Keynote Speakers

Dr Hamid Mughal, Global Director of Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce plc

Hamid is an internationally acclaimed manufacturing leader with a wide ranging experience base in the Automotive and Aerospace Sectors. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2001 from BMW Group where he was Director of New Product Programmes.

In his current role Hamid is responsible for leading the manufacturing activities and strategies across the company’s manufacturing base. This includes the development and deployment of manufacturing methods, standards, technologies, systems and lean practices to achieve Best in Class performance.

Hamid passionately believes in the social and economic value of manufacturing. He plays a leading role in the advancement of competitive manufacturing by promoting collaborative programmes such as the Global Network of Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres, the development and application of Lean Production Systems, The Future of Manufacturing project with the UK Government Office of Science and cross-sector education and training programmes for industrial leaders.

Hamid received an OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to Innovation, Technology and Manufacturing.

Jim Lawless, leading motivational speaker and author of ‘Taming Tigers’

Jim has devoted the majority of his working life to finding out what makes lasting transformation possible for individuals, teams and organisations – and to making change happen.

According to Jim, accomplishing ‘Mission Impossible’ depends on our ability to adapt to and create disruptive changes, to seize opportunities at pace, to play to win rather than play ‘not to lose’.  With this mindset, Jim has accomplished two ‘Missions Impossible’ of his own: becoming the UK’s deepest free diver and transforming himself from non-riding, unfit consultant to Jockey in 12 months (to answer a client challenge and a £1 bet!).

Jim’s understanding of change in the individual, team and organisation is hard won.  He has advised on change and coached high-performing teams at board level for 15 years with a client list including global giants such as Apple, BT, AXA and ATOS.

James Woodhuysenleading forecaster and visiting professor, London South Bank University

James has a proven track-record of seeing trends before his peers and delivering counter-intuitive proposals on how to react. The former head of worldwide market intelligence at Philips questions our assumptions on everything from energy security to the sociology of technology.

Cedrik Platt, Industrial Engineer at TENTE-ROLLEN started his career at the company as an apprentice tool maker in 1983. After some years at the tool shop, he changed to production planning at TENTE.

Cedrik Platt gained his profession as an engineer through attending evening classes alongside his day job at TENTE. After finishing his degree, he changed to his current job in the Industrial Engineering department of the company. In addition to his engineer qualifications, he also gained a qualification as Total Productive Manager.

One of his career milestones has been the implementation of the TENTE Production System (TPS) in 2013.

Currently, he monitors the TPS and the start of the operational excellence (OE) in the offices at TENTE and supports the global implementations of TPS and OE at all sister companies.

Cedrik tells the inspiring story about the TENTE family and the company’s commitment to continuous improvement with infectious enthusiasm.

Dr Lena Wilson is Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise – Scotland’s national economic development agency.

In an international private and public sector career spanning over 25 years, she has held a range of positions covering all aspects of economic development in most parts of the world, including a senior advisory role with the World Bank in Washington DC. She has worked in over 60 countries in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia promoting Scottish business interests or advising governments on foreign direct investment and private sector development.

Lena has held a range of non-executive positions in business, arts, sports and voluntary organisations. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Intertek Group plc, Ambassador for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a member of the Financial Services Advisory Board (FISAB) and Chair of Scotland’s Energy Jobs Taskforce.

She is a passionate commentator and speaker on international business, leadership and talent development.

She was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Pete Flockhart has responsibility for the development of the Bank’s relationships with our largest clients across Scotland as well as leading the strategy for the Housebuilding Sector across the UK.

Pete joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2010, having worked in a variety of finance, M&A, commercial and strategic roles with PwC, Miller Group and RBS. He has undertaken a number of leadership roles most recently as Area Director for Bank of Scotland in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. Pete has a law degree and member of Institute of Chartered Accountants for Scotland. He is married with two children and in his spare time loves participating in all sports and is a trustee of the Cyrenians Charity.

Keith Brown has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament since 2007 and is currently the constituency MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane. Before his election he served for eleven years as a councillor in Clackmannanshire, and held the post of Council Leader from 1999 to 2003. He was appointed Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning in February 2009 and has since held a number of ministerial roles before becoming Minister for Transport and Veterans in September 2012. He is now Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.

Mr Brown worked for 15 years as a local government professional in neighbouring Stirling, where he was also an active trade union representative with UNISON. He is a graduate of Dundee University and studied at the University of Prince Edward Island. Originally from Edinburgh, Keith now lives in Dollar with his three children.

Rhys Herbert is a Senior Economist in the Research Department of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. He is responsible for analysing and forecasting trends in the UK and other major economies, with a special interest in the manufacturing sector. Rhys joined Lloyds Bank in January 2011.

Prior to this, he worked at the economic consultancy Oxford Economics where he headed up its industry forecasting service. He has also worked at the Office for National Statistics, Prudential Assurance Corporation, Credit Lyonnais Bank and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Rhys has a MSc in Economics from the University of London.

Sarah Jardine is Director of Manufacturing for Optos Plc, in Dunfermline which designs, develops and manufactures its core ultra-widefield retinal imaging devices. She is responsible for providing leadership and in the manufacturing facility and has a strong understanding of cGMP and LEAN philosophies and methodologies.

She holds a BSc (Hons) in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics from Strathclyde University, an MSc in Laser Engineering from Heriot Watt University, and started her career as a Laser Engineer with Thales Optronics in 1992 initially based in R&D.

Sarah started with Optos as Senior Optical Engineer in January 2000. Since then Sarah has held a number of positions in both Operations and R&D, including Manufacturing Engineering Manager, R&D Manager and Plant Manager.

As Director of Manufacturing, Sarah is responsible for production, warehousing and health & safety. She has been responsible for delivering significant cultural change within the manufacturing plant by driving a culture of excellence through the application of lean methodologies. This continued pursuit of excellence culminated in Optos being shortlisted as a finalist for UK Manufacturer of the Year 2014.

Sarah is currently Chair of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service.

Conference Chair

Bill Jamieson was executive editor of The Scotsman for 11 years, regularly writing about finance, economics, politics and current affairs. He was also the economics columnist for sister title Scotland on Sunday and prior to that was economics editor of The Sunday Telegraph for seven years.

He has been a regular contributor to the Spectator Business magazine and City AM and frequently commentates on business and economics affairs for BBC Scotland.

In 2009 he won both Business Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards. He collected Campaign of the Year Award for The Scotsman for its series of articles on the Lloyds-HBOS merger.

Bill’s books on economics and politics include An Illustrated Guide to the British Economy and Scotland’s Ten Tomorrows.

Since stepping down from The Scotsman, which he continues to write for, he has established Scott-Buzz, the one-stop business news website aiming to help business enterprise and the SME sector. It comprises a daily summary and flash comment on Scottish economic and business data.

Bill is an accomplished performer on business and investment platforms and speaks with passion and humour on the major business and political issues of the day. He is a passionate advocate of the positive overall economic effects of championing entrepreneurs and why regulation and risk aversion will damage this.

Workshop Speakers

Supply Chain Workshop ‘Get into Rail’ (11.15am): Robert Hopkin, Executive Director, Rail Alliance

Robert has been the Executive Director of the Rail Alliance since leaving the RAF in 2009; as such, he oversees much of the Rail Alliance’s output and plans its forthcoming events as well as managing RSSB’s FutureRailway’s Test Voucher Scheme at Quinton Rail Technology Centre.  His 21 years’ military service saw him being deployed operationally (Iraq and Central America) as well as serving at home and abroad as a specialist trainer and NATO performance evaluator.  Robert has been a trained BS11000 facilitator since 2012 and has introduced this new standard to some 50+ companies operating in the rail sector.

Robert has also been a time-served engineering craft apprentice, a farm labourer and a secondary school PE/Maths teacher – although not all at the same time! His love of motorsport endures in that he is occasionally let loose in a Formula 210 Kart (Villiers engine) on the short circuits and he is currently preparing a vintage BSA motorcycle for a Land Speed Record attempt in 2017.

Energy Efficiency Workshop ‘Renewable Resources in Food Production’ (11.15am): Neil Freckingham, Operations Director, Macphie of Glenbervie

Neil has over 20 years experience in the Food & Drink industry and has been the Operations Director with Macphie since 2009. He is responsible for leading the production, quality, engineering, supply chain and safety teams across the businesses’ two sites during a period of growth and diversification. Macphie manufacture a range of ambient, chilled and frozen food ingredients used by FMCG brand owners, foodservice operators and quick serve restaurants through the UK and export markets. Neil is a graduate of Edinburgh University and Robert Gordon’s University as well as sitting on the SMAS board.

Investment Workshop ‘Managing Change’ (13.30pm): Thomas Lapsley, Operations Manager, Lamond and Murray

Thomas has over 25 years of industry experience working in technical and operational roles for multinational companies in both volume and pilot scale manufacturing. His work has involved successful technology transfer of systems and processes from Japan, Malaysia and USA. More recently Thomas has been working on transformational projects within a growing family owned Engineering business delivering capital equipment and MRP business improvement projects.

Leadership Workshop ‘Industry 4.0 – what might it mean to leading manufacturing businesses?’ (11.15am): Dr Axel Bindel, Chief Technology Officer at High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI)

Dr Axel Bindel has extensive experience in applied industrial research. After graduating from the University of Stuttgart in Electrical Engineering, he worked for the Fraunhofer Technology Development Group (now Fraunhofer IPA) in Stuttgart where he led the group Integration of Electronic Systems. He then took on a role at Loughborough University in the Manufacturing Systems Integration group. Axel holds a PhD from Loughborough University in Manufacturing Engineering. Axel oversees all research at HSSMI, ensuring that it follows and is relevant to our four core themes and reflects our mission and vision.

Technology & Innovation Workshop ‘A digital supply chain future for the manufacturing professional in 2030’ (11.15am): Alan Norbury, Central Technology Officer, Siemens

Alan Norbury is the CTO for Siemens UK industrial activities – a leading global supplier of industrial plant and software, manufacturing automation and drive technologies to industrial customers across the UK and Ireland.

Alan started his career as an Apprentice in Siemens Congleton in 1978 moving into the role of Technical Specialist for Siemens automation and low voltage products. In 1992 Alan spent time in Germany acting as Global Account Manager for key accounts such as Philip Morris & ICI.

He later became the UK Product Specialist for a number of advanced technologies, developing into the role of Applications Specialist primarily focussing on the UK OEM market. Alan established a team of Application Specialists in 1997, a team of pre-sales technical consultants positioned across UK and Ireland whose main focus was to provide advice on the best use of Siemens Industrial technologies.

Since 2011 Alan has worked closely with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres, particularly the MTC in Coventry and the AMRC in Sheffield. He is now Siemens Industrial CTO and dedicates his time to developing leading technology innovation which seeks to benefit Siemens UK manufacturing facilities and also Siemens industrial customers. Alan is a regular Industry 4.0 keynote speaker, sits on the IET Design and Production Sector Executive Board and the Northern Robotics Network Advisory Board.

Technology & Innovation Workshop ‘Improved efficiency and cost reductions through innovative, collaborative projects’ (13.30pm): Jacqueline Balfour, Business Development Manager, Scottish Institute for Remanufacture

Dr Jacqueline Balfour is the Business Development Manager for the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture. She graduated from Strathclyde University in Computer Science and holds a PhD from Lancaster University in Computer Networking.

Jacqueline has 25 years of experience working at Hewlett Packard (HP) in the Applied Research Laboratories, the Enterprise Server Business and the networking business focused on Small/Medium Business. As an R&D Director Jacqueline led many cross functional programs through development, manufacturing and marketing. She has extensive experience managing relationships with partners and vendors and successfully led multiple strategic business initiatives involving collaboration and innovation across HP and with external partners. She has been responsible for many partnership models including OEM, Outsourcing, Technology Selection and Customer Solutions and represented HP in both standards bodies and Industry forums.

The majority of her HP positions have been in the USA with extensive geographic and team building experience in India, China, Singapore, Costa Rica and Canada.

Leadership Workshop ‘Leadership enabling productivity’ (13.30pm): Gavin Hamilton, Manufacturing Director, Stewart Milne Timber Systems

Gavin joined SMTS in October 2014 as Manufacturing Director and is responsible for the company’s manufacturing, logistics and design facilities in Aberdeen and Witney in Oxfordshire. He is also the Director Responsible for Safety within the Group.

Gavin is a graduate of Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon’s University and the University of Strathclyde Business School.
Gavin started his career in the paper industry and now has 25 years manufacturing experience across a number of industries including paper, timber and metal producers.

Technology & Innovation Workshop ‘A Digital Supply Chain Future For The Manufacturing Professional in 2030‘ (11.15am): Dr Michael Ward, Technical Director, Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)

As Technical Director of the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) Dr Michael Ward’s role is to lead and develop the Technology Strategy and to enable the future growth of the centre through winning new business.  In the past nine months much of this activity has been focused on building the case for a Manufacturing Centre of Excellence and Skills for Scotland.  Michael represents the AFRC at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Chief Technical Officers’ forum, the Scottish Aerospace, Defence, Marine and Security (ADMS) Industry Leadership Group, and is a board member of ALFED. Michael previously worked in Rolls-Royce, where held a number of roles.  Latterly as corporate Chief of Capability Acquisition, he was responsible for the definition and leadership of Capability Acquisition across aerospace, marine, energy, and nuclear sectors, and for leading the global Manufacturing Technology Programme.  He has significant experience in manufacturing process modelling, having led the Rolls-Royce Process Modelling Group for five years.

Supply Chains Workshop ‘Wake up and smell the coffee; value co-creation in extended small-holder farmer supply chains (13.30pm): Ewan Reid, Technical Director, Matthew Algie

Ewan Reid has been with Matthew Algie, an independent coffee roaster based in the Gorbals in Glasgow, for 23 years. In his role as Technical Director, Ewan has developed the company’s approach to sustainable sourcing from smallholder cooperatives throughout the world. With a background in food science, Ewan oversees a variety of areas in the business including quality assurance, green coffee supply chain, sustainability, blend development and R&D.