Speakers

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Nigel Barrow, Technical Manager, EMS-GRIVORY

Fourty years’ experience within the plastics industry holding positions such as; machinery designer, production manager, sales & marketing roles within the polymer supply chain. The later 25 years in Technical supporting roles with a passion to support both the industry and the customers to successful solutions. Covering all industry segments and now as a UK ambassador for schools exciting a new generation about careers in polymers.



Gary Hinde, Product Engineering Architect, Cadence Design Systems (UK)

Gary has been with Cadence for over 25 years in a variety of technical roles. Prior to joining Cadence, he was at Schlumberger Instruments, starting as a PCB Designer and eventually managing the CAD team.

Ken Monroe, Partner, Pen Test Partners

Ken Munro is Partner and Founder of Pen Test Partners, a firm of experienced penetration testers, otherwise known as ethical hackers. He regularly blogs on everything from consumer security to hacking cars and the Internet of Things. He also writes for various newspapers and industry magazines in an effort to get beyond the unhelpful scaremongering put about by many security vendors. Ken has become a voice for reform and legislative change in the largely unregulated IoT, briefing UK and US government departments as well as being involved with various EU consumer councils.

Joe Allnutt, Head of Robot Awesomeness, Small Robot Company



Joe is Head of Robot Awesomeness for Small Robot Company. As robotics lead, he has been instrumental in delivering our robotics and artificial intelligence technology. Industry recognition for his achievements includes the highly prestigious Horizontal Innovation Award from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, being commended as a finalist in Computing’s Big Data Excellence Awards, and winning BT’s Connected Society award which includes a development partnership with BT’s InnovationLabs.

Ralf Bruening, Product Manager/Senior Consultant, Zuken GmbH (EMC Technology Center)


Ralf Bruening is Product Manager and Senior Consultant at the Zuken EMC-Technology Center in Paderborn/Germany focusing on Zuken's High Speed Design, SI & EMI verification tools. Having a background of more than 25 years in EDA, he supports as a technology specialist key accounts worldwide in high-speed SI/PI & EMC simulation issues. He is as well involved in the product planning, development and the product marketing of Zuken's PCB simulation and verification tools. He is active in the area of device modelling and standardization and represents Zuken in international R&D projects. He is a regular speaker on international technical conferences.



Chris Bowers, Field Application Engineer, Solid State Supplies


Chris Bowers is a Field Application Engineer supporting FPGAs processors with over 30 years’ experience in specialist design and applications support. Chris previously worked for Texas Instruments, for many years developing his expertise, before moving into the distribution channel. He is now working with a wide range of customers’ end equipment including Wireless Communications, Industrial Defence and IoT.

Tony Folan, Senior Field Application Engineer, Altium UK


Tony is an Engineering graduate with an 19-year history of providing pre and post-sales technical support to users of Altium Designer in the UK. He is also an experienced tutor having delivered Altium training courses and technical workshops to thousands of design professionals. His in-depth knowledge of Altium Designer and promoting best practice earned him certification and recognition as an Altium authorised tutor.

Alex Guichard, Ph.D., Senior Product Marketing Manager, Phononic

Alex is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Phononic. He has Product Line Management responsibility for all thermal solutions sold into the optoelectronics and electronics industries. He earned his PhD in Materials Science from Stanford University and has over a decade of industry experience in R&D, new product development and sales and marketing in the fields of solar, LED, optical components and thermoelectric devices.

Albert O’Grady, Senior Industrial Systems Applications Manager , Analog Devices


Albert O’Grady leads a team of system applications engineers within the Industrial Automation business unit of Analog Devices. Albert and his team work closely with internal technology teams and Industrial Automation customers to help solve difficult system level problems

In his 30 years at Analog Devices Albert has held engineering and leadership roles within multiple technology groups but his primary focus has always been the industrial market where precision sensing and control really matter

Albert holds a diploma in Industrial Electronic Design and a BSC in Electronic Engineering both from the University of Limerick

Mike Welch, VP Controls Business Development , Fulham Lighting Co.


Mike Welch is a professional engineer by education and a business creator, involved since the nineties in the world of ubiquitous computing, peer to peer and M2M intelligent networks. Since the early 2000’s the business developed into a smart IoT device networking product creator.

In 2007 the business released the world’s first smart IoT web lighting control product. This product profoundly disrupted the traditional global lighting industry by uniquely empowering a whole new global channel, namely building controls System Integrators, to create multi-vendor world-class smart IoT lighting control solutions, using their existing skills and knowledge and locally sourced products.

In 2017, Fulham Inc., based in Hawthorne, Los Angeles acquired this business as part of its emerging “Clever” product strategy for lighting.

Mike continues to rail against single sourced proprietary control products and solutions in the building and lighting controls industry. He spends considerable time and effort educating “End Clients” such as building developers, owners, managers and users about the new generation of solutions for their buildings, empowering them to truly own their buildings device value data and consequential use case information so they may better operate their businesses whilst addressing sustainability, health and wellness issues demanded in the 21st century.

Chris Ramsey, Electric Vehicle Adventurer, Plug-In Adventures


Chris is best known for tackling a 10,000-mile adventure in his Nissan LEAF electric car back in 2017, sharing and inspiring an engaging journey with the public, while travelling through countries like Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia. This adventure lead to global media attention and was covered by leading outlets such as CNN International, SkyNews and BBC Topgear to name a few.

Over the last 7 years, Chris has been the pioneer of overland and endurance electric vehicle adventures, and through engaging social media content and video’s, has taken audiences across continents and through 20 countries on a series of epic world firsts.

Away from adventuring, Chris is an enthusiastic speaker and presenter working with several businesses and broadcasting organisations. He is also a passionate advocator of sustainable transport solutions, renewable energy and promotes awareness on climate change while supporting and raising money for the charity WWF Scotland.

Mike Bray, Vice President: DesignSpark, RS Components


Mike has worked at RS Components for over 20 years, moving from product and marketing roles across the business to now leading DesignSpark, the online design platform and community for engineers and makers.

Richard Curtin, Vice President: Single Board Computing and IoT, RS Components


Richard has held several senior roles in electronics distribution prior to joining RS Components in September 2017. He now leads a new team focused on developing the single-board computing and IoT offer.

Neil Potter, Silicon to Silicon European Manager, Samtec Inc.

As a European Application Engineer, Neil Potter uses his engineering background help customers learn about Samtec’s High Speed interconnect and flyover solutions, while providing technical backup and support for Silicon-to-Silicon products.

Vishal Sharma, Application Engineer, ANSYS UK


Vishal Sharma holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Warwick, An ANSYS Employee of 5+ years. He has experience in structural mechanics, fluid dynamics and highly coupled physics. He has experience in the healthcare industry and is currently the UK lead for ANSYS UK in rapid prototyping techniques, more specifically powder bed fusion techniques

Chris Young, Embedded Software Specialist, Avnet Silica


Chris Young is an Embedded Software Specialist with Avnet Silica. With over 25 years in the Electronics industry, Chris now provides guidance and training to Avnet Silica customers on all aspects of Embedded Systems and software development. Chris has a focus on Embedded Linux and has been running Yocto training sessions across Europe for the last four years. He has also delivered sessions in North America and South Africa.

Courtney Kennedy, Technology Solutions Marketing Manager, Farnell Element 14

Courtney holds an electronics and computer engineering degree and has significant experience working in product design & development. Her passion for mechatronic products has enabled her to develop and progressed quickly, moving through the roles of Head of Electronic Design to Product Development Manager before making the leap into technical marketing.

Joe Hill, Wireless Product Specialist, BCD-Atlantik

Wireless Product Specialist for BCD-Atlantik. A Graduate of Liverpool John Moores University having studied Electronic and Communications Engineering. Over 20 years’ experience in the Semiconductor and Communications market addressing consumer, industrial and medical OEM’s, in both the UK and Europe.




Josef Zgrezebski, Application Engineer, Akro-Plastic GmbH

Josef is a Master of Science in mechanical engineering with the specialisation in plastics processing with a high level of experience in injection molding (various processes, materials, etc) and additive manufacturing.

As an Application Engineer Josef finds the work very rewarding to work as the link between R&D and sales, where he can transfer his theoretical knowledge from University into real-life challenges and thus, provide practical solutions to each and every customer.


Arnab Bhattacharya, Territory Technical Senior Manager, Dassault Systèmes

Arnab Bhattacharya received his M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany and Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He has several years of experience in Electromagnetic simulation of RF Antenna and EMC analysis of electronics with focus on applications from the automotive industry. He is currently working as SIMULIA Territory Technical Senior Manager at Dassault Systemes.