Mike John, Founder and Technical Director, The Sempre Group Ltd
Mike John started up The Sempre Group in 2000, with an already vast experience across multiple manufacturing sectors with expertise in metrology, quality and inspection. From a small family business started in Mike’s home, to a growing UK leader in Metrology, today The Sempre Group works with over 20 global partners to provide high accuracy and high speed metrology and automation solutions to the UK and Ireland. Mike is passionate about creating a more efficient and effective British and Irish manufacturing industry and using valuable measurement data to give insight and make informed decisions to improve manufacturing process.
Prof Richard Hague, Professor of Additive Manufacturing, Director, Centre for Additive Manufacturing, University of Nottingham / Added Scientific Ltd
Richard Hague is Professor of Additive Manufacturing and Director of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) at the University of Nottingham. Having worked in the AM field for over 27 years, he is internationally recognized both for scientific endeavour and creating impact though industrial exploitation where he has a background of leading and managing large multi-disciplinary, multi- partner research projects from both EPSRC and industry. Richard’s research interests are focused on AM specific processes, materials and computational methods across for wide spectrum of industrial sectors with current research programmes focused on next generation multifunctional additive manufacturing. Richard has received multiple international awards and honours and is a co-founder and Director of Added Scientific Ltd, a spin out from the University of Nottingham focused on implementing Additive Manufacturing technical solutions to industry.
Phill is responsible for the commercial development and roll out of the Magway system, including funding, promotion and engagement across various interest groups and partnerships.
Prior to Magway Phill spent his career in the retail and technology sectors focusing on business development and reverse logistics. He has worked with numerous leading retailers to improve efficiency and value on their returns and clearance goods and processes.
Phill spent a number of years with Deloitte Consulting and Lehman Equity Research providing thought leadership and some of the first written research reports on Software as a Service business models. He is also active in the start-up space assisting various companies with their commercial roll-outs/scale-ups.
Mark Pinches, Head of coaching, Westfield Health
Mark is a Performance Coach specialising in psychological wellbeing, transition management and leadership development. Drawing on his post-graduate qualifications in Psychology and Physiology and 15 years’ experience as a Psychotherapist, Mark works with individuals and teams in organisations across the UK to improve wellbeing and business results.
Dominic Tribe, Director, Vendigital
Dominic Tribe is a Director and automotive sector specialist at top-20 management consultancy, Vendigital. He has a wealth of consulting and industry experience and spent over 10 years with Ford Motor Company and McLaren Automotive in various senior Procurement and Supply Chain roles.
With first-hand experience of managing global supply chains, Dominic has supported multiple vehicle and product launches, as well as low-cost sourcing projects across a wide variety of sectors.
Stephen Phipson CBE, Chief Executive, Make UK
Stephen has been the Chief Executive of Make UK since 2017. He previously spent 5 years as a senior civil servant as of Head of the Defence and Security Organisation within the Department for International Trade delivering export support to UK defence and security businesses, prior to this Stephen was Director for Security Industry Engagement within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office.
Before serving in the UK Government Stephen spent 35 years in senior roles in the manufacturing industry including 15 years with Smiths Group plc as President of Smiths Detection. Stephen has worked extensively abroad in high technology manufacturing businesses.
Paul Bell, Managing Director, Manufacturing Excellence
Paul is a highly qualified and well-respected Lean and transformational expert who has spent over 20 years guiding companies to excellence. He has been Operations Director of a UK Best Factory Award organisation, has supported four other manufacturers to win that title (one went from s***hole to world class in 2½ years!), and has bought three failed manufacturing businesses and turned them around. He is Managing Director of Manufacturing Excellence and Founder Director of the Lean Consortium.
James Widmer, CEO, Advanced Electric Machines
James Widmer is CEO of Advanced Electric Machines Group Ltd which is developing and manufacturing its range of uniquely sustainable electric traction motors for customers around the globe. AEM works with clients in the commercial vehicle, passenger car and aerospace sectors, offering motors which do not rely on rare earth magnetic materials or copper; whilst also offering class leading performance, efficiency and recyclability. AEM has volume manufacturing facilities in the UK, and is working to establish facilities around the globe. James previously led the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK’s Electric Machines Spoke based at Newcastle University (UK), amongst other activities leading the development of the UK car industry’s electric motor technology roadmaps. James has also held senior positions in the aerospace industry, leading large transnational development programmes. James holds the part time post of Professor of Advanced Propulsion in the Institute for Future Transport and Cities at Coventry University (UK).
Kevin Brundish, CEO, AMTE Power
Kevin, together with various colleagues, founded AMTE Power in 2013. He has over 25 years’ experience within public and private companies and has experience of fund raising and mergers and acquisitions. Kevin qualified as a Chartered Engineer and has worked for and with world leading engineering groups such as QinetiQ, Rolls Royce plc and Siemens AG, and has taken a number of technologies and businesses through concept, design and into production. He is a member of the Faraday Challenge advisory board and has been part of the industry group advising the top tier of UK Government on energy storage.
John Pearce, CEO, Made in Britain
John was once affectionately described as a ‘factory-visit junkie’. Since joining Made in Britain in April 2015 he’s developed a healthy obsession with provenance marketing and the amazing stories members tell of their businesses, some stretching back more than 100 years.
Micheal Goodwin, Application engineer, Markforged
As the Education and Research Lead for Markforged, Micheal ‘Mick’ Goodwin’s mission is to work with educators and industry to help resolve the challenges associated with the broadening digital and engineering skills gap. His goal is to enable students to become the main drivers and future leaders of the Industry 4.0 revolution – and having worked for eight years in the AM industry, he is well placed to help make this happen. Prior to joining Markforged in 2017, Mick studied Product Design at TU Dublin and held lead engineering positions at Mcor Technologies and Irish Manufacturing Research.
Sean Sutton, Partner, Cyber Security, PwC UK
Sean is a Partner in our Cyber security practice and is responsible for leading our Midlands and North cyber security teams and PwC’s UK Operational Technology practice. Working with senior executives, Sean advises on security topics including Operational Technology Cyber, cyber strategy and innovation as well as the increasing concern of foreign nation state cyber threats to Critical National Infrastructure, global supply chains and manufacturing operations and facilities.
Chris Haydon, Social Media Manager, FINALLY Agency
Chris is the head of social media at FINALLY Agency. A digital agency based in the UK helping manufacturing and engineering businesses make the most out of digital marketing.
Throughout his career, Chris has worked with a number of high profile clients - including LG, EA Sports, and ITV - to deliver positive results through social media; such as lead generation, brand awareness, and sales.
Rob Dando, Co-Founder, FINALLY Agency
Rob founded FINALLY back in 2013 with his business partner Steve. Having started building websites aged 13, Rob has now been involved in digital marketing for 24 years. Having seen technology change so much over this period it has been an exciting journey, which is now continuing as he helps FINALLY and its clients improve their sales and marketing, embracing technology at the core.
Bernhard Schaffrik, Principal Analyst, Forrester
Bernhard’s research supports CIOs and technology leaders with their broader transformation challenges. His thought leadership provides guidance on how to manage technology-driven business models and how to drive sustainable technology innovation.
Rob Capaldi, Market Head – Industrialisation, Ricardo
Rob Capaldi is the Market Head for Industrialisation at Ricardo Performance Products, the division of Ricardo responsible for manufacturing high performance, complex components and systems for the worlds leading automotive, motorsport, aerospace and defence clients and for providing ‘Industrialisation Consultancy’ to support innovative companies in the scaling of their products from concept to production.
Rob leads Ricardo’s engagement with the market for ‘Industrialisation Consultancy’ bringing experience from the automotive engineering consultancy, connected and automated vehicle and motorsport sectors Rob Capaldi is the Market Head for Industrialisation at Ricardo Performance Products, the division of Ricardo responsible for manufacturing high performance, complex components and systems for the worlds leading automotive, motorsport, aerospace and defence clients and for providing ‘Industrialisation Consultancy’ to support innovative companies in the scaling of their products from concept to production.
Dr Nadia Kourra, Associate Professor, NMITE
Dr Nadia Kourra is an Associate Professor at NMITE where she runs the Mechanics modules, and she is the Academic Lead of the Centre of Automated Manufacturing. Nadia has been working closely with industrial companies for 10 years and has extensive background on the applications of quality inspections and automated image processing. She is enthusiastic to bring companies and higher education institutions together on applied research projects. Dr Kourra completed her EngD and MSc at WMG, University of Warwick where she was funded by BAE Systems and EPSRC, after completing her MEng in Mechanical Engineering at University of Bath.
Billy Kingsbury, COO, thyssenkrupp Materials UK
Billy Kingsbury has over 20 years’ experience in the UK metals distribution sector, including 15 years at thyssenkrupp Materials UK. He became a National Product Manager for Stainless Steel, where he developed extensive knowledge of the steel market and was responsible for both the sales and purchasing strategy. He has advanced in the business through roles such as a Director of Vetchberry Coil Processing division and Commercial Director of the Materials business to now lead the combined Materials and Aerospace business as Chief Operating Officer. As a thought leader, Billy is focusing on driving customer-centricity and sustainability in the company.
Will Maden, Director of Research, Miralis
Will has over a decade of experience delivering substantial productivity and efficiency improvements, saving companies millions in the process.
With a Doctorate in Mathematical Modelling focused on logistics from Lancaster University, Will applies his talents for analysing data, understanding commercial models, and writing algorithms to tackling complex real-world logistical problems.
Oliver Swift, Manufacturing Technology team leader, BAE Systems
Oliver is a Manufacturing Technology team leader within BAE Systems’ Air sector, with a team responsible for developing 5G, IIoT and more for the Factory of the Future.
Oliver has 20 years' experience in aircraft manufacture at BAE Systems; including as a mechanical engineer across multiple platforms, manufacturing engineer focussing on lean and Six Sigma, and quality lead for Advanced Technology Solutions.
Riccardo Weber has joined WM5G as Project Manager – Manufacturing, delivering 5G enabled manufacturing use cases, supporting West Midland based enterprises on their journey to the implementation of Industry 4.0.
He has held senior positions in Manufacturing, Product Development, Marketing, Sales and Customer Care at engineering giants GKN and Prysmian Group.
For both businesses he created, developed and ran innovative ‘Future Thinking Programmes’, enabling the organisations to innovate better and faster from within.
Riccardo is also founder and Managing Director of True Innovation, coaching business leaders to unleash the true innovative power of their organisations.
Peter Bruch, Managing Director, AE Aerospace
Peter joined AE Aerospace in April 2013, leading its MBO, becoming Managing Director in January 2014.
AE Aerospace has grown sales 7-fold, tripled employment and relocated to a new facility over 4 times larger. There has been a £multimillion investment in Training, Facilities, and Equipment.
Peter is a Chartered, Graduate Mechanical Engineer, having completed an accelerated Apprenticeship. A resourceful, experienced Managing / Operations Director across the Automotive, Aerospace, Engineered Product & Marine sectors, successfully enjoying site P+L and global Sales & Engineering responsibility. Completed company turnarounds and site relocations, launched and grew a profitable new business. Revolutionised production efficiencies using Continuous Improvement programmes, building relationships between customers, suppliers, staff, group companies and the community. Outside of AE Peter enjoys offshore sailing and Lego technic. (because he’s not allowed to take his motorbike apart in the kitchen).
Ryan Diver, Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group and Factory 2050, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre - The University of Sheffield
Ryan is the Head of Factory 2050 at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield. He is responsible for 80 multi-disciplinary engineers and scientists working in the fields of robotics, automation and digital manufacturing. Ryan has worked at the AMRC for 10 years, in both technical and leadership roles, delivering several large Innovate UK programs with Industry.
Vishal Nayar, Business Development Manager, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)
Vishal is part of the commercial business development team at UKBIC. His background is in diverse technology fields and Vishal is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Previously, he worked as Business Development Director at Buddi Ltd (a rapidly growing, high technology, Queens Award winning company). He built Buddi’s successful business in Europe and Latin America. Prior to Buddi, he worked at QinetiQ Ltd, starting as a research fellow in semiconductors and ending as senior commercial manager delivering a wide range of new technologies to market in the fields of defence, electronics, energy and security.
Christelle Barnes, UK Country Manager, SolarEdge Technologies
As UK Country Manager for SolarEdge Technologies, Christelle Barnes is responsible for spearheading the company’s ambitious growth strategy for its solar and critical power divisions in the UK and Ireland. Since taking on the role in 2016, she has overseen a more than 50% growth in SolarEdge’s UK solar business and has been responsible for increasing commercial sales by 400%. Prior to joining SolarEdge, Christelle held senior sales and business development roles with several European solar companies involved in the delivery of on- and off-grid PV systems for residential, agricultural and commercial customers. She is an active board member and vice-chair of the industry trade body, Solar Energy UK, and is committed to driving quality and best practice within the solar industry. Christelle holds a BSc in Renewable Energy from Otago University in New Zealand.
Andy Sandford, Editor and Publisher, Engineering Capacity
Andy has worked in manufacturing, business communications and, for the past 35 years in trade media for the manufacturing sector. He is the publisher and editor of Engineering Capacity, the UK’s only print and digital magazine provider devoted to contract and subcontract manufacturing in the engineering sector.
Troy Barratt, Managing Director, BAMUK Group Ltd and Contracts Engineering Ltd
• Co-Founded BAMUK Group in 2012, acquired CEL in 2012, acquired Casshurst Coatings in 2014, minority investment in DCMS Services in 2017, acquired Furnitubes International in 2019
• Prior roles include: Principal at Phion Capital, Senior Associate at JF Lehman & Co and Analyst at Bear Stearns & Co.
Paul Sullivan, Industrial Digital Technology Specialist, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub
Paul has been with involved with many successful start-up projects; some have since developed into multinational companies. His career of over 40 years has been in Business Development across a variety of sectors working with some of the most iconic brands in the world including Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ford, BMW, Bentley, Volvo in Automotive.
Craig Humphrey, Managing Director, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub
Craig has a wealth of experience working across both private and public sectors, with a career spanning more than 25 years. His role as Leader of Rugby Borough Council was extended in 2010 when he became the first Executive Leader in the country. Praised for his strong and progressive leadership by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State, Craig is now at the forefront of the growth agenda within Coventry and Warwickshire. Leading the Made Smarter programme throughout the West Midlands his aim is to entice SMEs that are not often reached through the usual business programmes and services, transforming digital tools within their companies, upskilling their staff and creating jobs, to ultimately benefit the regional economy.
Barry Jones, Digital Technology Specialist, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub
Barry is a qualified engineer with over 40 years of senior management, General Manager and Director level experience in engineering, manufacturing and IT industries. A strong sales, marketing and general management background combined with technical knowledge and project management skills. He has worked at an operational level within major US, Japanese and European organisations and successfully developed and managed at a P&L level overseas subsidiaries in Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East and responsible for developing and managing major partner programs in Europe and the Middle East.
Dr P A Murrell, CEO, Cast Metals Federation
Pam Murrell is the Chief Executive of the Cast Metals Federation, CMF, the Trade Association for the UK casting industry. The CMF represents and supports its members (UK foundries and suppliers to the industry) and is the UK member of the European Foundry Association (CAEF). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers, ICME, a Board member of the European Investment Casters’ Federation, a Trustee of the Tor Lodge & Applecross Trust, Chair of the World Foundry Organisation Working Group on Vocational Training & Professional Development and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Founders.
Richard Halstead, Manufacturing Growth Manager – Sheffield City Region, Manufacturing Growth Programme – Part of Oxford Innovation
A discussion forum presented by Engineering Capacity and Qimtek exploring the commercial drivers for reshoring and the practicalities of implementing a reshored supply chain.
The session will bring together views from buyers, suppliers trade bodies and industry experts.
Nasar Jockey, Principal Engineer – Digital Manufacturing, WMG SME Group
Nasar leads the Digital Manufacturing team at WMG’s SME Group, and its initiatives focused on helping small businesses improve their bottom-line through adoption of affordable digital tools and technologies. Nasar has been instrumental in developing Catapult’s Innovation ecosystem managing delivery of Digitalisation pilots through Innovation grants, Collaborative R&D and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects. Currently he is co-leading ‘Made Smarter West Midlands’ initiative to kick start the Digitalisation journey for SMEs enabling higher productivity and a positive economic impact.
Nasar has previous consulting experience within Digital Manufacturing focussed on improving profitability for FMCGs. He has over 13 years of Engineering Management experience within Advanced Manufacturing Engineering achieving operational excellence through novel manufacturing technologies and digital solutions managing over £40M worth of CAPEX projects across Automotive, Aerospace and Nuclear sectors. Nasar was also a key member for two £100M plus new factory projects for Rolls-Royce Nuclear Submarines and Civil Aerospace, respectively. He initiated a £20M transformation project for consolidation and redesign of Engine final assembly line to handle future powertrain complexity at Jaguar Land Rover. He has also gained supply chain experience managing Inbound operations at a busy Amazon Fulfilment centre.
Nasar has an academic background in Mechanical Engineering backed by further qualifications in Lean Six Sigma and an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Andrew Jones, HP 3D Printing Partner Business Manager UK
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.
Darren Pritchard, Director, Foundry Training Services Limited
Darren Pritchard has 35 years in engineering, as a General Manager in precision sheet metal work, and Business Development Manager in the Foundry industry. This involves a broad range of manufacturing sectors, including Automotive, where he has managed complex high value projects. He is a Director of Foundry Training Services Limited, which provides specialist training for the Foundry industry. He has been Branch President of the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and was a Trustee on their National Committee. He holds Fellowships with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Management Institute, and the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers.
Sandii Smith, Sourcing Manager, Qimtek
Andrew Peters, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Industries Congleton
Andrew Peters has been Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries in Congleton since July 2014 having previously been Divisional Director of Drive Technologies from November 2009. Andrew is also currently an Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University in the areas of advanced manufacturing and culture change. He is also a Fellow at bethebusiness supporting SME’s across the manufacturing sector and a programme board member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre in Coventry.
Prior to this Andrew held a number of General Management & Business Management positions within Siemens in the UK. Andrew graduated from Leicester University in 1988 with a BSc (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Before joining Siemens, he worked for GEC ALSTOM, ABB and Cap Gemini in a number of Manufacturing, R&D, Engineering and professional Consulting roles.
In his early years, Andrew also pursued a career as a professional snooker player. Born in 1967 in St Asaph, North Wales, Andrew is married with one daughter.
Tim Andrews, Lead Advisor, Digital Transformation, MTC
Tim heads up the Digital Transformation team at the MTC with a remit to support businesses in the adoption of digital technologies. During his 4 years at the MTC he has worked with companies across a range of industrial sectors.
Prior to joining the MTC he spent over 25 years in leadership roles in technology businesses; most recently concerned with the design, development and delivery of cloud based applications for blue chip FMCG brands.
Tim qualified in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University in the early 80’s and held a variety of technical, commercial and leadership roles in manufacturing companies including British Steel, GKN, T&N, Massey Ferguson and Yale Materials Handling before joining an embryonic technology business in the late 90’s.
Sam Briggs, Managing Director, Starling Solutions
Sam worked in a number of roles in manufacturing for more than a decade before founding Starling. He now leads the team who work with manufacturers to digitalise their work instructions, standard operating procedures and training records.
Ella Harvey, Head of Digital, FINALLY Agency
During her career Ella has worked both in-house and agency side for a range of companies across multiple industries. Within FINALLY, Ella is responsible for the strategy, performance and success of all marketing clients. Ella specialises in search engine optimisation and is the resident SEO queen at FINALLY, helping companies to increase the quantity and quality of traffic to their websites through organic search engine results.
Shaun Wilson, Head of logistics, Magway
Shaun is responsible for supporting the commercial and engineering development and roll out of the Magway system, including network and system design as well as promotion and engagement across various interest groups and partnerships.
Prior to Magway Shaun spent his career in logistics and manufacturing sectors focusing on ecommerce. He has worked for a number of blue chip companies including Amazon and Procter and Gamble working to improve operational efficiency and performance whilst reducing costs.
Andrew Woods, Business Development Director, Advanced Electric Machines
Andrew Woods is Business Development Director at Advanced Electric Machines, having joined AEM in January 2020.
Andy is the main driving force in building the Businesses order book, across multiple sectors.
Previously to joining AEM, Andy was Business Development Manager within Doncasters UK Fabrications business unit for 4 years, specifically developing the Electroform process based at the Sheffield site, and the MRO facility (Airmotive) based at the Shrewsbury site.
Prior to Doncasters, Andy spent the previous 35 years working for Speciality Steels, supplying engineering steels in to multiple sectors from automotive, O&G, Renewables through to Aerospace & Autosport.
Andy held various Technical roles across the Speciality Steels business, before moving into a Business Development role.
Steven Leahey, Founder and Director, OAG Operations Assessment Group
A Manufacturing Career with over 45 years' experience from tool room to boardroom. The last 15 years as a successful interim manger. His Leadership and commitment to aligning manufacturing activity with the P&L has consistently delivered sustainable operational improvement with quantifiable financial benefits. His knowledge and experience has been applied within the major manufacturing sectors encompassing small, medium and large, single and multiple-site organisations.