Speakers

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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.

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.


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.