• Deborah Sherry General Manager & Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital Europe, UK

    Deborah Sherry

    General Manager & Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital Europe, UK

    Deborah Sherry joined GE in July 2016 as General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer for GE Digital Europe. In this role, Deborah leads all GE Digital commercial activities including Sales, Marketing, Services and operations and is delivering the strategy and operation across Europe.

    Prior to joining GE, Deborah spent nearly 9 years at Google, most recently as UK and Ireland Director of Partner Business Solutions. Deborah opened new markets for Google and increased Southern and Eastern European business 5-fold. During her 30 year career as a commercial leader, Deborah has worked for various industry and technology companies including orange, Samsung and Citibank. She started to work in the digital industry before the web began.

    Deborah received an MBA from the London Business Scholl, an MA Law from Oxford University and a BA from Columbia University in New York.

    For more information on GE Digital please visit www.ge.com/digital/

  • Annette Doyle Managing Director, TRUMPF, UK

    Annette Doyle

    Managing Director, TRUMPF, UK

    Annette Doyle joined TRUMPF in 2001. Working for 14 years in various positions including management in customer service and production in TRUMPF Inc. (USA), she took over the post of TRUMPF Ltd. in the UK in July 2015.

    TRUMPF is a family owned German high technology company that provides manufacturing solutions in the fields of machine tools, lasers and electronics. In 2015/16 the company – which has approximately 11,000 employees – achieved sales of €2.8 billion. With over 70 subsidiaries, the TRUMPF Group is represented in nearly all the countries of Europe, North & South America, and Asia.

    Annette Doyle holds a German Apprenticeship Certification in Industrial Administration, a Diploma in Business Administration from the VWA Bochum, a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Konstsanz and a Masters Degree in Technology Management from Central Connecticut State University. She has lived, worked & studies in 5 countries with experiences of Germany, UK & USA. She now lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and 4 children.

    For more information on TRUMPF please visit www.trumpf.com/en_GB/

  • Martin Walder VP Industry, Schneider Electric, UK

    Martin Walder

    VP Industry, Schneider Electric, UK

    Martin has been a prominent member of the Automation community for over 30 years driving the adoption of the latest robotics & autonomous systems, control and information solutions into manufacturing and process control markets through both commercial and trade association roles. He is currently responsible for Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure offer for Smart Machines and Factories, from connected devices such as motor control and VSDs through Edge Control, Modicon and PacDrice to Wonderware System Platform, applications and analytics.

    Martin has also been chair of EAMA (Engineering and Machine Alliance) for over 9 years an association that furthers the collective interested of some 15 focused associations for the growth of engineering and manufacturing in the UK. Before Schneider Electric Martin has gained a broad experience in discrete and process control at Honeywell, Rockwell Automation and as Managing Director of ABB Robotics.

    For more information on Schneider Electric visit www.schneider-electric.co.uk/en/

  • Ben Morgan Head of Integrated Manufacturing & Factory 2050, AMRC, UK

    Ben Morgan

    Head of Integrated Manufacturing & Factory 2050, AMRC, UK

    Ben Morgan, MEng CEng MIMechE, is the Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) and Factory 2050 at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing. He is responsible for a large team of multidisciplinary engineers solving problems in high-value, low-volume manufacture in aerospace and automotive industries.

    Ben graduated from the University of Leeds with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering and joined the ARMC with Boeing in 2008, gaining experience in robotics, assembly and large volume metrology. In 2011 Ben moved into a technical lead/project management role with responsibility for all robotics projects at the AMRC with Boeing.

    As Head of IMG, Ben is leading the development of a new £43m investment, Factory 2050. Factory 2050 is the IMG group’s new home within AMRC with Boeing and the world’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research. The venture will increase IMG’s ability to transform research into high tech solutions for some of the world’s leading aerospace and engineering companies.

    When not tinkering with robots Ben can usually be found playing and coaching rugby at West Park Leeds RUFC.

    For more information about the AMRC with Boeing or the development of Factory 2050 please visit www.amrc.co.uk

  • Ben Peace Head of Manufacturing, The Knowledge Transfer Network, UK

    Ben Peace

    Head of Manufacturing, The Knowledge Transfer Network, UK

    Ben is Head of Manufacturing at the “Knowledge Transfer Network” – the UK’s Innovation Network. He worked in industry for ten years in product development – first in a university spinout, and then in a multi-national heating conglomerate. He then spent a couple of years in innovation consultancy before joining the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in 2011.

    KTN’s mission is to stimulate innovation and join up the innovation landscape. With many thousands of members they do this by setting up effective collaborative partnerships and providing access to funding. In recent months Ben has been developing and delivering an SME outreach programme on 4th Industrial Revolution called “4Manufacturing”.

    Find out more by visiting www.ktn-uk.co.uk  • You can also follow Ben on Twitter @BenPeace

  • Richard Halstead Membership Engagement Director North, EEF, UK

    Richard Halstead

    Membership Engagement Director North, EEF, UK

    Richard is responsible for the engagement, development and growth of EEF’s membership base in the North. He leads EEF’s membership team across the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humberside regional network delivering a wide range of expertise from policy and representation to business support, helping manufacturers to compete, innovate and grow.

    Prior to this he was Region Director for EEF’s Midlands membership community and also held several external Board Director positions at organisations including Birmingham Science City, the WMG Academy for Young Engineers and the West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium which ran MAS in the area.

    Richard began his career in manufacturing with Lucas Industries where he spent eighteen years with the company through its merger with Lucas Varity and, subsequent takeover by TRW where he became UK Operations Director for its Automotive Aftermarket business. Following that Richard held positions as Commercial Director for an SME, Commercial Director for Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd and Business Unit Director for MAC Tools, part of Stanley UK Ltd.

    For more details on EEF visit www.eef.org.uk

  • Andrew Lahy Global Head of Strategy and Innovation in Logistics, Panalpina, Switzerland

    Andrew Lahy

    Global Head of Strategy and Innovation in Logistics, Panalpina, Switzerland

    Andrew Lahy is currently Global Head of Strategy and Innovation in Logistics at Panalpina, one of the world’s leading global supply chain companies. Andrew has worked in a number of operational and commercial roles across the world, and specializes in global supply chain management and logistics.

    Andrew has published a number of papers on lean, supply chain innovation and 3DP and was recently listed by the Lean Management Journal as one of the top 25 most influential people in Europe for his contributions. A guest lecturer on supply chain management at Buckingham University and Cardiff University, Andrew is also currently working on a Phd. looking at the development of PaaS (Product as a Service) and its impact on supply chains.

    For more information on Panalpina visit www.panalpina.com

  • Mike Hague-Morgan Owner & Commercial Director, Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions , UK

    Mike Hague-Morgan

    Owner & Commercial Director, Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions , UK

    Michael Hague-Morgan is a co-owner of Harmor Ltd which comprises of Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions Limited in Grantham, Lincolnshire and Vertex Engineering Solutions Limited in Birmingham.

    Autocraft is Europe’s largest independent engine re-manufacturer and supports leading automotive brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Volvo, Aston Martin and JCB on a global basis by providing them with new and re-manufactured engine assemblies and related power-train engineering services. Vertex Engineering Solutions is a traditional tool room with a small but highly skilled team of engineers who make fixtures, tooling, and low volume and prototype machined components for a wide variety of industries.

    A keen “petrol head”, Mike followed his hobby of rebuilding old Land Rovers into a BEng Mechanical Engineering degree at Cardiff University. Having initially started his career at Ford, Mike moved into the automotive tier 1 supply base working in the casting, forging and machining sector where he had roles in operations, engineering and sales at sites across the UK.

    Mike was appointed Commercial Director of Autocraft in 2008, with a brief to turn the loss-making company around. This led to the MBO of the company from the US parent and Mike becoming a 45% shareholder. Under his commercial and engineering leadership Autocraft has grown from £8m to £20m turnover. In doing so, the company workforce has grown from 98 to over 200 people.

    He is a keen supporter of developing engineering talent and champions the use of new technology in manufacturing businesses. Autocraft have been early adopters of relatively simple and low cost Industry 4.0 technology which has radically improved the quality of products produced and the and efficiency of processes to make. This is despite Autocraft being an SME and having low volume and traditional “hand built” engine assembly processes. He is a Regional Board Member of the EEF for the East Midlands, a Manufacturing Board Member of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and regularly supports Innovate UK, APC and KTN Workshops to promote Engineering and Manufacturing in the UK.

    For more information on Autocraft Drivetrain Solution visit www.autocraftds.com

  • Sameer Savani Technology Advisor, ADS Group, UK

    Sameer Savani

    Technology Advisor, ADS Group, UK

    Sameer Savani graduated with a first class Masters degree in Physics from University College London in 2002, specialising in fluid dynamics. Following five years of stealth technology research within the UK MOD, Sameer was recruited by the Aerospace and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network to develop and progress the roadmaps within the UK’s National Aerospace Technology Strategy – which today forms the basis of a £4bn joint industry-Government investment in Aerospace technology. In August 2010, Sameer joined ADS – the UK’s trade organisation advancing the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries – as its Technology Advisor across all sectors, which includes the Digital Manufacturing agenda.

    Sameer’s role involves advising the UK’s industrial strategies in those sectors, influencing Governments and agencies on all matters related to research, technology and innovation, as well as advising ADS’s 1000+ members on research and innovation opportunities, such as the Horizon2020 programme. During the world-renowned Farnborough Airshow, Sameer is lead for Futures Day (the industry’s single largest STEM outreach activity), Innovation Zone (dedicated exhibition of the UK’s R&T sector) and the emerging Aerospace 4.0 Zone.

    Sameer is married, has two young children, enjoys playing badminton and the bagpipes, supports a number of charitable activities, and is the head of public relations for a local charity with global reach.

    For more information on ADS please visit www.adsgroup.org.uk

  • Jim Davison Network Director, EEF, UK

    Jim Davison

    Network Director, EEF, UK

    As Network Director at EEF, Jim and his team help thousands of manufacturers to solve some of their biggest challenges – whether that’s how to benefit from 4IR, actions to take on their Brexit journey or how to use the apprenticeship levy to upskill the workforce. This is achieved through a unique on-line and off-line community which connects peers and experts together with resources and guidance which are hard to find elsewhere.  

    Prior to this Jim held a number of senior leadership roles at EEF including Region Director and Operations Manager in the South.  Here he was responsible for developing and growing EEF’s manufacturing membership and campaigning to government at local, regional and national level for the issues that matter to them most.

    A qualified Engineer, Jim has held manufacturing, production engineering and operations roles including at EMI Music and Entertainment UK. He was also senior manufacturing specialist whilst at the Manufacturing Advisory Service where he delivered consultancy support to businesses which enabled them to make huge improvements in their productivity and competitiveness

    Jim is a director of the Engineering Development Trust and has an MBA.

  • Jim Sibson Head of Technology Development, Babcock International Group plc - Marine Sector, UK

    Jim Sibson

    Head of Technology Development, Babcock International Group plc - Marine Sector, UK

    Jim’s career started out in the automotive industry with Lucas Industries.  With a track record in new product introduction and product and process improvement, Jim developed from senior engineering roles into Project and Programme Management.  He joined Babcock in 2010 from Hamilton Sundstrand, Claverham, an aerospace company within the United Technologies Corporation, where his final role was the programme management of the projects to design, validate and manufacture a suite of innovative valves and actuators for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

    Jim’s first role at Babcock was Project Leader for the S-80 Programme, a group of projects to provide equipment for the Spanish S-80 submarine (again leading on design, validation and manufacture).  In 2013 he was appointed Head of Product Support with responsibility for the legacy support business stream at Bristol and Leicester and the MoD DE&S equipment management contracts.  Most recently in August 2015 Jim was seconded to the central Marine Sector team to lead the development of technology to deliver new capability in products and services.

    Jim is a Chartered Engineer and a Registered Project Professional.  Married to a Police Officer and with three children, he spends most of his spare time trying to keep out of trouble.

  • Simon Edmonds Director - Manufacturing & Materials, Innovate UK, UK

    Simon Edmonds

    Director - Manufacturing & Materials, Innovate UK, UK

    Simon Edmonds took up the role of Director – Manufacturing & Materials at Innovate UK in April 2016.

    Simon joined Innovate UK in 2013 as the Director of the Catapult programme, which has established 11 Catapult technology and innovation centres over the last three years. This has been an investment of over £700 million.

    Prior to joining Innovate UK Simon was a Director in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and its predecessor departments. He ran the industrial sector teams; was Director Innovation; and latterly was SRO and Director for the Closure and Transition of Regional Development Agencies before finally running the Government’s £3.2 billion Regional Growth Fund.

    Before joining the Civil Service Simon spent 20 years in the private sector with an American multinational, Raychem Corporation, in a wide variety of roles including business unit management, research and development and subsidiary company management.

    Simon has a first degree from Aston University, an MBA from Henley Management College and is a graduate of the Government’s Major Projects Authority leadership programme.


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