Our extensive speaker line-up for 2017 can be found below:

Lucy Johnson, partner, HGF

Lucy has extensive experience from roles both in-house within the IP group of a large multi-national corporation – and private practice, where Lucy has spent over 10 years using her significant commercial experience in portfolio management and due diligence to advise clients across a broad spectrum of subject matter. With many long standing clients including both global and local companies, Lucy is very well respected for a pragmatic, commercial approach having gained an unrivalled reputation for providing practical advice to her clients on how best to understand, manage and derive value from IP within a business.

Richard Chamberlain, strategic product manager, Bosch Rexroth

My name is Richard Chamberlain and I have worked for Bosch Rexroth for 31 years. I started within Rexroth as a service engineer and then moved on to become the Service Manager for the UK . After 26 years in the operational side of the business I moved over to Product Management in 2012 and my role is to strategically develop and launch our new service products into the UK market covering all Industry sectors such as Marine and offshore , Energy sector , Automotive , Food and Packaging , Mobile sector , Rail and many more.

Michael Mitten, CEO, Houghton International

Starting out as an apprentice on the shop floor as a teenager, Michael learned the business from his parents Ron and Christine Mitten before taking on the Chief Executive role in 2005. With a focus on culture, innovation and product development Michael has lead the company through major transformation.

Under Michael’s leadership Houghton International has quadrupled its turnover and trebled its head count – celebrating its most successful year to date in 2016. Michael is focused on growing a sustainable business and making Houghton International a great place to work.

Michael Ward, CTO, Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde

As CTO of the 140 people strong Advanced Forming Research Centre, Michael is the technical lead for the centre which is the focal point for high value manufacturing in Scotland and for forming and forging technologies across the UK. He has responsibilities for strategy, technical excellence and capability of the technical team. Michael previously worked in Rolls-Royce, where as corporate Chief of Capability Acquisition, he was responsible for the definition and leadership of Capability Acquisition across aerospace, marine, energy, and nuclear sectors. He has significant experience in manufacturing process modelling, having led the Rolls-Royce Process Modelling Group for five years.

Emma Harbottle, Operations Director, Analox

I have been with Analox since 2006, starting out in a production assembly role straight from college. From there I moved through a variety of positions, both sales & operations based, before landing the role I have today in 2011. I throughly enjoy the challenges it poses and the engagement with delivering results using continuous improvement. Winning awards such as the BFA Best SME 2016 is a bonus, but the journey very much feels like it has just begun!

Matthew Gilbert, Professor, Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing, Sheffield University

Matthew Gilbert joined the University of Sheffield in 1993 where he is currently a Reader. From 2004-2009 he held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, focusing on the development of novel computational limit analysis and design optimization techniques for application to a wide range of problems. He co-founded the University spin-out company LimitState Ltd, and is currently its Managing Director.

Gavin Jones, director, New Potential

Gavin is an experienced Improvement consultant who has mastered the art of helping others to see how aligning process improvement to strategy, can identify the right breakthrough opportunities to their bottom line. With business and lean six-sigma experience, he has delivered projects and coached employees at all levels from operations to boardroom, in making improvement a way of life and powerfully effectively. Living and working in Asia, USA and Europe, across sectors such as automotive, aerospace and professional services has fostered a practical approach to delivering return on investment to his clients.

Des Kennedy, MD, Infinite Design Consultants

A business owner and design professional for over 30 years, Des is a creative and strategic thinker. With expertise in design thinking, process design, marketing and digital transformation he manages and delivers projects for clients across the UK. Working with business owners and leaders who are looking to make a significant change by embedding innovation.

Ken Daly, CEO, JML

Ken joined JML in 1994 shortly after the business had been formed, following a background in electronic engineering. Ken then held a variety of positions helping to lead the company’s expansion, becoming CEO in 2012. JML now employs 250 people in the UK and has distribution partners in more than 70 international markets. JML’s warehousing, logistics and call centre operations are located in the north east of the UK at the Port of Tyne near South Shields.

Nigel Macknight, driver/team leader, Quicksilver World Water Speed Record Challenge

I began my career as an author, writing magazine articles and books on aviation, spaceflight and motorsport. Early on I wrote for the famous "Eagle" comic, which had been re-launched in the 1980s. Later, I wanted to step away from writing a little, in order to actually get more involved in something myself. That something became the "Quicksilver" project, a bid to regain the World Water Speed Record for Britain. In that, I lead the team and will be the driver of the boat when it goes on the water. I'm combining my main skills - organisation and communication.

Mike Brown, director academic programmes, Siemens PLM

After qualifying in Engineering Production, Mike Brown entered the CAD/CAM/PLM industry in 1989 and worked on many cutting-edge aerospace & defence projects. In 1999 Mike transferred into software R&D and led development of a new mainstream CAD product; during this period Mike was instrumental in the conception, development, and implementation of a highly successful global academic programme. Mike joined Siemens in February 2011 as Director of Academic Programmes with global responsibility for the creation, development, implementation and management of the Siemens mainstream engineering academic programme. Mike works closely with government departments, academic institutions, educators, and academic and industry associations in various countries, developing and managing the continued growth of academic programmes aimed at addressing the growing skills shortage in the engineering industries with an emphasis on STEM education, and applied/project-based learning.

Irene Graham, CEO, ScaleUp Institute

Irene is the CEO and a board director of the ScaleUp Institute. A former senior banker at Standard Chartered Bank where she held both European and global managing director roles, she set up, ran and scaled several of the bank’s key client and product businesses and led several global M&A activities. Before joining the ScaleUp Institute she was Managing Director at the British Bankers Association (BBA) responsible for Commercial Banking. She led the Business Finance Taskforce set up by the CEOs of the UK banks which resulted in the creation of the BGF, the Enterprise Research Centre, the SME Finance Monitor, and Mentorsme as well as many other key export and business policy initiatives on which Irene advised Government and industry. She continues to advise government and large industry and corporate supporters on key policys and recommendations.

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