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Nikki Hesford

Founder and Managing Director , Made in Preston

Ex-glamour model and single mum Nikki Hesford is the Founder and MD of Made In Preston Ltd, a successful British brand making fast fashion for bigger boobs.

She identified an unmet demand for fashionable clothing for bigger busted women and began to consider the viability of starting a business offering fashionable clothing and lingerie that would fit women over a D cup. Convinced that there was a suitable demand she launched her business which over the next five years would grow to include clothing, lingerie and swimwear. In 2010 Nikki was the national winner of a prestigious Natwest Everywoman Artemis award, and in 2011 ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Lancashire Business Awards.

Professor Rajkumar Roy

Professor Roy Rajkumar, Director of Manufacturing, Cranfield University.

Head, Manufacturing and Materials Department Director, EPSRC Centre in Through-life Engineering Services Director, Operations Excellence Institute Cranfield University

Professor Roy is passionate about UK Manufacturing! He has over 20 years research experience within the manufacturing sector. He currently collaborates with the aerospace, defence, railway sectors and has major research interest in Through-life Engineering Services, Design for Service, NDE Techniques for Maintenance, Product-Service Systems, Whole Life Cost Estimation and Applied Soft Computing. He has over 150 publications in journals and conferences. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineers (CIRP), IED, Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE). Currently Professor Roy is serving on the IET Manufacturing Policy Panel and the National Technical Committee on Advanced Design and Manufacturing. He has also started an annual National Manufacturing Debate and an annual National Apprenticeship Competition.

Mike Wilson

President, BARA

Mike Wilson has over 30 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing across a broad range of industry sectors throughout Europe, Asia and America. Previously he has worked for both users and suppliers of automation and more recently as an independent consultant providing automation expertise to industry and training via Warwick Manufacturing Group. He is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK.

He is now General Industry Sales Manager for ABB Robotics leading the drive to increase the use of robots across UK manufacturing. In addition, he is Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association, Director of the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association and also Vice Chairman of the Engineering and Machinery Alliance. He has previously been Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics from 2000 to 2003.

Professor Sir Mike Gregory

Professor Sir Mike Gregory, head of the Institute of Manufacturing

Head , Institute for Manufacturing

Mike Gregory is Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the University Engineering Department and of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).

Following an early career in industry he was the founder member of the team which established the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos, a senior undergraduate programme covering, marketing, design, production, distribution and service with very close industrial engagement. Subsequent developments in research and collaboration with industry reflected this broad view of manufacturing and led to the establishment of the IfM in 1998. Linking science, engineering, management and economics and integrating education, research and practice the IfM now has over 230 staff and research students and a further 100 undergraduate and Masters students.

Mike Gregory’s work continues to be closely linked with industry and government and he has published in the areas of manufacturing strategy, technology management, international manufacturing and manufacturing policy. He directs – with senior colleagues – the Institute’s EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre.

External activities have included membership of various government and institutional committees. He served as Executive Director of the Cambridge MIT Institute from 2005-2008 and was Springer Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2008/9. He chairs the UK Manufacturing Professors Forum and is a member of the UK Government’s Stakeholder Group on Manufacturing.

He is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge

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Gil Woodward

Manufacturing Manager, Accolade Wines

Gil is the Lean Enterprise Manager for Accolade Wines Australia and Europe, based at their Avonmouth Bottling facility. Previously he worked with GSK Nutritional Heatlhcare as a Continuous Improvement Expert, where he completed Black Belt training. Gil is an Ambassador of TeachFirst, having previously taught secondary science in a central London school. Gil is also a Director of the Forest Education Business Partnership, a not for profit company operating in and around the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire.

Neil Parker

Market Strategist, RBS

Neil joined The Royal Bank of Scotland in 1995 having graduated with an honours degree in economics and a masters degree in international economics. He has worked in economic research for 18 years and worked closely with former MPC member Marian Bell. His current areas of focus are on the economies of the G10, interest rate and foreign exchange markets. In this capacity, Neil regularly speaks at corporate events and seminars, hosts a regular monthly conference call for clients, attends client meetings and writes research on all of these subjects for clients and for publication in influential business journals.

Iain Wright MP

Shadow Minister for Industry

Iain Wright qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche, the global accountancy and professional services firm. He worked for Deloittes for seven years before joining One NorthEast, the regional development agency, where his role comprised of advising on governance and risk management. Prior to becoming MP for Hartlepool in 2004, Iain was also a Councillor on Hartlepool Borough Council and held the performance management portfolio in the Council’s Cabinet.

Since entering Parliament Iain has been a member of the Public Accounts and Modernisation Standing Committees (2007), and Parliamentary Private Secretary to a health minister (2005-06). Iain was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the department of Communities and Local Government in June 2007. In 2009 he moved to the Department of Children, Schools and Families as Parliamentary under Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeship and continued as a Shadow Education Minister after the 2010 election. In 2011 Iain joined the Business, Innovation & Skills shadow ministerial team and is currently Shadow Minister for Industry.

Douglas Dawson

COO, Caparo Group

A fully qualified engineer, Douglas spent the early part of his career as an Engineering Officer in the Navy (Merchant Marine), reaching the rank of Chief Engineer. Subsequently, with over 20 years of experience in industry, he has held senior positions within BTR Industries, Citicorp Venture Capital and SPX Corporation, a $5 billion global industrial group.30

Mike Patton

Managing Director, GE Aviation Wales

Mike Patton was appointed as Managing Director of GE Aviation Wales in May, 2012. Mike started his career at GE on the Operations Leadership Management Program (OMLP) and has climbed up the managerial ladder over the last 10 years. During this time, Mike worked for GE Corporate as an Associate Auditor before returning to GE Aviation in 2004 as a cell leader and technical coordinator. From 2006 to present, Mike has been the site leader at both the Wilmington and Suzhou China plants before moving to the Wales facility. In his role, Mike is responsible for leading the site to meet all safety, quality, delivery, and cost goals as well as spearheading the site’s wider growth strategy.

Dig Woodvine

Managing Director, XCL

Dig joined the British Army in 1984, serving for 10 years serving as a Combat and Amphibious Engineer in 5 Airbourne Brigade and across Germany. Dig’s passion has been leading expeditions whilst living and working with indigenous people in the Amazon, India, Uganda and Ethiopia and was made a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Dig was given a Rotary International Scholarship to study Lean manufacturing in Japan and holds a Rotary Fellowship.

In 1997 he founded XCL and now leads on strategic direction and business development. He has designed business transformation programmes in factories across the globe, and has extensive experience designing learning and development solutions within manufacturing. He has a post-graduate degree in sociology and psychology.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya

Chairman and Founder, Warwick Manufacturing Group

For over thirty years Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, founder and Chairman of WMG, has been at the heart of business and has been a powerful advocate for manufacturing.  Over that time he has grown WMG into an international group, working in a wide range of sectors, from automotive research to innovations in healthcare.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya advises many companies and governments on matters of industrial policy and strategy.  He has close links with the UK and international governments advising on manufacturing, innovation and technology.  He is closely associated with many organisations in countries including China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa.

He has spoken extensively in the field of manufacturing and has received many international honours and awards plus honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was honoured with a CBE in 1997, awarded a knighthood in 2003 for services to higher education and industry, and was elevated to the Lords in 2004.

Dr Phil Lewis

CEO, Gardner Aerospace

Dr Phillip (Phil) Lewis was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2010 and is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction and performance of Gardner Aerospace.

Phil is a highly experienced leader within the aerospace sector and has held senior positions with Lucas Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and most recently Meggitt plc where he was President of the Polymers and Composites strategic business unit and a member of the Management Board. He has been a Director of aerospace businesses in France, Spain, Indonesia, India and the UK.

Phil is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has an MA from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Engineering from Aston University. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Engineering Project Academy at the University of Leeds and an advisor to Design and Engineering Programme at the Open University.

Steve McQuillan

CEO, Avingtrans plc

A graduate engineer, Steve started his career in the oil industry, working for American Oil giant Conoco in the north sea.

A long period at Mars Inc followed, mostly at Mars Electronics, where Steve eventually moved to France to run Western European Operations and ultimately became the general manager of the Swiss banknote recognition business, Sodeco.

As sales director, Steve was part of the team that sold Marconi Instruments to IFR, Inc, before spending the following 6 years at Oxford Instruments as Managing Director of its Superconductivity Division.

Steve joined Avingtrans in October 2008 from Serco, where he had spent four years running the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and, latterly, he was also the Managing Director of the Serco Defence Operations business.

Rachel Webley

Innovation Manager, Speedo

Rachel Webley joined Speedo’s design team in November 2005, responsible for female holiday and leisure swimwear and also acting in an advisory capacity on the development of the Speedo Sculpture ShapeLine project.

Rachel has a BA (Hons) degree in Contour Fashion, De Montfort University in Leicester and a BTEC Diploma in Fashion from Barnfield College in Luton. Before joining Speedo, Rachel worked within the lingerie field specialising in shapewear (body contouring) and larger bras for brands including Fantasie Lingerie and M&S suppliers Courtaulds and Claremont.

After one year at Speedo, Rachel became a full-time designer for Aqualab, Speedo’s dedicated research and development group. She worked on the Speedo Sculpture ShapeLine project and was instrumental in the development of the range until going on maternity leave in June 2008.Following her return to work, Rachel was appointed to the position of Innovation Manager, Product and Marketing. Her role entails working with insights and trends and evaluating and applying leading edge science and findings to inform Speedo technology and products.

Rachel’s team brings ideas to life by producing conceptual sketches, finished illustrations and rendered CAD’s, prototypes, testing and validation results, finally working up technical specs ready for the product to go into the manufacturing stage.

Rachel enjoys the freedom to experiment with new concepts at Speedo with the ability to invest in key projects and develop conceptual ideas into viable commercial end products.

Rachel lives in Southwell with her partner and two daughters. A former competitive swimmer, Rachel still enjoys swimming when the responsibilities of a mother allow.

Neil Westwood

Managing Director & Founder, Magic Whiteboard

Neil Westwood is Managing Director of Dragons’ Den Magic Winners Magic Whiteboard – Theo Paphitis’s and Deborah Meaden’s most successful investment on BBC Dragons’ Den.

Neil and Laura Westwood have been successfully running Magic Whiteboard Limited since April 2006. Neil worked as a trainer for the NHS (local hospital) and was inspired to develop the Magic Whiteboard because he was fed up carrying the flipchart stand around the wards in the hospital. A portable lightweight solution was needed. As a result of this Magic Whiteboard the portable whiteboard on a roll was born.

Magic Whiteboard appeared in series six of the BBC2 programme Dragons’ Den on the 18th August 2008.

Gareth Turner

Senior Brand Manager - Lurpak, Arla Foods

Robin McLeish

Head of Supply Chain, Jackson's Bakery

In the demanding role of Head of Supply Chain, Robin oversees several different elements of the operation at Jackson’s Bakery: heading up the despatch and distribution operation to ensure the correct delivery of bread products to customers; the purchasing of materials required in the production of bread; and the packaging and storage operation for frozen bread.

Robin joined William Jackson Food Group, of which Jackson’s Bakery is a part, in the summer of 2012 as a Special Projects Executive. He diligently performed this role for a year, learning key skills, before moving on to his current position within Jackson’s Bakery.

Before joining William Jackson Food Group, Robin was a valued member of the Armed Forces. This involved serving as an infantry officer and he succeeded in fulfilling a variety of remits during this time. Key roles included Training/Planning Officer for a company of 100 soldiers in Iraq, working in the Armed Forces’ Permanent Joint Headquarters in London as an intelligence analyst, and more recently as a mentor to an Afghan Chief of Police in Afghanistan. As part of a varied and challenging career, Robin also worked independently for 3 years as a self-starting property developer in Edinburgh.

Nigel Whitehead

Group Managing Director, BAE Systems

Appointed Group Managing Director of Programmes & Support in 2008, Nigel has responsibility for some of the UK’s largest engineering, manufacturing and support services programmes.

Previously Nigel was Group Managing Director of the Military Air Solutions business, during which time he was also a Supervisory Board Member of Eurofighter GmbH. Nigel has been active in the defence and security sectors for 27 years, including design, development, production and support programmes in the UK, Sweden and Australia.

Before joining the Company as an aerodynamicist, Nigel worked for Rolls-Royce for four years as a production engineering apprentice and graduated in mechanical engineering. Nigel is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

David Firth

Craft Apprentice Electrical/Avionic, Marshall Aerospace

David Firth is a third year craft apprentice at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge. He joined the Company after gaining a conditional offer from the University of Sheffield to study Aerospace Engineering but deciding that the apprenticeship route would suit him more. He is undertaking a nationally recognised Advanced Apprenticeship and is well on his way to becoming a skilled aircraft electrician. He hopes to study for his aircraft licences in the future and no doubt has a very successful career ahead of him. In the meantime,  he has won the accolade of being the top first year apprentice in the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards for the South East Region. He has also recently won a silver medal at the World Skills UK competition held at the Birmingham Skills Show.

John Burton

Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

John Burton is the the Manufacturing Engineering Manager for D7u platform bodyshops. He is responsible for the quality of the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport built in the two new all aluminium bodyshops. John is responsible for twelve engineers who monitor and lift the quality of the products as well as improving the processes used to build the cars. John also manages the measurement facility in the bodyshops that monitor the cars dimensions and a small tool room, both are manned on 3 shifts covering 24 hours by 28 associate staff members. Before this role John worked as a manufacturing engineer in T5 platform bodyshop that built the old Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery.

Simon Keogh

Business Manager, Automation Systems, Siemens

Simon has been involved in the Automation industry for the past 25 years. Having joined Siemens in 1994 he has worked closely with Siemens customers to develop their automation and control strategies for the last 5 years Simon has been responsible for Automation in the U.K. covering Programmable Controllers, HMI and SCADA and also DCS solutions for the process industry.

Cat Brownlie

Project Engineer, AkzoNobel

“Cat Brownlie joined the Akzonobel supply chain graduate scheme in September 2011 after graduating with a Masters in Chemical Engineering. Cat completed a number of placements during the scheme including a secondment to supply chain finance and a strategy project for the global supply chain team.

Cat is currently working as a project engineer at the new £100 million factory in Ashington. Set to open at the end of 2014, the Ashington plant encompasses revolutionary technology alongside lean principles and is intended to be the most advanced paint factory in the world.”

George Edwards

Founder, Gas - Sense Solutions Limited

George is currently studying for his A – Levels at The King’s School Canterbury. The Gas – Sense products are an innovative range of solutions for monitoring the levels of LPG in domestic gas bottles, accurately, cheaply and remotely. Gas – Sense was spun off a course work project, after it was Highly Commended in the Young Engineer for Britain competition. Since then, George has filed a Patent Application for the technology developed for the Gas – Sense products. The company has received a number of Venture Capital offers and Licensing requests. George hopes to take a Gap year to launch the product. Alongside this, George has worked in the cosmetics industry, optimising production lines and in technology communication.

John Howie

Managing Director (Marine), Babcock International Group

John was appointed Managing Director – Marine in September 2010. He is responsible for Babcock’s submarine, warship and naval base management businesses at Devonport, Rosyth, Faslane and Appledore as well as the company’s submarine deep maintenance operations in Canada. His role includes delivery of the Company’s commitments under the 15 year Terms of Business Agreement with the MoD and the company’s role in the delivery of the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.

John joined Babcock International Group in April 2001 as Managing Director of Babcock Naval Services Ltd, where he led the team which secured a £400million contract to provide specialist support services at HMNB Clyde. The success of this contract resulted in the award of PPP/PFI of the Year 2003 in Scotland and the award of an early extension of the contract in 2005 valued at £425m.

Following the creation of Babcock Marine in 2007, John was appointed Managing Director – Warships with responsibility for support to the Royal Navy surface fleet and for Babcock’s role in the future Aircraft Carrier project. John was also responsible for business integration in Babcock Marine and for executive development and health and safety leadership across Babcock Group.

John was appointed Chief Executive of Babcock International Group’s Rail division in June 2009.  The division is a UK focused railway infrastructure support business, selected as one of only four track renewal contractors to Network Rail.

In addition to his role at Babcock, John is Chairman of Scottish Enterprise’s Aerospace, Defence and Marine Industry Leadership Group, a member of the Advisors Board for Strathclyde University Business School, a member of the CBI Council in Scotland, a Director of the Society of Maritime Industries and a member of Scottish Engineering’s Executive Committee.

Mark Binns

Group Board Director, Hoyer

Stuart Hayward-Higham

Technical Director, SITA UK

Stuart Hayward-Higham was appointed to the Board in March 2009. Stuart joined SITA UK in 1997 after 10 years in environmental consultancy and has extensive knowledge of new and emerging technologies.

Richard Wilding OBE

Professor of Supply Chain Strategy, Cranfield School of Management

As Chair (Full Professor) in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management UK, Richard works with European and International companies on Logistics and Supply Chain projects in all sectors including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, high technology, food, drink and professional services to name a few.  He is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at Industrial Conferences and has undertaken lecture tours of Europe and Asia at the invitation of local Universities & Confederations of Industry.  He has published widely in the area of Supply Chain Management and is Editorial Advisor to a number of top journals in this area.

Richard was appointed in 2005 as the first ever Full Professor and Chair of “Supply Chain Risk Management” in the World.  This was in recognition of his significant contribution to this subject area.  Supply chain risk is still a key focus of his research within the context of an organisations overall Supply Chain Strategy, thus enabling companies to create sustainable and resilient competitive advantage.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the area of logistics & supply chain management, Richard was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Business.  He was winner of the “Individual Contribution Award” at the “European Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2010”.  This is presented to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supply chain excellence.  In 2009 his biography was entered into the 162nd edition of “Who’s Who” described as “Britain’s most famous reference book” for those who have “reached the pinnacle of excellence in their field”.  At the European Supply Chain Distinction Awards 2008, Professor Wilding received the ‘Distinguished Service Award for Thought Leadership and Service to Supply Chain Management’.

Graham Paterson

Group Manufacturing Excellence Manager, Premier Foods

Graham Paterson has worked across Manufacturing and Supply Chain for close to 25 years, covering within his career a host of senior roles and a proven track record of driving large multi-site change programs delivering bottom line business benefit in the FMCG arena. Graham currently holds the position of the Group Head of Manufacturing Excellence for Premier Foods the UK’s largest Food Manufacturer and covers over 40 sites across the UK. Graham’s focus and passion is driving real Continuous Improvement programs across large organisations and recently Premier have been picking up many prestigious International awards  – European Manufacturer of the Year 2011, European Operations Excellence 2011 and more recently the European Green Supply Chain Award 2012.

Simon Collins

EAME Future Talent Development Director , Caterpillar

Currently the Future Talent Development Manager for Caterpillar’s Europe, Africa & Middle East region, Simon has almost 25 years’ experience of human resource management, the last 7 of which have been with Caterpillar, the world’s biggest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment.

Simon is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, (CIPD) actively involved in the Institute’s “Steps Ahead” mentoring programme with young unemployed people, and is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Ambassador promoting engineering careers to school students.

In his previous role as HR Manager for Caterpillar’s business based at Desford in Leicestershire, Simon implemented a number of initiatives that were recently recognised by two accolades: Caterpillar was named as one of the UK’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers by The National Apprenticeship Service and City & Guilds as a result of the apprenticeship schemes operated at Desford which, since their inception in 2011, have provided training and work experience to over 200 young people; the Business also won the People & Skills category of the 2012 Manufacturer of the Year awards, reflecting the significant work undertaken at Desford not only in terms of the development of the existing workforce, but also the highly effective relationship between the management team and the trades union, and the promotion of STEM related careers to young people in the local area.

Simon is now leading Caterpillar’s future talent strategy that seeks to provide an increased understanding of STEM related careers in general, and, more specifically, those available within Caterpillar, in order to increase the number of young people working towards the appropriate qualifications and providing the company with a sustainable pipeline of future talent.

Mike Hutchinson

Manufacturing Director, Tharsus Group

Simon Tween

Plant Maintenance Director, CNH UK

I joined CNH UK Ltd, the UK’s only manufacture of Tractors, in 2008 and worked within the Plant Engineering and Maintenance teams since then. I am currently the Maintenance Coordinator for the site, with responsibility for the site and the 2 Km production line. During this period we have actively improved the maintenance teams in Work Class activities and supported the Plant in obtaining WCM Bronze Medal and Manufacture of the Year Award 2012.

Previous to joining CNH I worked for 17 Years within the Semiconductor Industry, based in Wafer Fabrication. During this time I worked as in house engineer, service engineer and Managerial positions.

Gerald Kelly

General Manager, Sony UK

General Manager, reporting to the MD Steve Dalton OBE. Main responsibilities include New Business Development and Operations Management of the Customer Service Division at Sony. 32 years service with extensive experience In Engineering, Manufacturing and Back Office support functions prior to his current assignments

Mark Ridgway OBE

Managing Director, Joseph Rhodes

Mark Ridgway is Managing Director of Group Rhodes, a Wakefield headquartered group of seven engineering companies serving the aerospace, metalforming, precision engineering, environmental, heavy ceramics and oil and gas markets respectively.

Underlining his long-standing commitment to manufacturing, Mark is the current President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and is a Council member of the Metalforming Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (MMMA).

Mark also sits on UKTI’s Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board, which covers the UK aerospace, automotive and engineering sectors. In 2010, as Interim Chair of the Board, Mark represented the sector during the World Trade Fair showcase event in China and in 2011 he led UKTI’s Aerospace Mission to India. In 2012 Mark accepted an invitation to join the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) Investment Board which seeks to strengthen UK manufacturing supply chains.On a regional level Mark represents manufacturing businesses on the Board of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and served as a Director of Wakefield First, the Development Agency for the District from 2004 – 2011. He now Chairs the Wakefield Enterprise Partnership and has previously completed a two year term in the Chair of the West Yorkshire branch of the Institute of Clay Technology (now a division of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining).

Mark was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2011 for Services to Industry and in 2012 was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant to the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy. He holds an MSc in Manufacturing Leadership from Leeds University Business School and in 2012 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University. Mark is proud to have been appointed both a “Yorkshire Patron” and Patron of a local brain injuries charity, Move Ahead.

Marc Wellington

Director, Festo

Marc is a member of the Senior Management Team at Festo. His wide range of responsibilities includes leading a team of engineers responsible for supporting customers in the delivery of successful automation projects.

With nearly 30 years in the automation business Marc has experienced automation projects from all angles. Beginning his apprenticeship with a special purpose machine builder he then worked as a Project Manager for Royal Ordnance specifying and purchasing automated systems. Following that he sold automation systems and components, ran his own business and has been responsible for marketing for a number of automation suppliers as well as the British Automation & Robot Association.

Marc has seen many automation projects implemented. He understands that whilst a great technical solution is an important success factor, inclusive decision making, engagement, communication, training and a realistic plan to sustain and build upon initial business gains is critical to maximise ROI and avoid a white elephant.

Professor Ken Young

Technology Director, MTC

As Technology Director of the MTC, Professor Ken Young oversees a programme of research delivering innovative technology from TRL4 to TRL7. The aim of this is to mature research from laboratory demonstrator level, through to a proven process operating at volume.

Prior to joining the MTC at the start of 2011, Prof. Young spent 20 years at Warwick University working in WMG. Here he ran a large number of industrial research projects in the automotive, aerospace, horticulture and pharmaceuticals sectors. He successfully ran projects funded by EPSRC, TSB and the European Union amongst others and was the director of the EPSRC funded Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Centre for seven years. This centre delivered projects worth over £8M in environmentally friendly vehicle technology.

Prof. Young sits on the TSB automotive industry advisory panel and is the chairman of the National Measurement System ‘Engineering and Flow working group. He has also been chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association for ten years.

Gareth Dean

Sales Director UK, Rockwell Automation

Gareth Dean was appointed Sales Director UK and Ireland at Rockwell Automation in October 2011. In this role he is responsible for sales leadership and profitable sales growth within the geographical area.

Prior to this appointment Gareth was the Sales Manager for the UK End user team which included vertical segments and System Integrators, excluding OEM customers. He was responsible for setting the sales strategy and implementing the tactical plans to achieve fiscal success and develop customer relationships.

Gareth re joined Rockwell Automation in 2008 after a period at ABB where he held the positions of UK Sales Manager for Robotics and then General Manager for Instrumentation. Gareth’s previous period at Rockwell Automation was for 11 years and incorporated a wide range of roles, joining as a commissioning engineer, through Account Management and ultimately being successful as a Channel Manager. As an Account Manager, Gareth received the first nomination from the UK for the Ted Schaler award.

Gareth holds a Higher National in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is a member of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management

Neil Lloyd

Head of Sales Development, Lombard

Neil Lloyd is Head of Sales Development for Lombard’s Business &
Commercial (B&C) division, the part of the business that helps the UK’s
SMEs access funding through asset finance. In this role, Neil has a key
strategic function with responsibility for developing specialist areas
such as manufacturing, agriculture and commercial transportation.

Reporting directly to Ian Isaac, Managing Director of Lombard B&C,
Neil’s role is key to driving Lombard’s approach of building expertise in
key business sectors in order to deliver a more meaningful customer
proposition and to create added value. His focus is on raising Lombard’s
profile with manufacturers, trade bodies and other industry influencers
and working closely with Lombard’s sales and strategic functions to
deliver the multi-specialist approach across B&C.

Neil came to Lombard as part of his degree course in Accountancy &
Management Control, which he was studying at Sheffield University. At
the end of his placement Neil was offered a permanent position in 1994
and has been with Lombard since. During this time he has held roles in
both the Head Office and within the Sales division. His experience of
working in strategy and marketing has given him a broad skill set, while
more recently as Director of Asset Finance for Birmingham and
Warwickshire, Neil has worked directly with many of the specialist
industries for which is he now responsible which makes him ideally
suited to managing Lombard’s strategy for these specialist sectors.
Since taking the decision to join Lombard, Neil has extended his
professional qualifications successfully passing his FLA finance and
leasing exams, as well as a Diploma in Corporate Banking. Neil is now
studying for a Foundation Degree in Banking.

A keen runner, Neil is a member of Birchfield Harriers, one of the UK’s
most prestigious running clubs, regularly running in marathons and
other distance races. Neil also enjoys reading historical fact and fiction,
and has recently resumed an interest in horse riding.

Richard Teal

Manufacturing Advisor, MAS

Richard is a mechanical design engineer with over 25 years experience across the Nuclear, Defence, Automotive & Marine industries within the UK.

His more recent positions have seen him specialise in VA/VE (value add/value engineer), managing projects and teams to drive value through product design and development. This has been achieved through Continuous Improvement, New Product Introduction and cost reduction schemes.

Having worked with the London Manufacturing Advisory Service for a year, Richard is now a part of the MAS South East team working across the region. Very much a proactive and hands-on person, Richard has much to offer the South East’s manufacturers.

Patrick Lee

Team Leader, MAS

Patrick is an experienced manager with a background in Engineering, Design and Change Management. He is highly experienced in production engineering activities with a broad knowledge of manufacturing issues related to implementing and sustaining lean manufacturing.

Patrick has developed his skills throughout his career to enable him to improve all areas of the manufacturing process from design through production to product end of life re-cycling. He is an experienced engineer with specialised knowledge in the electronics, refrigeration and mechanical assembly sectors of industry, and has proven experience in achieving results through implementing lean manufacturing techniques in a manufacturing environment.

Patrick is focused on the development and delivery of strategic programmes that provide client companies with a mechanism for sustainable business improvement.

John Elliott

Managing Director, Ebac

Chairman and founder John Elliott MBE DL, was born near Bishop Auckland in 1943. A draftsman by trade, John entered into self-employment in the early 70s and won a contract to produce industrial dehumidifiers for a national construction group.

The dehumidifier order led to Ebac’s foundation, with John as its only member of staff, back in 1973. His dedication and drive soon saw it grow and seven years later it reached its first £1M turn-over. One year later, in 1980, John developed UK’s first mass-produced domestic dehumidifier, which effectively created the British market for this product type, and the company blossomed.

Staying true to his roots John has never considered following the UK manufacturing trend and move Ebac’s production abroad. With innovation and dedication to quality as its lead words, Ebac has instead been able to expand its facilities in the UK’s North East. John’s part in this success was formally recognised in 1986 when he was awarded an MBE for Services to Small Business.

In the 90s, with Ebac moving into the bottled watercooler market, John acquired two new hobbies – politics and horse racing – which he pursues with typical passion. He was a main spokesperson for the ‘No’ side in the debate around the Regional Assembly, and an outspoken opponent of the introduction of a common European currency.

John’s stable of race horses is currently five strong, and his top horse, Kasthari, won a race at Cheltenham in 2004. John and family were featured in the Sunday Times Rich List in 2005. He lives with wife Margaret outside Bishop Auckland.

Steve Whittle

Steve Whittle, head of business intelligence, Rolls-Royce.

Head of Finance Systems & Data Improvement – GTSC, Rolls-Royce

Steve has worked for Rolls-Royce in Business/IT roles for over Thirty years, working in Defence, AR&O, ERP, Operations, CHQ and now Finance. Steve has produced a number of analysis tools capable of rapid analysis of program changes, Key Performance Indicators and Financial Information. Steve designed, automated and implemented a Global, Centralised Knowledge Management Hub providing reports and information for Cost, Quality, Delivery and People. He was responsible for the development of the ‘Forecast to Cash’ model, this provided a comprehensive process map of all activities and transactions utilised with UK ERP and he was instrumental in establishing a new corporate master scheduling process for Defence Aerospace. Steve has also chaired various special interest groups.

Derek Wilson

CIO, Origin Enterprises

Derek Wilson is CIO of Origin Enterprises Plc, a leading Agri Services business with operations in the UK, Ireland and continental Europe.  Prior to joining Origin in 2007, Derek was the Managing Director of Siemens Business Services (Ireland), leading the organisation through a sustained period of growth and transformation.  His background also includes senior ERP related roles with KPMG Consulting and JBA Software.  He is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology and a Fellow of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems.

Martin Clocherty

Manufacturing Systems Director, Hayward Tyler

Manufacturing Systems Director at Hayward Tyler, responsible for integration of ICT system development, Stores functions, Master scheduling, Material control, Continuous improvement projects and lean training.
I have been responsible for driving global continuous improvement change as part of the business turn-around and introduction and embedding of lean methodology.
The turn-around is based on a 5 year plan the will drive world class change across the Hayward Tyler business supported and under-pinned by ICT systems and information delivery.

Keith Herring

Head of Information Technology, Hayward Tyler

Head of Information Technology at Hayward Tyler Ltd, responsible for Corporate IT strategy globally, has been an employee for 26 years of which the last 16 years have been the Head of IT.

I have been the strategic driver for ITC improvements taking Hayward Tyler from a main frame business system, Novel network with 20 users, and in isolation, to the present Epicor 9 business solution, with 250 users and global communications to all sites. Resent projects, server virtualisation and Epicor 9 upgrade in the UK and US. It has been a challenging but enjoyable time with Hayward Tyler.

Jon Fell

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Jon is a partner in the technology, media and telecommunications group and heads up the firm’s Telecommunications practice. Since 1995 he has advised on all aspects of internet related law and e-commerce issues. Jon is one of the founders of Pinsent Masons’ leading legal news site OUT-LAW.com. His clients include suppliers and users of technology. He has written and lectured extensively on all aspects of internet, IT and telecoms law and regulation.

Danny Bermant

Managing Director, Brainstorm Digital

Danny has been advising businesses on digital marketing since 2000. He is director of Brainstorm Digital and specialises B2B social media strategy.

Danny helps medium sized businesses convert their social media audiences into customers. Sectors that Danny supports include healthcare, education, business schools, and professional services. He is a sought after speaker and his publications on social media and digital marketing are widely read.

Ann Rimmer

Chief Executive Officer, Clock Creative Communications

With over 20 years’ experience of helping companies find their competitive advantage and develop this in to a compelling brand story, Ann combines creativity and business acumen in a way that is rarely seen.

Ann established Clock Creative in 1999, a Business to Business Strategic Brand and Marketing Consultancy. The team work with clients operating across the Globe and have particular expertise in, and a passion for, the manufacturing sector. With a proven methodology ClockWiseTM, Clock has successfully helped many clients improve bottom line through brand and marketing strategy.

Ann is a Chartered Marketer and has been North West Head of the Design Business Association (DBA) since 2009.

Tony Wallis

Director, Toyota

Tony Wallis has a wide depth and breadth of experience in all aspects of the automotive and materials handling industry, Tony Wallis, Toyota Material Handling’s Sales and Marketing Director  and previously Operations Director has worked for some of the worlds most respected manufacturers including Toyota and Volvo.

Tony has a strong track record in improving business performance and developing teams that deliver volume, profit and customer service. Having developed a specialist understanding of the Toyota Production System, Tony has a strong understanding of process development, its application to all types of business and the tools that can help companies to drive down costs.

Professor Tim Baines

Aston Business School

Professor Tim Baines leads Aston’s research on servitization.  He is an international authority on servitization, and works extensively with manufacturers to transformation their operations to compete through Product-Service Systems (PSS).  Aston is the centre of excellence for servitization within the new Manufacturing Advisory Service.

Professor Baines has published over 200 papers across the disciplines of management and engineering, and is amongst the most frequently-cited authors on servitization and Product-Service Systems.  He has experience of a wide range of industrial engineering, technology management, and manufacturing management disciplines, and works with the leading companies in his field including Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar, Alstom, MAN and Xerox.  His career started with a technician apprenticeship, and has progressed through a variety of industrial and academic positions, including that of Visiting Scholar within the Centre for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineers and Technologists.