Automation & Software CTO
I have been working in the field of Manufacturing and Industrial Automation since graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a B.Eng Hons Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree. I have worked with many blue chip and SME companies in both manufacturing and infrastructure to help them streamline, automate and optimise their production environments
Throughout my career I have worked in a number of differing industries helping them set out their automation strategy, how they can balance obsolesce versus innovation to unlock the potential of integration of new and existing technology, and create a smart factory which can help to drive increased overall business profitability.
Over the last 4 years I have been an evangelist for the Industrial Internet of Things (IOT), and have worked closely with companies to help them implement and unlock the many benefits it can provide. I have a passion for working with companies to help them shape the future of UK manufacturing for the better.
I see the businesses both struggling with the challenge and grasping the opportunity that technological advances present. And are fascinated by the massive increase of devices, mobility of the workforce and integration of big data analytics in shaping the future of manufacturing for the better. As a result, a critical aspect of my role is to help customers improve their visibility of manufacturing data and encourage the evolution of best-practice operations to drive increased overall business profitability through having a Connected Enterprise.
- Tell us about your current role: I am senior manager responsible for the Architecture & Software industrial automation business in the UK & Ireland. The Rockwell Automation Connected Enterprise improves customer visibility of manufacturing and industrial processes, using Internet of Things, data analytics and mobility to drive better decision making which is complemented and informed by government and industry initiatives, such as Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing. I manage a highly skilled team of individuals with both sales and engineering responsibilities, working with them to achieve their true potential.
Tell us about your organisation and its contribution to the industry including driving innovation: Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Throughout the world, our flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® product brands are recognized for innovation and excellence. Rockwell Automation is built on a strong foundation of integrity. Our reputation for quality, reliability and innovation is represented by the brands our products, software and services. As we increase our offerings, we remain keenly focused on enhancing our unique technology differentiation and delivering integrated, value-added solutions. Smart manufacturing is the gateway to digital transformation. Connected smart devices open new windows of visibility into processes. Data and analytics enable better and faster decision making. Seamless connectivity spurs new collaboration. The Connected Enterprise makes all this possible. It converges plant-level and enterprise networks, and securely connects people, processes, and technologies.
- What do you feel are the greatest achievements in engineering in the past decade?
• The integration of IT (Information Technology) with OT (Operational Technology) in manufacturing businesses.
• The impact of disruptive and innovative technology in society and and the benefits this can offer.
- What advances excite you the most in engineering?
• Product innovation and disruptive technologies
• The merging of technology groups Information Technology & Operations Technology and Information Technology (IT/OT) in industry and the innovations / opportunities it brings.
- What are areas in the industry that you feel need the most research?
• Linking the enterprise to operations,
• Implementing secure digital manufacturing
- Are there any key changes in the industry that need to be made?
• Address the skills gap shortage and encourage new graduates and apprentices into industry / manufacturing.
• More governmental sponsorship and promotion of smart factories, digitisation and support for small and medium enterprises to become the factories of the future.
- What effect do you think Brexit will have on the UK engineering industry and, specifically that in your area?
• It could offer both opportunities and challenges, opportunities to promote UK investment in becoming an advanced digital manufacturing based economy, and challenges to ensure we can attract the right skill set to help us achieve this.
- Do you think that the UK engineering industry can compete on a global scale? Please explain your answer.
• Yes, and we are demonstrating this is a number of areas already such as automotive, aviation and Food & Beverage.
- What can the UK engineering industry do to improve its position in the global market place?
• Advertise the UK’s great historical and current history of engineering innovation around the world.
• Offer global business a vision for development in the UK, provide the engineers of tomorrow from STEM, further education and continuous personal development train establishments.
• Lobby for proactive support from the government, to support UK manufacturing and its commitment to support this as a major part of the UK’s GDP contribution.