I started my career as a weapons specialist in the Fleet Air Arm, however, after leaving the service I started a career in Civil Aerospace in the early days of computers in the workplace and having a “Commodore 64” I was considered a bit of an expert! This led to me getting involved various projects to try and enable the transfer of design intent into meaningful, relevant and topical manufacturing data early in the development phase. In particular, how do we get changing Design data to manufacturing in time to meet the long lead times with the customer’s late decisions on what they want? My career has spanned Europe either in country or liaising transnationally, within the Space, and Aerospace sectors including Bae Systems, Augusta Westlands, Rolls Royce, Fairchild Dornier, MBDA and now Airbus Defence & Space in their Space Division, as Head of Product Data Management UK.
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.
Antony leads the operations function for the UK business unit of Grupo Bimbo, a global bakery of $16Bn revenue. His role covers three bakeries mainly focused on morning goods, including the category leading New York Bakery Company bagel brand. Antony trained cross-functionally with Northern Foods, then worked across fresh and ambient food manufacturing. Before joining Grupo Bimbo UK as a Site General Manager, Antony developed a broad perspective through working within a top business-advisory firm. Antony is passionate about food and teamwork. He believes that Manufacturing Operations gives the opportunity to create engaging roles that will enable the UK to be at the forefront of manufacturing best practice.
Nestlé Product Technology Centre at York, which is the Global Research and Development Centre for confectionery products and machinery of Nestlé. In my role I’m responsible for leading the Electrical and Automation Engineering of our proprietary technologies supporting 47 Confectionery factories globally, 12 in North & South America, 21 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa and 14 in Asia, Oceania and sub Saharan Africa. Developing technologies to deliver some of our most iconic confectionery brands such as Kit Kat, Aero, Milkybar, Smarties, Cailler, Garoto and Orion. Enabling product launches such as Kit Kat V (Vegan Kit Kat) which was our biggest launch of 2021!
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.
Steve has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 30 years and is a successful and highly motivated Manufacturing Director with a strong Manufacturing, Commercial and R&D background. Results driven with an ability to develop strategy and move through planning to action, setting priorities based on highest value return. Proven ability to implement and drive a continuous improvement programme through change management to ensure business success using his analytical leadership style combined with strong coaching skills to develop a coherent management team. Achievements include transformation of manufacturing facilities, developing and nurturing talent – leading to high performance teams. Major capital investment projects, Site transfer projects, astute financial governance and significant reductions in Manufacturing and Business operating costs.
Trevor started his career as a graduate trainee with Nissan Motor Manufacturing in Sunderland having graduated from Aston University in 1996. He then became Distribution Operations Manager at Carlsberg UK running two large London Warehouse and Transport Operations. In 2004 Trevor moved to Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) as Distribution Manager for North London Operations. During his 14 years at CCE Trevor moved into the world of manufacturing, leading to the role of Operations Manager for North London Operations & European Project Manager responsible for implementation in all manufacturing facilities of Lineview (a web based system showing second by second production information) designed to drive efficiency and performance. In May 2013 Trevor was appointed to the role of Operations Director Sidcup and was responsible for all site operations and 300 people, with 2014 seeing the significant achievement of the site winning Cranfield Best Factory. In January 2016 Trevor became Operations Director Wakefield, which is both the biggest soft drink factory in Europe and largest soft drink factory in CCE producing 125 million cases and employing 450 people. In 2018 Trevor joined AG Barr as Head of Operations to lead their modern manufacturing and distribution operation in Milton Keynes. Trevor joined Firmenich in February 2021 as Manufacturing Cluster Director responsible for sites in UK, Norway & South Africa. Trevor lives in Yorkshire with his wife and two children.