Andy developed the business case and strategy for the £50m Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, submitting it to HM Treasury in 2015. He led the Catapult start-up from 2017, representing the Catapult during roundtable discussions with the Prime Minister, and joining the Secretary of State during the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong.
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 research doctorate from Strathclyde University.
Bob is Executive Chair of The Board at The Cyber Security Challenge UK Ltd and a Trustee at The Cyber Trust.
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, as a non-Exec Director with IRM Ltd, and various consulting Director roles.
Bob is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the IET and of the BCS, and a Founder Fellow of CIIS.
Adam Fletcher is an established business leader in the global electronic components market with a deep cultural exposure to international management, practice and process in Europe, USA and Japan.
Over the past forty years he has enjoyed creating, nurturing and managing large multi-disciplined teams, generating sales revenues of $250M+pa.
In May 2005 Fletcher was appointed Chairman of The Association of Franchise Distributors of Electronic Components (afdec), an industry association established in 1970 that has transitioned under his leadership into the electronic components supply network (ecsn). ecsn is “a member-managed, not-for-profit industry association promoting the use of electronic components from cradle to grave and re-birth…”
Dr. Frederik Schulze Spüntrup is currently the President of the European Young Engineers, an international non-profit organisation representing more than 350,000 young engineers all across Europe. It aims to foster education, networking and mobility amongst young engineers.
With an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, a PhD in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NUST) and an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs, he combines both the technical insights and the business acumen of several industries.
Having served six years with Nestle, Calum currently works within the confectionary arm of the business specialising in Automation Engineering. His role involves being responsible for the management of small and large scale projects with respect to the design and development of manufacturing equipment and control systems.
Subsequently, Calum is responsible for ensuring factory production processes are as efficient as possible by leveraging the latest technology in SCADA and PLC systems as well as more recently developing an industrial IT infrastructure though innovations in machine learning and asset data analysis that provide an overall benefit to the food industry of the UK & Ireland.
Dr Tim Wiles is a Staff 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, Python and LabVIEW to achieve his goals.
His current core interests are Monte Carlo simulations and exploring the space of deep learning, a subset of the broader field of artificial intelligence, understanding what novel solutions can be found to traditionally difficult problems. Tim studied at Durham University, achieving a PhD in atomic physics.
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 UK's best-selling computer of all time, the Raspberry Pi.
His design has been celebrated on a set of Royal Mail 1st class stamps highlighting the best of UK engineering of the past 50 years. Having recently completed an MBA from the Judge Business School at Cambridge University, he is now looking to help drive the industrial market applications for Raspberry Pi products.
Stewart Edmondson CEng FIET is the CEO of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation and a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Aston University. He chairs the IET’s Professional Development Advisory Committee.