Our panel of 2018 experts- keep checking back for more additions!

Robert Blenkinsopp
VP Product

Robert Blenkinsopp is Ultrahaptics’ VP Product, he explores and develops new forms of interaction enabled by Ultrahaptics’ mid-air haptic technology and how it can be expanded and applied to a whole range of customer application. As employee #1 he was involved in developing and shipping the first version of Ultrahaptics’ technology.

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Josh Bowen
Electronic Engineer
He-Man Dual Controls Ltd.

Josh is a keen electronic engineer working in the automotive industry, developing retrofit systems from a wealth of hands-on experience and a passion for engineering. Having developed a strong technical and professional background from a variety of different projects he is always looking for the next opportunity to challenge himself.

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Sam Presley
Electronics and Firmware Engineer

Sam Presley supports early stage projects at Dyson, exploring new connectivity technologies to invent and realise intelligent features for the next generation of connected Dyson products. 

He was named an Electronics Weekly Brightspark in 2017 and is Vice-Chair of the global IET Young Professionals Community Committee.

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Adam Fletcher
Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn)

Fletcher has deep cultural exposure to business practice and process in Europe, USA and Japan was appointed Chairman of ecsn / afdec in May 2015 and Chairman of the International Distribution of Electronics Association (IDEA) in 2011. 

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James Hayman
Electronics Engineer
Taylor Hobson

James is a young engineer who has been specialising in precision measurement systems since leaving school. He was part of the first class of winners of the EW BrightSparks award and then went on to be awarded ‘Rising Star New Engineer of the Year’ at the Elektra Awards 2017.

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Paul Hide

Paul's experience spans Sales, Marketing, Operational and General Management roles during 25 years in B2C, B2B and B2G technology industry organisations, including Sharp and Sony Electronics.


Paul has led the UK introduction of many technology milestones that have delivered the analogue to digital technology transition of the past three decades. Paul’s current role is as a Director of techUK, the UK’s leading technology trade association, and involves working in partnership with members, Government and stakeholders to shape and lead the future of the UK technology industry and the application of UK based tech.


Paul is also a Trustee of the Electrical Safety Board, a Governor of Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust and an active member of British Cycling’s UK racing scene.

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Professor Jon Howes
IoT & Security Strategist
NEuW Limited

Jon Howes is an independent advisor to a range of IoT innovators around the world. His board advisory roles include the IoT Security Foundation, Secure Thingz Inc, and Hiving Technology of Dubai.

Jon has delivered results in product management and market engagement for many high growth market leaders since 1993.

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Emilio Mistretta
Smart Systems Research Team
University of Hertfordshire

Based at the University of Hertfordshire Emilio is currently nearing the completion of his PhD in Smart Systems from the school of Engineering and Technology. Emilio carries out teaching roles at the University as a Visiting Lecturer and for RS Components as their DesignSpark software trainer. He also works on commercial IoT focused projects as a hardware and software consultant. 

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Calum Finn
Process Engineering Manager
Nestlé UK&I, York Factory

Based in the York Factory MES Team providing leadership and support to the NUK&I business operations I manage the Factory Electrical, Automation, and Industrial IT infrastructure. Recently, the most exciting part of my role is the development of innovations in areas such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

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Dr Andy Sellars
Strategy Director
Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult

Andy was appointed Chief Business Development Officer of the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult in February 2017, and was promoted to Strategy Director in October 2018. Andy developed the Catapult’s business plan for HM Treasury following a 2-year consultation with industry, government and academia.

Andy joined the Catapult from Innovate UK, where he delivered £15m of strategic investments in electronics, smart materials and compound semiconductors. Andy’s early career was spent leading R&D teams with Rolls Royce, Spirent PLC and Abbott Diagnostics. He also set up an events management company, and was prime consultant on film and TV lighting for James Bond and Sky News. Andy holds an Executive MBA from Glasgow University and a Doctorate from Strathclyde University.

Andy recently represented the Catapult during round table discussions with the Prime Minister, and joined the Secretary of State during the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong. 

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Robert Smith
Consultant Engineer
Plextek RFI

Robert received his PhD in microwave engineering from Cardiff University and subsequently worked for Thales Netherlands designing transmitters for phased array radar. At Plextek RFI he designs pioneering millimetre-wave compound semiconductor ICs for 5G communications as well as high performance power amplifiers. He is a EW BrightSparks 2017 award winner.

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Roger Thornton
Principal Hardware Engineer
Raspberry Pi

Roger is responsible for hardware design and manufacture at Raspberry Pi. He was named an Electronics Weekly Brightspark in 2017, an award celebrating the top 30 design engineers in the UK under 30. 

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Tim Wiles
Senior Development Scientist
Tim Wiles is a Senior Development Scientist in Peratech’s R&D team, covering a broad range of areas including driving fundamental understanding, optimising sensor performance, and physical and software automation. He regularly uses MATLAB and LabVIEW to achieve his goals. Tim studied at Durham University, achieving a PhD in atomic physics.
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