Select the topics that matter most to you! Over the course of the Summit, four rounds of Discussion Sessions will take place. You will have the opportunity to choose your preferred Roundtable Discussion Sessions for a 60-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a world-class manufacturer and a technology expert.

Enterprise Stream (manufacturers over £100m revenue) and Growth Stream (manufacturers under £100m revenue)


Preview the 2023 Discussion Topics below:


Large manufacturers face several challenges when it comes to data integration and management including:

Data Silos, Data Volume and Velocity, Data Variety, Data Quality and Consistency, Legacy Systems, Data Security and Privacy, Scalability and Performance, Integration of External Data, Data Governance and Compliance.

We will also be looking into Technological Advancements and exploring the latest technologies and tools that are revolutionizing data integration, MDM, and data management within manufacturing, such as IoT, AI, and Big Data analytics.

This discussion session addresses these challenges, looking at the importance of:

  • A comprehensive data integration strategy
  • Modern integration platforms
  • Robust data governance practices
  • A data-driven culture within the organisation
  • Data Security and Compliance

Discussion Leaders:

Krishna Kiran Mistry

Technical Programmes Manager, High Performance Automotive and EV Commercial Vehicles

Mike Hudgell

MDM Segment Lead – UK&I, Informatica

Steve Holyer

Information Data Management Leader, EMEA North, Informatica

In recent years, the supply chain has faced significant disruptions including shortages, higher costs, longer lead times, and fulfilment issues. These challenges emphasise the importance of supply chain resilience and the integration of smart manufacturing practices.

To tackle these issues, manufactures are recognising the necessity of improved insights, analytics, connectivity, and visibility inherent in smart manufacturing.

This session explores the current status of data analytics and smart manufacturing in the industry, as well as strategies for overcoming supply chain obstacles and embracing smart factory principles.

  • The big picture: data analytics maturity and smart manufacturing integration
  • Analytics tailored for supply chain challenges and supply chain agility
  • Leveraging cloud solutions to drive value for both data analytics and smart manufacturing initiatives

Discussion Leaders:

Stewart Mulligan

Stewart Mulligan

Director Maritime Engineering, Ultra Maritime

Tim Long

Tim Long

Global Head of Manufacturing, Snowflake

What happens when you combine Lean Manufacturing with digital tools? A powerful, data-driven organization emerges, capable of aligning people and strategy.

Collecting industrial data and converting it into actionable information is crucial for remaining competitive. This drives a renewed interest in Lean principles. Today’s technology supercharges Lean, generating value from the plant floor and extending beyond the four walls. Join our roundtable to discuss:

  • How Lean thinking and practice can help align everyone around the “right” problems to solve
  • Best practices to provide visibility and alignment using digital tools
  • Lessons learnt when developing strategy deployment

Discussion Leaders:

Alison Beard Gunter

Transformation Director, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Jacob Hall

Enterprise Business Development Manager, GE Digital

This session will delve into the critical role of real-time frontline data in transforming all elements of operations for manufacturers. The conversation will revolve around practical strategies, innovative technologies, and real-world experiences, shedding light on how manufacturers can harness data to improve operational efficiency, customer service, and overall competitiveness. If you’re looking to stay at the forefront of the industry’s digital transformation and seize the potential of frontline data, this is a must-attend session.

  • How can real-time frontline data empower manufacturers to enhance efficiency, quality, and customer satisfaction?
  • What strategies have been most effective in leveraging data from the frontline in manufacturing and what challenges arise?
  • How are manufacturers using innovative technologies to capture, analyse and optimise through data-driven insights from the frontline?

Discussion Leaders:

Suresh Daniel

Data and Architecture Integration Director, Coats

Milly Wallace

Director of Partnerships, Safety Culture

Imagine the ability to harness a digital superpower that could revolutionise your business. What would it be and why?

This round table is an invaluable opportunity to learn from peers who have embarked on similar journeys from very different starting points. We will focus on the initial phase of transformation: assessing and planning.

Through shared experiences, attendees will gain insights on how to turn their digital dreams into reality, paving the way for successful implementation and scaling.

Key discussion points:

  • Practical ways to assess your digital readiness
  • Formal versus informal approaches
  • How to align the company’s overall objectives

Discussion Leaders:

David Forrest

Digital Innovation Lead, Nissan

Asif Moghal

Director, D&M Market & Industry Development, Autodesk

Aligning corporate strategy with functional and/or country OKRs is fundamental. If your sustainability agenda doesn’t translate into local objectives, it will be difficult to deliver sustainable transformation.

Functions are often targeted against commercial objectives that don’t compliment corporate strategy. Functions will, understandably, focus upon the OKRs they’re measured against in order to achieve their own targets. During this session we will look at:

  • The challenges organisations face transforming supply chain operations
  • The supply chain modernisation pathway
  • How digitalisation allows companies to achieve the seemingly contradictory aims of both commercial objectives and sustainability initiatives

Discussion Leaders:

Alice Quinn

Senior Manufacturing Technology Engineer, 3M

Mark McMonagle

Manager of Business Consulting EMEA, Supply Chain, QAD

This roundtable will discuss the benefits of integrating a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to establish seamless communication and data exchange between production operations on the shop floor and management systems at the executive level.

  • What is the #1 manufacturing challenge you are facing today?
  • Which areas of manufacturing are you most looking to improve with digitalisation?
  • What is the biggest factor inhibiting smart manufacturing?

Discussion Leaders:

Rhys Parkey

Digitalisation Lead Halewood, Jaguar Land Rover

Andrew Kinder

SVP, Industry and Solution Strategy, Infor

Today’s manufacturing organisations continue to face a barrage of business challenges, making productivity and uptime even more critical.

In turn, this enhances the focus on OT excellence to deliver the efficiency and security vital to keeping operations up and running, while avoiding the financial damage of systems being disrupted by cyberattack.

In this session, we’ll explore:

  • How do you fully and transparently understand your OT and IT environments?
  • How to keep the focus on production while driving a step change in security?
  • How do you provide a foundation for enhanced operations effectiveness?

Discussion Leaders:

Paul Knight

VP, IT & CISO, Turntide Technologies

Ben Barker

Product Director, ServiceNow

In the complex world of Industry 4.0, how do you navigate an ever-evolving landscape of relationships with distributors, wholesalers, dealers, agents, OEMs, and other partner types? Is your outdated digital experience slowing partnerships’ growth? Is your visibility into GTM strategies cloudy and is the ROI of your marketing spend not meeting expectations? 

  • How are you currently managing relationships with distributors, suppliers and other partners? 
  • Has lack of coordination with partners impacted you breaking into new markets and reaching new customers? 
  • How does your technology affect and drive revenue for partners? 

Discussion Leaders:

Mike Cotton

Sales Director, EMEA – Impartner

Simon Martin

Head of Global Manufacturing, Yunex Traffic

This discussion session is for senior decision makers looking at AI for use case identification and business case development. It will help leaders to cut through the hype and understand what AI tangibly means for their business, inlucding an overview of Google’s responsible AI position and how its designing AI toolsets for the enterprise market.

The session will also look at successful applications of AI within manufacturing and the benefits achieved:

  • Process optimisation: AI can analyze production data to identify bottlenecks, optimise workflows, and improve efficiency.
  • Quality control: AI algorithms can detect defects and anomalies in real-time, ensuring consistent product quality.
  • Predictive maintenance: AI can monitor equipment conditions and predict maintenance needs, minimising downtime and reducing costs.
  • Supply chain management: AI enables better demand forecasting, inventory optimisation, and efficient logistics planning.
  • Product innovation: AI can analyse market trends and customer feedback to drive product development and customisation.

Discussion Leaders:

Ben Ellins

IT and Digital Director, Reckitt

Matt Frank

Chief AI and Innovation Officer, Ancoris

Competitiveness is everything to manufacturers and much-needed gains in efficiency and profitability will have to be achieved through automation and new process innovations. Secure, reliable, wireless industrial-grade connectivity leveraging Wi-Fi6, Private 4G/5G, and IoT is not only key to enhancing and enabling these advances, but is the glue between the OT environment and the digital environment.
  • What are you doing to make sure your devices and systems talk to each other?
  • What do you do when you’ve got so many devices and so much data?
  • And how are you making sure it’s all secure?

Discussion Leaders:

Alastair Henniker

Heaton, Manufacturing Systems Solutions Architect, Johnson Matthey

Martin Male

Business Consultant, Verizon Business

Unveiling supply chain strategies for value, collaboration and digital resilience.

Join Baker Hughes, Cognizant and SAP at this round table, for an enlightening exploration of agile and resilient supply chains. This discussion will delve into topics such as value chain optimisation, fostering collaborative ecosystems and harnessing the power of digital transformation.

  • The ability to create value whilst maintaining supply chain agility and resilience is crucial. Explore strategies for enhancing value creation and streamlining processes to maximise efficiencies and bolster your supply chain
  • Collaborative ecosystems have been proven to enhance supply chain agility and resilience. Delve into the strategies that drive innovation and enhance communication to amplify your manufacturing supply chain
  • Digital technologies are reshaping the landscape of manufacturing supply chains. Discover how cutting-edge technologies like IoT, AI and data analytics are revolutionising agility and resilience

Learn from experts and peers on the insights, strategies and success stories that are shaping supply chain practices.

Discussion Leaders:

Claire Aitchison, Druck Executive Operations Leader, Baker Hughes

Ashutosh Apte, Director Industry Value Advisory – Manufacturing, SAP & Tracey Woods, Head of Consulting, Life Sciences (UK&I), Cognizant

Claire Aitchison

Druck Executive Operations Leader, Baker Hughes

Ashutosh Apte

Director Industry Value Advisory – Manufacturing, SAP

Tracey Woods

Head of Consulting, Life Sciences (UK&I), Cognizant

The path to success with smart manufacturing hinges on robust digital implementation, seamless integration, and delivering both short-term gains and long-term business outcomes. But this journey is often fraught with obstacles.

In this session, we’ll explore the critical aspects of implementing and integrating smart manufacturing solutions effectively. We’ll discuss whether the adoption of agile product methodologies, cloud-powered architectural solutions, and streamlined governance might be the key.

  • How are you increasing efficiencies by leveraging automation and improved data visibility?
  • What steps are you taking to ensure interoperability and smooth integration of emerging technologies with legacy systems?
  • What challenges do you face in standardising and integrating diverse processes?

Discussion Leaders:

Lindsay Colton

Digital Transformation Manager, Terex

Ganesh Kumar Bukka

Vice President & Global Head Industry 4.0 & IoT, Hitachi Vantara

Automation and robotics can assist manufacturers by improving productivity, efficiency, and quality through tasks such as assembly, packaging, and material handling. They can also enhance worker safety by performing hazardous or repetitive tasks.

This session will share how to overcome the challenges of investment, technological integration, reskilling of the workforce, ensuring compatibility with existing systems and addressing potential job displacement.

Discussion Leaders:

Kallum Welch

Head of Manufacturing Engineering IS&S, Airbus

Stephan Pottel

EMEA Industry Director, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, Zebra Technologies Europe Ltd

Join our educational roundtable session to discover the best practices for integrating eCommerce technology into traditional manufacturing environments. Gain insights into how centralised configurations and automation can drive efficiency and boost sales. We’ll explore real-world case studies to see successful eCommerce implementations in action.

Key takeaways from the session:

  • What eCommerce for B2B is, and why is it important
  • B2B blueprints and success stories in your community
  • Practical tips and how to get started


Discussion Leaders:

Anil Thomas

General Manager Business Transformation & Projects, Olympus

Rosemary Momoh

Senior eCommerce Tech Lead, Commercetools

For many organisations, energy consumption is passively managed. It is viewed as an essential cost of doing business with little choice other than to shop around, select a supplier and pay the bills. Energy consumption is much more than just an overhead though, and in this session we’ll explore the opportunities for manufacturers to turn this into both a carbon efficiency and a revenue opportunity:

  • Are security of supply and resilience key to your business continuity?
  • Are energy supply contracts impacting on the price competitiveness of your products or services?
  • How is sustainability of supply affecting your ability to deliver on your green commitments to your board, your shareholders, your customers and your employees?

In this session we want to examine how you’re unlocking cost savings, generating new sources of revenue and avoiding CO2 emissions and if there are unexplored opportunities for your business.

Discussion Leaders: 

Barry Hurst

Head of Sales UK& I, Enel X

Neil Anderson 

Managing Director, Caterpillar

One of the key stepping stones to hitting 2050 Net Zero targets is monitoring and reporting. Join this session to discuss subjects such as:  implementing robust data tracking systems, conducting regular environmental audits, engaging in stakeholder consultations, and adopting transparent reporting frameworks.

It’s an opportunity to discuss potential challenges including data collection and verification complexities, aligning sustainability goals with operational practices, financial investments required for sustainable initiatives, and ensuring consistent progress amidst changing regulations and market dynamics.

  • How aware are you of the reporting requirements around your carbon footprint?
  • What plans do you have in place to monitor and report?
  • What challenges are you experiencing or foreseeing around monitoring and reporting?

Discussion Leaders:

Natasha Lyth

Sustainability Manager, Gripple

Simon Culshaw

Simon Culshaw

Sales Director Manufacturing, Telco, Media and Technology Northern Europe, Eviden

Alex Beynon

Regional Director UK&I – Retail & Pharma, Consumer Goods, Dynatrace

Decarbonisation of manufacturing is a key topic for achieving net zero and science-based targets.  A natural reaction is to remove gas and electrify, but what impacts will that have on your business competitiveness, carbon footprint and what are the risks associated with that approach ?  There are alternative approaches.  Energy decarbonisation technology is changing rapidly, and also the grid is under unprecedented pressure. We will discuss timing and what factors to take account of when considering electrification:

  • What are the assumptions and risks in the decarbonisation strategy of your business?
  • How do you balance business factors such as energy autonomy into a decarbonisation strategy?
  • Overcoming internal challenges to decarbonisation measures with long or no payback?

Discussion Leaders:

Sara Halliday

Sustainability and ESG Manager, Kloeckner Metals

David Kipling

Chief Executive Officer, On-Site Energy

With an energy transition driven by climate change, a near-permanent shortage of talent and AI pointing towards a future few can predict nor plan for, Manufacturing leaders are moving change and alignment at the top of their agenda.

But in an ever-changing political environment, there is a need for a paradigm shift in how engineering and manufacturing businesses approach these challenges and opportunities. In this session, we will discuss how organisations can broaden innovation beyond R&D, become more effective through collaboration across functions and generations, and align their organisations to navigate the coming transformations successfully.

  • How do you tap into the innovation potential of your people?
  • What steps are you taking to make your business more attractive to future talent?
  • The problem of alignment isn’t new. What new approaches are you trying or have tried with success?

Discussion Leader:

Gilmar Wendt

CEO & Change Companion, GW+Co

Stephen Turner

Vice President Marketing, Control Techniques

Workforce Skills of the Future are crucial to manufacturers as they enable them to stay competitive in an evolving technological landscape. By acquiring these skills, manufacturers can enhance productivity, embrace automation and digitalisation, and adapt to emerging technologies. This ensures their ability to meet market demands, improve efficiency, and maintain a skilled workforce capable of driving innovation.

A broad discussion identifying The Workforce Skills of the future across the manufacturing space:

  • How can we expect the skillset of future manufacturing sites to change?
  • The impact of electrification and digitalisation
  • Skill gaps, training requirements and how we address the change required

Discussion Leaders:

Mark Capell

General Manager, Lisi Aerospace

Will Eisenberg

Senior Manager, Michael Page Group


Talent attraction and retention are vital for growing manufacturers as skilled and committed employees drive innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. It enables manufacturers to maintain a stable workforce, reduce recruitment costs, and foster a positive work environment. By attracting and retaining talented individuals, SME manufacturers can enhance their capabilities, adapt to market changes, and achieve long-term success in a dynamic business landscape.

Join Page Group to discuss:

  • Brand promotion, standing out in the marketplace & attracting diverse applications
  • Recruitment process best practices inc key dos and don’ts
  • Staff retention, inclusivity and the latest talent trends

Discussion Leaders:

Matt Devine

Global Engagement Director UK Engineering and Manufacturing, Michael Page Group

Fiona Anderson

Director, Koolmill Systems 

Regardless of how resilient and able to adapt to uncertainty your business might be, having clarity and insight to your overall working capital structure and performance will help you to optimise and release cash, in turn better preparing the business to access longer term funding to support growth ambitions.

This discussion session will cover:

  • How to optimise the working capital cycle and improve cash flow
  • The solutions available to support financing growth
  • How to engage with Banks and Lenders when seeking to access debt financing

Discussion Leaders:

Gareth Anderson

Head Of Business Management, Allica Bank

Claire Turnbull

Head of Operations, Seatriever International Holdings

We’ll explore the role operational excellence plays in boosting profitability, focusing on four pillars: Leadership, Culture, Tools, and Roadmap.

We’ll discuss the role of leadership, cultivating a culture of continuous improvement, leveraging tools to support culture change, and creating a phased plan for sustained profitability.

  • What is the role of Operational Excellence in increasing profitability in your organisation?
  • How do you measure the ROI of your operational excellence initiatives, and how is this information used for future planning?
  • What challenges have you encountered in aligning operational excellence with profitability, and how have you overcome them?

Discussion Leader:

Andre Pereira

Business Development Lead & CI Expert, Henkan Ltd

Agata Choma

Head of Operations, Woodlands 

Creating a data-driven business can greatly benefit growing manufacturers by enabling informed decision-making, optimizing operations, and improving customer experience. It allows SMEs to harness data for identifying market trends, forecasting demand, and personalising marketing strategies. However, challenges include data quality and integration issues, limited resources for data infrastructure and analytics expertise, privacy and security concerns, and resistance to change within the organization. Overcoming these challenges is crucial for SMEs to fully leverage the potential of data-driven strategies.


Discussion Leaders:

Charlie Cornish

EMEA Pre Sales Director, Epicor

Alan Brooke

Chief Operating Officer, Gill Instruments

Manufacturers should develop a sustainability strategy for several reasons. Firstly, it enhances their brand reputation and attracts eco-conscious customers and workers. Secondly, it reduces operational costs by optimizing resource usage and minimizing waste. Additionally, it helps comply with environmental regulations and gain a competitive edge. However, challenges such as limited resources, lack of expertise, and resistance to change may hinder growing manufacturers in implementing sustainability practices effectively. Overcoming these challenges requires commitment, collaboration, and access to sustainable technologies. 

  • How can manufacturers cost-effectively optimise energy management to reduce waste and minimise operational costs?
  • Why should manufacturers prioritise sustainability to enhance brand reputation and attract eco-conscious customers and workers?
  • What strategies and technologies can help manufacturers overcome challenges in implementing effective sustainability practices?

Discussion Leader:

James Crosby

Head of Sustainability, Advantage Utilities

Automation can greatly benefit growing manufacturers by improving operational efficiency, reducing costs, and increasing productivity. It enables manufacturers to streamline repetitive tasks, enhance accuracy, and allocate resources more effectively. However, some challenges include the initial cost of implementing automation systems, potential job displacement, the need for employee training, integration with existing processes, and ensuring data security and privacy. Overcoming these challenges requires careful planning, strategic decision-making, and addressing the concerns of employees and stakeholders. 

  • How can manufacturers effectively implement automation to improve operational efficiency and productivity while mitigating concerns about job displacement and data security?
  • Why should manufacturers invest in automation, and what are the key benefits in terms of cost reduction and resource allocation?
  • What strategies and best practices can help manufacturers overcome challenges related to the initial costs, employee training, and integration of automation systems into existing processes?

Discussion Leader:

Matt Carr

Owner Director, Carrs Pasties

John Patsavellas 

Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Management, Cranfield University

The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit was rich in content and discussion and really thought provoking on how we can accelerate the rate of change needed to meet the demands of the future – with sustainability and innovation front and centre.

– Natalie Watson, Group Head of Sustainability, The Vita Group

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