2023 Speakers

Keith Berry, Technical Manager, Chemique Adhesives

Currently Technical Manager at Chemique Adhesives, having worked in the adhesive industry for over 20 years. I have done development work with many different adhesive technologies, including water-based, solvent-based, polyurethane, epoxy and hot melt to name a few.

I have a 1st class degree in Polymer Science and Technology and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry which was concerned with cross-linking polychloroprene.

Kevin Brownsill, Head of Technical: Learning and Development, INTERTRONICS

Kevin Brownsill is Head of Technical: Learning & Development at INTERTRONICS, a supplier of adhesives, coatings, sealants and equipment for manufacturing and technology applications.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Kevin uses his extensive knowledge to support UK manufacturers with the development of their products and processes. Offering comprehensive training, guidance, and best practice insight, he empowers companies to achieve their performance and productivity aspirations.

Richard Curtin, RS Group SVP Innovation & Ventures & CTO , Okdo

Richard Curtin is a FTSE100 technology leader. He has a wealth of experience in the industry, having held senior positions such as SVP of Innovation and Partnerships at RS Group, and Co-Founder and CTO at OKdo. He is passionate about smart technology and inspiring the next generation of engineers. As CTO of OKdo, he is leading the company in navigating the dynamic SBC market and creating customised solutions to meet the needs of customers. With his extensive experience and expertise, he is driving innovation and partnerships to bring cutting-edge technology to the market.

Nathaniel Davies, Technical Manager, COMSOL

Nathaniel Davies joined COMSOL in early 2020 and is a technical manager specializing in electromagnetism. He studied at Oxford University, completing an undergraduate degree and PhD in condensed matter physics with a research specialism in novel magnetic and superconducting materials.

David Findlay, Senior Business Development Manager, ORE Catapult

David is a mechanical engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the marine renewable energy sector. After graduating with a masters’ degree from the University of Edinburgh, he worked for a leading floating tidal energy developer and the Wave and Tidal Energy Association of New Zealand before founding Albatern ltd where he led the design, build and deployment of an array of wave energy devices. David joined ORE Catapult in 2019 to head up the new China office before moving to a Senior Business Development role in 2022.

Ahmed Khan, Global Product Line Manager, Nordson EFD

Ahmed Khan is a Global Product Line Manager at Nordson EFD. He started his 10-year career at Nordson as a fluid dispensing application specialist, and then held multiple sales roles including Area Sales Manager, Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager for UK and Middle East. He holds a degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering from City University of London and recently completed his MBA specialising in Strategic Management from Aston Business School.

Yuvaraj Palaniyappan, Principal Application Engineer, Cadence Design Systems

Yuvaraj is an Application engineer from Cadence design systems working for Allegro PCB design products since 2022.  Yuvaraj holds master’s degree in Electronics and started his career as PCB design engineer; worked in various MNC’s and designed PCBs for global OEM products for Medical, Aerospace, Semiconductor and Automotive industries.  CID certified PCB design professional experienced in various types of PCB designs and PCB technologies.

Tim Scurlock, Director , Applied Lean Consulting

Tim Scurlock founded ALC in 2011 after a 20 year career with General Motors, working in Marketing, Operations and Process Management across Europe. For the past 11 years, Tim has headed up the ALC team of experienced Lean consultants working with both Manufacturing and Service companies to reduce waste and improve delivery through the adoption of Lean techniques across multiple business sectors.  The benefits include bringing products to market sooner, increased productivity, achieving consistently high quality and enables companies to be more efficient, agile to market changes, experience better cash flow and improve staff motivation.

Matthias Stickel, Head of Technology, KSG GMBH

Matthias Stickel has been in the PCB industry for more than 22 years and worked in several roles around the globe. He joined KSG in 2013. As Head of Technology he is responsible for the process engineering teams and with that the capabilities for both sites.

Dr Aphrodite Tomou, Head of Technical, Goodfellow Cambridge

Dr Aphrodite Tomou is the Head of Technical for Goodfellow. Managing a worldwide team of scientist and engineers who identify and introduce Innovative Materials while providing technical support to customers and the wider business, Aphrodite has a diverse background in Materials Science after achieving her PhD and her Master’s in Materials Science and Engineering. She has published several papers in peer-reviewed international journals and has presented at international conferences as an invited speaker. Dr Tomou’s aim is to radiate Goodfellow’s technical knowledge and bridge the gap between the academia and industry sectors.

Lorna Williams, Executive Officer & General Secretary, British Adhesives & Sealants Association

Lorna Williams is an independent consultant for the Chemicals and Materials sector, holding a rolling contract to run the Secretariat for the British Adhesives & Sealants Association (BASA), a trade association for the Adhesives and Sealants industry with around 100 members. With a background in Materials Science and over 30 years’ experience in a number of technical and commercial roles related to the adhesives and sealants and construction products markets, Lorna is heavily involved with aspects of UK, European and International standardisation and is actively involved with many other European National Associations within FEICA, the European Adhesives and Sealants Association.

Peter Wrigley, Managing Director, Bermondsey Electronics

Peter has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the electronics industry. Ten of those years were spent as an FAE with Anglia Components. That role involved debugging MCU implementations and helping customers bring up their PCBs; an activity he found so interesting it led to his establishing Bermondsey Electronics. Its capabilities include project management, hardware, software and firmware development, and design for test and manufacture. The MD of the company, Peter works with clients in aerospace, automotive, industrial electronics, medical and security.