Dr. Rob Grundy, CEO of Anglezarke
Dr Robert Grundy is the founder of Anglezarke Life Sciences. He was previously CEO of CIGA Healthcare Ltd and Director of Commercial Development and Licensing at Almac Discovery.
Rob’s focus is on the commercial development of differentiating innovation across science and technology.
Rob also holds the position of Honorary Lecturer in the School of Medicine Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast.
Gavin Campbell is Director of Quality, Airworthiness & Technology Strategy at Bombardier, Belfast. He has worked at Short Brothers PLC and Bombardier since graduating with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ulster in 1985. He has studied in Europe and was assigned to Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal from 1997-1999 as Director of Engineering.
As a member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership leadership team, Gavin has been an active technology leader in one of the UK’s foremost industrial sectors. He is a non-executive director of the Aerospace Technology Institute and of the NI Advanced Engineering Competence Centre. He is committed to innovation-led engineering excellence and believes that investing in people and technology is key to economic development.
Gavin is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a visiting Professor in the Faculty of Computing and Engineering at the University of Ulster.
Tom is a 30-year tech veteran and is the driving force behind many of Kainos’ PLC most imaginative and successful customer and staff initiatives, including HealthHackEU, Kainos AICamp and Code4Derry.
Tom joined Kainos in 1988 as a Software Engineer and, subsequently took on roles in Support, Pre-Sales and Solution Architecture before being appointed CTO in 2005 and Director of Innovation in 2016.
Tom is also Chairman of the University of Ulster Industrial Liaison Board, founder and curator of the annual BelTech conference, sits on the CCEA Regulatory Advisory Panel and is investor in, and Director of, a number of startups. Previously, Tom has been Director of Digital Catapult NI, Chairman of IET in NI, Industry Liaison for Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem, and a member of the MATRIX Science Panel having co-chaired the MATRIX ICT report.
Tom graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and holds a BSc. in Computer Science.
In recent years Professor McLaughlin’s over-arching strategy is to develop a strong Connected Health Platform within Northern Ireland. This involves enhancing the links between bioengineering and computing sciences with sensor systems technology developed within NIBEC and thus facilitating clinically-led research initiatives to benefit the healthcare sector.
A holder of over twenty patents, he has successfully co-founded a set of award winning spin-out companies including the highly successful connected health company – Intelesens Ltd. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer with Intelesens and is a director with SISAF and NORIBIC. Professor McLaughlin has held positions on committees such: RAE 2008 Materials Assessment Panel; Chair of the MATRIX Advanced Materials Panel; EPSRC College; NanoIreland Task Force/Chaired the Nanomaterials Panel; Advisory panel to MSSI and Chair of European Connected Health Campus.
He was recently awarded an OBE for his services to Research and Economic Development in Northern Ireland.
Mark Huddleston is Managing Director of jheSOLUTIONS and King & Fowler UK since 2014. Having graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing from Ulster University in 1998 he has worked in a range of start-up, SME and multi-national businesses within the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering sector.
He has been a member of a range of skills panels in Northern Ireland, supporting work around youth training and apprenticeships and was the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Employment & Skills with the UKCES. He is committed to seeing productivity enhancement, not only through skills but also the adaption of technology and innovative solutions both to processes and working practices.
Mark has volunteered for a number of years with Young Enterprise, supporting entrepreneurship with school pupils and a school governor promoting business and education links.
Rebecca has a background in Aerospace Engineering with over 10 years’ experience in innovation, human centred design and service design.
Rebecca started her career in Bombardier Aerospace working in aerodynamic design. Very early in her career she was asked to work part-time in the Bombardier Innovation Team on future aircraft design, business efficiency and lean/transformational programmes.
Rebecca set up her own design and innovation consultancy in 2015 and worked with the voluntary and community sector to grow innovation capability as well as working with Equiniti, a leading technology solutions company.
More recently she worked with the Department of Finance Innovation Lab as the first Service Designer in the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS). Rebecca worked across all regional government department as well as local Government to promote service design and in particular human-centred design and design for citizens needs.
Rebecca currently works as Service Design Lead at Big Motive. She focuses on the delivery of high quality service and experience design projects for a range of clients in both the public and private sector.
Mary McKenna is a well networked Northern Irish technology entrepreneur and angel investor. After a long corporate career as a Director of Finance in London and a spell as a Silicon Valley dotcommer she co-founded online learning company Learning Pool in 2006 and successfully exited from the business in 2014 so that she could return to working with earlier stage startups and scaleups.
Since selling Learning Pool 5 years ago Mary has worked extensively with especially first time and female entrepreneurs and she has angel invested in 8 early stage tech startups to date, 4 have female founding teams and 2 are Northern Irish companies.
She is one of the Entrepreneurs in Residence at Saïd Business School (University of Oxford), an advisor to several governments, an EU Horizon 2020 innovation judge, a trustee of a small number of charities and social enterprises including the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology and the first ever entrepreneur in residence at St Mary’s College, an all-girls secondary school in the working class Creggan area of Derry.
Mary was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.
Dr Michael Shaw is Managing Director of RPS Ireland Ltd, a business segment within the RPS Group plc. Michael graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering in 1981 and following a 3-year period of research into “Wave- Current Interaction” was awarded a PhD in 1985. In 1996 he became a Partner in a local consultancy firm, Kirk, McClure, Morton, which became part of the 5500 strong Global RPS multidisciplinary consultancy group in 2004. As Managing Director of over 220 staff in NI, Michael now takes a strategic oversight for all operations and projects within the business.
Michael is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of Engineers Ireland, a Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Michael is active within the construction industry in promoting innovative excellence, particularly in the fields of Virtual and Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence applied to design and collaborative solutions.
Having grown up in the Agri-Sector John was instilled with a robust attitude to business where product quality and sustainability over the long term are priority.
Following his global success as founder and CEO of Smart Cyber Intelligence company, RepKnight; John has gone on to co-found and invest in cyber and data-driven companies internationally. He continues to advise National Governments and Corporates on security technologies and the revenue growth of their respective security sectors.
Brian McMahon is the founder of Segment International. He has over 25 years experience in consumer-informed design research and strategy development. Brian works with top global brands in many industries.
Prior to forming Segment International in 2010, Brian was Managing Director of Omnicom’s consumer research/branding firm Flamingo in NYC. Earlier positions include Senior Vice President and Qualitative Division founder at LRW, and founder of the design research firm Plan B. He has also held Vice President positions at Omnicom advertising agencies Grey and BBDO.
Brian holds an MSD in Industrial Design, an MBA, a bachelor’s in Marketing and a post-graduate certificate in International Conflict Resolution. An IDSA Industrial Designer, he’s won awards and applied for patents in diverse subjects such as bio-mechanical prosthetics and maritime propulsion. He regularly lectures at universities and conferences worldwide, and has served on a number of advisory boards. In related endeavors, he has studied furniture design under Sam Maloof, and traditional boatbuilding under Greg Rössel at the US Maritime Museum.
A true internationalist, Brian enjoys citizenship in both the Republic of Ireland and the US and has led studies on every continent except Antarctica. He has served as Program Advisor for the Public Health Institute in South Africa, and recently completed a four-year term as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors (and Chair of the Audit Committee) of Northern Ireland Screen, the UK public body dedicated to developing the film industry as part of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Belfast. Northern Ireland Screen is the home of the award-winning HBO series, Game of Thrones. View more at www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk
Richard Kennedy Is the Medical Director and Global VP of Biomarker Development at Almac Diagnostic Services and the McClay Professor in Medical Oncology at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University of Belfast. He graduated in medicine from Queen’s University Belfast in 1995. As a post-graduate he trained as a medical oncologist and received a PhD in Molecular Biology in 2004. From 2004-2007 he worked as an instructor in oncology at Harvard Medical School, USA, where he identified novel biomarkers and drug targets for cancer treatment. The associated patent was the basis of a Boston-based start-up company in 2007.
In August 2007 he joined Almac as the Global Director of diagnostics laboratories in the UK and USA. In this role he has been involved in the design and delivery of clinical trial biomarkers on behalf of several large pharmaceutical companies.
In 2011 he re-joined Queen’s University in a part-time role and established an academic/industrial research group focussed on various aspects of personalised medicine. He currently sits on the CR-UK new agents committee, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine Oncology Expert Group (Royal College of Physicians) and the MRC Stratified Medicine Panel.
Patricia O’Hagan is the CEO of Core Systems, world leaders in prisoner self-service technology. Patricia comes from an engineering and product development background and has over 20 years of Corrections Technology experience. She has worked with a wide range of Prison and Correctional Services Agencies around the world, developing technology solutions to address compelling industry challenges. Patricia has authored numerous publications in the Corrections, Technology and Biometric fields. She served on the Skills for Security Consultation Group for Biometrics and Human Identity contributing to the development of national occupational standards for the industry.
Patricia was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2013 Royal New Year Honours list for services to the Northern Ireland Economy.