation of the sector.
I was appointed Managing Director in August 2016 (after the sudden death of my husband who had been the Managing Director since 1992) and set out to build a strategy for growth.
In July 2017 I graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10KSBUK programme which has been pivotal in helping us on our growth trajectory.
Daletech was established in 1987 as an electronic manufacturing company focussing on high quality, diverse, niche products. My journey has opened the doors to the marvellous world of manufacturing! And my love of manufacturing has driven my passion to open the doors of manufacturing to the next generation.
I am Chair of the Leeds Manufacturing Alliance, and have been involved in the organisation of the Leeds Manufacturing Festival – an incredibly successful event that brought Manufacturing front and centre for students and influencers in the Region. This year will be a different format but nevertheless we will still reach out to bring manufacturing alive to young people.
I also work as an Enterprise Advisor for the LEP, have been supporting the #futuregoals campaign. I am a member of the Regional Advisory Board for Make UK.
At Daletech I strive to make sure our customers profit from our expertise and engagement with the sector as a whole and we aim to add value to our customers products.
|Starting out as a manufacturing / FMCG supply chain consultant after receiving an MEng in Manufacturing at Cambridge University, Tristan’s interest in the world of commodities and physical supply chains was born. He then pursued an MSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, focusing on commodity pricing. This was followed by a research fellowship at Imperial College – looking at how to apply AI to “noisy” data sets. Prior to founding ChAI, Tristan worked as an algorithmic trader at hedge fund Aspect Capital and investment bank UBS as well as leadership roles in several start ups.
Tristan loves bringing theoretical, state-of-the-art academic research to life in the real world, and ChAI is the perfect expression of that motivation.
Tristan is a retired Partner in Deloitte’s Manufacturing practice and is a supply chain and technology advisor with over 24 years of helping the world’s largest manufacturers solve their most complex and intricate Supply Chain issues. Since starting Enspan Innovations several years ago, Tristan has been focused on transforming supply chain networks into supply chain digital ecosystems by connecting trading partners via Enspan’s proprietary platform.
Vaibhav (also known as Volley) is the founder and director of VIKASO LTD, a company specialising in Collaborative Robot implementation. Having previously worked as a Technical Planner at BMW UK, Vaibhav has a strong background in automotive manufacturing, which has allowed him to bridge the gap between manufacturing needs and state-of-the-art automation technology.
Xi Bing Ang
Xi Bing is a Senior Director based in the London office of Simon-Kucher & Partners, having previously also worked in the New York office covering the North American market. He specialises in go-to-market strategy and pricing projects for both industrials as well as B2B technology/software and services clients. His main topics of work include growth strategy formulation, pricing strategy design, revenue model innovations and sales incentives scheme design.
Xi Bing has 13 years of strategy consulting experience; prior to joining Simon-Kucher, he worked in strategic planning, growth strategy and large-scale transformation for multinational clients across technology, industrial, oil & gas and chemicals sectors. He also has a uniquely international business and cultural perspective having lived and led projects in various global hubs including London, New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.
Xi Bing earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University and holds a First Class Bachelors degree in electronic and communications engineering from the University of Bristol.
Yelena Ageyeva-Furman is a partner at Kearney, advising C-suite executives on topics of strategic transformation and sustainability.
Yelena has over 20 years of experience in industry and consulting, working across the B2B sector in chemicals, industrials, engineering and B2B services.
Whether it is challenging existing strategy, optimizing business performance or creating circular business models – focus of her work is to enable profitable growth in the client’s companies.
Yelena leads Kearney Circular Hub – a global dedicated team that works on helping businesses transform from linear to circular models. Some of her previous client work included sustainability-driven growth strategies, plastic sustainability strategies, recycling business models and operationalizing sustainability commitments.