Steven is a chartered engineer with over 30 years experience of designing, making and integrating high tech products in collaboration with workforce leaders, customers and suppliers. Focusing on people, he has helped individuals and teams to work out how to maximise the value of digital and other technologies in construction, rail, health, nuclear, offshore wind, automotive, aerospace and other sectors.
A specialist in manufacturing business strategy, Steven is the founding Managing Director of EDGE Digital Manufacturing. Working in partnership with Made Smarter and other programmes, the EDGE team enables businesses to create a vision, roadmap and business case for the optimising use of digital technologies of all kinds.
As national director of the UK government's Manufacturing Advisory Service he was responsible for the quality of experiences of over 10,000 small and medium-sized manufacturers and for exceeding the jobs and GVA targets of this £40m programme.
He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Manufacturing Policy Panel, and a board member of the not-for-profit DRL-Tool.org consortium which promotes effective use of the Digital Readiness Level Tool.
Halil Bedevi MSc, CEng,
Halil Bedevi is the UK
Head of Aerospace, Defence & Advanced Manufacturing sub-sectors at
Santander Corporate & Commercial. He
is responsible for leading and directing Santander’s strategy to help
businesses in these key manufacturing sub-sectors to grow, both in the UK and
Halil is a
Chartered Engineer with 30 years’ experience in the Manufacturing industry in
roles ranging from engineering, manufacturing operations management and board
level senior management such as GM, MD, COO with P&L responsibility as well
as working in consulting. He has worked in a variety of industries including the
Defence, Aerospace, Space and Technology sectors and companies from start-ups,
SMEs to large multi-nationals.
Halil is an award
winning Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering graduate, has an MSc in
Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Fellowship in Manufacturing Management (FMM).
He is an awards judge for The Manufacturing Excellence (TMMX) Awards, The
Manufacturer Top 100 Awards, Visiting Fellow and Advisory Board Member at
Cranfield University and Member of the IET. Halil is passionate about Manufacturing,
Engineering, Science, Technology, Innovation and Improving things. Halil writes
and comments on manufacturing and supports the promotion of UK engineering and
Susan offers over 30 years' experience in chemical industry commercial management, stakeholder engagement, marketing and international business development. She has used her commercial and technical background (a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge), to work with chemical industry clients across the globe including Europe, the USA, and Japan. Since late October 2018 Susan has been part of Santander’s International and Sector Solutions team. Her role is strategic and sector specific, providing commercial insight to enable Santander to better align itself with the needs of its clients and prospects in the chemical (and allied) sectors. As Susan says, “My driver is my passion for industry; I want to help UK companies prosper and believe that Santander has the appetite and resources to leverage the opportunity”.
Prior to joining Santander Susan had been recruited to Briar Chemicals’ senior management team, following divestment from Bayer Crop Science. There, Susan transformed the company’s profile from its origins as a manufacturing site for a multi-national parent to a successful independent manufacturing partner. A previous role on the Pentagon Chemicals management team also involved organisational development and restructuring, in addition to international business development activity, resulting in a successful sale to Vertellus in October 2014.
Paul joined Santander in September 2013. Prior to joining Santander Paul held a number of senior management positions with the Lloyds Banking Group (LBG). Paul also ran LBG’s UK wide Agriculture team with specific responsibility for Strategy & Sales. Paul has 20+ years’ experience of working with UK manufacturers both SMEs and larger Tier 2 & Tier 1 suppliers to OEMs.
He currently leads the Santander Corporate & Commercial team in the Manufacturing Sector across the UK. He took up this post in March 2017 and is responsible for developing a sector specific proposition that differentiates Santander.
Key to Paul’s role is consulting with UK Manufacturers, advisers and trade bodies to ensure the proposition developed is fit for purpose. Given the current challenges and uncertainties Paul is heavily focused on helping UK Manufacturers to improve productivity and to look at new markets beyond the UK. This fits well with Santander’s global footprint.
Early in Morvens career, she was identified as someone who can quickly build strong relationships and trust with a wide range of individuals and stakeholders. She always has people at the heart of how she works, and using this alongside her strong analytical skills and logical problem solving tactics, she quickly progressed through several functions, factories, and roles, reaching a Factory Manager role by the age of 28.
She has held roles in manufacturing, supply chain, SQSE, and led several cross functional projects in the UK before taking the factory manager role in the firms only factory in Romania.
Morvens achievements were recognised with her success of winning the Young Manufacturer of the year in 2018 as well as being recognised on The Manufacturers Top 100.
Charles Carpenter is he Senior Technology Officer for the
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Centre (Nuclear AMRC). In this role develops the
technology theme roadmaps to deliver the technology strategy of the Nuclear
AMRC and manages the research portfolio of Nuclear AMRC Research Board. This
includes developing external collaborations with key industrial partners,
research and academic institutions and High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM
Charles has assisted with the development and delivery of
the HVM Catapult strategy as a member technology forums (metrology, joining and
surface engineering) and strategy teams (nuclear and automation) within the HVM
Charles is a Chartered Engineer with experience working in
aerospace, nuclear and electronics industries with roles in quality, metallurgy
and technology in the United Kingdom and the United States. MSc in Mechanical
Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Manufacturing leader with proven experience in the development and manufacture of satellite platforms and commercial aircraft. Working across 2 industry sectors as well time spent working within technical, operational, project management and leadership roles gives a strong balance to deal with the necessary pressures and challenges of today’s manufacturing environment.
Career highlights include working on scientific satellite programs Venus Express and Gaia, supporting the rebaseline of production flow for telecommunication satellites platforms, completion of a part time MBA, delivery of production improvement projects giving >1.5 million euro per year savings in a 12month period and creation of an efficiency drive which returned 100 hours a week of capacity to deliver more benefits to the business.
ZF Lemforder UK in 1998 as a Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, he has spent the
last 20 years in various Automotive roles including Supplier Quality Engineer,
Project Manager, Quality Manager, Site Manager and has been a Plant Director
since April 2017.
passionate about Operational Excellence and driving improvements with strong
team and leadership ethos. He is also a keen believer in the successful
implementation of problem solving techniques including Six Sigma methodologies
as a Black Belt himself.
ZF team have received recognition through the Manufacturing Excellence Awards
and won multiple Customer Excellence Awards in recent years.
Dr. Peter Colman is a Partner and shareholder at Simon-Kucher. Peter joined Simon-Kucher in 2008, and divides his time between his base in the North of England and the London office. He leads the consultancy’s Technology & Industrials practice for the UK and Ireland.
Peter has generated strong profit enhancement results throughout his 20 years in consulting and industry. He specialises in Commercial Excellence programmes to address strategy, sales & marketing, pricing and product management topics. He has worked for corporate clients, private equity-backed companies and venture capital-backed start-ups across Europe and North America.
Peter has written over 25 articles for publications such as Institute of Sales Management, Sales Initiative Magazine, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Professional Pricing Society and The Manufacturer. He is a regular speaker / panellist at conferences, a Manufacturing Excellence Awards judge and a Member of Institute of Sales Management, Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Directors.
Prior to joining Simon-Kucher, Peter worked for digital marketing and technology consultancies focusing on eCommerce and Customer Relationship Management transformation programmes.
Peter holds a PhD in Electronics from the University of Cambridge and a First Class degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham.
For many years I have worked with world leading
organisations to drive business transformation. I have been lucky to gather
experience across may industry sectors, Aerospace, Life Sciences, Finance,
Healthcare and Oil and Gas to name a few.
However, what is clear across all industries is the
connection between valued business outcomes and people, process and technology.
Cultural change has to be at the heart of any transformation agenda if it is to
succeed and I am passionate in supporting that change in tandem with
Currently, I lead the Aerospace and Defense and Marine
and Offshore Industry Sectors at Dassault Systèmes - where I have supported the business across the EuroNorth
region for the past 5 years.
Married with 3 children and living in Northumberland -
I am passionate in supporting people and business to be the very best version
of themselves that they can be on a daily basis.
Dinsley CEng MIMechE, Neebosh, Six Sigma Black Belt, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO
50001 Lead Auditor.
has over 17 Years in 1st tier Automotive supplier industry and been
involved in many major product launches. In 2016 he took Dura Automotive to win
the TMMX UK Manufacturer of the Year award. In 2017 the Dura team returned to
win further industry awards including the Honda Green Excellence award and the
TMMX People an skills and World Class Manufacturing awards.
recently, having set up his own consultancy firm, he has been working with
small to medium size businesses in the West Midlands. Helping them introduce
new best practice management systems and achieving recognised quality accreditation.
At the same time facilitating considerable cost savings and productivity improvements
through continuous improvement initiatives.
A multi-award winning engineer - George founded his first company Gas-Sense at the age of 17. He has since gone on to sell UK manufactured products in 17 countries around the world.
Now the founder of Make-Sense, a technology startup empowering manufacturers to leverage our digital platform to drive radical continuous improvement and future proof for the 4th industrial revolution.
George also has a role at BAE Systems as their Entrepreneur in Residence, helping the group engage with the startup ecosystem to deliver greater levels of innovation into the defence sector.
Peter Flinn has a degree in Mechanical Sciences from Cambridge, an MBA from Strathclyde and took the ISMP programme at Harvard Business School, the latter two whilst working.
He worked initially as a development engineer in the aircraft industry and subsequently in commercial vehicles, rail and process industries at chief engineer/general manager/managing director level, leading organisations between £1m and £100m turnover.
Latterly, he led the formative stages of MTC and ATI. He has also written a book on technology management.
In IMechE, he has been on the Council, was Chairman of MID and is currently a Vice-President.
Bob brings over 25 years of international industrial experience working in world-leader engineering businesses (TI Group and McKechnie), with 10 years at regional or divisional CEO level where he was effectively executive chairman of around 50 SMEs across the world, serving a breadth of industries and ranging in turnover from around $2m to $500m.Between 2007 and 2009, Bob led the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing which raised training standards and introduced innovative learning programmes. These programmes helped UK manufacturing SMEs to increase profits by more than £50m over a 2-year period.
Bob is a chartered engineer, an honorary fellow of Brunel University, a past Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor and has served as an associate fellow at both Warwick University and Kingston Business School. He holds professional qualifications in teaching, coaching and facilitation, and has trained to practitioner level in NLP, Breakthrough and Theory of Constraints.
Throughout his career, Bob has been a strong advocate of leadership, people development and learning forward as a fundamental foundation for helping businesses reach and sustain market leadership. Today, Bob helps businesses achieve high performance results, either as an executive coach (helping senior leaders maximise their performance in an uncertain world), a strategic facilitator (helping businesses create sustainable competitive advantage), or a teacher (designing and delivering innovative leading-edge leadership development programmes).
Richard Jeffers graduated Mechanical
Engineering from The Victoria University of Manchester in 1992, achieved
chartered engineer status in 1999, and was elected a Fellow of the institute of
Mechanical Engineers in 2014. He is also a Member of the Association of Project
Management. After a number of roles in the
90’s in defence, consumer goods and electronics, Richard joined the brewer,
Scottish & Newcastle, subsequently acquired by Heineken, in 2000. Over the
next 15 years he held roles in supply chain, operations and engineering, most
notable as Brewery Manager in Gateshead, leading the merger of two sites and a
major brand relocation, and as UK Head of Engineering where he was responsible
for maintenance, energy management and capital investment – ultimately leading
a £150m network review and the most complex brownfield regeneration in
Heineken’s history. As part of this regeneration, Richard implemented Early
Equipment Management as a key part of the UK capex strategy.
After leaving Heineken in 2015,
he spent 2.5 years with a small management consultancy business running
business improvement projects in asset intensive businesses, before joining RS
Components in November 2017. In his current role he is responsible for all
customer facing technic
Phil brings a wealth of sector knowledge, including more than 30 years’ experience with Life Sciences and MedTech manufacturing businesses in commercial management and business development roles.
Phil has 30 years experience across the Life Science sector . He has held a number of Senior Export & Sales Management roles in Multinational and Mid Corporate size businesses
Himanshu has over 10 years' experience in manufacturing R&D. Solved manufacturing process issues/deviations for an SMEs and saved vital contract for them as a result. Led projects involving development of alternative manufacturing route and/or optimization of existing route for aerospace sector. Managed materials testing labs which are vital in validating new/improved manufacturing routes before implementation in industries.
Himanshu leads the strategy development of high value manufacturing CATAPULT (HVMC) along with STOs and CTOs of the 7 member RTOs of the HVMC. A five year delivery plan developed by HVMC and funded (c. £660M) by Innovate UK focuses on uptake of digital and automation technologies across the breadth of the UK manufacturing sector as well as modernising certain sectors and supporting SMEs.
Himanshu is one of the 7 STOs who manage collaborative research and innovation activities between the 7 member RTOs to enable delivery of the HVMC strategy.
David Lott is the Chief Executive Officer of IfM Education
and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS), the knowledge transfer arm of the Institute
for Manufacturing, which is part of Engineering Department at the University of
Cambridge. The Institute for
Manufacturing conducts research across the spectrum of manufacturing
technology, management and policy, and provides world class undergraduate and
postgraduate education, helping to create the manufacturing leaders of the
future. IfM ECS was established to help
create real impact by putting IfM research into practice. It works with governments and companies large
and small, disseminating IfM tools, methodologies and expertise to drive value
and increase productivity.
David holds a PhD in Astrophysics, an MPhys, and an MA, and
is a Fellow of the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and
Wales. He is a Senior Member at Wolfson
College in Cambridge and, previous to his work at the IfM, held a number of
positions in the University and elsewhere including Bursar at a private school
and Director of Finance for the Gates-Cambridge Trust
Kevin joined the Royal Air Force in 1978 and, following flying training, was posted to 8 (AEW) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland as a radar operator on the Shackleton AEW Mk 2. Following a lengthy first tour Kevin converted onto the Phantom FGR2 in 1987 and joined 92(F) Squadron in Germany in the low-level air defence role for Northern NATO.
He returned to the UK and enjoyed a further tour on the F4 before cross-training again to the Tornado F3 on 25(F) Squadron at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.
After an 18-year career as an air defence navigator, Kevin left the RAF in 1996, having amassed more than 4,000 flying hours, to enter the world of enterprise software sales. Since then he has worked in business development roles for companies such as SAP, Fujitsu and Sage and has spent more than 20 years in the manufacturing sector.
During his time in industry, Kevin has led and coached many multi-functional and leadership teams in the sale and deployment of enterprise technology platforms such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. With formal training in Lean, 6-Sigma and other continuous improvement strategies, he has worked in both discrete and process manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive, pharma, food & drink and oil & gas.
Kevin is leading the manufacturing go-to-market strategy at Check-6 and is responsible for growing the worldwide base of manufacturing clients
Global manufacturing is undergoing its greatest change in 100 years which will involve businesses developing and delivering fundamental organisational change programmes across the enterprise. The role of Check-6 is to help them make that change stick using our Performance Excellence® services to define best practice, verify compliance and minimise human error
When not at the forefront of the Check-6 business Kevin plays golf and watches as much rugby and F1 as he can find time for unless he is producing oil from his small olive farm in Tuscany.
Derek is an experienced Director and Board Level Executive who is as at ease with day-to-day operational issues as he is with Board strategic requirements. With 30 years’ experience ranging across various Technologies i.e. Semiconductors/Hybrids/Flex-Circuits/Mobile-Phone/Medical Pulp Moulding/Fibre Optics / Automotive and working for such organisations as Motorola [Semiconductors & Cellular], Hughes, Avex Electronics, Jabil Circuit, Vernacare & M2fx. Derek brings a broad understanding of the issues and needs of such diverse businesses. He has also worked in Italy, Austria and Hungary as part of these assignments.
Laterally within these roles Derek has been involved in turnaround roles and offered support to management teams during private ownership sell-out to Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisition integration of newly acquired organisations into the new ownership.
Derek focusses on assessing the issues, working with team members and key stakeholders to ensure that through a systematic, approach the final result is delivered in a timely fashion. This will focus on operational and financial measures to deliver tangible results.
Derek has led and been involved in achieving The Queens Award for Excellence in Innovation, Best Factory Award for Judges special award for – Leadership/Culture Change/Engineering capability improvement, Best Process plant [Highly commended] plus Manufacturer of the Year Award for SME [>125Employees], Highly commended. Derek is now a Judge and site assessor for the TMMX Awards.
Derek has an MBA, Bsc[Hons] in Production Engineering, is a Member of the Institute of Directors [I.O.D.], Meber of The Institute For Turnaround [I.F.T.] and is a qualified Executive Coach through the ILM.
A Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 40 plus years’ experience of leading edge engineering/product
design, materials and manufacturing. A Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a member of its Manufacturing Industries Divisional Board.
a respected international high profile and significant influence on the
engineering design of vehicles/machinery/products, product innovation and
strategies achieving world class manufacturing excellence.
My roles in life have included Directorships of Engineering Companies as the Manufacturing and/or Technical Director; Lucas Professor of Manufacturing Systems and Dean of Engineering at Coventry University; Ford Professor of Automotive Systems and Emeritus Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, Founding Editor of the International Journal of Engineering Design; plus an active musical role as an accomplished pianist, organist and conductor of church choirs and operatic societies.
Tehseen is a Senior Technology Officer at the
Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). He is working closely with other High
Value Manufacturing Catapult centres, industry and academia to define strategic
roadmaps for UK manufacturing. He is also responsible for managing
relationships with other Catapult centres and identifying new collaborative
Tehseen has an MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design from
Cranfield University and specialises in virtual manufacturing and process
simulation. He previously led the technical team responsible for delivering virtual
factory and digital twin solutions for the MTC’s Smart Manufacturing
Accelerator (also known as Factory in a Box). He also led the Virtual
Assurance area of simulation within the Digital Engineering department at the
leaving school I entered into the world of Engineering and completed my five
year apprenticeship whilst working as a toolmaker for a large company in
Wolverhampton. I moved into Quality a few years later to help develop the
system for the BS5750 standard and from this became part of the Quality team. I
slowly progressed and finally became Metrology leader where I would stay until I
left to begin my next journey.
I joined ZF Lemforder
in 2004 as a Supplier Quality Engineer developing a large number of UK and
European suppliers and had responsibility for coordinating suppliers and
verifying quality standards in accordance with the requirements of our organisation.
In 2009 I became
Quality Manager of ZF Lemforder and have helped develop the organisation into
an outwardly facing customer orientated business resulting in exceptional key
figures and closer customer relationships.
Mechanical Engineering qualifications I also have a diploma in Management and
Leadership awarded by the CMI.
Paul is a highly experienced designer, innovation expert and serial entrepreneur. Having grown and sold businesses, sat on the board of an FTSE 250 company, been the CEO of a global agency he has a unique creative business perspective which few can replicate. Beyond Brewery Group, Paul is now involved with several creative business ventures and has a number of board positions supporting a portfolio of venture interests. Inc BreweryLondon – specialising in growing brands through Design + Innovation
Dr Dan Thompson is Senior Technology Officer at the National Composites Centre (NCC) and High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC). He took up this position in 2016 to accelerate composites innovation by exploiting the power of collaboration throughout the UK research network, to ensure that UK innovation is anchored into the UK supply chain.
Dan has worked at NCC since 2012 in Research Engineering and Consultant roles, working directly with a broad spectrum of over 40 UK manufacturing companies and organisations. Dan has worked with many of the UK high value manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive, defense, infrastructure, oil & gas, rail, renewables, space and sports to accelerate the implementation of composite products and manufacturing processes. This has both enable new entrants to the composites market and supply chain as well as supporting development of new and novel manufacturing process for the future of composite production in the UK.
Prior to joining NCC Dan wrote a PhD in simulation of composite damage and modelling through life prognosis, and worked as a production engineer at Draeger Safety UK Ltd, specialising in Lean production methods and holding a black belt in 6σ.
Mechanical Engineer over 30 years in metals manufacturing and distribution.
Worked at board level for
specialty metals producers and distributors and has lived and worked in US,
Europe and Middle East.
Founder of Corrotherm International Ltd a company specializing
in high alloy metals for use in oil, gas
petrochemical power and desalination industries grew company from a one woman
company now with offices in 10 countries.
Advisor and non executive to a number of manufacturing companies
and government departments and Director of the Saudi British Joint Business
Council and UAE UK Business Council , Director of Energy Industries Council.
Nat West everywoman award winner, IoD London and South East
Global Director of the year . Awarded CBE for services to Business and Honorary
Doctorate of Engineering.
Richard White is the Senior Technology Officer of the
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), part of the High Value
In his current role he contributes to the shaping of
national manufacturing strategy across a variety of sectors and technologies including
aerospace, defence and electrification.
Prior to joining the AMRC, Richard spent 16 years
working in the ferrous and non-ferrous metals industry. From 2007 to 2012 he was
delegated to China by Siemens Metals Technology to establish and lead their mechanical engineering
centre in Shanghai, providing additional engineering design capacity to their worldwide operations.
Kate leads the operational management of the Institute for Manufacturing's knowledge transfer company, including the effective function of consultancy support, administration, communications, marketing and event activities. She is responsible for HR and people strategy, including all recruitment to Board level.
Kate also manages external collaborations and partnerships with key industry bodies and groups, with a particular interest in public engagement and supporting SMEs.
In 2019 Kate won the Whitehall Industry Group Leadership Impact Award and was a regional and national judge for the Apprentice entries in the Make UK Manufacturing awards.
Prior to joining the Company, Kate worked in Public Relations for the Regional Development Agency, for a Cambridge MP and as a recruitment consultant. Her early career was spent in Cambridge-based technology start-ups.
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