Bob Gilbert was, until his retirement from full-time practice, a corporate lawyer, insolvency practitioner, and deputy senior partner of Wragge & Co, now Gowling WLG. Over an extensive legal career he was invited to sit on the boards of many private and public companies, most recently stepping down as Chairman of the Paintbox Group. He has taken three companies to the stock market as Chairman and has considerable international experience of commercial and industrial enterprises, particularly in the manufacturing sector. Bob is currently Chairman of the Government’s UK Intellectual Property Office.
Dick Elsy is the Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He joined the Catapult from Torotrak plc, the global innovator in gearless traction drive technology where he was CEO. Prior to this Dick was Product Development Director at Jaguar Cars Limited where he led the introduction of several new car programmes. Dick’s earlier roles were also in the automotive industry with a period of time spent with BMW in Munich leading a major car programme and a long career with Land Rover, where, as a member of the executive board, he led the creation and development and manufacture of the Land Rover Freelander. Dick is a board member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership and a member of the Automotive Council’s Technology group. He chairs both the Automotive Council and Aerospace Growth Partnership’s Manufacturing Working Groups. He also sits on the board of Birmingham Science City. Dick is the holder of a Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology as well as a Board member of AIRTO, the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations.
Joe has had an extensive career in the automotive industry and previously held the position of Chairman, Ford of Britain. He was formerly Chairman and CEO of Jaguar and Land Rover where he was responsible for overseeing sales and production expansion at Land Rover and setting in train necessary structural changes at Jaguar. Joe has also held a number of global marketing and operations positions at Ford’s World Headquarters in the USA. Joe is a member of the UK’s Automotive Council and was President of the UK Automotive Industry’s trade organisation, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. He was awarded the CBE for services to the automotive industry in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2011. He was most recently Chief Executive of the Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO) and is currently Chairman of the RAC Foundation.
Sir Mike Gregory’s early career was in industry. His academic and professional work includes manufacturing strategy, technology management, international manufacturing and manufacturing policy. Mike led the establishment of the IfM which takes a very broad and integrating view of manufacturing from market through design, production, distribution, service and sustainability with very close industrial and government engagement. The Institute’s mission is to link science, engineering, management and economics education, research and practice to improve and innovate manufacturing and industrial systems. He chairs the UK Manufacturing Professors’ Forum and is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Judith joined the Board of HVM Catapult in January 2014. She is a chemical engineer and worked in chemicals manufacturing industry for more than 25 years. She also has extensive experience of interacting with Government. She was Director General of the Chemical Industries Association for several years making the case for the UK chemicals industry with passion based on personal experience and then moved to Brussels to bring that same passion to representing all of Europe’s chemical industry. Judith spent 7 years as Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and is also a non-Executive Director of the Energy Saving Trust. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Chemical Engineers and was previously President of the latter. Judith is currently Chair of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. Judith received the First Women Award for her dedication to manufacturing in 2013.
Brian Holliday is Managing Director for Siemens Digital Factory which serves the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors in the UK, Ireland, Nigeria and Ghana. He is a member of the Executive Management Board for Siemens plc and Chairman of Siemens Industry Software UK. In June 2015, he became Chairman of the Electronic Systems Council (ESCO) which represents the interests of 85,000 British Electrical & Electronics companies. Brian is a Main Board member for The EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation which provides vital business support, training and governmental representation for the sector. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Brian started his career as an apprentice with Texas Instruments and went on to read Computer Systems at Cardiff University before joining Siemens, the global leader in electrification, automation and digitalization, in July 1993. He attained his Executive MBA at Manchester Business School in 2000 and in 2014 became a graduate of the CBI’s Leadership Programme.
Hamid has over 30 years of experience in the Automotive and Aerospace Industries. During this period he has held senior positions in a variety of disciplines ranging from Product Engineering to Supply Chain Management. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2001 from BMW Group where he was Director of New Product Programmes. In his current role as Director of Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, Hamid is responsible for leading the Manufacturing activities & strategies across the company’s manufacturing bases. Hamid has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, BA in Mathematics and Technology, MSc. in Production Engineering & Management and a Doctorate in Manufacturing Systems. Hamid is the Pro Chancellor University of Nottingham and External Professor of Manufacturing at Cranfield, Hertfordshire and Sheffield Universities. He is a Chartered Engineer, winner of International Manufacturing Gold Medal and Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, IMechE and IET. Hamid received an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) award in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to Innovation, Technology and Manufacturing. He has also received Honorary Doctorates in Engineering from the Universities of Sheffield, Strathclyde, Birmingham and Hertfordshire.