In this webinar, co-presented by University of East Anglia and Deakin University, an expert panel looks to the future of industry.
The fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, is affecting almost every industry worldwide. It represents a fundamental change in the way we live and relate to one another and is rapidly transforming business operations through smart technologies. Some of these technologies include AI, advanced automation and robotics and big data. Organisations embracing Industry 4.0 technologies are able to create an environment that allows sustainable growth, thus boosting their competitiveness; which in light of the COVID-19 pandemic is more critical than ever.
The panellists will discuss what Industry 4.0 mean for their relevant business including their adaptation of smart technologies in the pre/post COVID environment, addressing challenges and the future outlook.
Graham is an Associate Professor in Business & Management and Director of Employability and Innovation in Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. He holds a PhD in Corporate Performance Management (University of Southampton). He also holds an MA and an MBA, is an Incorporated Engineer and a Certified Management Consultant. His cross-disciplinary research has won several awards including the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) for the South West of England, an Emerald Literati Award for an Outstanding Journal Paper, a British Academy of Management Best Paper award and more recently a EURAM Best Paper Award. He has more than twenty years consultancy experience advising clients from diverse sectors from Investment Banks to SMEs.
After Graduating from the University of the West of England in 2012 it was clear to me that I wanted a career in manufacturing. Having undertaken a degree which was very much focused on finance and services, manufacturing was something that I hadn’t considered until the completion of my placement year, where I worked in a stainless steel processing facility. The key attraction of manufacturing was the ability to effect change and improve systems and processes. Working within the family precision engineering business, Benham Precision Engineering became the most attractive choice of career for me. Since joining the business, I have been able to gain experience in quality engineering, project management, supply chain management, HR and account and programme management. We are a leading supplier within our market, providing solutions for complex engineering requirements to support some of the biggest brands in the aerospace and defence sectors. Working with these businesses has helped develop my own capabilities whilst giving an insight into the latest and future technologies, to help position the business for the future.
With experience in both the clean technology and aviation sector in business development and research roles, Imogen has developed an interest in supporting business to grow sustainably and innovatively.
Imogen has recently been appointed Innovation Manager at HIL, with a particular focus on Sustainability. A large part of this role is running the Cleantech East network – a network designed to support the acceleration of new innovative clean technologies, as well as identifying internal opportunities to innovate.
Graduating with a Geography BA from King’s College London, Imogen is passionate about Sustainability and Development and is interested in finding new and innovative ways to support the growth of clean technology.
After graduating from Bournemouth University, my career started at J.P. Morgan. I knew when I started this journey that I wanted to work from back office to front office so that when I got to a senior management position I could make informed changes based on real-life experience. Between 2010 - 2017, I achieved exactly that and got promoted to VP of Sales. During this time I obtained a wealth of knowledge about my industry, operational processes, the power of data, relationship management, selling and politics. When life gets comfortable, I push myself outside my comfort zone. In October 2017, I handed in my notice and started a new journey into the world of start-ups. Very quickly I realised that something was missing, I wasn’t able to influence change. It was time to get in the driving seat. In 2020 I finally agreed to join the family business, after many years of being asked. This move changed my life. I am now the CEO of Oscar Harrington, which is a specialist recruitment firm dedicated to Autonomous Technology and Mobile Robotics. Our mission is to provide people with the tools to grow their dream companies and land their dream roles.
In his role as CIO, Mark manages a team of IT Managers and championing technologies at a senior management level in the business. The team manage and control technologies and provide technology support, analysing systems and processes and contributing to the overall strategy for deployment and ensuring fit for purpose. They provide strategic leadership on the operation and maintenance of technology within Dimension Data and are involved in strategic and tactical planning for the region.
In his role as Chairman of Dimension Data’s subsidiary, SQL Services, based out of New Zealand; Mark is responsible for facilitating the board to ensure the company’s prosperity by directing the company’s affairs. In addition to directing business and financial issues, the board address changelings and issues relating to corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and corporate ethics.
Mark has over 20 years’ experience across a wide range of roles in the technology realms of Business Intelligence, Collaboration, Information Management, Business Process Management, Application Development and Warehouse Logistics; in both APAC and North America. His expertise extends to the development of new products and service lines.