Stephen Irish BEng, CEng, M/MechE, Commercial MD, Hyperdrive Innovation

Stephen has substantial experience in technology development and product delivery having worked in tier one automotive supply chain companies, OEMs and engineering consultancies. He wrote his degree thesis on electric and hybrid vehicle technology almost 20 years ago and is a founding director of Hyperdrive Innovation.

Neil Wharton, Business Development Manager, Theorem Solutions

Neil is Theorem’s Business Development Manager, responsible for partnership engagement, channel management and bringing new solutions to market. Having joined Theorem Solutions 11 years ago Neil has been responsible for sales to EMEA and managed key accounts within the UK and Europe. In recent years, with Theorem’s focus on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality solutions, Neil represents Theorem at events to present this new and innovative technology.

Asif Moghal, Senior Industry Manager, Design & Manufacturing, Autodesk

I love great design and great manufacturing businesses. My career started off helping innovators develop and bring new product ideas to market, after which I moved into CAD/CAM/CAE solution sales for the manufacturing industry.

For the last 15 years, I've worked for Autodesk and, in my current role of Manufacturing Industry Manager, regularly meet with amazing customers from all over Europe to learn how they bring their great products and value propositions to market, and the challenges they face in differentiating and competing in our rapidly changing world.

Christopher Freeman, IMG Theme Lead - Digital Manufacturing, AMRC / Factory 2050

Chris Freeman is theme lead for Digital Manufacturing and technical fellow for Augmented Reality (AR) at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre's (AMRC) Factory 2050. His research is focused on the medium to high TRL (Technology Readiness Level) development and integration of AR, VR, IoT and AI technologies in respect of MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul), assembly and digitally connected environments. With a master’s degree in design & manufacture, he is a specialist in advanced visualisation, focusing on VR & AR. Chris has a wide range of experience demonstrating applications for aerospace, construction, civil nuclear, automotive and military sectors. As part of Factory 2050 he leads an exceptionally talented team delivering AMRC Factory 2050’s Digital Manufacturing capability, incorporating Manufacturing Informatics and Digitally Assisted Assembly, and developing work streams on the applied use of AR / VR, AI and IoT technologies.

Dr James Widmer, director, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK Electric Machines Spoke

Dr James Widmer is Director f the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) Electric Machines Spoke, based at Newcastle University. The APC is the UK funding body for low carbon vehicle research, as a Director of one of its spokes, James is responsible for bringing together the UK electric machines community, drawn from both academia and industry, in order to drive world-class innovation. Until March 2018, James led Newcastle University’s Centre for Advanced Electrical Drives, which designed electric machines for clients as varied as Jaguar Land Rover and Airbus. James is now CEO of technology start-up Advanced Electric Machines Ltd, which aims to develop the world’s most sustainable electric traction motors. James joined Newcastle University in December 2009 from a senior position in the aerospace industry and has a PhD in the design of rare-earth magnet free electric traction motors.

Rowan Crozier, Chairman of Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), Brandauer

Rowan Crozier is one of UK manufacturing’s rising stars, having taken over the reins at Brandauer in 2016, a precision stamping specialist based in Birmingham. Under his guidance, the company has increased turnover by 20% and continues to be a major exporter to China, the EU and the US. He is also a firm believer in investing in the latest technology and developing the firm’s workforce of the future, with 10 apprentices currently going through a bespoke Apprenticeship scheme.

Matt Thomas, Senior Visual Management Advisor, Clarity

Matt Thomas, a Senior Visual Management Advisor at Clarity Visual Management, has years of experience working with a multitude of businesses to increase their efficiencies, reduce waste and improve staff engagement through effective visual management. Matt has worked with organisations both large and small in the public and private sector and brings a wealth of knowledge to solving the problems faced by your business.

Matt’s in-depth understanding of manufacturing and its total supply chain has enabled him to design and deliver successful, innovative and engaging visual management at local, national and international levels.

Stuart Reilly, Regional Business Development Manager, Toyota Material Handling UK

Stuart Reilly joined Toyota in 2001 as Rental Manager and since that time has held several progressive positions in Key Accounts & National Accounts with the past 3-years being in Development.His career started in 1987 when he entered the materials handling industry and has only ever worked for 3-companies to offer 31-years of industry expertise solutions to his customers.His attitude is that “no single approach” covers what customers need and expect.The industry is constantly evolving and he truly believes that Toyota offers an all product solution to exactly what customers need.

Dennis McCarthy, Consultant, DAK Consulting

Dennis began his career as an Industrial Engineer before progressing into General Management and then Management Consultancy. Dennis, now a director with DAK Consulting is a recognised specialist in the application of Total Productive Manufacturing and Lean Thinking. He has supported programmes ranging in size from small site applications to companywide transformation programmes. This includes projects in Europe, USA, India and China for well respected and award winning companies including 3M, Siemens, IKEA, Heineken, Pepsi and Mitsubishi. Dennis is the author of 3 books, the most recent being Early Equipment Management “continuous improvement for projects” published by Productivity Press.

Verity Davidge, Head of Education and Skills Policy, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation

Verity develops skills and education policy on behalf of manufacturers. She responds to government consultations and inquiries on employment, skills and education issues. She also contributes to EEF’s National Employment and Skills Policy Committee and leads EEF’s north-east skills group.

Verity regularly appears in the print and broadcast media as an expert on Skills.She has represented the views of manufacturers on a number of high-level stakeholder groups, including the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy Transfers Group.

Ian Green, Section Manager - Global Training Centre & Nissan Skills Foundation, Nissan Motor Manufacturing

Ian has worked for Nissan for 27 years and is the Senior Training controller responsible for Process and Technical Training for NMUK, the Global training centre which covers Basic and Advanced manufacturing and Supervisory skills for Africa, India and Europe. Ian was responsible for the training of all staff during setup and launch of new Car Plants in St Petersburg Russia and Chennai India.

Ian is also proudly responsible for the Nissan Skills Foundation which has been established to:

  • Raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary schools
  • Raise the aspirations of local youngsters to show that social issues, economic background and gender are not barriers to a potential career in Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Engage with the broader community in the North East of England

The foundation works with circa 8500 students per year, 170 schools and passed the milestone of 35,000 students having engaged with us in the last 5 years.

Ian has an MSC in Human Resources, and is actively involved in promoting education and skills for Nissan at both a regional level and national level, he is passionate about giving young people the best possible chances and to help schools to do this.

Adam Anyszewski, Managing Director - HYPED

Adam is a recent graduate of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (MEng) from The University of Edinburgh. He co-founded and subsequently managed The University of Edinburgh Hyperloop Team HYPED for three years. During his time as team leader, the team were double finalists and award recipients in the SpaceX competition, winners of Hyperloop One Global Challenge, recipients of numerous grants and sponsorship donations. He is now moving onto a PhD in Construction Automation at University of Edinburgh and to manage a newly-formed Hyperloop start-up which was established as a continuation of his efforts with the student team.

Simon Hammond, Regional Sales Manager, 3D Systems Europe

With a 30-year commercial background, Simon joined 3D Systems in 2011 to develop new channels of revenue through sales activities and exploring new markets that will benefit from the adoption of additive manufacturing. 3D Systems are the inventors of 3D Printing and for the past 30 years, recognised innovators of 3D Printing, suppliers of machines, materials, software and associated technology.

He has good working knowledge & experience in the fields of Formula 1, the film industry and building conservation. Simon was responsible for getting the approval, manufacture and installation for the UK's first printed building components in the construction industry.

Peter Oram, Chief Growth Officer, Evolution MRO

Passionate about UK manufacturing, Peter’s career focus is providing organisations with services that improve productivity and profitability in the arena of maintenance, repair and operating consumables. Whilst managing a number of Blue Chip customers within the Oil & Gas sector, Peter identified organisations were demanding a ‘one stop shop’ for all indirect materials.

He moved back to the North East into a role within the MRO sector, before setting up Evolution MRO. Implementing the most advanced technologies and automating traditional processes, Evolution grew quickly, and Peter moved the business into the capable hands of The NBT Group. He now sits on the Group Board as group chief growth officer.

Roger O'Brien, Director, AMAP

Roger is the Director of AMAP, at the University of Sunderland, having spent over 20 years in senior positions at a large multi-national stamping and fabricator within the global Tier 1 automotive supply chain. Rogers own particular research themes with AMAP include: • The development of low distortion fabrication techniques. • Enhanced product design solutions considering all aspects of product life. • Manufacture and performance including use of advanced modelling and computer aided simulation techniques. • The application of non-contact based metrology to enhance productivity. • Laser applications for cutting and joining. He has presented and published findings and papers based upon his work in these areas at numerous international conferences, seminars and events. In addition, Roger now also brings his extensive engineering and automotive experience, as Team Principal for the University’s own Formula Student racing team, SunRacing. Along with his background in R&D, Design and Manufacturing, he has significant experience of project management, change management, leadership, and people management, as well as the more obvious technical aspects of engineering roles within a modern manufacturing and high volume environment, including automation and robotics. His career has given him considerable experience of international business not just in most major European economies but in the likes of USA, Japan, China and India. Roger began his career in the power generation and transmission industry as a student apprentice, before specialising in product design and development, including simulation and analysis.

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