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Charlotte Thompson

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Access to Funding & Finance

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Mairi Dillon

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Access to Funding & Finance

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David Bisset

Director, iTechnic Ltd and RAI SIG Advisory Board Chair

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Marie Emerson

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Robotics

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Nick Tudor

Business Director, D-RisQ Ltd

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Phil Williams

Head of Complex Systems, KTN

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David White

Chief Engineer at Callen-Lenz

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Stephen Leece

Stephen Leece, CEO Citi Logik Ltd​

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Caroline Chibelushi

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Artificial Intelligence

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Mark Aberdein

Relationship Manager, Institute for Apprenticeships

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Duncan Hart

Duncan Hart​, CEO, Deep Miner

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Andrew Tyrer

ISCF Challenge Director, Robotics in Hazardous Environments

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Geoff Pegman

Managing Director, R U Robots Ltd​

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Dave Swan

CTO, Tharsus

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Riham Satti

Co-founder and CEO, MeVitae

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Steve Cleaver

Made Smarter Business Advisor

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Matt Neidhardt

Business Development Manager, Astech Projects

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Neil Thompson

Director, Digital Construction, SNC-Lavalin / Atkins

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Zoë Webster

Director of AI and Data Economy at Innovate UK

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Kiran Krishnamurthy

Artificial Intelligence Domain Expert

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James Kell

In Situ Technology Specialist, Rolls Royce

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Kerry Whiteside

Innovation Projects Manager

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Kevin Blacktop

Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education

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Kara Cartwright

​Innovation Implementation Manager, Severn Trent Water​

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Jake Normal

Head of Innovation, OAL

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Nia Dokova

Director, Sutrue Ltd

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John Hannah

​Robotics and Autonomous Systems Market Lead, Tharsus

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John Toal

Business Development Director, Tharsus

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John Gray

Professor of Robotics and Systems Engineering, University of Manchester.

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Martyn Beardsell

Forth Engineering (Cumbria) Ltd

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Mark Matchett

​Knowledge Transfer Adviser, KTP​

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Charlotte Thompson

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Access to Funding & Finance

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Access to Funding & Finance

Mairi Dillon

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Access to Funding & Finance

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Access to Funding & Finance

David Bisset

Director, iTechnic Ltd and RAI SIG Advisory Board Chair

David Bisset is an independent robotics consultant and has worked in Robotics for 27 years. An academic for 10 years he headed the mobile robotics research lab at the University of Kent. In 1998 he was recruited by James Dyson to start the robotics product group at Dyson Ltd. In 2000 the DC06 robot vacuum cleaner was announced but never came to market. He left Dyson in 2002 and founded iTechnic Ltd. Since then he has acted as a consultant in Robotics and Embedded Systems. He is currently working with the Knowledge Transfer Network in developing a set of Thought Leadership Papers on AI and Robotics.

Marie Emerson

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Robotics

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Robotics

Nick Tudor

Business Director, D-RisQ Ltd

Business Director, D-RisQ Ltd

Phil Williams

Head of Complex Systems, KTN

Head of Complex Systems, KTN

David White

Chief Engineer at Callen-Lenz

Chief Engineer at Callen-Lenz 

Stephen Leece

Stephen Leece, CEO Citi Logik Ltd​

Stephen Leece, CEO Citi Logik Ltd

Caroline Chibelushi

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Artificial Intelligence

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Artificial Intelligence 

Mark Aberdein

Relationship Manager, Institute for Apprenticeships

Relationship Manager, Institute for Apprenticeships

Duncan Hart

Duncan Hart​, CEO, Deep Miner

Duncan Hart, CEO Deep Miner

Andrew Tyrer

ISCF Challenge Director, Robotics in Hazardous Environments

Andrew is currently leading the Governments £93m ISCF Robotics in Hazard Environments programme being delivered by UK Research and Innovation. He joined the DTI on secondment from the National Physical Laboratory, to run the Network Security Innovation Platform in April 2006. He transferred to the Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK) on its inception in July 2007. Andrew has been responsible for research programmes in; Privacy and Consent, Information Infrastructure Protection, Trusted Services, M-Commerce, Cloud Adoption, IoT and Robotics. He has represented Innovate UK on a House of Commons select committee on the use of Biometric Data. As Head of Enabling Capabilities he managed a team of Innovation Lead’s in: Robotics and Autonomous Systems; Electronics, Sensors and Photonics; Design; and Creative Economy. Since April 2018 he has been the Director for the ISCF Robotics Challenge. Andrew is a passionate STEM Ambassador and actively encourages links from UK Research and Innovation back into the Higher Education sector.

Geoff Pegman

Managing Director, R U Robots Ltd​

Geoff Pegman is the Managing Director of R U Robots and is a Chartered Director with over 31 years’ experience of the advanced robotics industry. Geoff helped set up the UK National Advanced Robotics Research Centre in the late 1980’s and ran the successful research programme there before going on to set up and lead UK Robotics, a spin-out with majority ownership by BNFL. As well as running his own company for the past 14 years, Geoff has been instrumental in spinning out another seven hi-tech companies during his robotics career.

Dave Swan

CTO, Tharsus

Dave Swan

Riham Satti

Co-founder and CEO, MeVitae

Co-founder and CEO, MeVitae

Steve Cleaver

Made Smarter Business Advisor

Made Smarter Business Advisor

Matt Neidhardt

Business Development Manager, Astech Projects

Business Development Manager, Astech Projects

Neil Thompson

Director, Digital Construction, SNC-Lavalin / Atkins

Director, Digital Construction, SNC-Lavalin / Atkins

Zoë Webster

Director of AI and Data Economy at Innovate UK

Director of AI and Data Economy at Innovate UK

Kiran Krishnamurthy

Artificial Intelligence Domain Expert

Kiran leads the development of CFMS Artificial Intelligence capabilities. He is also be responsible for embedding data science technologies into all aspects of the CFMS industrial digitalisation programme driving productivity improvements for client companies.

In his prior role at Airbus Group Innovations (AGI) as a Data Science and Digital Transformation Consultant, Kiran was responsible for the exploration of emerging technologies that enable the digitalisation of industrial processes. During his time at AGI he was involved in the research and development of A350, A380, A400M and A30x aircraft programmes. With extensive experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced analytics, he has worked with organisations including IBM, Dassault Systems, and Tata Technologies throughout his career.

James Kell

In Situ Technology Specialist, Rolls Royce

In Situ Technology Specialist, Rolls Royce

Kerry Whiteside

Innovation Projects Manager

Innovation Projects Manager. See my LinkedIn page

Kevin Blacktop

Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education

Kevin began his career in the Automotive sector in engine design & development and quality systems. He moved to Network Rail in 2005 to develop major rail enhancement schemes in the West Midlands, including the Birmingham Cross City Line extension to Bromsgrove. In 2012 he joined the Research and Development Team, leading the Strategic University Partnerships and was technical lead for the EU SUSTRAIL project, he also represented Network Rail in the EPSRC Autonomous Intelligent Systems Partnership programme. Kevin Has recently joined the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education at the University of Birmingham as Head of Delivery. He is the current chair of the National Robotics Network, which is a network of industry end user, supply chain and academic organisations who seek to work collaboratively through an open innovation hub.

Kara Cartwright

​Innovation Implementation Manager, Severn Trent Water​

Innovation Implementation Manager, Severn Trent Water

Jake Normal

Head of Innovation, OAL

Head of Innovation, OAL. Read my profile.

Nia Dokova

Director, Sutrue Ltd

Director, Sutrue Ltd - See our company profile on LinkedIn

John Hannah

​Robotics and Autonomous Systems Market Lead, Tharsus

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Market Lead, Tharsus

John Toal

Business Development Director, Tharsus

Business Development Director, Tharsus

John Gray

Professor of Robotics and Systems Engineering, University of Manchester.

Professor of Robotics and Systems Engineering, University of Manchester.

Martyn Beardsell

Forth Engineering (Cumbria) Ltd

Forth Engineering (Cumbria) Ltd

Mark Matchett

​Knowledge Transfer Adviser, KTP​

Knowledge Transfer Adviser, KTP