At our Silverstone event on 8th March 2018, you will have access to Directors and experts from Majenta Solutions and Dassault Systèmes, along with other Leading Industry guest speakers. With the current climate impacting business challenges faced by the engineering and manufacturing sectors; from customer demands, Government plans and advancing technologies, we aim to support companies in these sectors by providing leadership knowledge and advice. It can be difficult to decide what to invest in, which advancing technology to adopt, and how to remain profitable, whilst going through the inevitable change that Industry 4.0 is driving. Along with our experts, our esteemed lineup of Leading Industry guest speakers will all share their experiences, outlook and advice with our customers.

Joining us as Guest Speakers are:

John Stokoe CB CBE FIET, Head of Strategic Development for Dassault Systèmes EuroNorth.

John will be talking about: “Driving Intelligent Business – generating value in a disruptive economic environment.”

A former Major General in the British Army, John retired in 1999 as Commander UK Field Army. Since then he has followed a Board-level business career in the Construction, Infrastructure and Technology sectors; this included four years as the Head of Corporate Affairs for Lend Lease Construction EMEA, four years as the Managing Director of BT’s Government division and 14 years as chairman of a Lend Lease/Babcock joint venture company. He is construction strategy adviser to the Board of the Lean Construction Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. As Head of Strategic Development, John works with teams and individuals across Dassault Systèmes EuroNorth to develop the company’s strategic approach to its business operations, shaping the commercial landscape of the future to provide a foundation for business development, expanding market penetration and diversification. John also provides a similar service to Dassault Systèmes business operations in India and Australia.

Simon Campbell, Group IT Director for Ricardo.

Simon will be talking about: “Staying relevant: Three geeky laws, two macro trends and one fight.” Three geeky laws you might not have heard of, two trends they influence, a key fight that is playing out and thoughts on what this means for autonomous vehicles.

Simon is Group IT Director at Ricardo plc, his career has included roles in technology, business and consulting across a range of diverse industries. As someone who considers himself a business person first and technologist second Simon places an emphasis on technology enabling business outcomes, particularly those which facilitate growth and innovation.

John Clark, Chief Capability Officer for Assystem Energy and Infrastructure.

John will be talking about the benefits that Systems Engineering and digitalisation can bring to organisations. He will also discuss the implementation of PLM and explain how Assystem and Majenta are working together to bring this process to Assystem.

John previously spent 17 years working for Rolls-Royce plc. In that time he was Chief Engineer on several GT projects, Programme Director for Marine Engines Total Care and Head of Advanced Engineering for Industrial & Marine. Following Rolls-Royce, John worked for seven years for Intelligent Energy, a fuel cells start-up business, as Director of Engineering and Customer Services. He is presently acting as Chief Technical Officer for Assystem Energy & Infrastructure Ltd where his focus is on Nuclear Governance, Systems Engineering and supporting business growth through digitalisation.

Mark Stringer, Director of Programme Management, Aston Martin Lagonda.

Mark will be talking about “Aston Martin: Change for the 2nd Century”  Aston Martin’s history is steeped in enthusiasm, creating exciting products, but without turning a consistent profit; the company went into bankruptcy 7 times in the last hundred years. Their 2nd Century plan is to transform the business into one that delivers world-class luxury products coupled with strong, sustained financial growth. Key to this transformation is efficiency improvements to their new product introduction process.

Mark will discuss some key points including a revised product delivery process – with actual benefit calculated, right first time engineering – with benefit opportunity calculated through a targeted increase in commonality across car lines, reduced batch size working through the production CAD creation phase and revised ‘concern’ technical issue management. Mark will close with the current company status including a couple of highlights from the 2017 financial results. Mark began his career in an engineering consultancy, working with an international client base for whole vehicle, powertrain and key technology projects. With a role encompassing sales, bid creation and programme management, this role gave him a good grounding in all aspects of vehicle delivery. Since joining Aston Martin 13 years ago, Mark has worked through a variety of roles in Strategic and Programme Management environments and is proud to have led the delivery of a variety of products including the V12 Vantage, Cygnet and most recently the DB11. In Mark’s current role he oversees the Programme Management function for whole vehicle delivery, the Programme Management Office support teams, and the process by which they deliver new products; involving a clear brief to deliver efficiency improvements.

Dr Sandeep Raja, Head of Business Development for Additive Manufacturing at GKN Aerospace Services.

Sandeep will discuss “How do we realise the value of Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace industry.” Sandeep will cover the key benefits of the technology, key challenges of technology adoption and application examples. 




Luke Hampton, Senior Supply Chain Manager for SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders)

Luke will provide a general overview of the UK automotive sector at the moment – looking back at last year and the year to come. He’ll also look in a bit more detail at some of the key issue areas such as Brexit, as well as where SMMT sees some of the key upcoming opportunities – particularly around Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Electric Vehicles.

Luke has spent a number of years with SMMT; one of the UK’s largest and most influential automotive trade associations, and is the lead for its supply chain activities. The development of the UK supply chain is paramount to the continued growth of the UK automotive sector

and a key area of focus for the SMMT.  Working primarily with vehicle manufacturers and tiered suppliers, Luke’s work focusses on developing and delivering key supportive mechanisms that help UK suppliers develop and grow. He’s been heavily involved in key automotive initiatives including the Automotive Council, the government-backed £50m LTASC supplier development programme and the launch of Automechanika Birmingham in the UK.

Sameer Savani, Head of Innovation and Engineering for ADS Group (Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space)

Sameer will be talking about: “Adoption of Digital Capabilities in the Aerospace Supply Chain.”

Sameer graduated with a first-class Masters degree in Physics from University College London in 2002, specialising in fluid dynamics. Following five years of stealth technology research within the UK MOD, Sameer was recruited by the Aerospace and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network to develop and progress the roadmaps within the UK’s National Aerospace Technology Strategy, which today forms the basis of a £4bn joint industry-Government investment in Aerospace technology. In August 2010, Sameer joined ADS, the UK’s trade organisation advancing the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries, as Technology Advisor across all sectors, which includes the Digital Manufacturing agenda.

Sameer’s role involves advising the UK’s industrial strategies in those sectors, influencing Governments and agencies on all matters related to research, technology and innovation, as well as advising ADS’ 1000+ members on research and innovation opportunities, such as the Horizon2020 programme. During the world-renowned Farnborough Airshow, Sameer is lead for Futures Day (the industry’s single largest STEM outreach activity), Innovation Zone (dedicated exhibition of the UK’s R&T sector) and the emerging Aerospace 4.0 Zone.

Oscar Torres, Senior Director Worldwide Partner Development for Dassault Systèmes.

Oscar will be discussing how “Hope is not a Strategy.”

Oscar helps CEOs around the world to transform and grow their businesses.Oscar has joined Value Solutions at Dassault Systemes to create the department that will support the development of Key Partners. Previously Oscar was part of the Channel Development at Dassault Systemes, leading the Business Development activities of Professional Channel Worldwide, focusing on solution selling activities to increase the size of deals and get higher penetration of the existing product portfolio, calling high activities to access earlier to decision makers. Since 1998, Oscar has been lecturing at numerous Business Schools including IQS School of Management, ESADE Business School and EUNCET. He has a passion for lecturing in Strategy and Sales to motivate MBA Students and Executives towards being revenue-driving forces in their careers. This lecturing provides him with a great perspective on different industries and a continuous source of ideas for his position.

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Why is it so important to stay relevant as a company? Our director, Manish Amlani shares his insight. At our event, you will be able to engage with both industry leaders and peers where you can discuss challenges and experiences in order to all remain relevant.


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All attendees will have a chance to win an Aston Martin Driving Experience at Silverstone for 2 people! 

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