Our 2018 speakers included…
Dr Hans Egermeier
Management Consultant in Automation Technology and Mechanical and Plant Engineering
Hans studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich. He earned his doctorate with honors at the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management at the Technical University of Munich on the assembly simulation with virtual reality technologies. He was managing director of xmedio GmbH, technical director of Rangetainment Technologies and a business manager of the business unit automation software at B&R Automation. Today Hans works as a management consultant in automation technology and mechanical and plant engineering, supporting companies to overcome the strategic, organisational, process engineering and technological challenges of digital transformation.
Engineering Manager, Walkers Snack Foods Coventry and Lincoln, PepsiCo UK.
James is a chartered engineer who has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Nottingham and over 25 years engineering, production and distribution experience in the steel, paper, retail distribution and food/drink industries.
Mentor, trainer and coach, Pathway MTC
Jacqui was the first women apprentice in Philips in the UK, where she trained in digital electronics moving onto becoming a control engineer. She moved on to work in sales and sales management for Cegelec and Eurotherm, before joining Festo in 2001 as a product manager. Being mentored was key throughout her career and when she had the opportunity to become a mentor and then train as both an individual and team coach she enjoyed it so much she set up her own mentoring, training and coaching company in 2017. Jacqui is now an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation.
Graduate training manager, Leonardo Helicopters.
Prior to taking on her current role, Jessica took part in the two-year Business Graduate Programme at Leonardo Helicopters, which involved several rotations across the business. Jessica completed the programme, achieving the postgraduate of the year award.
Jessica completed a Business Studies degree at Bournemouth University and during her third year carried out at industrial placement year at Winkworth. She is currently studying her CIPD Level 7 (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualification, which she is due to complete next year. Working with graduates, Jessica is interested in both the attraction and retention of future talent and helping individuals on their career journey.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Apprentice, Nestle
Jess joined Nestle in 2017 as an apprentice and has spent time at college and learning practical skills onsite. This balance has allowed her to develop as an engineer and build up her technical knowledge. It has also enabled her to become part of the team and develop personally. Day to day work can vary – from pump maintenance to responding to a breakdown onsite. Jess is excited to see where this engineering role will take her in the future.
Managing director, Winkworth
Grant was Managing Director of CJ Tools/Southern CNC (sub-contract fabrication engineering company) and Operations Director for Sonardyne International (manufacturers of subsea instrumentation). He is also the vice chairman of the Processing and Packaging Manufacturing Association (PPMA).
Grant started his working life as an apprentice Instrument maker at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough. He went on to read Engineering with Business Studies and subsequently a Diploma in Management Studies (D.M.S). A combination of business strategy/leadership, combined with experience in technical/production engineering roles allows Grant to offer an informed perspective within SME’s which is affecting industry. He believes that attracting individuals to an industry and environment is just one part of the challenge, ensuring the attraction is fulfilled and retention is achieved is critical.
Chairman, regional section of European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group EHEDG for UK and Ireland.
Eric has a BSc. Hons Metallurgy from the University of Manchester. He spent 20 years working at Allied Breweries, as a technical manager, responsible for development, specification and purchasing of all Allied Breweries’ beer containers, their associated equipment and materials handling systems and their maintenance facilities. He is currently a consultant metallurgist at Effex, and is a European consultant to the Nickel Institute of Toronto. He is also a member of UK Institute of Brewing & Distilling.
Continuous Improvement Manager, Bury St Edmunds, British Sugar.
Ed studied Motor Sport Engineering at Oxford Brookes University where he was first introduced to continuous improvement in industry. He joined British Sugar in 2014 and now heads up a team of engineers that facilitate the delivery of 40+ improvement projects every year.
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