2024 Speakers

Naseer Ahmed, Commercial Director, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)

Naseer Ahmed, who became Commercial Director in May 2023 of UKBIC, has responsibility for business development, sales, and customer projects, and is also part of the national battery manufacturing development facility’s Executive Team.

Michael Barrett, Managing Director, Nexus Industrial Memory

Michael Barrett is Managing  Director of Nexus Industrial Memory , suppliers of industrial grade memory, data storage & AI cybersecurity solutions. He has a wealth of experience in providing the world’s best industrial memory and security solutions to customers across Europe including the UK, Swedish and Norwegian military.

Nick Bennett, Global Product Manager, Southco Manufacturing

A 40-year career in Engineering has included roles in Manufacturing, NPD and Design, across many different industries and markets. The last 20 years have been with Southco Manufacturing, predominantly managing a team of Design Engineers, focused on bespoke design solutions for specific customer applications, and more recently as a Global Product Manager, focusing on product portfolios and life cycle management for Southco’s range of standard ‘off-the-shelf’ catalogue products.

Neil Chamberlain, Signal Integrity Product Manager, Polar Instruments (Europe)

Neil has worked for Polar Instruments for over 20 years and has worked with designers and PCB fabricators alike to enhance their knowledge of the whole product realisation process.

Matt Evans, Principal Product Engineer, Cadence Design Systems

Matt graduated from the University of Surrey with a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2015. Matt worked as a Product Engineer for Future Facilities, prior to its acquisition by Cadence, specialising in thermal simulation of electronics cooling. In 2020, Matt won “Rising Start of the Year” at the Elektra Awards recognising his contribution to defining the market for intelligent thermal simulation in electronics and to global research that is helping to develop the sector.

Marc Funnell, Head of Digital Engineering Capability, National Composites Centre

Marc is Head of Digital at the National Composites Centre, joining in 2019. Following his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University and research activities across the automotive and defence sectors in South Africa, Marc joined the composite research team at Airbus UK, as Head of Analysis. After leaving Airbus, he ran a private company working across major aerospace OEMs as a specialist in composite analysis and design until joining GKN Aerospace as global Head of Engineering Methodology. Marc specialises in composite design and analysis with a passion, demonstrating success in the digital transformation of engineering practices throughout his career.

Bhavin Makwana, Senior Insights Strategist, Zenzic

Bhavin's professional journey has been characterised by a commitment to advancing the field of transport and data analytics.  

Since joining Zenzic at the beginning of 2019, Bhavin has taken on the role of Senior Insights Strategist. In this capacity, he leads strategic research activities, furnishing essential strategic evidence and informed guidance to government, academia, and industry stakeholders. His responsibilities also encompass shaping the overarching data and insights strategy, providing the crucial evidence base that underpins Zenzic's impactful work in the transport sector. Bhavin's extensive experience and deep knowledge make him a pivotal contributor to the organisation's mission to drive innovation and excellence in the transportation industry. 

Bhavin's educational background includes an MSc in Environment and Development, which he successfully completed at London School of Economics and Political Science. His academic achievement laid the foundation for his expertise in the field and provided a strong basis for his subsequent career.

Rasa Medeikyte, Technical Specialist, Goodfellow Cambridge

With a degree in Physics and natural Science, Rasa Medeikyte possesses over ten years of expertise in both laboratory work and manufacturing at Goodfellow. Furthermore, she has gained invaluable experience and actively participated in the advancement of novel products throughout her tenure in the research laboratory. Her vast background empowers her to contribute valuable knowledge to the team.

Chris Moller, Director, Evonet Energy

Having retired from a career as a Charted Engineer in electronics and telecoms, Chris is the organiser of Repair Cafés in Cambridgeshire and in East and West Africa.  He is a Visiting Fellow at the Open University and sits on several IEC International Standards committees relating to renewable energy and off-grid electricity systems.

Gabriel Hattori da Silva, Senior Applications Engineer, COMSOL

Gabriel Hattori da Silva is a Senior Applications Engineer at COMSOL. He obtained his BSc and MSc from the University of Campinas and PhD on numerical methods for damage identification from the University of Seville. He also worked at Durham University and the University of Cambridge on numerical models for fracture mechanics.

Dr Martin Thomas, Engineering Business Operations, AWE

Martin is a materials engineer by background and a Fellow of the IET. He has 25 years’ experience in civil automotive and defence aerospace in both technical and business management roles at companies such as GKN, TATA Technologies and QinetiQ. Martin has also had periods of leadership in engineering education, skills and training and is a qualified teacher (as an antidote to the claustrophobia of Covid lockdowns, he spent summer 2022 teaching engineering in Primary Schools in Rwanda).

Martin’s role at AWE centres around strategic collaboration, workforce planning and recruitment, working closely with colleagues in supply chain, programmes and HR.

Harriet Wollerton, ADS Services Director, ADS Group

Harriet Wollerton is the ADS Supply Chain Solutions Services Director.  She began her career as a technical non-production purchaser at Lucas Aerospace Systems (now Collins Aerospace) and has more than 20 years’ experience of programme management, supply chain, supplier management, strategic sourcing, marketing and business development in the Aerospace industry.

Harriet joined ADS at the beginning of January 2016 as Aerospace Operations & Business Development Manager, coordinating and leading ADS Aerospace industry business development activity, as well as supporting sector specific aerospace special interest groups.