Fletcher was appointed Chairman of “afdec” in 2005 Fletcher led the organisations transition to support electronic components ‘from cradle to grave and then re-birth’ within the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn). Fletcher was appointed Chairman of the International Distribution of Electronics Association (IDEA) in 2011 and supported with the formation of the Russian and Chinese electronic components industry associations. In 2019 Fletcher was appointed a Director of the Electronic Components Industry Association in the US.
Andy joined the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult in February 2017, and was appointed Strategic Development Director in September 2018. Andy developed the Catapult’s business case and strategy, which was submitted HM Treasury in 2015 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. His early career was spent leading R&D teams with Rolls Royce, Spirent PLC and Abbott Diagnostics, and he 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.
Having served five years in the Nestlé confectionary business Calum currently works in the Automation Engineering Team being responsible for the management of small and large scale projects with respect to the design and development of manufacturing equipment and control systems. Calum’s role is to make the production process as efficient as possible by leveraging the latest technology in factory SCADA and PLC systems & networks as well as more recently developing an industrial IT infrastructure though innovations in machine learning and the IoT that continue to delight the British public’s demand for trusted quality confectionary products.
Bob is Chair of The Board at The Cyber Security Challenge UK Ltd, and an independent security Consultant Director and Advisor through Herne Hill Consulting Ltd.
He was the Director for Cyber and Assurance at BT until 2013, and was the Director of Technology & Engineering and Board Member at GCHQ to 2005. His career has also included periods with UK MoD, in The Netherlands with The SHAPE Technical Centre, research at Cambridge University Engineering Department, and as a non-Exec Director with IRM Ltd.
Bob is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the IET and of the BCS, and a Founder Fellow of the IISP.
Dr 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. His current core interest is in the area of deep learning, a subset of the broader field of artificial intelligence, exploring what novel solutions can be found to traditionally difficult problems. Tim studied at Durham University, achieving a PhD in atomic physics.
Graham founded Sondrel in 2002 to provide complex digital ASIC design services. Today the company has 250 engineers with offices in Europe, Asia and Africa providing expert consultancy to some of the biggest names in the electronics industry and turnkey solutions from architecture to packaged chip for businesses across a range of industries. Graham has been involved in the acquisition and integration of more than 15 technology companies. Graham has set up graduate programmes in engineering in China, held a Non-Executive Director role on the China Britain Business Council and regularly supports electronic engineering industry initiatives focused on developing talent.
Hannah is a maker and technology writer best known for her charmingly overcomplicated solutions to everyday problems, detailed in a series of columns for New Scientist magazine. Her inventions include a pair of shoes that can call you an Uber, a teabag dunking robot, a coaster that uses cat pictures to stop you from drunk-tweeting, an Alexa-connected pedal pin and more. She has found ways to incorporate electronics in everything from Halloween pumpkins to a taxidermy stoat. Her latest work includes a series of articles helping beginners take their first steps into hobby electronics, from basic circuits to building an autonomous biscuit-carrying robot in 10 weekly instalments. Hannah is also part cyborg and uses her implanted RFID chip to give out her contact details and open doors. Besides New Scientist, her work has been featured on the Arduino blog, Hackaday and more.
Jude is an award-winning Product Design Engineer with an unparalleled appetite to investigate each subject matter that crosses his path. With a passion for bridging seemingly disparate disciplines, he is fascinated by fresh design challenges, be they human, mechanical or virtual.
He was one of the eight featured inventors who created solutions for people with disabilities in BBC's Big Life Fix with Simon Reeves. He has worked for the NHS, Speck Design, Dyson, Sugru and LEGO, and his latest ventures include independent consultation on strategy/foresight of tech for companies looking to modernise, diversify or tackle global problems.
Rahim Tafazolli is the Regius Professor and Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications. He is the Director of ICS and the founder and Director of world’s first 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, UK. He is regularly invited by many governments for advise on mobile communications and in particular 5G technologies. Regius Tafazolli has given many interviews to International media in the form of television, radio interviews and articles in international press
Rob graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Loughborough University, where he helped develop a number of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices, including ones that convert both blinks and breath to speech, to allow people to communicate. Rob currently leads a team of software engineers at CMR Surgical, developing the next generation of surgical robots to perform keyhole surgery. Outside of work, Rob continues to develop novel communication devices and is currently working on a system to allow someone to build and play with Lego using Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices, such as sip-puff switches, blink detectors and more.
Robert Blenkinsopp is Ultrahaptics’ VP Engineering, 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 versions of Ultrahaptics’ technology.
In 2017 Roger Thornton was recognised as one the 30 best Design engineers under 30 in the UK by Electronics weekly. Currently he works for the iconic UK computer company Raspberry Pi where he has been responsible for taking multiple products for the company from design to high volume production. These products include an iteration of the UKs best-selling computer of all time, the Raspberry Pi. His design being celebrated on the latest set of Royal Mail 1st class stamps highlighting the best of UK engineering in the past 50 years.
Roger regularly speaks at events which champion engineering; recently opening a new campus for the worldwide safety testing company UL alongside the UK minister for international trade. Roger believes in UK engineering should be backed up by UK manufacturing; working with multiple government and private companies to help re-shore high technology manufacturing."
Sam Presley is an Electronics and Firmware Engineer specialised in the development of consumer IoT products. He is currently Lead Inspiration Engineer at RS Components, where he is working to inspire and develop the next generation of Design Engineers. Previously Sam was involved in the early-stage research and development of future connected products at Dyson. He was named an Electronics Weekly BrightSpark in 2017 and is Chair of the global IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Young Professionals Committee
Steve Furber CBE FRS FREng is ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, UK. He spent the 1980s at Acorn Computers, where he was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. Over 120 billion variants of the ARM processor have since been manufactured, powering much of the world's mobile and embedded computing. He moved to the ICL Chair at Manchester in 1990 where he leads the SpiNNaker project, which has delivered a computer incorporating a million ARM processors for brain modelling applications.
Stewart Edmondson is the CEO of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF). He has a degree in Electronics and served twenty-four years in the Royal Air Force. His military career culminated as the Commanding Officer of Number 1 Radio School, delivering training and education for all of the RAF’s ICT specialists. Subsequently, Stewart pursued his interest in training with a role at QinetiQ, before gaining further commercial experience at Xchanging and then BAE Systems. He joined the UKESF in 2015. He has been a Chartered Engineer for over twenty years and was elected as a Fellow of the IET in 2009.
Tony King-Smith is a well-known UK-based electronics and semiconductor technology executive, with 40 years’ experience managing engineering, marketing and business development teams world-wide. He is widely recognised as an industry expert in technology marketing and strategy, hardware intellectual property, semiconductor supply chains and technology brand management. He spent 10 years as CMO for Imagination Technologies, and previously held senior R&D management positions at British Aerospace, Inmos, LSI Logic, Hitachi (Renesas) and Panasonic. His consultancy, TKS Partnerships, works with a range of startups and larger companies, primarily in automous driving, embedded AI and Industrial IOT.