Paul AdamsMaintenance Strategy Manager, Global Manufacturer & Supply, GlaxoSmithKline
My current role as an internal consultant involves deploying leading edge maintenance management to GlaxoSmithKline manufacturing sites worldwide, covering products as diverse as toothpaste, medicines and fine chemicals.
I have been in my present role at GSK for twelve years. It followed on from a variety of senior operational engineering management/lead roles in GSK factories in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, both in UK and in Puerto Rico, including a role as a lean/six sigma specialist.
My earlier career was spent in plant engineering and capital project management in the Chemicals and Food sectors with Du Pont and Unilever respectively.
I have a first degree in Mechanical Engineering, and am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and I’m a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), I also have an MBA from Warwick University.
Bryan DonnellyNational Fleet Performance Manager at the Rail Delivery Group
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) is the United Kingdom rail industry membership body that brings together passenger and freight rail companies, Network Rail and High Speed 2.
Donnelly takes accountability for reporting on national fleet performance and managing stakeholder expectations at senior industry meetings such as the National Task Force. He is currently developing a case for further fleet investment in the next control period. Creating a strategy to modernise fleet maintenance and looking at new innovative ways to measure fleet performance.
He has identified and implemented strategies to significantly improve train location data real time to improve passenger information, automate elements of delay attribution and create a backbone for remote condition monitoring fitment to legacy vehicles.
Verity DavidgeHead of Education and Skills Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is the voice of manufacturing in the UK, representing all aspects of the manufacturing sector. Representing some 20,000 members employing almost one million workers, EEF members operate in the UK, Europe and throughout the world in a dynamic and highly competitive environment.
Working alongside the Director of Employment and Skills Policy, Verity is responsible for developing EEF’s skills, education and employment policy. She responds to government consultations and inquiries on employment, skills and education issues. She also supports EEF’s National Employment and Skills Policy Committee as well as leading EEF’s regional skills groups.
Verity regularly appears in print media where she writes about why it's important that manufacturers have access to the right quality and quantity of skills. She is the co-author of EEF’s Skills for Growth, Up-Skill Battle, Lifting the Lid on the Levy and Making Migration Work for Manufacturers report.
Verity has represented the views of manufacturers on a number of high-level stakeholder group including the Home Office Employer Representative Group on EU migration and DfE Apprenticeship Levy Transfers Group. She has also represented EEF at APPG and Parliamentary Select Committee hearings.
Prior to joining EEF, Verity worked at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she led on employment and skills in. Prior to the LCCI she worked at the public affairs agency College Public Policy.
Verity has a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics as well as an MSc in Public Affairs and Lobbying.
Jenny FrancesDrones Programme & Project Manager Lead, PwC UK
Jenny Frances is part of PwC's Technology & Investments team, and has a specific focus on drones / Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and helping clients to integrate this exciting technology into their business to give them a competitive edge.
With more than 17 years’ experience in project and programme management working across a range of IT and transformation change initiatives, Jenny has managed a variety of engagements ranging in scope from £25,000 to over £35 million. This background has given her the experience to develop how organisations can change their ways of working to take advantage of the benefits drones can bring.
PwC is at the leading edge of this emerging technology, and following on from the launch of their economic study into the potential value of drones which predicts that drones will be worth £42bn to the UK economy by 2030, and has recently (2018) been featured in numerous national media articles including all of the major UK newspapers, BBC Breakfast and Radio 5 Live.
Lee HibbertMaintec Insights Conference chair
Lee Hibbert is an award-winning journalist, editor and content strategist with in-depth knowledge of engineering and technology markets.
With more than 20 years' technical editorial experience, Lee has led and managed teams across print and digital titles. He was the long-standing editor of the IMechE's flagship publication Professional Engineering, and in 2015 was voted British Society of Magazine Editors' editor of the year (branded content - business). He was also the lead author of IMechE best-selling book Engineering Attractions, and has chaired conferences across several industrial sectors.
Now Lee is account director (content) at global b2b agency Publitek, an international B2B media agency specialising in the electronics, industrial and tech sectors, serving 120 clients across Asia, Europe and North America.
Richard KellyEMS Cognito Managing Director
Richard Kelly is a management consultant with 30 years of industry experience with a track record of changing culture, delivering Lean and Reliability best practice and results in renowned, global organisations. His reputation as an industry thought-leader and sought-after keynote speaker has grown following acclaimed half-day seminars on business culture change.
Stephen LewisConsultant, British Steel's Rail Technologies Group
Stephen joined British Steel’s Rail Technologies group as a consultant in November 2017 after working in academia for 10 years. Stephen gained a PhD in tribology of the wheel/rail contact in 2010 after which he spent 7 years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield. Projects he worked on at the University include: railway sanding, rail wear and rolling contact fatigue, friction modifiers and lubrication, low adhesion and leaf layers. Stephen also authored 19 peer reviewed journal articles, co-authored a chapter in a technical handbook and has given numerous presentations at international conferences. Stephen came runner up in the 2017 RRUKA Best Young Researcher Award.
Mike Lomax B.Sc. MIETElectrification Manager, Bosch Rexroth
Mike Lomax, graduate in Control Engineering and has worked in factory automation throughout his carrier. He has worked on everything from major automotive projects down to simple pick and place systems. He has hence an in-depth knowledge of applying servo controls systems both hydraulic and electric as well as PLCs and SCADA systems. He has worked in the Food, Steel, Printing, Packaging and Machine Tools industries. In recent years he has presented Bosch Rexroth Open Core Engineering link to I4.0 concept to numerous OEM machine makers from a diverse variety of industries.
He is currently working on a project to retrofit I4.0 compatible devices to hydraulic packs at a major automotive company. This project will allow the collection of Big Data for the use of the factories mainline department. This background makes him ideal to take a practical approach to the implementation of I4.0 and the internet of things compatibility. He will show during his presentation real world solutions to implementing I4.0 concepts.
Geoff PrudenceC.Eng FCIBSE FRICS FBIFM MIoD
Geoff is high-profile figure in the facilities management industry and is particularly known for actively championing the need for effective maintenance strategies, workable designs and driving improved standards of delivery in the built environment. He has been involved with numerous industry activities, panels, boards, improvement initiatives and is Chair of CIBSE Facilities Management and founding Chair of the BIM4FM cross industry workgroup.
He has over 40 years’ experience in private and public industry, including the banking sector, critical environments, large property portfolios, Transport/Rail Infrastructure, Local Authorities, District /Regional Government and the Education sector, with particular emphasis in recent years with leading change and business transformation. He is well known for developing the industry and people wherever he can. Amongst his many qualifications and awards, he is also the only person in the industry that is a Fellow of CIBSE, RICS and BIFM.
Andy PyeReliability Dialogue Conference Chair
Andy Pye is an experienced technical writer and editor of engineering publications, both online and in print. Specialisms are Manufacturing, Engineering, Automation and Advanced Materials.
Since 2013, he has been Consulting Editor of Controls, Drives and Automation and has recently been appointed editorial consultant on the Maintec exhibition, both owned by Western Business Publishing.
He also writes for online publications and undertakes copywriting for the web sites of some leading manufacturing companies.
Many years ago, in 1980, Andy joined Design Engineering magazine and enjoyed successful periods editing this and many other leading engineering titles in the UK, including Engineering, Industrial Technology and Environmental Engineering.
In 1999, Andy co-founded the pioneering online business Pro-Talk, which was sold as a thriving business to Centaur Publishing in 2006 for an initial consideration of £4.6 million.
Andy Pye is a graduate in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, specialising in Metallurgy and Materials Science. His first job after graduating was at Fulmer Research Institute where he specialised in asbestos substitutes and materials selection.
Andy is a keen cricketer and plays both open-age league cricket and Over 60s county cricket. He is experienced in recreational sports club and league management.