Steven Banton is ABB Robotics UK & Ireland Channel Manager. Having come from a background in conveyor & linear motion systems, Steve started with ABB Robotics UK in 2016 as an account manager for the north of the UK. After 2.5 years of continued success in robots sold into the UK manufacturing industry, Steve took the position of Channel Partner Manager in the UK & Ireland.
This role see’s Steve responsible for the robotics channel, working with ABB’s Authorised Value Providers to help develop their businesses. Steve’s strength lies in his ability to recognise end customer requirements when they are looking to implement robotics technologies into their processes, this, coupled with his extensive knowledge, ABB’s partner & systems integrator network gives him the ability to introduce end customers to the right partner to advance their projects and successfully grow these businesses utilising ABB’s comprehensive range of robotics and automation products.
Deputy Head of Digital Industrial Digitalisation for SMEs
Factory of the Future, The AMRC
Divisional Team Leader
Women's Engineering Society
After an early career in IT, Elizabeth graduated from the Open University, specialising in systems thinking. She was awarded Membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society as a result of her work with Rolls-Royce and went on to lead skills policy in the aerospace industry. Elizabeth chaired the RAeS Education and Skills Committee and was Deputy Chair and founder member of its Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee. Elizabeth also founded the RAeS Amy Johnson Named Lecture. Later, Elizabeth established her own consulting company, graduated with an MSc in Systems Thinking in 2017 and in 2018 was appointed CEO of the Women’s Engineering Society.
Dr Hannah Edmonds
Technical Specialist in Design Engineering
Dr Hannah Edmonds has worked at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, since 2012. She is a Technical Specialist in Design Engineering and leads the Thermal Energy Research Accelerator (T-ERA) project exploitation for Factory In A Box (FIAB) Manufacture at MTC. At the start of the project, Dr Edmonds engaged with a number of thermal energy start-ups / SMEs to identify the technical and commercial feasibility of FIAB manufacture for their products; understanding their manufacturing challenges and the potential benefits of deployed manufacturing for their business. Dr Edmonds now leads 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 T-ERA project at MTC to deliver impact for industrial customers.
Managing Director for Business Support & Business Finance
The Growth Company
Donna Edwards is the Managing Director for Business Support & Business Finance at The Growth Company in Manchester, her organisation is charged with delivering the Made Smarter pilot - the government’s Industrial Strategy, to improve the competitiveness and productivity of North West manufacturers. She is committed to driving the adoption of industrial digital technology by facilitating access to skills, funding and expertise through the pilot. Donna has over 20 years’ experience of working in business support, workforce development, international trade, access to finance and innovation services across the North West, delivering services to meet the strategic priorities of those areas, and ultimately drive economic growth.
R4E Innovation Manager
Simon has over 35 years of experience in industry, including 25 in automotive working in management roles at Toyota. He has also worked as an internal consultant in a FTSE100 company driving continuous business improvement at all levels.
A Chartered Electrical Engineer, Simon has spent much of his career working with suppliers to the automotive sector, now at WMG supporting manufacturing in the UK by working with SMEs to help get ready for electrification.
Dr Nick Hawker
First Light Fusion Ltd
Nick’s research into cavity collapse began in 2007 as part of his masters thesis, where he worked at the University of Oxford with Yiannis Ventikos. This work continued into a DPhil, where he performed hydrodynamic simulations of shock-driven cavity collapse. These simulations showed that cavity collapse leads to inertial confinement of the cavity contents and revealed that extreme states of matter could be reached, possibly entering the regime for fusion. To explore the concept of energy generation via this process, Nick and Yiannis co-founded First Light Fusion Ltd in 2011. Nick also spent three years tutoring at Lady Margaret Hall during his studies. After finishing his DPhil in 2012, Nick joined First Light Fusion as CTO and continues to oversee the technical vision of the company.
Managing Director EMEA
Stefan Hollaender joined Formlabs in 2019 as the Managing Director of EMEA. He brings more than 20 years of management experience to the table, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Partner Management for T-Systems International. There, he worked to build a strategic partner ecosystem for the digital business of Deutsche Telekom. With stints at Hewlett-Packard, SONY, Microsoft and T-Systems, Stefan has a wealth of experience in product management, marketing, sales and leadership.