Stay Ahead Through Innovation
Dr Sarrawat Rehman is a chartered engineer with over 15 year’s combined experience in academic and industrial research and development in orthopaedics and spine. Dr Rehman’s primary focus is on co-development of new technologies with an emphasis on advanced manufacturing techniques and regenerative medicine for musculoskeletal applications. Her role includes redefining the innovation process to bring potentially disruptive technologies to market, working with both global and multidisciplinary teams from academia and industry to drive collaborative development projects, protecting new technologies and securing competitive funding to support the growth of technology development portfolios.
Growth in the UK Through Targeted Acquisitions
Embedding A Positive Culture
Jim Evans is a Manufacturing Leader having accrued 27 years’ experience in the Automotive, Industrial Diesel and Components sectors. Responsible for a Plant manufacturing turbine compressors. Jim knows people are THE key differentiator in the success of a modern, highly complex manufacturing and logistics environment. Creative and original solutions are needed to get your teams thinking about how they positively engage with you, as an employer, the production environment and the customer’s demanding expectations.
Support for SME Innovation in Leeds City Region
Andrew Wright has 30 years of experience in manufacturing. In senior positions in FTSE100 companies BP and Johnson Matthey, he has run large multinational businesses and more recently as Managing Director of Reliance Precision in Huddersfield, he is managing a Yorkshire based, family owned, SME.
He has broad international experience, growing existing and creating new businesses in India and China. All of his jobs have required the driving of innovation in processes and products and this has often meant forging partnerships between universities and business. Reliance is working on a number of Innovate UK sponsored collaborations. A motor for driving solar arrays on telecoms satellites is currently being developed with the European Space Agency and Reliance partners with Leeds-based Steeper Group on the exciting bebionic hand.
A keen supporter of high quality apprenticeships and well experienced at working with the world class universities in the region, he also takes a special interest in promoting the Region as a highly attractive location for innovative business.
Michael Hague-Morgan is Commercial & Engineering Director and major shareholder of engine remanufacturer Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions Limited. A graduate from Cardiff University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mike has 20 years experience in the Automotive Tier 1 supply base, with 15 years at board level.
Since joining Autocraft and under his commercial and engineering leadership, the company has grown from £8m to over £20m turnover, increasing the workforce from 98 to 200 people. Mike is a passionate believer in B2B partnerships with a win-win philosophy. He is a keen supporter of developing engineering talent and champions the use of new technology in manufacturing businesses. Autocraft is currently on a journey of embracing Industry 4.0 and has already seen huge benefits by taking digital technologies from other industries and applying it to its traditional processes for engine remanufacturing and assembly. Mike is keen to share this experience to show how Industry 4.0 can make a quantum shift in your business.
Henry currently heads-up the Business Support function for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which includes the LEP Growth Service and the wide range of products accessible from it, including support with capital investment, resource efficiency and innovation.
Henry has been working in business and skills support for almost 20 years at the local, regional and national level. He led the Enterprise Development Team at Yorkshire Forward and was involved in the development of professional standards for business advisers and owner-managers during his time with SFEDI. He also has inward investment and regeneration experience from his two stints with Leeds City Council.
Henry is also involved in the running of his family’s small business in North Leeds, which is particularly helpful when designing and running current products and services.
Lighting the Way in Innovation
Phil is COO and Co-Founder of Blaze, an urban mobility brand providing technology for bike sharing schemes and consumer cyclists globally.
How to Avoid Being Sued
Gareth Henderson is founder and managing director of Orchard Facilities Management – a Huddersfield-based company that works with businesses nationwide providing a complete facilities management function including waste management, IT managed services, commercial cleaning, pest control, maintenance and compliance.
Founded 10 years ago, Orchard Facilities Management currently employs more than 30 people and has recently acquired Independence House in Huddersfield as its new headquarters as it prepares to become a national player in the FM sector.
The significant size of the firm’s new headquarters has enabled Gareth to fulfil a long held ambition to establish a business incubator for young enterprises. This will provide a nurturing environment for growth, access to insight and advice from the Orchard directors and the benefit of Gareth’s experience gained from establishing and running Orchard Facilities Management and his first business, Orchard Energy, which he ran for 13 years before selling to a national PLC organisation.
Legal Myths and Platitudes
Nigel Hoyle is a Partner, and Head of the Corporate & Commercial Team.
He qualified over 30 years ago, and brings his wealth of experience to play in dealing with a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, typically for owner?managed businesses.
Rob is a corporate finance partner and has experience with a wide range of sell and buy side corporate finance transactions, including corporate acquisitions, disposals and management and shareholder buy outs. He also has experience across a wide range of sectors with a heavy bias towards manufacturing.
Rob has spent more than 10 years advising owner managed businesses on strategy, due diligence and M&A issues at Mazars, and prior to that at a Big 4 firm. He has been a key member of the Leeds office helping to grow one of the largest corporate finance teams in the region.
Optimising Profitability Through Tough Decisions
Born & bred in the ‘steel city’ of Sheffield, Anne is an award winning Managing Director operating in the precision engineering sector receiving an MBE for Services to Engineering in the Queens New Year’s Honours list 2016.
With a background in finance & banking she joined Numill, a precision engineering company, in year 2000 as its bookkeeper.
Returning to education aged 40 she qualified with ACCA, Accounting Technician, followed by a management degree & a post-graduate qualification in Strategic Management. The MBO of Numill Ltd was the subject of Anne’s dissertation. Bringing the MBO to fruition she purchased the Company in October 2006 from the founding owner who began in 1969.
A Chartered Manager, having steered the Company through the deepest part of the recession, Anne’s priorities now are to drive the Company forward in the UK & through export but also to ensure that vital skills are passed on for the future.
With this in mind & believing in ‘Life Long Learning’ Anne is now a Governor at Sheffield College and also at a primary school, Greengate Academy in Sheffield. She is Cutlers Champion at Outwood Academy City in the Sheffield and taking up a role as Enterprise Advisor for this secondary school.
As part of her continuous development in her career Anne is now undertaking NED positions with Engineering Industries Association (EIA) & Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.
Ben Peace, Sustainable Manufacturing Lead, The Knowledge Transfer Network
Ben is part of the manufacturing team at the “Knowledge Transfer Network”, which is the UK’s Innovation Network. He worked in industry for ten years in product development – first in a university spinout, and then in a multi-national heating conglomerate. He then spent a couple of years in innovation consultancy before joining the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in 2011. KTN’s mission is to stimulate innovation and join up the innovation landscape. With many thousands of members they do this by setting up effective collaborative partnerships and providing access to funding.
Darren is a designer with over 18 years’ brand experience working with SMEs, as well as global businesses, across every sector. Directing the creative team to meet client growth objectives, Darren’s firm belief in design thinking for business and user-centred techniques make him an expert in designing ‘different’. His design team has five Design Effectiveness Awards to its name.
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