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Dr Mark Swift

CTO, WMG centre HVM Catapult

Head of SME Programmes

Mark.Swift@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I lead WMG’s initiatives focused on helping SMEs grow through research-led innovation and developing new skills.

How can you help manufacturing?

I have experience of bringing innovative research to market, running knowledge transfer programmes and helping to grow small businesses. My background in manufacturing systems, previously working for International Paper, Hasbro and BMW UK helps me do this.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Mark is via email or by calling 024 76 523689.

Dr Kylash Makenji

Principal Engineer

K.Makenji@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I support a great team of industry and academic experts, who work closely with Businesses, to identify their challenges and help them to address them.

How can you help manufacturing?

I have 20 years of direct experience with industry and 15 years indirectly through the university, we support manufacturing through academic excellence and industry relevance.

What problems do you like solving?

I enjoy coming up with solutions to challenges in manufacturing, such as increasing productivity or waste elimination or reuse of them. My background is in plastic materials, they have been demonised recently in the world press, my thoughts are that plastic materials are not the issue, but on how we as a species interact with these materials and that we should be using them in a much smarter way.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Kylash is by email, or phone (07545 967897) 

Dr Paul Milne

Project Manager

P.Milne@warwick.ac.uk

How can you help manufacturing?

I help companies get value from science and technology to overcome the problems of today and to enable a more productive and competitive tomorrow. I have had various technical management and leadership roles including a stint as a director of an SME facing all the challenges of the market, suppliers, customers, shareholders, resources, production and lack of time, that manufacturers have. In my current role, having been on the Industry side of the table, I like listen and understand what are your challenges and blockers and to use our expertise, experience and skills to help your company navigate a way through – plug you into the right people and technology to build beneficial and lasting partnerships.

Living in a world of challenges I am motivated to apply our technology and innovative thinking to make a real change for the better and build a more sustainable future.

What problems do you like solving?

Favourite topics are sustainability, polymers/plastics, optics, sensors, digital tech and the environment. I like solving all problems- considering all options high and low tech, from finding quick wins and moving at pace to get success in early, to building long term strategies and plans to reach bold and ambitious objectives. - we can and do help.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Paul is via email or phone - 024 76 575434

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Mita Panchal

Project Officer

M.Panchal@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

My role is to provide support to the Digital Innovation for Manufacturing (DI4M) Project within the team.

I have over 16 years' experience of delivering business support to SMEs through Government and European Union-funded projects. Previously providing support through various ERDF projects and at WMG the Product Innovation Accelerator and the Digital Innovation for Manufacturing projects.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Mita is via email or phone - 024 7657 4299.

Meri Kazazi

Project Administrator

M.Kazazi@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

My role is to provide support to the Digital Innovation for Manufacturing (DI4M) Project within the team.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Meri is via email or phone - 024 765 24871.

Tom Lockhart

Project Officer

thomas.lockhart@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

My role is to manage the SME Group Internship Programme and delivery of the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships within the team.

How can you help manufacturing?

I support programmes that enable young people to enhance their skills and contribute to the manufacturing industry. Through our programmes, we support companies to solve their business challenges with expert supervision from our team.

What problems do you like solving?

I like to make people’s lives easier. By supporting clients, I help reduce the burden of planning and organising giving them more time to do what they do best.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Tom is via email or phone - 02476 151650

Charlie Ward

Marketing and Communications Executive

Charlie.Ward@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am the main point of contact for marketing, social media, and events for the SME Team.

How can you help manufacturing?

The team here have a huge amount of expertise and I want manufacturing SMEs to know what support we can offer them. It's great working with a diverse department that is helping local companies overcome challenges.

What problems do you like solving?

I like introducing people to each other. When I hear someone has an issue or a challenge - there is always some I know who could help!

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Charlie is by email – however, feel free to ring to discuss opportunities - 02476 523882

Russ Noble

Business Development Manager

russ.noble@warwick.ac.uk 

 What is your role?

I am a Business Development Manager in the SME team at WMG. My role is to identify, engage and support UK manufacturing businesses (SMEs) with a range of business and technical offerings from the WMG group. These offerings from WMG can cover Materials & Manufacturing, Digitally Enhanced Manufacturing, Intelligent Vehicles and Transport Electrification.

How can you help manufacturing?

My role is to engage with manufacturing businesses to understand their specific challenges and these may include solving existing manufacturing issues, enhancing productivity, developing new products, processes, customers and markets. Against these specific manufacturing challenges, I work with wider WMG experts to derive a solution or ‘project’ together with the appropriate delivery mechanism and work jointly with the business to solve the challenge.

What problems do you like solving?

I want to work with manufacturing businesses on their industry-led and business validated challenges. I want to solve challenges which can be implemented within the business and ultimately deliver tangible benefits to the business.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Russ is via email or phone - 07791 463026

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Scott Crowther

Innovation Manager

Scott.Crowther@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I assist SMEs to apply for the government's Knowledge Transfer Partnerships scheme.

How can you help manufacturing?

By helping them benefit from the expertise and equipment within the University.

What problems do you like solving?

I like looking at the big picture; so solving problems with strategic thinking and long-term planning.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Scott is via email.

Simon Broome

Innovation Manager

s.broome@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I facilitate the delivery of the KTP programme.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Simon is by phone 024 76 50036 or email.

Onur Eren

Innovation Manager

O.Eren@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am an Innovation Manager within the SME Group at WMG.

How can you help manufacturing?

I am an ambitious Technologist with a strong academic background and experience in Digital Manufacturing. As well as having a background in Computer Science, I am also a Master Black Belt Lean & Six Sigma practitioner and have a proven track record of successful Lean deployments in multi-site, multi-cultural environments, defining and leading improvement strategies within complex organisations.

What problems do you like solving?

Operational Excellence, Sustainability, Productivity, Competitiveness, Industry 4 and Digital Transformation

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Onur is via email, LinkedIn or Twitter.

Anna Alvarez Reguera

Project Engineer

A.Alvarez-Reguera@warwick.ac.uk 

What is your role?

I'm Project Engineer with experience in Lithium-ion battery scale-up, rubber injection moulding and compression moulding, quality management, production planning and an MBA (Master in Business Administration).

How can you help manufacturing?

I can help with electrochemistry, sample treatment, identifying issues with microscopy techniques, analytical tests and in business management consultancy.

What problems do you like solving?

I am a multipurpose person and I like problems that include chemistry analysis, microscopy or quality assurance ones.

How can I contact you?  

The best way to contact Anna is via email or phone +44 (0)24 76 574137.

Dr Paul Lansdell

Innovation Manager

P.Lansdell@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am the metallurgist in the metals and materials team, with over 40 years of industrial experience in a wide range of manufacturing activities.

How can you help manufacturing?

By advising on materials to be used for particular applications and structuring manufacturing routes or processes to achieve the final required product. In addition to this, troubleshooting, when products are not fit for purpose or processes and are not providing the expected properties in the final product.

What problems do you like solving?

I like investigating field failures to understand why a product or component has failed in service.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Paul is by email.

Dr Liz McArdle

Innovation Manager

E.McArdle@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am an Innovation Manager working with companies to improve their innovation capability. Innovation can be new to the company or absolute.

How can you help manufacturing?

I primarily work with manufacturers to help them understand how they deliver products to their customer and how they could use technology and know-how to improve this delivery in terms of time, cost, and performance.

What problems do you like solving?

I like ones that prevent a company from reaching its potential through a lack of sustainable systems - it's rewarding to solve.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Liz is via email.

Dr David Norman

Technology Transfer Engineer

D.Norman.2@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am an Electronic Systems Engineer with over 20 years' experience working in both industry and academia. I have worked in Germany on the latest in-home entertainment systems and sensor electronics and in the UK on robotics, actuation controllers, LED lighting, EMC compliance and CE marking.

How can you help manufacturing?

I can help with electronic design and manufacture. From the concept idea through to cash converted I use digital manufacturing as well as established techniques to provide solutions and solve issues.

What problems do you like solving?

Anything electronic – concept design, PCB layout, EMC compliance, CE marking, manufacturing and production line support problems.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Dave is via email.

Dr Daniel Peavoy

Innovation Manager

D.Peavoy.1@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I support businesses in implementing digital technologies to improve the efficiency of manufacturing.

How can you help manufacturing?

We’ve developed a Manufacturing Information Platform to integrate data from sensors monitoring processes with business planning systems to give a real-time view of manufacturing performance.

What problems do you like solving?

I like using data to understand the sources of inefficiency or quality issues and working with businesses to improve their processes.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Dan is via email.

Neil Jeffree

Technology Transfer Engineer

N.Jeffree@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am an experienced Product Designer with an MA Design degree from Staffordshire University. I have designed numerous homeware products, including merchandise for the Jamie Oliver brand.

How can you help manufacturing?

I am experienced in a variety of CAD software systems and the utilisation of numerous rapid prototyping facilities. Having had my own Product Design and Development consultancy, working for globally recognised brands - Lakeland Ltd, Wedgewood, Maxwell & Williams, I can advise on manufacturing processes and materials, and assist with the development of a technically challenging product.

What problems do you like solving?

Since I joined WMG in 2019, I've enjoyed gained further experience solving problems with different CAD and ALM technologies, as well as creating and delivering a practical workshop to industry.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Neil is via email.

Caroline Guest

Innovation Manager

Caroline.Guest@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am an Innovation Manager working on a project, Ready for electrification. My focus is on the automotive supply chain, helping businesses to identify and capitalise on the opportunities around electrification and adapt as transport changes.

How can you help manufacturing?

I've got lots of experience to apply. I’ve held 17 different roles across Ford Motor Company across a period of 19 years, from designing parts for the Aston Martin DB7, to final assembly in vehicle launches all over the world and being responsible for all European powertrain packaging. Over the last 5 years, I’ve worked in electrification and have a broad knowledge of manufacturing across this as well as experience in securing and working on Government-funded research.

What problems do you like solving?

My two passions are sustainability and supporting UK manufacturing so my favourite work is around improving resource efficiency and closing material loops. However, I have I love learning and problem solving in general so anything that involves that!

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Caroline is via email, or phone on T: 024 765 28460 / M : 07384 231542

Simon Garwood

Innovation Manager

Simon.Garwood@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I work in the Ready for Electrification (R4E) team helping companies transition to automotive electrification

How can you help manufacturing?

After 40 years in manufacturing, with most of those in automotive for a Japanese OEM, working in Quality , Development, Purchasing, and Programme management. now apply the skills acquired over the years to helping companies improve.

What problems do you like solving?

I like helping companies deliver goods into the arms of the customer at a time, specification, quality and price that will delight the customer. Anything that stands in the way of that is an opportunity for improvement that I can help with whatever the root cause of the problem.

How can I contact you? Email

The best way to contact Simon is via email or phone 07889631207.

James Black

Technology Transfer Engineer

james.black@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am a Technology Transfer Engineer within the SME Group at WMG and I focus on business transformation.

How can you help manufacturing?

I am a graduate of Warwick University and have postgraduate qualifications in Supply-Chain Fundamentals and Supply-Chain Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and lead on all WMG SME Group activity in the field of supply-chain transformation. As well as having a strong academic background in supply-chain management models, I am experienced in assisting businesses to develop and implement their end-to-end supply-chain change programmes and draw on over a decade of experience working with high-growth SMEs and startups in a variety of leadership positions.

What problems do you like solving?

Lots! - complex, long-term, strategic, transformational, supply chain, productivity, competitiveness, cultural, simulation, inventory, purchasing, scheduling, and profitability problems. Problems that require a deep understanding of the needs of the business and plenty of collaboration.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact James is via email.

Dr Chinemelum Nedolisa

Technology Transfer Engineer

Chinemelum.Nedolisa@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

My role is to assist SMEs across the UK in solving challenges associated with polymer materials (plastics, rubbers, thermosetting resins and polymer-based composites).

 How can you help manufacturing?

I am vastly experienced in the design, formulation, synthesis, compounding, processing and characterisation of polymer materials. I believe that a thorough understanding of the morphological, structural, thermodynamic, thermomechanical and mechanical properties of polymer materials, is a significant step to solving manufacturing issues encountered in the polymer industry.

 What problems do you like solving?

I am keen on researching and investigating the challenges encountered when dealing with polymer materials. I am also interested in modifying and enhancing the properties of polymer materials for wider applications.

 How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Chinemelum is via email.

 

Asad Ullah

Technology Transfer Engineer

Asad.Ullah@warwick.ac.uk 

What is your role?

I am a Technology Transfer Engineer working within SME Group and experienced in automation, robotics, machine vision, lean production and project management environments.

How can you help manufacturing?

I did my Bachelors in Mechatronics Engineer and have a postgraduate qualification in Engineering Management with Industry from the University of Leicester (UOL). I assist SME’s across Midlands by utilizing technology to improve, streamline and automate manufacturing processes to facilitate the growth of small businesses.

What problems do you like solving?

I like using digital manufacturing tools (such as SOLIDWORKS, VISUAL COMPONENTS, ROBOGUIDE, COGNEX INSIGHT, FLEXSIM, TIA PORTAL etc.) to design, program, simulate and test automated machinery and processes in order to perform specific functions. I practice 3D technology to create a simulation model of a manufacturing plant so that proposed changes and upgrades can be tested before they are implemented to the actual plant.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Asad is via email.

Ian Butterworth

Technology Transfer Engineer

I.Butterworth@warwick.ac.uk

The best way to contact Ian is via email.

Julian Swiestowski

Technology Transfer Engineer

Julian.Swiestowski@warwick.ac.uk 

What is your role?

I am a Technology Transfer Engineer within the WMG SME Team. I specialise in electronics and embedded firmware, with over 30 years of experience designing and applying my expertise in the industry. Some examples of sectors I have worked in include industrial controls, factory automation, industrial and scientific lasers, automotive (including truck and boat) security. My speciality disciplines include analogue, digital, RF, power, battery technologies, solid-state lasers, embedded control, sensors, interfacing, simulation, PCB design and layout, and EMC and type approvals.

 How can you help manufacturing?

I am keen to support the local industry and keep resources, capability, and talent within the UK. I want to use my knowledge of electronics and sensors, and be able to complement existing production facilities and extract process data for evaluation and performance tuning.

What problems do you like solving?

I enjoy applying electronics and firmware solutions to traditional and new processes, to produce a real impact on productivity, profitability, and innovation in manufacturing.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Julian is via email, phone (02476 151084 or 07821 850881) or via LinkedIn.

Gary Loughran

Innovation Manager

Gary.Loughran@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I work in Manufacturing & Materials.

How can you help manufacturing?

I have experience in automotive body-in-white process systems, tooling development, productivity improvements, project management, value engineering, manufacturing site surveys, SME new business development, and IAFT 16949 support.

 What problems do you like solving?

I like making processes leaner, resolving quality issues, and assessing right-sizing costs. I do this through training and development, setting up and improving competency planning, and supporting business process improvements (eg. IATF 16949 set up/adherence).

I work hand-in-glove with my materials colleagues and help to get SMEs ready for working with OEM new product support development and delivery.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Gary is via Phone (02476 523907 or 07432868058), email, or via LinkedIn.

Felipe Laydner De Melo Rosa

Technical Transfer Engineer

Felipe.Laydner-De-Melo-Rosa.1@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am a Technology Transfer Engineer with experience in automation, robotics, AI, mechatronics integration, mechanical design, reliability and project management.

How can you help manufacturing?

Today, I assist SMEs to improve their business and become more competitive by delivering cutting edge technology solutions in AI, sensing and data analysis to improve business productivity. By teaching how to implement and apply new technologies, he helps to make production systems smarter, reducing wastes of water, energy and materials at the same time as helping SMEs to reduce costs and deliver higher quality.

What problems do you like solving?

I like problems related to automation, product and process improvement, data analysis and reliability.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Felipe is via email, or phone – 073 783 16067.

 

David Myers

Innovation Manager

David.Myers@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

As an Innovation Manager within the SME team, I focus on stakeholder and partnership development. Working alongside innovative UK manufacturers, I gain an understanding of their challenges, collaborating to bring great ideas to life and commercialisation.

How can you help manufacturing?  

WMG has world-class engineers, scientists, technicians and a vast array of testing, prototyping and production facilities. My role involves aligning the industry with the universities knowledge, expertise and hardware. Typically this is achieved via CR&D projects and our funded intern and KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) programmes. It’s great to see smarter and more efficient manufacturing methods deployed and ideas realised and brought to market.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact David is via email.

Phil Gibbons

Phil Gibbons

Project Technician

P.J.Gibbons@warwick.ac.uk

What is your role?

I am a Technical Engineer.

How can you help manufacturing?

I can help Manufacturing by solving problems and aiding product design by advising on and assisting with additive layer technologies.

What problems do you like solving?

I like solving design problems with ALM Technologies in order for the client to gain the best product for market.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Phil is via email or phone 07375 300923.

Tom Moore

Apprentice Technician

T.Moore.1@warwick.ac.uk 

What is your role?

I am a Technician working across Advanced Materials Manufacturing Centre and SME Support.

How can you help manufacturing?

Primarily, my work is based on Microstructure Analysis and Materials Characterisation.

What problems do you like solving?

I like offering solutions to problems that cannot be seen by the ‘naked eye’. Being linked to the Microscopy Suite allows me access to all types of analysis techniques including Electron Microscopy, X-ray Florescence & Optical Microscopy. I also have close ties to Mechanical Testing & Materials Preparation Lab.

How can I contact you?

The best way to contact Tom is via email.