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Spark the Next Wave of Innovation with these Design & Manufacturing Experts

It’s often the case we learn more from our mistakes, than we do from our successes. And those who we view as huge success stories, experienced plenty of anguish and despair on their journey.

Sparking innovation, either to deliver a ground-breaking design which fundamentally changes how we live, a small tweak to turn a run of the mill product into a next-level revenue generator, or examining the manufacturing process to optimise production, become more efficient, increase competitiveness and so on, is a core part of a company’s DNA.

Experts from the design and manufacturing world, with stories to tell from the biggest brands to the smallest across the world, could be the ticket to bring out the potential sitting in all of us. Let’s look at 12 examples of speakers who do just that…

Mauro Porcini


Italian-born Mauro is one of the world’s most influential and creative designers. Passionate about his work and filled with an energy that is contagious, he offers a unique insight into the process of design, creation and sale of products, as well as customer relations in his talks. Working for major brands such as Pepsi, 3M and Phillips, he encourages his audiences to consider the emotional aspects of the creation of products and services and to work with patience and zest.

Robert Brunner


Robert’s career as an industrial designer is deeply tied with the evolution of the high technology industry itself. Spawned over numerous brand-defining designs during the past two decades including founding Lunar Designs, becoming the industrial design director at Apple Computer, partner at Pentagram through which he worked with Dell, Amazon, Nike and Hewlett Packard. Most recently he founded Ammunition a product design, brand and interactive development consultancy based in San Francisco which has been listed in Fast Company Magazine’s top 10 innovative design companies.

Richard Seymour 


Richard is a best-known product designer, TED speaker, and an adept and charismatic keynote speaker. Concerned with beauty and how products matter to us, Richard designs idea-driven products, and instils in audiences an emotive and thrilling analysis of the importance of design. Richard’s influenced many design fields, resulting in him founding SeymourPowell which is regarded as one of the world’s leading product and innovation design consultancies with clients including; Ford, Virgin Galactic, Tefal, Casio, Nokia, Guinness, Samsung and Unilever.

Casey Hyun


Casey – a multi-award-winning designer/strategist, future trend forecaster, and entrepreneur and keynote speaker with over 20 years of experience. His vast global business experience enables him to diagnose and forecast cultural and future trends in relation to creative design, resulting in him presenting for the likes of Samsung and Google. His experience with the likes of Panasonic, Audi, Ford, GM and Hyundai Motor Company ensures Casey is recognised worldwide for his detailed and insightful keynote presentations at conferences, marketing events and corporate training.

Martin McCourt


Martin spent over 40 years working at the heart of British-based manufacturing, design and marketing for brands such as Dyson, Mars, Duracell, Toshiba and Pelikan. The CEO of Dyson for 15 years, he devised and implemented a strategy that transformed the company from a single product, single market producer into one where 80% of the business comes from over 60 markets around the world. Additionally, Martin is on the Board of Your Life, a three-year campaign to ensure young adults in the UK have the maths and science skills needed to succeed in the current competitive global economy and is a Non-Executive Director and investor for Headbox and Ideas Britain.

Peter Marsh


The Financial Times’ former Manufacturing Editor, Peter Marsh looks at the ups, downs and future of the manufacturing industry. Exploring 250 years of mass-manufacturing - the fundamental shifts, the trends, the social, political and financial implications, Peter looks and shares what can be learned. He also looks at the effects of the so called ‘Internet of Things’ which marries modern manufacturing with software and digital technology. From pharmaceuticals to aeroplanes to processed food, he looks at the future for these businesses, the demands of customers, the scarcity of source materials, and what it all means.

Gerry McGovern


As Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover, Gerry McGovern creates some of the world's most distinctive and desirable vehicles and is recognised as one of the world's leading automotive designers. Beginning his career at Chrysler in Detroit, he has also been the Senior Designer for Peugeot, Rover Group, then the Ford Motor Company. His passion for design reaches much further than the automotive industry; he is an authority on modern architecture and furniture as well as a collector of contemporary art.

Jane McGonigal


Jane McGonigal educates audiences on the engagement economy and the application of game-design to the real world, using her experience creating games for the World Bank, the Olympic Games, the American Heart Association and the New York Public Library to name but a few. She is notable for bringing gaming to the healthcare space with SuperBetter, which helps individuals challenge personal health challenges. She is currently an advisor and affiliate researcher with the Institute For The Future in Palo Alto, California, where she served for four years as the Director of Game Research and Development.

Ros Rivaz


The RemCo Chair at Rexam Pl, and the former COO of Smith & Nephew, Ros addresses the skills needed to be a great strategic leader in today’s world, illuminating the various challenges and opportunities for modern businesses. With extensive experience working with blue chip companies at a senior executive level, Ros draws clear and memorable examples from the manufacturing industry, supply chain, logistics and retail sectors. Ros also talks about diversity in leadership, educating on how companies can achieve, and then draw the best out of, diversity at the top level.

Barbara Samardzich


Barbara is currently a non-executive director on the board of several public and private companies including Adient plc, MTS System Corp, and Velodyne LiDAR. Prior to this, she held various senior leadership positions across her 26-year career with Ford Motor Company. Responsible for all European manufacturing, product development, purchasing, quality, safety and environmental operations, leading a team of over 30,000 to help restore Ford’s European operations to sustainable profitability.

Will Butler-Adams


Brimming with energy and big ideas, the boss of Brompton Bicycle and Brompton Bike Hire Will Butler-Adams (OBE) rides out onto the conference platform to share his vision, using his impressive business and branding knowledge to shake up corporate audiences. An expert in creating managed disorder, Will disrupts comfortable thinking to create innovation, turning tired business processes on their head. Holding up a mirror to companies, he inspires them to make simple changes in order to increase employee happiness and create an environment that fosters creativity.

Julie Deane 


Keynote speaker Julie Deane, the Founder & CEO at The Cambridge Satchel Company, inspires audiences with her story of brilliant entrepreneurship. Investing just £600, Julie’s company is now a handmade-in-Britain worldwide phenomenon, employing more than 140 people selling to over 120 countries. Committed to preserving British manufacturing, she has ensured that each stage in producing every bag sold has taken place on British soil, going further by taking on apprentices, engaging disillusioned youth and encouraging people to embrace craftsmanship.

An incredible list to spark fervent discussions and lightbulb moments across the audience, an external speaker could deliver the empowerment your workforce needs to take everyone to the next level. Just make sure you leave enough time for the countless questions which are sure to come at the end.

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