Marion Plant OBE, Chief Executive, Midland Academies Trust
Marion has been a board director at the CWLEP since March 2019 and she is chair of the CWLEP’s Productivity and Skills Business Group. Marion, who received an OBE for services to further education in 2009, was a non-executive board member for the Department for Education from 2015 to 2018 and was awarded the Business Woman of the Year title by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce in 2018. She is also a Programme Board member for Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and is a board member of Coventry University and co-chair of the Academic Affairs committee.
Dr Patrick Pradel, Product Design, Loughborough University
Dr Patrick Pradel is a Lecturer in Product Industrial User-Centred Design at the Loughborough School of Design and the Creative Arts, and a member of the Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group (D4DF). His research focuses on Design for Additive Manufacturing, Technology-Inspired Design, and Design Education. Patrick is the PI for the EPSRC UK Design for AM Network, reviewer for different scientific journals and Associate/Review Editor for Frontiers in Manufacturing Technology. He has more than twelve years of teaching experience in product and industrial design.
Robert Cartwright, Global Solution Leader, HORIBA Mira
Rob has a passion for engineering and how advanced technology can improve our lives. Being involved in all aspects of vehicle electronics, from body systems to power train and beyond he recognises how the increasing dependency on technology in vehicles. Setting the scene for the evolution of development cycles while delivering agile, rigorous and uniquely unified programs to ensure safe, secure and reliable functionality
Steve May-Russell, MD & Owner, Smallfry
Steve May-Russell is a leading Industrial Design and Innovation Consultant and the CEO of the renowned Smallfry. After graduating in Industrial Design and Engineering from Leicester De Montfort University, Steve studied consumer marketing under renowned marketing guru Philip Kotler at the JL Kellogg Graduate Management School in Chicago.
Steve is a well-respected and regular speaker at international conferences and is employed as an innovation coach and design mentor by many global high street brands working with senior managers to help invigorate and develop new and fresh product and service offerings.
Prof. Maria Rosaria Marsico, Associate Professor of Structural Dynamics, University of Exeter
Maria Rosaria Marsico is Associate Professor of Structural Dynamics at the University of Exeter and she has twenty years international experience in the development and application of vibration isolation devices for structures and infrastructures. She was awarded the prestigious Junior Research Prize from the European Association for Structural Dynamics (2020) for her transformative research on seismic isolation of structures by exploiting the properties of graphene, leading her to address fundamental research questions in a novel research area known as seismic metamaterials.
Michal Zlotek, Technical Consultant for Industrial Edge, Siemens Digital Industries
Michal Zlotek gained his Automation and Robotics Degree from Warsaw University of Technology and started his career as an Automation Engineer responsible for supporting the General Motion Control portfolio working for Siemens Poland to then move to Siemens GB&I where he is responsible for supporting key UK customers and partners with Factory Automation technologies focused around Digitalization and Industry 4.0.
Alex Godbehere, Technical Fellow for Smart Factories, AMRC
Alex Godbehere is the Technical Fellow for Smart Factories at the AMRC. He is based in the AMRC's renowned Factory 2050 facility and specialises in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and connectivity architectures for manufacturing environments. Alex is co-author of the recently released Factory+ specification that outlines an open framework and best practices to standardise and simplify data across a manufacturing organisation utilising modern, scalable and secure technologies.
Bob Bradley, Director, SCAL3D
I have worked in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for around 17 years, beginning with my postgraduate work and then in both the automotive and aerospace sectors as an R&D engineer at Honda and then as Global Head of Additive Manufacturing at GKN Aerospace.
I am now director of a large-scale 3D printing company called Scaled in Swindon that I founded with long-time friend David Speight in 2016. Our team provides consulting and services for large-scale FDM, working on projects involving assemblies and systems up to around 6m in scale using parts manufactured on our own in-house equipment.
Will Mitchell, MD, 4C Design
Will Mitchell is Managing Director of 4c Design, an award-winning product design and engineering consultancy in Glasgow.
With over 25 years of experience across a range of sectors and industries he, alongside his team at 4c have successfully developed and launched a range of products for both themselves and an international client base.
Andrew Gibson, Aerospace Sales Engineer, maxon
Andrew Gibson has 30 years’ experience in the engineering environment. He completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship and gained a BTEC HNC. He continued his studies and achieved an MSc in Manufacturing, Management and Technology. Andrew has 15 years’ experience in a sales environment dealing with a wide range of markets and now specialises in aerospace and subsea.
Saad Waqar, Business Development Manager - Digitalisation, Siemens Digital Industries
With 10 years of experience in the industry, I am passionate about using the best combination of digital tools and automation to solve challenges of quality, agility, efficiency, and sustainability.
Working together with discrete and process industries to get them Industry 4.0 ready. I am passionate about attaching value to technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Digital Twins, Mixed Reality and IoT in a manufacturing environment.
Chris Bowers, Field Applications Engineer, Solid State Supplies
Chris began his career working on DSP and image/graphics processing systems from concept to production, followed by 17 years at Texas Instruments providing technical support, consultancy and training to customers using Texas Instruments DSP, Microcontroller, and ARM Processor based products, as well as gaining experience with TI RF solutions (Wi-Fi Bluetooth, BLE & Zigbee).
Over the last 10 years, Chris has been providing technical support and business development for FPGA products, specialising in FPGA SoC devices with embedded processors and DSP/Maths functions in a very wide range of applications including Hirel, Embedded video/image analysis, and consumer IoT/edge of net processing.
Ken Munro, Partner, Pen Test Partners
Ken Munro is Partner and Founder of Pen Test Partners LLP, a firm of experienced penetration testers, otherwise known as ethical hackers. He regularly blogs on everything from honeypots to hacking cars and the Internet of Things. He also writes for various newspapers and industry magazines in an effort to get beyond the unhelpful scaremongering put about by many security vendors. Ken has become a voice for reform and legislative change in the largely unregulated IoT, briefing UK and US government departments as well as being involved with various EU consumer councils.
Alice Wise, Research Engineer, The Manufacturing Technology Centre
Alice Wise is a research engineer for the UK’s National Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the MTC in Coventry. After graduating from university with an MSc in Engineering Design, she joined the MTC as a member of the Design for Additive Manufacture (DfAM) team in 2019.
In her role as a DfAM engineer, Alice works on a wide variety of both industrial and research projects – exploring new design tools and technologies, developing AM workflows, and helping support the industrial adoption of AM
Nebojsa Matic, CEO, MikroElektronika (MIKROE)
Nebojsa Matic founded MikroElektronica (MIKROE) twenty years ago with a mission to provide software and hardware tools that would save engineers time. Today MIKROE offers entire development tool chains for all major microcontroller architectures that are easy to use and offer complete solutions, and partners with many major semiconductor companies including Microchip, Renesas and Toshiba. One of Neb’s favourite sayings is: ‘Entrepreneurs are important to society because we prove that it can be done`.
Dunstan Power, Director, ByteSnap Design
Dunstan is a chartered electronics engineer providing design, production and support in electronics to his clients.
Having graduated with a degree in engineering from Cambridge University, Dunstan has been working in the electronics industry since 1992. He is a co-founder of multi-award-winning electronics engineering consultancy ByteSnap Design.
An experienced conference speaker domestically and internationally, Dunstan covers several areas of electronics product development, including IoT, integrated software design and complex project management.
Ron Singh, Director Channel Sales EMEA, Digi International & Solid State Supplies
With over 25 years’ experience, Ron is the Director for the EMEA Distribution Channel of Digi International.
Dick Elsy CBE FREng, Chief Executive, HVMC
Dick Elsy is Chairman of AB Dynamics plc, the AIM listed supplier of integrated test systems for the global automotive industry. Until May 2021 he was the Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the largest advanced manufacturing research institute in Europe. He is a career veteran from the automotive industry, with the bulk of his time spent at Land Rover and then Jaguar, where he was engineering director. At Land Rover, where he started his career as one of the key project team members on the original Discovery programme, he became a member of the Board from where he led the creation, development, and manufacture of the Freelander. Prior to joining the HVM Catapult, Dick was the CEO of Torotrak plc the FTSE listed developer of traction drive technology.
In 2020 Dick chaired the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, a collection of significant industrial and engineering partners from across the UK which manufactured and delivered over 13,000 ventilators for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Rebecca Shipley, Director, UCL
In her role as Director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, Becky coordinates interdisciplinary research activities within healthcare engineering across UCL and its partner hospitals within the UCL Partners academic health system.
In 2020, Becky co-led the UCL-Ventura programme to manufacture non-invasive breathing aids at scale for treating COVID-19 patients, both within the National Health Service in the UK and globally. The consortium of academia, healthcare and industry partners included UCL, University College London Hospital and Mercedes AMG HPP. They reverse-engineered an off-patent device, optimised its design and secured regulatory approval within 2 weeks, manufacturing 10,000 devices for the UK. The design and manufacturing instructions have been made available globally at no cost, and the Venturas are now in use in hospitals in at least 20 countries. Becky was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2021).
Paul Stein, CTO, Rolls Royce
Paul is the Chief Technology Officer of Rolls-Royce plc, responsible for the Group’s technology strategy and balance of engineering and technology investment. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce in 2010, Paul’s had many years of experience in the communications and electronics industries, then joined the Ministry of Defence. Between 2006 and 2009 Paul was Director General, Science and Technology at the MoD, responsible for national investment in defence science and technology. Paul is on several Government advisory committees including an appointment in March 2020 to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.
Professor Rab Scott, Head of Digital, AMRC
Rab Scott is Head of Digital at the University of Sheffield AMRC. He has been a member of the AMRC staff since its beginning in 2001, after heading up the Virtual Reality and Simulation activities he now leads on the strategic development and implementation of digital solutions across the whole organisation. Rab is the operational chair of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Digital Strategy Team. He sits on the Steering Committee of Immerse UK (the UK’s body for immersive technologies), the IET’s Digital Panel and their Applied Visualisation Forum. He is also the IET’s spokesman for virtual reality. Rab has recently been made an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Business School.
Dr Mark Paul Buckingham, Managing Director, Xi Engineering
Dr Mark-Paul Buckingham is the Managing Director of Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd. He achieved first-class honours in mechanical and completed a PhD in mechanical engineering, specializing in measurement of vibration reduction. Xi Engineering helps clients to accelerate their research & development, solving complex engineering problems by applying advanced Multiphysics simulation and measurement techniques. Dr Buckingham has more than 10 years of experience in managing technical projects and he is regularly asked to speak at international conferences on topics such as Digital Twin and Industry 4.0.
Dr Ross Minty, Development Engineer, Far Composites
Ross joined Far-UK in September 2018. Ross leads innovative projects to develop new processes and components in the field of structural multi-materials. After completing a MEng in Mechanical Engineering, he completed a PhD in composite material science as part of the Advanced Composites Group at the University of Strathclyde. He is one of the company’s experts in the field of composite adhesion.
Lyndon Sanders, Director, Far Composites
Lyndon is one of the founders and directors of Far-UK. He has a wide background in automotive manufacturing and an MBA from Aston University.
Trevor Martin, Arm Technical Specialist, Hitex
Trevor is a specialist for Arm-based microcontrollers. His role includes sales and support for development tools, consulting and project management, developing and presenting workshops and training courses and being an all-round Arm guru.
Trevor has also written a number of introductory books to accompany popular microcontrollers and development software, the latest one of which based on his popular Cortex course, was published in May 2013, updated mid 2016 and has a third revision soon to be released. He also has a new publication focussed on security due for release in 2022.
Robert John, Webber European Applications Manager, Powell Electronics
Robert is an Applications Engineer specializing in Connectivity and EMC solutions. After graduating with an Electronic Engineering degree specialized in RF at the University of Surrey, he spent over ten years working as an electronic design and test engineer in two different sized companies. One is an international corporation with over 100,000 employees. The other, a small engineering company requiring the wearing many hats including 3D design, sales of the end products, report writing, testing, hands on soldering, and babysitting EMC chambers. Since moving into Application Engineering around seven years ago, this specialized technical knowledge, and also understanding of how different size organisations work, helps Robert not only assist engineers on a technical level, but also a human level. Robert now represents Powell Electronics, a design consultancy and distribution company representing a diverse range of solutions from multiple manufacturers.
Gopi Patel, Field Sales Engineer, Wurth Electronics UK Ltd
Gopi holds a first-class degree in electronics, a diploma, few certificates and Executive MBA. Master’s project enabled him a year placement on campus. Gopi is a proud mentor at BSEEN and Aston Business School. He was amongst top three in European Climate-Kic competition, won national accomplishment award and his talent as inventor recognised by UK Patent Office. He loves gardening, property investment, and electronics. Done ½ marathon, climbed three peaks in UK and counted 1 Million steps in 90 days. From his journal of many failures and few successes, you can rely on him for shrewd feedback and hands-on support.
Neil Moore, BDM - EMEA North Benelux, Harwin plc
Having studied electronics at the University of Brighton, Neil started his career in the PCB industry in 2005 working on projects for the Automotive, Industrial and Consumer Electronics industries.
Neil joined Harwin in 2019 as a Product Manager for EMC and Industrial products. With previous experience in PCB manufacture, Neil brings extensive knowledge of circuit board design and production techniques to customer projects.
James Twomey, Principal Embedded Solutions Engineer, Microchip/Solid State Supplies
James Twomey is an Embedded Solutions Engineer and a member of Microchip’s European Microcontroller Function group. Prior to joining Microchip, he supported Microchip products as an Application Engineer for a partner firm. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BENG) degree in electronic and computer engineering from the University or Limerick.
Nigel Clarke, CEO, Morgan Innovation & Technology Ltd
As CEO of manufacturing firm Morgan Innovation and Technology, Nigel is in the business of developing new products that have a significant positive impact on society. His company works with highly talented inventors to develop their products, supporting them with expertise in electronic engineering and providing services from R&D to bringing products to market. Over the years they have launched a range of products from pain relief machines to anti-snoring devices and sophisticated diagnostic technologies. Morgan IAT have won a range of awards for innovation in manufacturing over the years including two highly prestigious Queen’s Awards.
Mohamed AlAlami, Senior Field Applications Engineer, Wurth Electronik
Mohamed comes from a power supply design and development background. He worked in the Aerospace Industry for 10 years designing power supplies on various civilian and military projects. In addition, he was responsible for EMC testing, filter design and compliance. In the past 6 years before joining Wurth Electronics, he taught a variety of subjects at University towards a BTEC degree in electronics engineering. He joined Wurth in April 2015 as a Field Applications Engineer responsible for the South of the England, Wales and Ireland.
Matthew Dean, Medical Sales Engineer, Maxon UK & Ireland
Matthew Dean is the maxon Sales Engineer focused on the medical sector. He has worked for almost 20 years in the precision drives business. Matt gained a B-Eng (Hons) at Portsmouth University and has experience in both the high volume and high precision OEM environments.
Matt works with some of the leading medical companies across the world and has been involved in selecting DC motors and designing customised drives for a range of applications in the medical arena, including:
· surgical robots · heart pumps · drug delivery systems · hand and leg prosthesis · surgical hand tools · exoskeletons
Elliot Nunes, Sales Specialist, ABB Harnessflex
Elliot Nunes is a Technical Sales Specialist working for ABB Harnessflex. His role at Harnessflex is to provide an engineering and technical resource to their UK based OEM customers, enabling them to assign the best possible solution for a specific application or problem they are facing. In addition to this, he is responsible for forging relationships with new customers, distributors and harnessmakers.
Prior to working for ABB, he spent time working in the wiring harness industry in design and manufacture, as well as studying a degree Mechanical Engineering at The University of Plymouth.
Dr Matthew Murray, PhD Area Sales Manager, Tecan
Dr Murray is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer and scientist, previously founding 2 companies off patented technologies and raising £m’s in doing so. He has successfully converted ideas into real-world products and now applies that expertise through business & technical development at Tecan. He has operated in glass, optics, medical, food & beverage, and various other industries, coordinating with everyone from engineers to senior management. His greatest joy is in developing solutions for hard if not seemingly impossible-to-solve problems, being creative and imaginative in all avenues, while also grounded in core business needs and desires.
Dr Lewis Williams, Managing Director, Entegra Solutions
Lewis Williams has spent 14 years in medical imaging development, 14 years with mobile network technology and 7 years at Entegra Solutions. All of these markets need signal and data processing. With a background in Physics, product management and extensive experience in systems the new Xilinx technologies are bridging these previously independent markets. Knowledge of these different businesses is key to understanding the potential of these new technologies.
Arno Dubois, Applications Engineer, COMSOL
Arno Dubois is an Applications Engineer at COMSOL UK, specializing in computational fluid dynamics. He received a BSc and MSc in marine technology from Delft University of Technology and a PhD from the Australian Maritime College, developing a numerical methodology to investigate a novel propulsion and maneuvering system for autonomous underwater vehicles.
Ondrej Polak, Process Development Manager, Lisi Aerospace
15 years of combined experience in technical leadership, management, and industrial engineering within the aerospace industry has equipped me with skills and knowledge needed for heading the Smart Factory deployment program at LISI AEROSPACE (UK). I am regarded as a subject matter expert for the deployment of industry 4.0 technologies (Big Data, Digital Twin, AR/VR, and advanced robotics). I have a significant experience of management of long term-programs for delivering step-change performance in manufacturing efficiencies.
Andrew Jones, Channel Partner Manager UK&I, HP 3D Printing
Andrew has over a decade of experience helping companies adopt AM in medical, automotive, aerospace and many other industries. Road mapping adoption and helping with applications is key to successful transition to using AM, and having to tools to do this is hugely important.
Peter Swanson, Managing Director, Intertronics
Peter Swanson is Managing Director of Intertronics, a supplier of adhesives, coatings, sealants and equipment for manufacturing and technology applications. He founded the company in 1979, and has extensive experience in assisting manufacturers to achieve productivity enhancement and performance improvement through the selection of adhesive materials and equipment. Outside of the office, Peter is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University School of Management, mentoring small businesses to help them achieve growth.
Simon Patterson, CEO, MSP Technologies Ltd
Simon Patterson has worked with batteries and power electronics since 2007. His innovations in marine electric drive trains led him to transfer technologies onshore into the energy storage market with the founding of MSP. Today the company provides innovative storage solutions to markets and grids around the world.
Matt Jones, Senior Application Engineer, Stratasys
Matt Jones has been involved in additive manufacturing for most of his working life, giving him a practical technical and working knowledge that is second to none. He works with design teams, engineers and technical staff across the globe to assist them in developing their additive manufacturing know-how and roll out of the technology across multiple departments.
He has a close working relationship with all sizes and types of companies and has become essential in assisting them developing AM applications and overcoming technical hurdles along the way, to get teams to embrace additive technologies, all the way from optimising designs, to leveraging customisable tooling, jigs and fixtures on the factory floor, to getting production grade parts ready for end use.
Shahram Mossayebi, CEO, Crypto Quantique
Dr. Shahram Mossayebi was a cybersecurity consultant and security solutions architect before founding Crypto Quantique to address the growing challenges of IoT security in 2016. He holds an MSc in Information Security and a PhD in Post-Quantum Cryptography, both from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Matt Perren, Head of Satellite Communication Products, Airbus Defence and Space
Matt Perren is the Head of Communications Products in Airbus Space Systems Division, delivering a wide portfolio of world leading spacecraft payload equipments to both institutional and commercial telecommunications, navigation and earth observation missions.
Previously he has held leadership roles within Airbus Defence and Space as Head of Future Programmes for Earth Observation, Navigation & Science missions, Head of R&T Key Account Management and spent seven years in Paris as Head of R&D for Astrium’s space services division and Innovation Manager operating across Astrium’s satellites, services and launcher businesses.
Nathan Cook, Global Business Development Manager, ABB Harnessflex
Nathan is the Global Business Development Manager for ABB Harnessflex®, the leading and best range of cable and connector protection systems in the Heavy Automotive Sector.
Harnessflex is dedicated to delivering maximum circuit integrity and performance in productivity-critical heavy vehicles, e.g. Construction, Agricultural & Mining machinery, Bus, Truck, etc. Harnessflex is continuously innovating with speciality ranges being developed alongside growth industry sectors and high-spec applications, for example Electric Vehicle (EV) and Extreme Temperature protection. Nathan is based in the UK but is globally available to work with heavy vehicle manufacturers and OEMs to ensure electrical systems are protected from in-field failure and the resulting machine downtime.
Stephen Rooks CEng MIET, Solutions Engineer IBM AI Applications Engineering, IBM United Kingdom Ltd
Steve Rooks is technical lead for IBM AI Applications Engineering in the UK. He has a background in model based engineering (UML/SysML/AUTOSAR) working with customers who are building complex systems.
He is responsible for pre and post sales of the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) solution to customers mainly in the aerospace, defence, automotive and medical electronics sectors. He also helps customers introduce IBM ELM into their environment.
Steve is a Chartered Engineer and has been working in IBM since 1999 (via Rational Software and ObjecTime Ltd) having spent 10 years working in the telecoms industry in various software and systems engineering roles.
Ron Sangster, Managing Director, Advanced Witness Systems Ltd
Ron Sangster has 40 years’ experience in the torque measurement and calibration industries. Before setting up AWS Ltd 20 years ago, he worked for companies in the field, gaining them international recognition. He’s designed solutions to torque problems in numerous industries, including oil and gas, nuclear, defence, aerospace, medical, automotive, fastener, and accredited laboratories. He’s been the design consultant to NPL for the UK’s National Torque Calibration Machine, is chairman of BSI torque technical committees, and a member of several others. He’s co-authored and presented torque standards papers at world IMEKO conferences, and in National Measurement and Quality seminars.
Senior Sales Engineer at Hamamatsu Photonics - developing business within the Optoelectronics / Semiconductor Industry. Graduated with an MBA from Imperial College Business School and a BSc in Physics, Adnan's expertise lies in the understanding of techonologies in the Mid-Infrared Zone for spectroscopic applications.
Richard Vellacott, CEO, BiologIC Technologies
An authentic, passionate and entrepreneurial leader, Richard inspires transformational change through the alignment of purposeful vision, outstanding talent and quality capital.
Richard is co-founder, CEO and Chair of BiologIC Technologies Limited. BiologIC’s vision is to integrate Industry 4.0 technologies to solve enormous challenges faced by humanity (feeding 9.8 billion people by 2050, mitigating climate change and mitigating the threat of diseases) in an environmentally sustainable, economically accessible way.
In seven valuable years as interim CEO, deputy CEO, CFO, COO and Company Secretary of Horizon Discovery Group plc, Richard was instrumental in growing the business from an emerging private company of £3m revenue in 2012 to a recognised global leader in gene editing delivering revenue of £60m at a valuation of £350m. Richard delivered one of the most successful ever Life Science listings on AIM raising £68.6m in a heavily oversubscribed IPO at the top of its valuation range within 3 months, fundraisings in the UK and the US, four acquisitions and hostile bid defence. Richard stepped down from the Board of Horizon in January 2019 to pursue other interests.
From 2010 to 2012, Richard was Vice President, Finance at CSR plc, a dual listed FTSE 250 semiconductor company with $1bn of revenues. Previously, he was a director in Deloitte’s life sciences practice.
Peter Scott, Technical Director, AEF solutions
Peter has been working in the field of EMI protection and electrical filtration for over 30 years. With AEF solution he is regularly challenged to provide protection to military, industrial medical and commercial applications. You will be able to ask questions on any aspect of this wide subject matter.