• Naomi Climer Co-Chair, Industry 4.0 Summit & Past-President IET, UK

    Naomi Climer

    Co-Chair, Industry 4.0 Summit & Past-President IET, UK

    Naomi Climer is Trustee and Past President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Chair of the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Council and Chair of the UK Government (DCMS) Future Communications Challenge Group (FCCG) looking at the technology opportunities for the UK around 5G and the Internet of Things. Naomi also works as a consultant with the Board of Sony’s UK Technology Centre.

    Naomi is an engineer, her career has been spent in the Broadcast and Communications technology industry including at the BBC, ITV and Sony both in Europe and the US.

    Naomi is listed in the Daily Telegraph and Women’s Engineering Society 50 Most Influential Women in UK Engineering in 2016 and in Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2015 and 2016.

    In her spare time, Naomi is and a keen sailor, motorcyclist and all things outdoors.

  • Dr Graeme Philp Co-Chair, Industry 4.0 Summit & Chief Executive, GAMBICA

    Dr Graeme Philp

    Co-Chair, Industry 4.0 Summit & Chief Executive, GAMBICA

    After gaining his PhD in fibre-optic sensors in 1985 Dr Philp worked for ABB until 1991when he joined the intrinsic safety specialist, MTL, based in Luton UK.  He became Managing Director in 1992 and then Chief Executive in 1995, a post which he retained until MTL was acquired by the US multinational, Cooper Industries in 2008.  By that time, MTL had annual sales of over £100m and sold its products in 70 countries around the world.  In December 2010 Dr Philp was appointed Chief Executive of GAMBICA, the UK trade body representing the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology sectors of UK industry.

    For more details on GAMBICA please visit www.gambica.org.uk

  • Tanuja Randery Schneider Electric, Zone President, UK & Ireland

    Tanuja Randery

    Schneider Electric, Zone President, UK & Ireland

    Tanuja Randery joined Schneider Electric in 2015 from BT Global Services, where she served as President, Strategy, Marketing & Transformation responsible for the growth transformation agenda. Prior to BT, Tanuja spent 10 years at Colt Group, in both strategy and operations roles – while at Colt she led the UK/IE Enterprise Business, was MD of Benelux and setup Colt’s Global Business division. Tanuja also led the acquisition of MarketPrizm – a low latency trading infrastructure company and was CEO of the entity driving the expansion into Asia and cross asset classes.

    Tanuja’s professional career has also seen her working as Vice President of Strategy at EMC Corp where she led a number of key M&A initiatives and she worked seven years as a Consultant at McKinsey, specialising in technology and sales and marketing effectiveness, both in the United States.

    For more information on Schneider Electric visit www.schneider-electric.com

  • Lord Prior of Brampton Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Lord Prior of Brampton

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Lord Prior of Brampton was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 21 December 2016. Previously he served at the Department of Health as Minister for NHS Productivity from May 2015 until December 2016. He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

    He graduated from Cambridge University with an Exhibition and MA in Law and subsequently qualified as a Barrister in 1976.

    Political career
    Lord Prior served as Member of Parliament for North Norfolk from 1997 to 2001 and went on to be deputy chairman and CEO of the Conservative Party. He was also on the Commons Select Committee for Trade and Industry.

    Career outside politics
    Lord Prior has held a number of jobs during his career including:

    – Chairman of the Care Quality Commission from 2013 to 2015
    – Chairman of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Strategic Advisory Group
    – Adviser to the health authority of Abu Dhabi
    – Chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital from 2002 to 2013
    – Associate with Lehman Brothers and Lazard Freres
    – Senior executive with British Steel
    – Managing a number of private companies, mainly in manufacturing and engineering

    As Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, his responsibilities include:
    – Industrial strategy
    – Lords lead on all BEIS issues
    – Industrial policy (with the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry)
    – Technology
    – Infrastructure/construction
    – Professional services
    – Rail supply chain
    – Defence
    – Maritime
    – Life sciences
    – EU single market
    – Deregulation and regulatory reform
    – Land Registry
    – Ordnance Survey
    – Companies House
    – Corporate minister

  • Jens Gralfs Vice President Research & Technology, Airbus Group, Germany

    Jens Gralfs

    Vice President Research & Technology, Airbus Group, Germany

    Jens Gralfs was appointed in January 2013 as Airbus Operations Architect for the Overall Physical Design. He is in charge of all Research & Technology activities in this field, managing the transnational activities for system structure and cabin. His team develops solutions for new aircraft programs as well as new ideas for all running programs in Airbus.

    Before taking over this role, he was in charge of manufacturing engineering for all assembly and installation processes in Airbus for 5 years, leading the transnational manufacturing engineering team for all assembly/installation activities at Airbus, covering all ten assembly plants across Europe.

    Jens Gralfs began his professional career in 1992 in Airbus as project leader for automation systems. After several positions he became R&D Manager for the Airbus plant Stade, where he was in charge of coordinating all R&D activities (mainly Carbon Fiber Composite techniques). In 2001 Jens Gralfs became Head of New Technologies/New Programmes. In this role he was responsible to guarantee the technological innovation of composites products and their suitability in terms of technical solutions. Furthermore he defined the strategy for new product manufacturing and assembly processes, tooling concepts and technological solutions; being applied in the development and realisation for the A380/ A400M/ A350.

  • Ian Funnell Managing Director, ABB, UK

    Ian Funnell

    Managing Director, ABB, UK

    Ian Funnell is a graduate of Aberdeen University in Engineering Science.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the World Economic Forum Taskforce for Infrastructure Investment.

    Mr Funnell has had a long and distinguished career in the global energy sector. He started in the UK utility sector, joining ABB originally in 1999, in manufacturing, utility and global oil & gas sectors.  He rejoined the UK utilities in 2008 as the Director of Major Projects, and latterly as the Managing Director of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc. Ian rejoined ABB in November 2012 in France as Group Vice President in the global utility sector and latterly as CEO and President of ABB SA (France). Ian was appointed Managing Director of ABB in the UK in January 2015.

    For more information on ABB please click here.

  • Julian David CEO of TechUK

    Julian David

    CEO of TechUK

    Julian David is the CEO of TechUK. He was appointed as the Director General of Intellect in March 2012 and led its transformation to TechUK in November 2013.

    Julian has spent over 30 years in the technology industry mostly working for IBM in various roles including Vice President for Small and Medium Business in UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Africa and then for five years as Vice President for Public Sector in UK, Ireland and South Africa.

    After leaving IBM Julian worked as a consultant with companies large and small in the technology industry and then focused on helping SMEs establish successful operations in the UK primarily in the areas of local government and health.

    Julian leads TechUK’s 60 strong team in representing more than 900 member companies, including multi-nationals and more than 500 SMEs to ensure that the digital tech industry is at the heart of a modern society and economy in Britain.

    Julian is also the Vice President of the National Trade Associations at Digital Europe the association for digital technology companies in Europe and represents TechUK at WITSA the World IT and Services Association. He is a trustee of the Tech Partnership which works to promote careers and skill development in the ICT Industry.

    For more details on TechUK visit www.techuk.org

  • Alan Norbury Chief Technology Officer, Siemens, UK

    Alan Norbury

    Chief Technology Officer, Siemens, UK

    Alan Norbury is the Central Technology Officer for Siemens industrial activities – a leading global supplier of industrial plant and software, manufacturing automation and drive technologies to industrial customers across the UK and Ireland.

    Alan started his career as an Apprentice in Siemens Congleton in 1978 moving into the role of Technical Specialist where he specialised in automation and low voltage products. In 1998 Alan spent time in Germany acting as Global Account Manager for key accounts such as Philip Morris & ICI.

    He later became the UK Product Specialist for a number of advanced technologies, developing into the role of Applications Specialist primarily focussing on the UK OEM market. Alan setup a team of Application Specialists in 1997, a team of pre-sales technical consultants located around the UK and Ireland who advise customers on the best use of Siemens technologies.

    Alan spent the past two years working closely with High Value Catapult Centres, particularly the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry and more recently the AMRC Sheffield. He is now Siemens Central Technology Officer, and dedicates his time to developing leading technology innovation which seeks to benefit Siemens UK manufacturing facilities and also Siemens industrial customers.

    For more information on Siemens UK please visit http://www.siemens.co.uk

  • Peter Scherrer Deputy Secretary General, European Trade Union Confederation, Belgium

    Peter Scherrer

    Deputy Secretary General, European Trade Union Confederation, Belgium

    Peter Scherrer was elected as ETUC Deputy Secretary General at the Paris Congress in 2015 having, previously worked for the German Metalworkers’ Trade Union (IG Metall) in Frankfurt, where he held the post of European Industrial Policy officer.

    Before that, he spent three years (2011-2014) as Labour Director with ArcelorMittal Bremen, and was General Secretary of the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF) from 2005-2011.

    Peter was born in Clarholz, Westphalia in Germany. He started his working life at the age of 14 as an apprentice metalworker, and was later employed as a welder, truck driver and postman. During the 1980s, he studied history, social sciences and journalism in Germany and the UK, obtaining a Master’s degree in history from the University of Bielefeld in 1989.

    From 1990 onwards, Peter held a number of trade union and NGO positions in Germany and the Balkans. From 1998-2002 he was Editor-in-Chief of the South-East Europe Review for Labour and Social Affairs (SEER).

    For more more information on the ETUC visit www.etuc.org

  • Prof. Dr. Egbert-Jan Sol CTO of TNO & Director Smart Industry, Netherlands

    Prof. Dr. Egbert-Jan Sol

    CTO of TNO & Director Smart Industry, Netherlands

    Professor Dr. Egbert-Jan Sol, is both the CTO of TNO Industry, and Director of the Netherlands Smart Industry program. He is also part-time Professor at the science faculty of the Radboud University in Nijmegen. At European level he is vice-chairman of EFFRA, the European Factories of the Future Research Association, and member of it’s high level group on manufacturing.

    Professor Sol (MSc and Phd Mechanical Engineering) started his industrial career as a robotics system architect, followed by a career as a software project manager, development manager (Philips) and then Managing Director of 500 people at the Ericsson R&D Centre. From 1990-98 he was part-time Professor of Technology Management at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU).

    It is easy to make technology complex, it is very difficult to make technology simple. Yet in manufacturing only the simplest solution works.”

    For more information on TNO visit www.tno.nl/en/ and for details on the Smart Industry Netherlands visit www.smartindustry.nl/en/

  • Michael Wiesmuller Head of Department for ICT, Industrial & Nano Technologies and Space - Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)

    Michael Wiesmuller

    Head of Department for ICT, Industrial & Nano Technologies and Space - Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)

    Mr. Wiesmüller’s holds a degree in Philosophy of Science, and worked several years as a Humanities Scientist and then as a Management Consultant with A.T. Kearney. He joined the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) in the late 1990s.

    He is currently Head of Department for ICT, Industrial & Nano Technologies and Space. Main responsibility of this department covers the design of Innovation Policies for High-Tech-Industries, national R&D strategies and programs in these domains, and all areas of International R&D Policy and Coordination. Among others he acts as Austrian Delegate to the European ICT-Program, as Governance Board Member of the JTI’s ECSEL, as Director of the EUREKA Clusters. ITEA 3 and CATRENE and Austrian Lead Delegate to the Key Enabling Technologies. He represents Austria in various Mirror-Groups of European Technology Platforms and in several European Policy Coordination Initiatives.

    Mr. Wiesmüller has also represented Austria at the following –

    • Austrian Representative, Governance Board ARTEMIS, ENIAC and ECSEL
    • Austrian IT-Director, ITEA2/CATRENE
    • Austrian Representative, AAL-Initiative
    • Austrian Member, Future Internet Forum
  • Colin Shaw Head of Operations Practice, McKinsey & Co., UK

    Colin Shaw

    Head of Operations Practice, McKinsey & Co., UK

    Since Colin joined McKinsey (more than a decade ago), he has been 100 percent dedicated to the strategy development and execution of transformation programmes. Colin is a leading thinker in the field of transformational change and he works across multiple industrial and public sectors. Colin works closely with transformation leaders as a personal counsellor, ensuring their change programmes are properly developed, aligned, communicated, signed off, resourced, executed and  that the benefits are captured.

    Due to the scale and the transformation programmes that Colin works on, and to ensure that benefits are sustained, he always oversees the development of a change resource within each of his clients. Across all of his programmes, Colin has built the capabilities of over 500 change leaders.

    Within McKinsey, Colin leads approximately 100 Operations-dedicated experts and specialists that cover all operations disciplines. Colin’s team is about 10 percent of McKinsey’s global operations practice population. Whilst the team are based in the UK they generally work across the whole of Western Europe.

    For more information on McKinsey & Co and visit www.mckinsey.com

  • Stephen Mellor CTO Industrial Internet Consortium, USA

    Stephen Mellor

    CTO Industrial Internet Consortium, USA

    Stephen Mellor is the Chief Technical Officer for the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he directs the standards requirements and technology & security priorities for the Industrial Internet. In that role, he coordinates the activities of the several engineering, architecture, security and testbed working groups and teams. He also co-chairs both the Definitions, Taxonomy and Reference Architecture workgroup and the Use Cases workgroup for the NIST CPS PWG (National Institute for Standards and Technology Cyberphysical System Public Working Group).

    He is a well-known technology consultant on methods for the construction of real-time and embedded systems, a signatory to the Agile Manifesto, and adjunct professor at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Stephen is the author of Structured Development for Real-Time Systems, Object Lifecycles, Executable UML, and MDA Distilled.

    Until recently, he was Chief Scientist of the Embedded Software Division at Mentor Graphics, and founder and past president of Project Technology, Inc., before its acquisition. He participated in multiple UML/modeling-related activities at the Object Management Group (OMG), and was a member of the OMG Architecture Board, which is the final technical gateway for all OMG standards. Stephen was the Chairman of the Advisory Board to IEEE Software for ten years and a two-time Guest Editor of the magazine, most recently for an issue on Model-Driven Development.

    For more details on the Industrial Internet Consortium visit www.iiconsortium.org

  • Guillaume Vendroux CEO, DELMIA, Dassault Systemes, France

    Guillaume Vendroux

    CEO, DELMIA, Dassault Systemes, France

    Guillaume joined Dassault Systèmes in 2016 and leads the DELMIA brand, DS’s industrial solutions portfolio. Before joining Dassault Systèmes, he spent 10 years at Alstom Transport, where he was VP Industrial from 2010 to 2016. Before that, he held several leadership positions in engineering and R&D at Alstom Transport, Valeo Electrical Systems and Aerospatiale. He has a PhD in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology.

  • Keith Ridgway CBE Executive Chairman of the AMRC, University of Sheffield and AFRC, University of Strathclyde , UK

    Keith Ridgway CBE

    Executive Chairman of the AMRC, University of Sheffield and AFRC, University of Strathclyde , UK

    Keith Ridgway is the Professor of Design and Manufacture and Executive Dean of the AMRC at the University of Sheffield. The AMRC comprises the AMRC with Boeing, the Nuclear AMRC and the AMRC Apprentice Training Centre. The AMRC with Boeing was established in 2001 to carry out research in manufacturing technologies directly related to the aerospace industry. In addition to Boeing, the AMRC has more than 80 sponsors, including Airbus, BAe Systems, Rolls-Royce, Messier Bugatti Dowty, Goodrich and Spirit Aviation. Application of the research developed has led to a step change in the manufacturing capability of many of the industrial sponsors and encouraged their on-going commitment and support.

    The Nuclear AMRC was established in February 2010 and aims to increase the competitiveness of companies in the Nuclear New Build supply chain. Founding partners include EDF, Areva, Westinghouse, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters International and Tata Steel.

    In 2010 the AMRC was awarded £20m from the Regional Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund to build a futuristic reconfigurable, digital factory incorporating Industry 4.0, “Factory 2050”. This opened in December 2015.

    Professor Ridgway is also the Executive Chair of the Advanced Forming Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde where he is also the Professor of Manufacturing in the Dept of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management.

    Professor Ridgway is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. In 2012 he was awarded the  prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was awarded the OBE for services to UK manufacturing industry in June 2005 and a CBE for services to Manufacturing Research In January 2012. Professor Ridgway has over 200 publications including over 80 journals articles.


    For more information about the AMRC please visit www.amrc.co.uk

  • Mike Blackburn OBE Chairman Greater Manchester LEP & Regional Director BT

    Mike Blackburn OBE

    Chairman Greater Manchester LEP & Regional Director BT

    Mike lives in the North West and has been BT’s Regional Director for the region since 2007.  This role leads the NW board and aims to put BT at the heart of local communities. The board works to better understand and respond to the needs of local people and business.  This is done through strategic relationships with Local Authorities, key stakeholders, business and community organisations.

    Mike is also chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership. This is a board designed to support business and local authorities to grow the local economy, tackle major barriers to growth and develop shared strategies for the local economy to increase job creation.

    Mike holds a number of other Non Exec or Trustee roles:

    • Deputy Chairman of the North West Business Leadership Team.
    • Trustee of the Lowry Theatre, Salford.
    • Chair of governors at the Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey.
    • Chair of governors at the Manchester Communication Primary Academy.
    • Trustee of NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service).
    • North West advisory board member for Business in the Community. Mike was chosen as the Prince’s NW Regional Ambassador for 2010/11 and 2011/12.
    • Board member of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

    Mike was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2015 for services to the economy in the North West. Mike is married with 3 children and lives in Cheshire.

    For more information on Manchester LEP visit www.gmlep.com

  • Dr. Jens Nackmayr Partner & Head of Operations Strategy, Roland Berger, UK

    Dr. Jens Nackmayr

    Partner & Head of Operations Strategy, Roland Berger, UK

    Dr. Jens Nackmayr has been a Partner at Roland Berger in London since 2015. His work mainly focuses on holistic profitability programs, operational performance improvements, lean production, engineering excellence and innovation. He is a truly international consulting professional with four years of experience in Research and Development and more than 18 in strategy and operations consulting. His industry expertise areas include the global engineered products and services industry, such as Automotive, Aerospace and Defense, and Metals & Steel. Jens holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.

    His recent Roland Berger publication Operations Strategy – how to manoeuvre in times of technology-driven disruption illustrates the importance of competitive business models and value chains, leveraging digital enablers, automation and the concepts of Industry 4.0.

    For more information on Roland Berger please visit https://www.rolandberger.com/en/

  • Hans Michael Krause Head of Sales – Processing & Packaging, Bosch Rexroth, Germany

    Hans Michael Krause

    Head of Sales – Processing & Packaging, Bosch Rexroth, Germany

    Hans Michael Krause is the Head of Business Development Industry Sector Processing & Packaging at Bosch Rexroth AG in Lohr am Main, Germany.  He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Management and started his professional career in Argentina working as an independent automation engineer. Since 2007 he has been working with Bosch Rexroth’s machine building and FMCG customers and has recently been responsible for multiple Industry 4.0 projects.

    For more information on Bosch Rexroth visit www.boschrexroth.com

  • Professor Sam Turner Chief Technology Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, UK

    Professor Sam Turner

    Chief Technology Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, UK

    Professor Sam Turner is the Chief Technology Officer of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult. He joined the HVM Catapult team from his role as CTO of the AMRC with Boeing, including the flagship digital facility Factory 2050, machining, casting and composite technology. As a founding member of the AMRC, Sam developed the AMRC’s Machining Group to its current level of 85 staff and £5M turnover, with successes in delivering impact to UK industry, before moving into the CTO role. In addition to his industrial work, Professor Turner has secured Innovate UK, EPSRC and EU funding for over £20M for manufacthring R&D in machining and automation. He has over 40 publications, including 16 journal papers in the area of machining. Sam is active in machining, automation and digital manufacturing and chairs the Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Leadership Group.

    For more information on HVM Catapult visit https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/


  • Dr Jon Hague VP Operations & Open Innovation, Unilever, UK

    Dr Jon Hague

    VP Operations & Open Innovation, Unilever, UK

    Since April 2016 Jon has been VP Operations & Open Innovation for Unilever Resarch & Development. This role involves driving change management throughout Unilever R&D,  with focus on leading strategy development & Implementation for Unilever R&D, leading innovation excellence, pioneering new ways to create value in partnerships and R&D Performance and Efficiency and Data Excellence

    Previously he led the Unilever Open Innovation Capability and drove the widespread adoption of open innovation and strategic partnership in Unilever R&D.

    Jon holds a first degree in Materials Science and a PhD in Polymer Ion Complexes, awarded by the University of Sheffield in the UK. Jon joined Unilever in 1990 and spent the first seven years of his career as a research scientist in Hair Research at Port Sunlight Laboratory, UK. He has worked in Indonesia, launching a Regional Innovation Centre for Skin Cleansing and Care, and the US where Jon led the formulation group at the Global Technical Centre for Deodorants in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

    In 2006 Jon returned to the Port Sunlight Laboratory in the UK and operated as Strategy and Operations Director for Home and Personal Care R&D, later encompassing project managing the creation of a single global R&D organization in Unilever.

    Jon is also currently Chair, Liverpool City Region Innovation Board, a position that brings together private sector, academic and local authority leaders to build and execute an innovation strategy for the City Region.

  • Daniel Keely Head of Industry Business Development Manufacturing & Tranportation, Cisco. UK

    Daniel Keely

    Head of Industry Business Development Manufacturing & Tranportation, Cisco. UK

    Daniel leads Cisco Industry for Change, an initiative for the development of technological ecosystems to grow and sustain global business; exploring and proving the value of emerging digital technologies, techniques and new ways of working across manufacturing, transport and energy industries.

    Prior to joining Cisco, Daniel was an Associate Partner at IBM Business Consulting Services, where he spent 10 years consulting to major clients in strategy & change, risk management and customer experience.

    For more information about Cisco, visit http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/UK/index.html

  • Gil Woodward Manufacturing Manager, Accolade Wines, UK

    Gil Woodward

    Manufacturing Manager, Accolade Wines, UK

    Gil has been with Accolade Wines since Jan 2010 in a variety of local and global Continuous Improvement roles, and since 2014 as Manufacturing Manager. Gil was the architect for Accolade’s Lean Management System, which includes our bespoke policy deployment, ‘Review and Direction Setting’ and a successful apprenticeship programme using BIT. We have won Leadership and Strategy (2012) and World Class Manufacturing (2015) at The Manufacturer of the Year awards.

    Gil is a GSK trained Lean Sigma Blackbelt and an Ambassador of TeachFirst. He’s an alumni of Bath University where he studied Chemistry and IOE UCL where he studied for a Masters in Teaching.

    In this presentation Gil will explore how Accolade are using the new solutions now available to them as a result of Industry 4.0 to tackle the same old problems.

    For more information on Accolade Wines visit www.accolade-wines.com

  • Simon Reid Sector Manager Advanced Manufacturing, Liverpool LEP, UK

    Simon Reid

    Sector Manager Advanced Manufacturing, Liverpool LEP, UK

    Simon Reid is Sector Manager for Advanced Manufacturing at the Liverpool City Region LEP. After graduating from London Metropolitan University in 1989 Simon returned to Liverpool to deliver Government funded training programs to the long term unemployed before starting a career at engineering and manufacturing recruitment company Kinetic plc in 1993. For the next 13 years Simon played a pivotal role in the company’s growth which was predicated on delivering on site provision to manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, FMCG and food and drink sectors. Simon held the role of Service Director with a portfolio of OEM and large Tier 1 companies throughout the UK including Airbus, Kimberley Clark, Arla Foods and Ford. Simon set up a new permanent recruitment wing of the business specialising in senior and executive positions in manufacturing before joining rival Beresford Blake Thomas in 2008 to add manufacturing and engineering to their existing portfolio.

    Simon joined The Mersey Partnership (TMP) in 2010 as an Investor Development Manager working with foreign owned companies in the Liverpool City Region helping them to attract additional investment and internationally mobile projects. Following a stint as SuperPORT manager for TMP Simon then joined Peel Ports as the Commercial Manager for bulk liquid products for the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal, account managing international companies like Shell, Cargill, Ineos and Essar. In 2014 Simon joined the LEP to head up Advanced Manufacturing and working with the Advanced Manufacturing board to deliver economic growth in this critical sector.

    Simon was instrumental in devising, developing and implementing “LCR 4.0” – a European funded program to deliver Industry 4.0 technologies to 300 SMEs across the Liverpool City Region.

    For more information on advanced manufacturing at Liverpool LEP visit ww.liverpoollep.org

  • Charles Joel Industrial Lead Industrie 4.0 & IOT, IBM, UK

    Charles Joel

    Industrial Lead Industrie 4.0 & IOT, IBM, UK

    Charles leads ‘Internet of Things and Industry 4.0’ go to market activities for IBM UK industrial Sector.

    Over the last 20 years Charles has developed and executed  IIoT business strategy; this includes the development of IoT product and services into various industrial application. Past success stories include connected cars, smart factories and intelligent pubs!

    Prior to business life Charles was an aircraft engineer in the Royal Air Force serving on Tornados and Harriers and served across the world. He is is passionate about IoT in business and whilst admitting to be a ‘gadget nerd’ he relishes the challenges new technology adoption brings to the industrial sector.

    For more details on IBM Watson Internet of Things visit www.ibm.com/internet-of-things


  • Mike James Chairman & CTO, ATS Global B.V., Netherlands

    Mike James

    Chairman & CTO, ATS Global B.V., Netherlands

    Mike James FCMA, GCMA, MBA, is Chairman & CTO of ATS International B.V., a global, independent solution provider of manufacturing operations management/manufacturing execution systems, automation, quality and IT solutions. Mike is also President of the Manufacturing Operations Management Institute.

    The Internet of Things, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Smart Manufacturing and the creation of new manufacturing strategies is his current passion.

    Mike completed his financial and business education at Southampton and Bournemouth Universities in the UK. His career in manufacturing started at Plessey Electronics followed by Poole Pottery, Allen-Bradley CNC in the UK and Allen-Bradley Europa B.V. in The Netherlands.

    At Indivers N.V. Mike was responsible for the establishment of aerospace manufacturing units in The Netherlands and the expansion of semi-conductor manufacturing facilities. Mike is co-founder of ATS in 1986 which is now a global company.

    As Chairman of MESA’s Global Education Program from 2009 to 2012 and Chairman of MESA EMEA from 2010-2013 Mike moved to become President of MOMi, the Manufacturing Operations Management Institute to continue developing MOM education with MESA for the benefit of the manufacturing industry. In August 2016 Mike was appointed Chair of MESA International. MESA is a global, non-profit organizations for manufacturers.

    For more information on ATS Global visit www.ats-global.com

  • Tom Dawes CEO, Valuechain, UK

    Tom Dawes

    CEO, Valuechain, UK

    Tom has founded several aerospace manufacturing and technology businesses around the world and he understands first-hand about the challenges of running manufacturing SMEs and the importance of converting data into intelligence through smart technology. Combining his industrial experience (good and bad) with PhD research in supply chain collaboration and intelligence, Tom has a clear vision of how companies will connect and collaborate in the future as integrated valuechains.

    Tom formed Valuechain Technology in 2010 to provide smart manufacturing software to build world class supply chains and has established a global client base (from Primes such as Bentley Motors, to aerospace micro SMEs in Bangalore) that all have a common goal of integrating their businesses and supply chains to create integrated, innovative and intelligent value chains. Tom has secured a €3.2m H2020 project from European Commission to make his PhD supply chain research a reality and is living the dream!

    For more details on Valuechain visit www.valuechain.com

  • Luke Walsh Managing Director, Brainboxes, UK

    Luke Walsh

    Managing Director, Brainboxes, UK

    Luke is Managing Director of Brainboxes Ltd, a Liverpool based designer and manufacturer of data and I/O connectivity products. Brainboxes’ mission is to realise the fourth industrial revolution for companies, no matter what their size.

    Brainboxes has been designing and manufacturing in their Merseyside headquarters for over 30 years. They now have offices in America and Japan and work with some of the biggest names in IT and industry. Brainboxes technology marries the robust hardware of industry with the possibilities of modern software and connectivity. The wide variety of customers and industries Brainboxes supplies is indicative of the massive potential for industry 4.0 technology to change our world beyond manufacturing.

    Prior to joining Brainboxes, Luke achieved a Masters in Electronic Engineering from York, was awarded a Kauffman scholarship, and started his own business winning HSBC’s Young Entrepreneur of the year.

    Luke’s personal passion for software and technology is driving the company’s focus forward and helping their customers embrace Industry 4.0.

    For more information on Brainboxes visit www.brainboxes.com

  • Zoe Webster Head of Resource Portfolio, Development Directorate, Innovate UK

    Zoe Webster

    Head of Resource Portfolio, Development Directorate, Innovate UK

    Zoë is Innovate UK’s Head of Resource Portfolio within the Development Directorate and looks to maximise impact from all our funding programmes.  Until recently, Zoë lead the High Value Manufacturing team.  Zoë joined Innovate UK in Jul 2007 as the Technologist for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) area and became a Lead Technologist in Sep 2008.  She wrote the UK innovation strategy for ICT which was launched in Oct 2008, drawing on her wide consultation with numerous stakeholders from business, academia and the public sector.  In 2011, Zoë became Head of Technology, leading a team of Lead Technologists covering Advanced Materials, Biosciences, Electronics, Sensors and Photonics and ICT.  Together they wrote the UK innovation strategy for Enabling Technologies for 2012-15. 


    Zoë graduated from the University of York in 1999 with a BEng degree in Computer Science.  As part of that course, she undertook a year-long sandwich placement at Marconi Communications where she spent time working within software development, testing and strategy teams.  Zoë then went on to graduate from the University of Sussex in 2000 with an MSc in Intelligent Systems.  Zoë joined the DERA in September 2000 as a research scientist in the Distributed Technology Group working primarily in the area of artificial intelligence.  In July 2001, QinetiQ was formed from part of DERA and, along with the majority of other DERA employees, Zoë joined QinetiQ.  In 2004, Zoë was promoted to Senior Research Scientist.  While at QinetiQ, Zoë was appointed technical lead on several MoD-funded research projects, some of which she instigated and took through the proposal process.  She completed a PhD between 2002-2005 in the area of personalised information prioritisation.  Zoë left QinetiQ in December 2006 to join SEA in Somerset as a Consultant in Intelligent Systems.  As well as being the main author of a System Requirements Document for a complex information system, Zoë conducted research under the International Technology Alliance Program (co-funded by the US DoD and UK MoD), working alongside researchers in UK business and US academia. 


    Zoe is a Chartered Engineer through the IET.

Running alongside the Industry 4.0 Summit is the Factories of the Future Expo. Within the exhibition halls is the Open Technology Forum where attendees can see free demonstrations from industry experts in a 100 seater theatre. These demonstrations are free to attend.

Take a look at the experts who will be demonstrating products & services to help get your factory or business 4.0 ready.