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Over the two days expert speakers will be appearing at our 2018 Materials Research Exchange Conference and Exhibition

Over the two days expert speakers will be appearing at our 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase including Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, CEO, Innovate UK; Professor Philip Nelson, CEO, EPSRC and Rebecca Endean, Director of Strategy, UK Research and Innovation with many more still to be announced.

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Rebecca Endean

Director of Strategy, UK Research and Innovation

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Professor Philip Nelson

CEO, EPSRC

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Dr Ruth McKernan

CEO, Innovate UK

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Laura Jones

Consulting Fellow, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

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Chris Warkup

​CEO, Knowledge Transfer Network

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Stuart McDill

Chair of the Industry Panel discussion and freelance broadcaster and journalist

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Dr Ellen Pope

Graduate Analyst in Materials and Manufacturing at Innovate UK

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Professor Philip Withers FRS, FREng, FRAes, FIMMM

Chief Scientist for the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials

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Andrew Hosty

CEO, Henry Royce Institute

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Simon Edmonds

Director for Manufacturing and Materials at Innovate UK

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Sue Dunkerton OBE

Director, Knowledge Transfer Network

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Phil Williams

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Knowledge Transfer Network

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Tatiana Correira

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Nanotechnology, Knowledge Transfer Network

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Rebecca Endean

Director of Strategy, UK Research and Innovation

Rebecca Endean was appointed as the Strategy Director for UK Research and Innovation in March 2017. She works with the UK Research and Innovation’s design project to develop the plans for the strategic centre. She has a particular focus on supporting the new Board and developing key functions such as analysis and communications.

Rebecca is also building a small strategy and analytical team in the transition phase. This will work closely with the nine constituent parts of UK Research and Innovation to develop advice on how to invest the additional research and innovation funds announced in the Autumn Statement 2016.

She was previously Director of Research and Innovation Reform, Business and Science at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with overall responsibility for the Higher Education and Research Bill that created UK Research and Innovation.

She has a background in research, science and innovation. Originally trained as an economist, Rebecca has considerable expertise on a wide range of economic and social policy issues, in particular poverty, family policy, the labour market and justice. She has worked in a number of Government departments in policy and analysis roles, including as the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Justice.

Professor Philip Nelson

CEO, EPSRC

Philip Nelson served from 2005-2013 as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, with particular responsibility for Research and Enterprise. He previously served as Director of the University’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and as Director of the Roll-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise. He holds the post of Professor of Acoustics and has personal research interests in the fields of acoustics, vibrations, signal processing, control systems and fluid dynamics.

Professor Nelson is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Acoustics, and the Acoustical Society of America. He is the recipient of both the Tyndall and Rayleigh Medals of the Institute of Acoustics, and served as President of the International Commission for Acoustics from 2004-2007. He also served as the Chair of the Sub-Panel for General Engineering in REF 2014. He is the author or co-author of 2 books, over 120 papers in refereed journals, 30 granted patents, and over 200 other technical publications.

Professor Nelson has had a long association with EPSRC, most recently serving as a member of the Council’s Strategic Advisory Network since 2010.

Dr Ruth McKernan

CEO, Innovate UK

Dr Ruth McKernan CBE joined Innovate UK as Chief Executive in May 2015. Ruth has 25 years of research and commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including heading up research units in the UK and the US. She is a member of the Ministry of Defence’s Innovation Advisory Panel and the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee. Ruth was also a Council Member for the Medical Research Council for five years. Ruth was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to business, innovation and skills.

Ruth’s previous roles include Senior Vice President at Pfizer and Head of the Merck Neuroscience Research Centre. She is a published author and winner of the Glaxo/ABSW Science Writers’ Award. Ruth has published more than 120 scientific papers, 15 patents and a book for non-scientists, “Billy’s Halo”. Ruth graduated with a BSc in Pharmacology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from King’s College, London, and she held a Fulbright Scholarship. 

Laura Jones

Consulting Fellow, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Laura graduated from the University of Surrey in 1996 after completing an Engineering Degree in Materials Technology. Her early career was spent in industry, working on diverse aspects such as the growth and characterisation of synthetic diamond, 3D medical ultrasound, the development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), materials for new SONAR systems and active vibration and noise control. In 1999 she joined the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, an Agency of the UK Government, which was privatised and became QinetiQ in 2001. In 8.5 years with QinetiQ her main focus was on the development and application of smart and functional materials for both military and civil applications. After a brief interlude working for her Professional Institute she returned to work for the UK Government at the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in 2008. 

In her early work at Dstl she gained an MPhil from the University of Southampton for research into the high-strain rate properties of novel functional materials. Laura’s work at Dstl is focused on harnessing innovation in the supplier base for the benefit of the MoD and her technical remit includes both materials and manufacturing. She is a Principal Adviser for the Materials for Strategic Advantage Research Programme ; this is a tri-service programme with a value of ~ £12 million per year, undertaking the fundamental materials and structures research needed to ensure the future-proofing of defence equipment. Laura is a registered Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. She has held honorary positions at the Universities of Southampton and Birmingham, and has been a guest lecturer at Imperial College London.

Chris Warkup

​CEO, Knowledge Transfer Network

Biography will be updated shortly

Stuart McDill

Chair of the Industry Panel discussion and freelance broadcaster and journalist

Stuart McDill is a freelance broadcaster and journalist with nearly thirty years experience working for Reuters and the BBC, amongst others. In the last ten years he has written and filmed science and environment stories from as far afield as ice shelves in Antarctica, the Philippines after storm Haiyan and the annual Arctic sea ice minimum story from within 500 miles of the North Pole. He has also worked as a solo video journalist reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. He helped set up the science and technology desk for Reuters Television, where he now freelances, on the lookout for innovation stories.

Dr Ellen Pope

Graduate Analyst in Materials and Manufacturing at Innovate UK

Ellen joined Innovate UK in September 2017 shortly after completing my PhD in nanomaterials at the University of Bristol. She currently works in the materials and manufacturing sector within the advanced materials team and since joining Innovate UK has been focused on the portfolio analysis and management of the advanced materials team projects as well as supporting events such as MRE. Her main role at MRE will be the coordination of the cohort event, facilitating interactions between companies looking for future collaboration.

Professor Philip Withers FRS, FREng, FRAes, FIMMM

Chief Scientist for the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials

Professor Philip Withers FRS, FREng, FRAes, FIMMM has made a seminal contribution to our fundamental understanding of the performance of materials through his pioneering use of neutron, synchrotron X-ray and laboratory X-ray beams to provide new insights on behaviour, often inoperando under demanding conditions.  Further, through his leadership of the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials to his new role as Chief Scientist for the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, he has striven to deliver industrial impact as well as science and engineering excellence and recently became the UK’s first Regius Professor of Materials.

Philip Withers read Natural Sciences, and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in the 1980s, focusing on mental matrix composites. In 1989, he became a lecturer in Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge, before being appointed to a Chair at The University of Manchester in 1998. In 2000, he set up a Unit for Stress and Damage Characterisation using diffraction and destructive methods to map residual stresses in engineering components and materials. In 2008, to complement this work he established the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility (HMXIF), which is now the most comprehensive suite of X-ray imaging systems in the UK.  In 2010, he was awarded the Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers’ Company Prize for his pioneering work on stress and damage characterisation using X-ray and neutron beams. In 2014 his facility was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of the impact, excellence and innovation in X-ray imaging conducted by his team. 

In September 2012, he became the founding Director of the $100m BP International Centre for Advanced Materials, in 2014 Director for the Centre for Doctoral Training Materials in Demanding Environments, in 2016 became the first Regius Professor of Materials in the UK and in 2017, the Chief Scientist for the £235m Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (2016), the Royal Academy of Engineering (2005), the Royal Aeronautical Society (2008) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2004).  Yet a core focus for Professor Withers remains the training and development of early career researchers, the next generation of scientists. 

As a passionate communicator of science, he has developed a number of tools for public engagement. In particular, he has presented at three Royal Society Summer Science Exhibitions and at the Queen’s 80th Birthday Science Day at Buckingham Palace. His work in this area has been recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering/Nexia Solutions Education Innovation Prize (2007) and the Sir Colin Humphreys Education Award (2014) of the IOM3.

Andrew Hosty

CEO, Henry Royce Institute

Andrew Hosty is CEO of the Henry Royce Institute and previously worked for Morgan Advanced Materials Plc, where he was Chief Operating Officer.

A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience of the commercial sector with main board experience of FTSE 250, SmallCap and private businesses and has worked at all stages of business growth and economic cycles.

He was one of the key architects of the technology-led commercial strategy for Morgan Advanced Materials, and is tasked with ensuring Royce becomes a world leading centre for advanced materials research and commercialisation.

Andrew’s broad expertise in advanced materials spans strategy, research and operations for ceramic, alloy and composites businesses across aerospace, medical, electronic and petrochemical sectors.

He has been responsible for manufacturing facilities and successful high value contract negotiations in Europe, China, India and Latin America and has led a number of acquisitions and divestments.

Simon Edmonds

Director for Manufacturing and Materials at Innovate UK

Simon Edmonds is Director for Manufacturing and Materials at Innovate UK. Simon joined Innovate UK in 2013 as Director for the Catapult Programme. He was previously Director for Innovation at the UK Government’s then Department for Business Innovation and Skills where his role included sponsorship of the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) as well as other bodies within the UK innovation ecosystem such as the Design Council, Nesta, National Measurement System, BSI and UKAS. Through his Business Sectors focus within Government business and trade departments covering all industrial sectors, he has been responsible for many innovation and growth reviews and the manufacturing strategies published in 2004 and 2008. As Director for Innovation he worked closely with Hermann Hauser to deliver the review and subsequent Catapult funding by Ministers. He was previously Chief Executive and Divisional Managing Director of a number of SME businesses and had a 16-year career with Raychem Corporation. Simon graduated with a Business Degree from Aston University and has an MBA from Henley Management College. Simon is also a graduate of the Government’s Major Projects Leadership Academy.

Sue Dunkerton OBE

Director, Knowledge Transfer Network

Sue is responsible for Life Sciences at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN); encompassing HealthAgri-Food and BiosciencesMaterials and Chemistry. She read materials science at UMIST and after graduating, joined TWI (Research and Technology Organisation), where her career spanned oil and gas, aerospace, electronics before becoming increasingly focused on medical technologies and healthcare.

Since 2002, Sue has been involved in knowledge transfer through Faraday Partnerships and then the forerunners for the Knowledge Transfer Network. She received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2014 in recognition of her contribution to the field, along with her championing of the engineering industry as a whole.

Phil Williams

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Knowledge Transfer Network

Phil is Knowledge Transfer Manager, Robotics and Autonomous Systems and has a background as a project manager for both KTN and for HELIO (the Heliophysics Integrated Observatory) at UCL. He holds Master’s degrees in Intelligent Systems and Satellite Engineering.

Tatiana Correira

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Nanotechnology, Knowledge Transfer Network

As Knowledge Transfer Manager for Nanotechnology for KTN, Tatiana supports innovation and knowledge transfer across the nanoscale manufacturing community; dealing with instrumentation adoption, the characterisation of advanced materials and surfaces, nano-based sensors and energy harvesting technologies, online quality control and compliance with underpinning regulatory regimes. Tatiana is the author of several scientific papers and co-editor of the book Electrocaloric Materials: New Generation of Coolers. She is also the co-inventor of a ceramic material for energy storage at high temperatures, a project in which she led a consortium of academic and industry partners in the development of a capacitive product from TRL1 to TRL 7.


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