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Wednesday 30th November


This free-to-attend Insider networking conference will hear from expert speakers who will identify the challenges and opportunities facing the region’s manufacturers.

Attend to access advice on how digital technologies, including robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and the Internet of Things could revolutionise your manufacturing processes. And learn how cluster capabilities are driving collaboration and economic development.

We’ll also hear from those people who can make projects happen – the financiers, education providers, support programmes and land developers – to highlight the initiatives they’re leading on to support manufacturers.

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Meet Our Speakers

Dr Harry Burroughes, head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group, University of Sheffield AMRC: Harry’s team in IMG is delivering research into robotic machining, collaborative robotics and advanced integration and automated assembly techniques. He previously worked in technical delivery and project management of automation and integration solutions within heavy industries.

Nick Allman, chief operating officer, Hybrid Air Vehicles: Nick joined HAV in 2001, leading the certification of the AT-10 airship. As programme director, Nick was central to HAV winning the US Army LEMV programme with the Airlander 10 in 2010. He then led the programme management of the project through to and beyond the successful first flight in 2012.

Chris Iveson, chief executive, FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics: FourJaw is a plug-and-play Overall Equipment Effectiveness platform that monitors machine productivity, logs and quantifies downtime reasons and improves communication between shop floor and top floor, in the pursuit of ever improving productivity.

Ava Jones, head of marketing, AESSEAL: Rotherham’s AESSEAL designs and manufactures mechanical seals and support systems, operating from 230 locations internationally. It recently achieved net-zero goals and published a policy to prevent global warming through technological change and investment decisions.

Dame Julie Kenny, master cutler: Dame Julie was recently installed as only the second ever lady Master Cutler in the history of the Cutlers’ Company. She is a successful South Yorkshire based entrepreneur and chairs Robson Handling Technology and is a non-executive director of AES Engineering. She has vowed to work more diversity in engineering and manufacturing.

Cliff Brereton, chief executive, Datahone: A trained engineer, Cliff has spent more than a decade working as a senior designer within a UK-based and globally exporting machine tool company. He understands production manufacturing intimately and how data and analytics can accelerate performance, from product design through supply chain, manufacturing and sales.

Gordon Macrae, special projects manager, Gripple: Sheffield’s Gripple is a leading manufacturer of wire joiners and tensioners for the agricultural and construction markets. It recently invested £2m in an 18,000 sq ft building on Foley Street, which is dedicated to ‘Fast Trak’ manufacture of hi-tech assembly machines. Its subsidiary Gripple Automation provides bespoke automated manufacturing solutions.

Keith Jackson, chief executive, Brandon Medical: Brandon Medical is a UK manufacturer and designer of medical technology solutions. Keith possesses in excess of 30 years’ business, CEO and directorship experience. He is a chartered mechanical engineer and director as well as a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield.

Simon Pollard, manufacturing director, Portakabin: Simon has had a near 30-year track record managing and providing support and expertise within high volume and complex automotive, furniture and steel manufacturing environments, with an overriding emphasis on customer service, quality and change management.

Mark Atkins, director – Business Support, Sewtec Automation: Mark is a human resources professional with more than 23 years’ experience in guiding customers in engineering, retail, FMCG and logistics. Sewtec invents, installs, and supports effective industrial automation systems to blue chip customers worldwide.

Ed Norris, director, Commercial Property Partners: Ed has more than 15 years’ experience advising a range of clients in the industrial property sector across Yorkshire. CPP operates from offices in Sheffield, Nottingham, Leeds and London working with institutional investors, local authorities,  private equity vehicles, occupiers and property companies.

Will Scales, investment director, LDC Yorkshire: Will is responsible for identifying potential investment opportunities, leading transactions and supporting the management teams of LDC’s portfolio businesses as they pursue their growth ambitions. He formerly spent eight years at Rothschild & Co as a member of its corporate finance team.

Oliver North, Chief Executive, Venari Group UK: After serving six years in the British Army, Oliver set up and subsequently sold Huddersfield’s North Fire which supplied fire engines. He then co-acquired Venari, the UK’s leading manufacturer of emergency vehicles.

More speakers to follow…

You’ll not only get to hear about the opportunities and challenges involved, but the chance to directly ask our speakers questions.

The discussion, before a live audience, will also be streamed live online.

We look forward to welcoming you on the 30th November for what is set to be a fascinating discussion!