Speakers

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Steve May-Russell, Managing Director, Smallfry



Steve is the Managing Director of Smallfry, a leading Industrial Design consultancy, and the Chairman of the British Industrial Design Association. As Managing Director of Smallfry, Steve has developed Smallfry’s unique strategic product development methodology and Innovation strategy. Working with Businesses and Universities around the world, including Boots, Lloyds Pharmacies, P&G, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Marks & Spencer and Imperial College London Smallfry has led some of industry’s most successful innovations.

Gaynor Childs, Market Insight Manager, Stannah Stairlifts


Gaynor has worked for Stannah for 20 years, bringing to the business her Customer Service experience and is a winner of the National Customer Service Professional of the Year Award. She moved into a Product Manager role where her combination of B2B, B2C and Product knowledge led to her present role of Market Insight Manager. In the role Gaynor has led Quant. and Qual. research projects which have informed our Product Development Strategy, established User research as an integral part of the Concept design process and has led 3 Inclusive design projects which have taken our product beyond our core portfolio.

Ben Hodgkinson, Head of Mechanical Design, Mercedes AMG



Michal Stefuca, Technical Support Manager, Altair

Michal Stefuca is a Technical Support Manager at Altair, responsible for providing best in class CAE solutions to the clients, conducting consultancy projects and training courses. Michal completed his MSc in Automotive Engineering in 2011 from Coventry University and has been working with Altair since then. Prior to his current position, he held several positions at Altair, joining in as an Application Engineer, providing clients technical and engineering support for Altair HyperWorks software suite across various industries. He has a thorough understanding of simulation techniques and processes, and how they can be incorporated in to the early stages of design and analysis

Vernon Kerswell, Founder, Extreme Fliers

Vernon is the founder of Extreme Fliers and maker of Micro Drone. He oversees the product development, engineering and production.

Whilst still at the University, aged just 21, Vernon appeared on British entrepreneurial show Dragon’s Den and learnt how to manufacture products after spending two summers in Shenzhen.

Micro Drone 3.0 launched on Indiegogo in 2015, making crowdfunding history in a campaign that raised $3.5 million. The team specialises in micro UAV research and are getting ready to launch their next model that focuses on autonomy and smooth video.

Michael Huxham, Head of Technology and Engineering, Smiths Detection

Michael Huxham joined Smiths Detection in 2000, as a scientist. He was technical design authority for the US DOD Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) programme, one of the most widely used chemical warfare agent detectors in history. In his current role he is responsible for Product Management and Engineering & Technology Development for the Trace product line in Hemel Hempstead, UK. Michael holds a PhD in Analytical Science from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and is a Chartered Chemist (Royal Society of Chemistry).

Brian Clinton, Senior Director Engineering Services, ARM

Brian has worked for over 20 years in the semiconductor industry with a keen focus on SoC architecture and Security. He has authored numerous conference papers and has been granted US patents. Brian holds an MBA, and a MEng, BEng and BMath from Trinity College Dublin.

Manuel Martin, Product Manager 3D MID, Beta LAYOUT

Manuel Martin joined Beta LAYOUT in 2006 and has supported the establishment of numerous manufacturing services such as laser stencils, front-panels, and 3D rapid prototyping. In 2015 Manuel was appointed as 3D-MID product manager at Beta LAYOUT and during this time he has dedicated himself to the development of the 3D-MID manufacturing process.


Tony Reilly, Director ASIC Business Development , S3 Semiconductors

Tony has more than 20 years of experience in the electronic component and semiconductor industries worldwide having lived and worked in Japan, South Korea, Finland, Germany, UK and Ireland. He is currently responsible for the Business Development of custom silicon at S3 Semiconductors, a division of Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ: IOTS). Previously, Tony served as VP of Product Marketing at TDK Corporation responsible for a product line with annual revenues of more than $250M. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honors in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Ulster, in Northern Ireland.

Phil Hutchinson, Senior Specialist, Community Programs & eCommerce, Farnell Element14


Phil is the element14 Community’s in house maker, He Specialises in 3D Printing, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and the expanding Maker scene. He is an active member in the UK maker scene and project lead for the element14 Design Challenges.

Robert Webber, Field Application Engineer, Harwin

Robert is a field application engineer with a wealth of experience in Electronic design for many industries, from start-ups, to multinational corporations.

This experience in consulting, and in electronic design after years of hands on engineering enables customers to be confident with the advice he offers.

Based in Portsmouth, but a former expat to Spain, he is able to work well internationally for any market of customers linked to Harwin’s products.

Maxime Fazilleau, Application & Product Engineer, Anders DX


Max Fazilleau is an application and product engineers who assists customers with all aspects of their embedded display projects from design idea to prototyping and beyond. Max has been with Anders for 4 years and originates from an electronic hardware, automation platform and computing background and comes from Western France.

Oliver Smith, Senior AM innovation Consultant, Stratasys

Oliver Smith is a senior innovation consultant within the Stratasys Expert Services arm of Stratasys. Oliver compliments the consulting groups deep technical capabilities with strategic business innovation thinking. His focus is towards designing unique methodologies and applying strategic thinking to aid Stratasys’ clients in applying the benefits of 3D printing to innovate their products, services, internal processes and business models. His approach is well-grounded in both a clear understanding of the economics of 3D printing as a knowledge of all 3D printing processes, technologies and materials.

Mike Woodcock, Strategy Director, Advanced Electric Machines

With over 25 years of experience in materials and supply chain research for automotive, working first for Tata Steel, Mike has developed Collaborative Research projects worth over £150m. More recently Mike coordinated the development of a network of over 600 organisations looking at all aspects of low carbon vehicle technology as Head of Network Programmes at APC. Now with Advanced Electric Machines, Mike has been working on bringing new magnet free motor technologies to market, working closely with global OEMs as well as innovative SMEs in the passenger car, HGV, agricultural and off-highway sectors.

Kerry Briggs, Head of Medical, Kinneir Dufort

Kerry Briggs is Head of Medical at Kinneir Dufort. With over a decade’s experience working for a leading global medical device manufacturer, Kerry combines a wealth of knowledge in product design, engineering and manufacturing, with the strategic ability to manage complex projects.

Ben Arlett, Head of Engineering, Kinneir Dufort


Ben Arlett is Head of Engineering at Kinneir Dufort. With 18 years’ experience taking innovative healthcare products from concept through to manufacturing and regulatory clearance, Ben combines technical understanding with a creative approach to problem solving. Alongside research, product development and manufacturing, Ben’s prior background in UK and US design consultancies, provides valuable client and agency expertise.

John Reilly, Senior Partner Manager, Arm


John Reilly is Senior Partner Manager for Northern Europe at Arm, with responsibility for managing and developing both existing and new customer relationships in the region, helping ensure that Arm’s customers are successful in creating innovative new products. John has over 15 years technical sales experience in the semiconductor industry, building on his prior roles in design and applications engineering. John holds an MSc in Instrumentation and Analytical Science and a BSc in Physics from the University of Manchester, UK.

Paul Musto, Director of Marketing Board Systems Division, Mentor, A Siemens Business

Paul Musto is Director of Marketing for the Board Systems Division at Mentor, A Siemens Business, responsible for driving product strategy, go-to-market solutions, and market development. Paul has over 30 years of EDA and design experience. Prior to joining Mentor, Paul was a Sr. Group Director of Engineering at Cadence Design Systems, responsible for Cadence’s Allegro PCB and IC Packaging implementation tools. In addition, Paul has prior extensive experience serving in various technical, product marketing, and business development roles. Paul holds a B.S.E.E. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.

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.

Catherine Pratt, Head of Delivery, Small Robot Company

Catherine leads our technical delivery, including strategic technical direction and future innovation planning; looking at the learning outcomes in our submission.

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.

Tomasz Stelmach, Senior Applications Engineer, ANSYS UK


Tomasz is a Chartered Mechanical engineer who has been with ANSYS for 6 years. Working as an application engineer Tomasz provides specialist technical support to ANSYS' academic and commercial customers. His speciality is CFD and Fluid Structural Interaction.

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.


Richard Chippendale, Technical Manager, COMSOL UK

Dr Richard Chippendale is a Technical Manager at COMSOL UK specialising in electromagnetic simulations. He graduated from the University of Southampton in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Physics (Mphys), and continued at the same institution to complete a PhD investigating the interaction of lightning strikes with carbon fibre composites using numerical simulations. He then spent 4 years as a research fellow at the University of Southampton focusing on high voltage cable simulations for both the onshore and offshore sector.

Stephen Irish BEng, CEng, MIMechE, Founder & Commercial Managing Director, Hyperdrive Innovation


Stephen has substantial experience in technology development and product delivery having worked in tier one automotive supply chain companies, OEMs and engineering consultancies. He wrote his degree thesis on electric and hybrid vehicle technology almost 20 years ago and is a founding director of Hyperdrive Innovation.

Stefano Gai, Production Line Manager High Performance Actuators, SKF Motion Technologies


Stefano Gai is Global Product Line Manager for Electro-mechanical Actuators at SKF. He received a B.S. degree in Electronics from Politecnico of Torino University in Italy, with specialization in mechatronics. He has been active in the area of linear motion technologies for industrial automation for over 13 years, working across different segments and geographical areas. His current role involves supporting leading multi-national companies in projects related to the upgrading of existing hydraulic and pneumatic systems into high performance mechatronics solutions.

Miguel Fernandez-Vicente, Advanced Research Engineer, National Centre for Additive Manufacturing. The MTC


Miguel has a broad experience in product design and rapid prototyping, from the concept creation to manufacture, focused on Design for AM within the within the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the MTC. A member of ISO standardization committee, he has published in academic journals, presented at international conferences and supervised undergraduate and MSc students, and is about to complete his PhD in the process characterisation and design for additive manufacture with polymer extrusion-based systems. His research interest lays in the design freedom of AM and implementation of new design workflows.



Mark-Paul Buckingham, Managing Director, Xi Engineering Consultants


Having achieved a First-Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Edinburgh, Mark-Paul went on to complete a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in vibration reduction. During this time, he co-founded Reactec, where he held the position of CEO and helped develop the industry leading HAVmeter.

Fast forward a few years and Mark-Paul became the driving force of Xi Engineering Consultants, whose customer base has grown to include many multinational blue-chip companies across the globe. An active member of several BSI and International Standard Organisation (ISO) Committees, Mark-Paul assists in the improvement of global engineering standards. As a regular speaker at international conferences, he specialises on the topics of vibration study and elimination.



Elod Gyorgy, Engineering Group Manager, Digilent


Elod GYORGY is a Digital Design Engineer with over 9 years of experience in Xilinx FPGA technologies and embedded software development. Currently, he works at the Romanian branch of Digilent Inc., a leading electrical engineering products company serving students and universities with education design tools. They are on a mission to make electrical engineering and design technologies understandable and accessible to educators, students, and hobbyists alike.

Sam Etherington, Industrial Designer / Founder, Aqua Power Technologies

28 year old industrial designer from the Lake district with a family engineering business forming the foundations. Graduated with a first class degree in industrial design from Brunel university in 2013. Developed a multi-axis wave energy converter for a final year thesis project, which continued to win the James Dyson Award, Best of British Engineering in 2014, and Shell's Future Impact Award. Founded Aqua Power Technologies in 2014 to develop and commercialise a wave power system - fast forward to July 2018 and a radically innovative full scale wave energy converter, dubbed MANTA, was deployed off the coast of Shetland for yearlong trials.


Tom Gregory, Product Manager, Future Facilities

Tom Gregory is a Product Manager for 6SigmaET at Future Facilities in London. He is a chartered engineer with a Master’s degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from the University of York, UK. He has previous experience designing and testing electronics for the automotive and defence industries, he now supports engineers across the electronics industry with thermal management. He has also shared his experience and knowledge with the wider industry through white papers and conference presentations, including Semi-Therm in California and the Electronics Design Show in the UK.

Ross Caddens, Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry Software

Ross leads the Business Development team for Siemens Industry Software in the UK. The team is responsible for supporting customers in realising the value of Siemens’ broad portfolio of Product Lifecycle Management solutions. During his 20 years with Siemens, Ross has worked in a number of roles, including PreSales & PostSales Consulting and Global Strategy.