Professor Juergen Maier, FREng, Chief Executive, Siemens plc

Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive on 1 July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008, and held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including Managing Director of Industrial activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton.

Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme. He was made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2017. Juergen has also received honorary doctorates for his services to UK Science and Engineering for the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Salford Manchester.

Juergen is a passionate advocate of the UK rebalancing its economy and has supported many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills. He has recently been asked by the Government department BEIS to lead a new review on Industrial Digitalisation for UK Manufacturing. Juergen also supports the modern re-industrialisation of the Northern Powerhouse and in that capacity is Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP as well as the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Born 1964 in Germany with Austrian nationality, he came to the UK in 1974.


Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland 

Born in Irvine in 1970 and educated at Greenwood Academy, Nicola Sturgeon studied law at the University of Glasgow where she graduated with LLB (Hons) and Diploma in legal practice.

Before entering the Scottish Parliament as a regional MSP for Glasgow in 1999 she worked as a solicitor in the Drumchapel Law and Money Advice Centre in Glasgow.

She is currently MSP for Glasgow Southside having been, before boundary changes, MSP for Govan between 2007 and 2011.

In government she served as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing between May 2007 and September 2012 and then Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities with responsibility for government strategy and the constitution until November 2014. Throughout this period she also served as Deputy First Minister of Scotland.

She became leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) on November 14, 2014 and was sworn in as First Minister on November 20, 2014. She lives in Glasgow with her husband Peter Murrell.


Sarah Jardine, Senior Director of Manufacturing, Optos Plc

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

Sarah holds a BSc(Hons) in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics and an MSc in Laser Engineering. Having started her career as a Laser Engineer with Thales Optronics, she joined Optos as a Senior Optical Engineer in January 2000 and  progressed through  Operations and R&D teams to her current role. Sarah is also currently the Chairperson of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Board.

People are at the heart of how Sarah runs her manufacturing division and she has managed to create an environment where people have fun and are engaged, open and participative.


Tom Williams, COO, Airbus

Tom Williams was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Airbus Commercial Aircraft in January 2015. He is responsible for the overall operations including Engineering, Procurement and Supply Chain Management. Tom is a member of the Executive Management Team of Airbus and the Airbus Commercial Aircraft Executive Committee.

Previously Tom was Airbus Executive Vice President Programmes, a position he held from July 2005.  His role covered all Airbus aircraft families and as such, he was in charge of ensuring the profitability of the civil programmes, of leading the product policy and the development of new products, as well as ensuring proper delivery to the customers.  Before being appointed to this position, he had been Executive Vice President Procurement since February 2004.

After completing an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in 1972, Tom went on to carry out increasingly senior roles in a number of UK manufacturing companies.

In 1992 he was appointed Operations Manager for Cummins Engines, looking after all manufacturing at the company’s 1,200-strong Scottish factory.  At the start of 1995 he became Manufacturing and Business Group Director for the Sensors activity of Pilkington Optronics – a joint venture with Thomson CSF of France. Focusing initially on the introduction of ‘lean manufacturing’ techniques, he also became involved in integrating Thorn EMI Electro Optics into the business.

Tom joined British Aerospace (now merged with Marconi Electronic Systems to form BAE Systems) in 1997 as Site Director and General Manager at the Prestwick site of the company’s Aerostructures division. Two years later he was appointed Operations Director – Internal Supply, within the company’s Military Aircraft and Aerostructures Division, then Eurofighter Operations Director with responsibilities that included manufacturing and other business functions at the Warton and Salmesbury sites of BAE Systems.

In November 2000, Tom became Managing Director and General Manager of Airbus UK, a position he held until he became Airbus’ Executive Vice President Procurement in 2004.

Tom received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in January 2011 and was awarded the rank of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the Republic of France in December 2015.

In 2016 Tom received the Mensforth Manufacturing Gold Medal from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) for his achievements as a world-class production engineer, and was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by the University of the West of England in recognition of his contribution to operations, manufacturing and business.

Douglas Dawson, CEO, Liberty Industries Group

Douglas Dawson is a prominent British business leader with a 30-year track record of achievement and success within the UK and international engineering, manufacturing and industrial sectors.

Currently Chief Executive of Liberty Industries Group, he is also a member of the Strategic Board of the $7bn a year Gupta Family Alliance, a fast-growing global enterprise which includes the Liberty House and SIMEC groups; encompassing industrial, energy, shipping and commodities activities across 30 countries.

A native of Glasgow, Mr Dawson, who graduated in mechanical engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1982, began his career as Naval Engineering Officer before moving on to take up senior management roles with BTR Industries, a diversified UK based global industrial conglomerate.

Since then he has distinguished himself in a number of high-profile international roles. These included working with a large US investment bank specialising in industrial investments and being involved with SPX Corporation as MD for Europe & Asia, leading a major expansion of the US-owned capital equipment manufacturer across these territories. He subsequently founded Flow System Technologies which designed, manufactured and distributed highly-engineered capital equipment and delivered associated engineering services for the marine, automotive, power generation and other industries. He grew this into a $60m a year business with operations in the USA and Canada.

Much of his time currently is devoted to the development and growth of Liberty Industries Group following Liberty’s acquisition in 2015 of the former Caparo Industries UK steel and engineering businesses. Mr Dawson had overall responsibility for this business for five years in his position as Chief Operating Officer of Caparo Group’s worldwide operations.


Dave Atkinson, UK Head of Manufacturing, SME & MM Commercial Banking, Bank of Scotland

Dave has 30 years’ experience in the banking industry, having joined Lloyds Banking Group in 1988, and has since held various client relationship management and senior leadership roles within the organisation.

Before being appointed to lead the SME & Mid Market Manufacturing sector across the UK in 2014 he was a Regional Director for the Commercial Banking division where he led a team of managers supporting around 13000 commercial clients across a wide variety of business sectors.

He was also previously Chairman of the Banking & Finance Committee for the Gloucestershire LEP during his time working in the South West Region and now also sits on a number of committees and advisory boards linked to various sector manufacturing & engineering initiatives.

In his current role as UK Head of Manufacturing for the Lloyds Bank & Bank of Scotland Businesses he has around 130 managers across the UK who are professionally trained through a University of Warwick accreditation programme in conjunction with the Warwick Manufacturing Group to support and help businesses in the Manufacturing and Engineering sectors.


Rhys Herbert, Senior Economist, Lloyds Bank

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.


Nick Shields, Director, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service

Nick Shields has 30 years’ experience working in both SME and multinational manufacturing businesses such as Polaroid and Digital Equipment Corporation and smaller Scottish engineering businesses.

Nick’s experience has been gained through senior management roles in areas such as: operations management of high volume FMCG responsible for restructuring the global manufacturing operation across US, UK and Far East; engineering manager in a capital equipment manufacturer responsible for new product development and product development within the electronics industry.

Nick was appointed Director of SMAS in June 2011. SMAS work directly with manufacturing firms to increase productivity through targeted improvement projects which deliver quantifiable change whilst embedding a culture of change. With the demand to ever increase business productivity accelerating, the digital age offers great opportunities to manufacturing business, enhancing their competitive edge and driving new value streams.

Linda Hanna, Managing Director Strategy & Sectors, Scottish Enterprise

Linda Hanna oversees Scottish Enterprise’s evidence gathering, planning and prioritisation in response to both the Government’s Economic Strategy and industry strategies. This helps determine delivery plans to support the growth of opportunities where Scotland has capability and competitive advantages within the global marketplace. These include emerging sub sector opportunities such as Advanced Manufacturing, Sub Sea, Fintech and Data Science.

With over 25 years’ economic development experience, Linda has been part of the Scottish Enterprise team since 1991. Her previous roles have included leading the SE approach to support start-up and growth businesses in Scotland, identifying how to help businesses achieve and accelerate sustainable growth and sector-specific work such as aerospace and food and drink.

Linda works closely with many key partners in public sector agencies as well as through her board membership of Remarkable.

Paul Lewis, Managing Director, Scottish Development International & SE International Operations, Scottish Enterprise

Master of Ceremonies

Angus Simpson, Master of Ceremonies

Professional presenter, journalist and broadcaster, Angus Simpson began his journey in the media in the late seventies, after gaining a journalism qualification at Napier University in Edinburgh. In his first job he graduated to senior reporter at the Alloa Advertiser before moving on to the Greenock Telegraph.

After a few years on the newspapers, Angus joined Border Television as a news producer on the nightly ‘Lookaround’ programme, before becoming the youngest news editor in the ITV network and presenter of the evening news.

In 1986 Angus moved back to Glasgow and became a news reporter, then presenter for Scottish Television’s flagship news programmes. Chosen to launch the station’s ‘Lunchtime Scotland Today’ programme, Angus worked with the production team to build a loyal audience and strong show identity. During his time at Scottish Television honed his presenting skills and watched as the industry moved into the digital age. He also presented and reported for London based GMTV.

After a hugely successful period there, Angus sought pastures new and moved back to radio working as a news reader on Radio Clyde 2 and as a presenter on Saga radio in Glasgow.

Angus is presently director of GoldStars Media, which specialises in producing PR campaigns, broadcast quality DVD production, project management and communications training. He is also an occasional lecturer in multi-media journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University – lecturing in writing, presentation and communications across all media.

Dinner Entertainment

Steven Dick, Entertainer

Scottish magician, Steven Dick, is one of the UK’s most in-demand entertainers, delighting crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his 4-star reviewed show and a regular close-up magician at some of Britain’s most exclusive venues including The Gleneagles Hotel and Skibo Castle.

Steven also works with some of the biggest names on the UK entertainment scene, writing regularly for the BBC’s ‘Have I Got News for You’ and shows like Stand up for the Week and Live at the Apollo.

Workshop Speakers

Ken Moran, General Manager, Guala Closures Business Excellence workshop at 13:00 & 14:00

Ken spent seven years at St Andrews University studying chemistry and photophysics before joining ICI in 1982 with exposure to materials research, product and process development and production management. During his time with ICI he was involved a range of manufacturing activities including membrane electrolysis of brine to produce chlorine gas and caustic soda, compounding of PVC, catalyst development and the manufacture of polyester film. Since leaving ICI Ken has taken up a number of roles including Operations Director for Crown Wallcoverings and the MD of Precision Materials a division of Worldmark.

Ken is currently the General Manager of Guala Closures UK supplying specialist closures into the spirits and wine industries. He has been in this position since December 2008.

Wayne Thomson, Manufacturing Specialist, TechnipFMC Industry 4.0 workshop at 14:00

Wayne Thomson is a Manufacturing Specialist at TechnipFMC’s Dunfermline facility. TechnipFMC are a global leader in oil and gas projects, technologies, systems and services.

In his current role, Wayne has responsibility for the creation and deployment of the Dunfermline site’s process technology roadmap. He is the lead for Production Digitalization in TechnipFMC Dunfermline and is responsible for the development of a Manufacturing Execution System which will be rolled out across the globe.

Wayne has worked in a Production environment for over 20 years in various roles and holds apprenticeships in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Management. He also holds an MSc in Manufacturing Leadership from Lancaster University.

Throughout his career, he has developed an in-depth understanding of production processes and systems in the high value manufacturing sector. Wayne has a focus on digital process technology and innovation, which he feels is one of the key areas often overlooked today but believes will largely contribute to sustained success and growth in today’s Manufacturing Industry.

Wayne has become involved in the definition of what Industry 4.0 means for TechnipFMC Dunfermline facility through his work on the creation of the company’s process technology roadmap. He has also been involved in the development of Scotland’s Industry 4.0 diagnostic tool and  lead the pilot of the diagnostic tool and execution of the roadmap within TechnipFMC in Dunfermline.

Brian O’Reilly, Founder, EGG Lighting Circular Economy workshop at 13:00 & 14:00

Brian O’Reilly is a Glasgow local, having worked throughout the UK he returned to Scotland to start his business and be with his family. He is a true entrepreneur – finding a need and working out a way to meet it.

Brian gained his B.Sc. in Instrumentation with Applied Physics at Glasgow Caledonian University, and went on to achieve an M.Sc. in Communications Technology & Policy from the University of Strathclyde. He trained as a teacher and spent seven years consulting for Oracle on CRM systems before founding TreeGreen (trading as EGG lighting).

Lucy Wills, LightbodyLeadership workshop at 13:00 & 14:00 

Lucy spent 4 years at Glasgow Caledonian University studying Food Science & Human Nutrition before joining Food Partners in 2002 where she held process improvement, supply chain and production management roles before progressing in to a Site Lead role in one of its London based operations. Lucy joined Senoble UK in 2007 to lead their dessert operations based in Southam and Leamington Spa. During her time at Senoble Lucy lead the design, commissioning and start-up of a new purpose built automated desserts facility in Leamington (£20M capital investment) consolidating the existing site operations in to the new facility. Lucy joined the Finsbury Food Group in 2011 and has held Project Management and CI roles within the Cake Division. Lucy is currently the Site Director of Lightbody of Hamilton, supplying a wide range of bakery products within the UK and in to the export market. She has been in this position since February 2015.

Alex Waterston, Head of Data and Analytics, WaterstonsIndustry 4.0 workshop at 13:00

Alex is the Head of Data and Analytics at Waterstons. He arrived there after a stint in the games industry, owning a mobile agency and an ill-fated experiment at a digital agency in London. He now looks after a crack team of Data Scientists, Machine Learning Architects, Data Warehouse Specialists and Expert Consultants. We believe that data is only useful if you can use to make good decisions that lead to positive change and continuous improvement.

Waterstons have been helping manufacturers to improve their businesses using technology for nearly 25 years. We’ve assisted in the selection of countless ERP and MLP systems, resurrected old, obsolete but business-critical mainframes using obscure Russian emulator software and helped many of our clients to make good decisions that are supported by data. At Waterstons, Alex has worked with several major UK airports, a caravan manufacturer, a very, very large Scottish engineering company and a business that gathers aftermarket data to keep ships running efficiently at sea.

Colin Kennedy, Manufacturing Sector Manager, Zero Waste Scotland – Circular Economy workshop at 13:00 & 14:00

Colin has over 20 years’ experience of working with SMEs across the UK, gaining his business and commercial acumen in the banking industry. He joined Bank of Scotland in 1993 and held various client relationship roles within the organisation.  Before joining Zero Waste Scotland Colin advised on Business Growth at Business Gateway West Lothian.

He has a key role in supporting Scottish manufacturing by driving sustainable change within the sector and enabling companies to realise the opportunities for growth and development associated with adopting circular economy business practices.

Colin is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, a Chartered Banker and a qualified business mentor.

Paul Richardson, Operations Manager, Leviton Network Solutions Europe – Investment workshop at 13:00 & 14:00

Paul Richardson is the Operations Manager for Leviton Network Solutions Europe, a global end-to-end manufacturer of connectivity and cable. Paul is responsible for manufacturing and logistics in both a make-to-stock service and make-to-order high volume manufacturing environment with customer service at the forefront of the business.

He currently manages 130 staff and is leading the Operational Excellence Programme which is delivering efficiency and productivity improvements alighted to business performance and growth.

Robert Shearlaw, Executive Chairman, WHRL Solutions – Circular Economy workshop at 13:00 & 14:00

Robert is a dairy farmer from South Ayrshire where along with his wife and son they look after a herd of 350 hybrid dairy cows that are managed on a grass based production system. The milk from the herd is supplied exclusively to Nestle.

Off farm Robert has been vice chairman at First Milk, at that time UK’s largest cheese maker and he is past chairman of the   international packaging company SDA. SDA specializes in fresh produce life extension and compostable polymers.

Currently along with his work at WHRL Robert is non exec chairman at the Land Agency, D & R Rural and he works as a consultant with various organizations around the world on food trading and upscaling and modernising agricultural practices.

He formed WHRL Solutions in conjunction with his colleague Colin Thomson. Colin had been working on large scale refrigeration units in the US and had developed a new technique for recovering the heat energy and reducing the electrical load on fridge units. WHRL was formed to commercialise that invention.

Adrian Gillespie 255x255Adrian Gillespie, Chief Commercial Officer, University of Strathclyde – NMIS workshop at 13:00 & 14:00

Adrian Gillespie is the Chief Commercial Officer for the University of Strathclyde. He provides commercial and business development leadership for the University, and strengthens Strathclyde’s leadership in major strategic national and international projects.

Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience of business and commercial management with Scottish Enterprise (SE), where he was Managing Director Operations from 2013 until 2017, and with Marks and Spencer plc where he was a commercial and financial manager during the 1990s.

Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Chairman of the AMRC and AFRC – NMIS workshop at 13:00 & 14:00

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE is Executive Chairman of the AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) and Executive Chairman of AFRC (Advanced Forming Research Centre).

Keith Ridgway worked in industry before moving to academia in 1980. He joined the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in 1988, and became Professor of Design and Manufacture in 1997. He worked with local businessman Adrian Allen to launch the AMRC with Boeing in 2001. In 2009, he helped launch the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
Keith was awarded an OBE in 2005 and CBE in 2011. He became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006.

Speakers’ Corner

Yvonne Weir, Enterprise Manager – North Lanarkshire Council: Our Ambition 10.50am

Following an early career in Banking, Yvonne Weir moved in to Economic Development in 1999 and currently holds the post of Enterprise Manager with North Lanarkshire Council.

For the uninitiated, the Council area is a thriving and vibrant one, with 8,195 registered Businesses, employing 96,210 people and generating a combined Turnover of over £15 billion in the local economy. But there’s no sense of complacency.

The Council is fiercely ambitious, with a committed programme of Enterprise investment and development and a delivery plan to regenerate North Lanarkshire and tackle wider economic and social disparities.