Derek Sheldon
Derek Sheldon
Director/Principal Consultant
Derek Sheldon Consultants Ltd

A pro active and innovative Chartered Engineer with an enviable track record of success in industry, academia, government and consultancy at an international level. As Managing Director/Principal Consultant of Derek Sheldon Consultants Ltd he leads a network consultancy of Chartered Engineers with considerable multi-disciplinary experience across a wide field of industries, who achieve best practice in manufacturing industry.

He has significant experience of expert witness cases (together with recent court experience) in both civil and criminal proceedings. These included matters related to litigation, industrial accidents, contractual disputes, patents, health & safety, personal injury, insurance & loss adjusting.

Presently,  Professor Sheldon is one of the Judges for the MX Awards on Innovation and Design, recently Director of the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and the West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium (WMMC) for the past 9 years. Past Chairman of the Manufacturing Industries Divisional Board and member of Council of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, together with significant and ongoing experience of working in Industry and Academia at a senior level, both in the UK and abroad.
In addition to his present Consultancy practice and the position of Emeritus Professor of Engineering & Design at Anglia Ruskin University, in recent years he has also held positions as Lucas Professor and Dean of Engineering at Coventry University, Director of Manufacturing at T&N Technology and Ford Professor in Automotive Systems at Anglia Ruskin University.

Throughout his career he has majored on Innovation and Design; this being exemplified with his role as the founding Editor of the International Journal of Engineering Design and a number of Design undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at both Coventry and Anglia Ruskin Universities. 

The UK & Oversees Client portfolio has included:-Cosworth Technology, Maersk, PowerGen, London Underground, Christian Salvesen, Fiat Auto, Durr Automation, AVL List GmbH, Kautex/Textron (Belgium), Rank Organisation, Caradon Group, Crown Resources, UKM GmbH, Brittania Insurance (Thailand),Elementis Chromium, DTI, Ford Motor Company, etc

Expert Witness experience has resulted in High Court appearances and were involved with:- IPR, patent disputes, valuations, forensic issues, domestic product designs, automotive vehicle design and manufacture, CNC machinery, machine tools, engineering software issues, manufacturing industry equipment, general electro-mechanical & rotating machinery systems, CAD/CAM/CAE facilities, noise/vibration in manufacturing/process industry equipment, escalators, lifts, food process machinery, gearbox/transmission systems, oil rig systems & platforms, overhead cranes, etc.