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Andrew Hodgson, Siemens Digital Factory, Strategic Sales Lead - Digitalisation

Andrew Hodgson is the Divisional Strategic Sales Lead for Digitalisation which incorporates Siemens’ activities in advanced manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing and robotics. Andrew also champions ‘intra-company business’ enabling Siemens’ other divisions to maximise the opportunities presented in their digital journey.

Andrew joined Siemens in 1988 as an engineer and has held several posts within the Siemens through his career beginning with project engineering and management in the automotive industry moving to sales and then to senior management as General Manager of the Motion Control division of ‘Digital Factory’.

Andrew’s role is built upon many years in industry from service and project management through to distribution, machine building and on to high technology automotive and aerospace industries.

Additionally, Andrew is a Direct of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) as their spokesperson for Industry 4.0. digitalisation and advanced manufacturing technologies.

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Steve Brambley, Director for Public Affairs, GAMBICA Association

Steve Brambley is Director of Public Affairs at GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in the UK.

He is responsible for enabling GAMBICA and its members to engage and collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders including UK and European governments, associations, institutions, industry & manufacturing, media b events companies and standards bodies.

Steve brings experience from the automotive industry, having worked for the Michelin Tyre Company and the Dana Corporation in management roles across manufacturing, quality, logistics and engineering. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University.

He is passionate about the positive influence that technology can bring to UK manufacturing and industry, with a view to generating growth and increasing the contribution to the UK economy.

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Dr Lina Huertas, Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

Currently the Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing, shaping the UK national strategy and the MTC corporate strategy on Digital Manufacturing. In the past three years she has formed and led different teams in the area of Digital Manufacturing, that offer unique capabilities to develop and mature technological solutions for the UK manufacturing sector. Her experience includes a PhD in the application of simulation and informatics solutions to support quality improvement in manufacturing and 12 years’ experience delivering industrial projects that generate business benefits on the back of digital technologies, such as operational simulation, embedded prognostics systems and self-adaptive machines. This work has led to multimillion pound savings in industry.

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Simon Barnes, Commercial Director, HSSMI

Simon Barnes is the Commercial Director at HSSMI. He is responsible for HSSMI’s commercial services and product development. He has a breadth of experience in developing successful and innovative membership organisations across a wide range of industry sectors. Simon has a degree in Transport Studies from Cardiff University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Business. Simon Chairs the Digital Readiness Level Steering Group, an initiative by HSSMI.

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Tim Andrews, Senior Consultant, MTC

Tim works in the Manufacturing Operational efficiency team at the MTC with a remit to promote awareness in digital manufacturing and use of digital systems and tools.

Prior to joining the MTC he spent over 25 years in leadership roles in SME technology businesses; most recently concerned with the design, development and delivery of cloud based applications for blue chip FMCG brands.

Tim qualified in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University in the early 80’s and held several technical and commercial roles at British Steel, GKN, Massey Ferguson and Yale Materials Handling before joining an embryonic technology business in 1995.

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Junuz Jakupovic, Technology Exploitation Officer, MTC

Junuz is a is a product of the Year in Industry scheme at the MTC having previously held a Business Engagement role for Informatics and now Technology Exploitation Officer for Digital Manufacturing. His role involves understanding the needs of end users and horizon scanning of UK technology providers in the space of digital.

He leads the organising of MTC’s Digital Manufacturing conferences and has been involved in the creation and deployment of the Digital Diagnostic Tool, which helps businesses understand their current digital systems capability.

Junuz has a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing from Coventry University which has allowed him to understand both the commercial and technical benefits of adopting digital technologies. Furthermore he has invested in several start-ups including a clothing brand, and knows what it takes for a business to get going and become stable in a disrupted market.

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Simon Hall, Director Export & Investment Midlands Engine, Department for International Trade (DIT)

Former soldier Simon Hall was appointed as DIT’s Director for Exports and Investment for the Midlands Engine region in April 2017. During 28 years in the British Army, Simon specialised in logistics undertaking operational tours in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and the Balkans. Simon ended his military career in 2003 in the rank of Colonel.

He subsequently held senior management roles in both public and private sectors as Operations Manager of a regeneration company, Midlands Director for consultancy and training business Pera, and running the D2N2 Growth Hub operating across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. He also spent two years as National Operations Director for Skillforce, a company providing ex-military mentors for schools. The majority of his work over the last 14 years has focussed on helping Midlands businesses to grow, and he was one of the key players in the design and rollout of the national Growth Accelerator programme. 

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Professor Garret O Donnell, Director Science and Technology in Advanced Manufacturing (STAM), Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Garret O'Donnell is a director of STAM, the Science and Technology for Advance Manufacturing research group in Trinity College Dublin.  Dr. O Donnell’s research activities are based on advancing the scientific understanding underpinning advanced manufacturing technologies in sectors such as medical devices, automotive and aerospace sectors, and the research is aligned with industry at TRL 5-8. The core focus of the research work is the characterisation of measurable phenomena in materials processing spanning length scales and spanning domains from machining, AM,  to energy consumption at factory systems level. The calibre of the research group is at the highest level internationally and a metric of international esteem is that Dr. O Donnell is an associate member of The International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) and funded Investigator in AMBER- Irelands leading centre on materials research. Dr. O’Donnell has carried out more that 25 funded research projects with more than 30 industrial collaborators in the last 10 years with strong links to industry addressing next generation challenges such as “Industry 4.0”.

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Geraldina Iraheta, Director of Business Development, Digital Catapult

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Dr Andy Ward, Chief Technology Officer, Ubisense

Dr Andy Ward has designed, built and worked with in-building location systems for over twenty years. He studied at Cambridge University, receiving a MA in Computer Science and a PhD in 'Sensor-driven Computing', and led research into location technology at AT&T Laboratories Cambridge from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, he co-founded Ubisense Limited, one of the first companies to commercialize UWB in-building tracking products, and as CTO he now leads technology planning and development for Ubisense.

He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2015 Silver Medal for his contributions to this field, and is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). 

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Martin Walder, Vice President – Industry, UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric

BSc Hon in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from The University of Aston in Birmingham. Leadership and Global Leadership programmes with ABB & Rockwell Automation.

Professional Experience
Martin was sponsored through university and trained as a control systems engineer before joining the automation supply industry 30 years ago.

Honeywell 1985-89 - Applications engineer in discrete/process/process safety.
Rockwell 1989-2001 - Account Management followed by 9 years in Senior Management - Product Group, Business Development, Sales Management
ABB 2001-2008 - MD of Robotics UK - Products, Systems, Services, Channels Private Equity 2009-2012 MD of Private Equity backed early stage technology company
Rockwell 2012-2015 - Vertical Industries Sales Manager - Oil & Gas Solutions, Automotive, Water, Power, Renewables
Schneider Electric - August 2015
Also since 2008 Martin has been Chairman of the Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) an umbrella trade association representing circa 1,900 SME's into government.

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Matthew Evans, Executive Director, Smarter UK & techUK IoT Programme

Matthew leads techUK’s Smarter UK and Internet of Things Programmes. SmarterUK is the champion of smarter infrastructure in the UK and focuses on utilities, smart cities and transport. He has led work on trust principles in an IoT world for consumers as well as helping techUK members explore new avenues of revenue in sectors such as the connected home, agriculture and infrastructure. Matthew is responsible for shaping techUK’s work around the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Matthew is also CEO of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the government-industry forum tackling strategic issues across the converging broadband value chain. Previously Matthew worked in Arqiva’s public policy team, covering broadcast and telecoms markets for over two years across broadcast and telecoms markets. Before that he worked as a researcher in Westminster.


Paul Stone, General Manager, Staubli (UK)


Asif Moghal, Manufacturing Industry Manager, Autodesk

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Marcel Hartgerink, Member of Industrial Internet Consortium, Managing Director of Wibu-Systems

Marcel Hartgerink studied electronic engineering and developed his first software protection system in 1988. He was later involved in developing biometric authentication systems for large corporations. On behalf of Wibu-Systems he joined the Industrial Internet Consortium in 2014.

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John Kirven, Snr. Marketing Consultant (Manufacturing), Canon (UK) Ltd

John’s heritage is in business systems and process optimisation. Following achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology, John worked as a Process Consultant in a number of global chemical companies. Following this, and during his 11 years at Canon, John has applied his knowledge on business improvement to the development of digitisation and automation solutions, most recently developing their application into Manufacturing.


Mike Wilson, UK & Ireland Business Development Manager, ABB Robotics



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Derek Paul Lane, Automation Manager, WAGO Ltd and Deputy Chairman – PI UK

Started an electrical apprenticeship with the NCB in 1972 at Horden Colliery, my first introduction to automation systems in a very hazardous harsh environment on coal faces, situated under the North Sea.
Technical sales and management with Parmley Graham Ltd, Phoenix Contact. For the last 24 years with WAGO Ltd.
Experienced with control gear, telecommunications, HT distribution, fieldbus systems, PLC’s, HMI’s, VSD’s etc.
Committee member of PI-UK (The PROFIBUS Group), BSI/DISC/AMT-7 and (Automation Products & PMCSG) for GAMBICA.
Very active with PROFIBUS and PROFINET through PI-UK, as well as the many fieldbus protocols supplied by WAGO, of late cloud connectivity supporting IoT, IIoT and IND4.0. 


Kamran Farooq, Global Business Development Manager, Senseye

Kamran is the Global Business Development Manager for Senseye. He joined Senseye in August 2016 after a 20 year career in Semiconductor Manufacturing, Process and General Automation. More recently, he has been involved in selling complex hardware and software automation solutions whilst at both Rockwell Automation and ABB. He is passionate about big data and the ability for manufacturing organisations to take advantage of modern innovation in order to maximise productivity throughout their operations. When not busy with work he devotes his time to family, reading, writing, and fresh air.

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Nadia Chibouti, International Project Advisor, Invest in Western France

With an academic background in International Trade & born in Nantes, capital city of the Ocean&Loire region, Nadia has more than 16 years of experience in promoting the industrial & economic assets of her native region, supporting & advising hundreds of foreign companies each year, willing to expand their activities on the French market.
Especially dedicated to accompany British companies, she will have the pleasure to give you a short but efficient overview of the Ocean&Loire region, pioneer in France in the development of the Plant of the Future, also standing as an important potential new market for you, as an industrial & digital company involved in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering.



Ken Brockbank, Sector Manager, Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing, ‎Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

As sector manager I am responsible for Inward Investment into Leeds City Region across the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering sector. This includes attracting new companies to the region and working with existing foreign owned businesses located here on expansion and R&D projects.


Mike Hodge, CEO, Cimlogic Ltd

Mike has 30 years’ experience in the industry working with Blue Chip organisations such as Kimberly Clark, Gillette and Mars Chocolate. As a Control Systems Engineer at Mars, Mike identified many possibilities to improve the overall benefits that Operational Technology, OEE and MOM systems could offer to the manufacturing and distribution industries.
Mike understood early on, that an effective performance monitoring of manufacturing processes was hard to achieve, and information available was often very ridged in terms of what it said and what questions you could ask.
There was a need for improved production analysis, and the time was right for leveraging emerging technologies such as cloud infrastructures and analytics, open communication protocols and analytics. This coupled with our inherent knowledge of systems integration is what today we call the merging of OT and IT.
It was also evident that many technical projects delivered by suppliers seemed to be focus on self-serving the supplier rather than delivering the outcome required by the customer.
Mike set up Cimlogic in 1997 and it has been providing Operational Technology and Manufacturing Operations Management solutions with a commitment to first class customer service at all times.
Cimlogic offer manufacturing improvement through technology – we digitise manufacturing through automation, Manufacturing Operations Management software, analysis and round-the-clock proactive support.
Achieving manufacturing excellence happens a step at a time, and it is now supercharged by data and information. Cimlogic provide solutions from the ‘very simple’ to the ‘very sophisticated’. We close the loop on data, information, knowledge and wisdom, allowing you to focus on what you are good at. No matter what size organisation you are, Cimlogic can help you leverage Industry 4.0 in a cost effective and scalable way.

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Russell Smith, IO-Link Specialist, PI-UK Steering Committee and Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Networking, Balluff Ltd

Russell Smith, IO-Link Specialist, PI-UK Steering Committee and Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Networking, Balluff GmbH

As an I4.0 evangelist, Russell Smith is the Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Networking at Balluff Limited, a world leading supplier of industrial networking, sensing, RFID and vision to industrial customers across the UK. Russell's mission is to ensure that UK manufacturers are able to leverage the significant benefits that digitalisation can provide.
Prior to taking up this role in 2015, he held the position of Automotive Industry Manager, working on a number of high profile powertrain projects with major car manufacturers, which have provided him with a solid foundation in both project and consultative solution sales.
Russell holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds. Outside of work he is a keen cyclist, having competed in the BC Bike race, a 7-day MTB stage race across British Columbia. He also follows MotoGP and has a passion for driving cars and riding motorcycles.


Ian Simmons, VP Business Development, Corporate Engineering and R & D, Magna International


Stuart Wilders, Avanto Specialist, BOC

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Hugh Boyes, CEng FIET CISSP, Principal Engineer - Cyber Security Centre, WMG, University of Warwick

Hugh Boyes is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential issued by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)2]. He divides his time between working as a Principal Engineer at the University of Warwick, where he focuses on cyber-physical systems and industrial application, and undertaking cyber security consultancy assignments.

Hugh is the leading industry expert on cyber threats in the built environment and supports infrastructure protection. He has written four guidance documents for the IET on cyber security in the built environment and is the co-author of BS PAS1192-5:2015 [Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management] and the forthcoming PAS 185 [Smart Cities - Specification for establishing and implementing a security-minded approach]. He is currently working on further engineering related cyber security guidance. Hugh is a Member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists (RSES).


Mike Wilson, President, BARA

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Martin Strutt, Region Director and National Consultancy Lead, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation

Martin is responsible for managing and developing relationships with EEF member companies helping them to compete better, innovate and grow. He also works with partner organisations and the media  and is responsible for designing and delivering a programme of  events which enable manufacturers to network, share best practice and learn from experts. A highly accomplished Operations Director with many years’ experience working with a range of manufacturing businesses, Martin has a proven track record of reorganisation, process improvement and profit growth gained in both Line Management roles and Partner level consulting roles with major Consulting firms.


Tom Hammond, ‎Product Manager - MindSphere; the Open IoT Operating System, Data Analytics & Industrial Cyber Security, Siemens Digital Factory

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Grant Coffin, Solutions Architect, Rockwell Automation

Grant Coffin has been working in the field of Manufacturing and Industrial Automation for over 15 years.  He has a passion for working with companies to help them shape the future of UK manufacturing for the better.

Throughout his career he has worked in a number of differing industries where he has helped customers set out their automation strategy, how they can balance obsolesce versus innovation and unlock the potential of integration of new and existing technology to create a smart factory which can help  to drive increased overall business profitability.

Grant is currently a Solutions Architect for Rockwell Automation Architecture and Software division.

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Bernd Zapf, Vice President Development New Business & Technology, Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH

1980 - 1985 Computer engineering studies at university of applied sciences Esslingen
1985 - 1989 Development engineer digital drive technology
1989 - 1997 Group leader development digital drive technology
1997 - 2004 Division manager development controls
2005 – 2009 Division manager development automotive
2010 - 2015 Division manager New Business & Technology

Since 2016 Division manager / authorized officer development New Business & Technology with topics:

• Industrie 4.0 / IoT
• CFRP for machine components
• Additive Manufacturing with metal
• Fluid free machine tool
• CAD-CAM-virtual machine for 5-axis-machines
• E-Mobility

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Dorian Smellie, Totalcontrolpro


Dr Robert Deffley, Research and Development Manager, LPW Technology


Andy Woods, Business Development Manager, Doncasters UK Fabrications Ltd

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Ian Walker, Automotive Sales Director, KUKA

Ian Walker is passionate about all things automotive, and automated. Having developed a successful career over 32 years within the engineering and manufacturing arenas, Ian has now been with KUKA for 12 years. As Automotive Director, Ian is tasked with developing and implementing workable account strategies for all of KUKA’s automotive key accounts. With a focus on HRC and evolving technologies, Ian ensures that his clients can achieve their fastest route to production through the implementation of automated robotic systems and technologies. Having developed a sound knowledge of all KUKA products and technologies, there isn’t much that Ian can’t divulge about robotics.

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Andrea Sánchez-Valencia, Research Technologist, Smithers Rapra

Andrea Sánchez-Valencia holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Design from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, a MSc in Advanced Materials from the University of Nottingham, and is in the final stages of obtaining her PhD in Materials Engineering and Materials Design also from the University of Nottingham.

Professionally, she has ventured in different fields, ranging from health/medical, through to flexible electronics and injection moulding. Having provided support both for experimental analysis as well as technical reporting and dissemination of experimental findings to very varied audiences. Internationally, she has participated as a speaker in major polymer conferences such as the 16th International Conference for Deformation, Yield and Fracture of Polymers, and the International Congress of Rheology.

Since January 2017, she works with Smithers Rapra as a Research Technologist to validate and promote the implementation of PREVIEW, a cyber physical system for monitoring and optimising injection moulding manufacturing. Feel free to listen to her talk “PREVIEW: Innovating injection moulding monitoring through cyber physical systems”, on the 2nd November from 15:20-15:40 at the Connected Manufacturing Forum.


David Chandler, Managing Director, DAJO Solutions Ltd.