This evening event at Alnwick Castle; hosted by Northumberland Estates and Advance Northumberland will focus on cyber in manufacturing and how we can manage disruption caused by digital technologies and the fallout of cyber as business models are changing.

At the event you will hear from Peter Snaith, Womble Bond Dickinson’s lead on advanced manufacturing as well as Marianne Whitfield from Metrology Software Products and Adrian Allen OBE, Executive Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Group who will talk about the advancing shape of manufacturing.

Rod Kelly, Head of IT at Alnwick Castle and Northumberland Estates will give us an insight into how he is working to ensure the castle addresses cyber threats and remains the impenetrable fortress it once was. This will be followed by a chance to question the speakers in a Q&A session lead by Caroline Churchill, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson. The evening will be rounded off with an overview of the growing regional cyber opportunity by Phil Jackman; Director and Vice Chair of Dynamo North East.

Adrian Allen

Adrian is the co founder of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre [AMRC] which he established with Keith Ridgway in 2001 with the backing and support of the Boeing company.

From humble beginnings the AMRC with Boeing has grown over the last 18 years into a major group of 5 star research centres employing over 680 highly skilled staff who collectively contribute towards the AMRC’s mission of creating wealth for all involved in this globally acknowledged model of academic, industrial, governmental collaboration. The AMRC has been a key catalyst for attracting major inward with major industrial giants such as Boeing, Rolls Royce and Mclaren building new factories adjacent to its Advanced Manufacturing Park campus.

Adrian lives in South Yorkshire and he and his wife Katrina have four children. In 2010 Adrian was granted a fellowship of the RAeS and received the OBE for his services to industry.

Marianne Whitfield

Marianne joined MSP as Director of Development in 2018 to support the continued expansion of the business. She sits on the MSP board and is responsible for managing five product development teams, working closely with end users and internal development teams to ensure MSP continues to innovate and support customer needs.

Marianne is actively involved in the North East of England’s digital and technology sector and is co-founder of the Sphere Network, which meets regularly to explore emerging technologies and resolve problems through digital solutions and cross-sector collaboration. Marianne is also a regular speaker and facilitator of events covering women in technology, digital business and digital skills.

Rod Kelly

Rod Kelly is Alnwick Castle’s IT manager and has worked at Northumberland Estates for almost 25 years, leading a team of 4 which has experienced many changes in systems and technologies.

Rod has held an MCSE for many years and is currently studying for an MCP.

He is currently shoring up the castle’s cyber defences akin to the impenetrable fortress it once was. In his spare time he likes playing football, pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

Caroline Churchill

Caroline specialises in non-contentious commercial, technology and data protection work and manages the firm’s technology practice in the North East.

Her practice involves advising on a wide variety of commercial contracts including distribution, agency and franchising arrangements, contractual joint ventures, terms and conditions of supply, licensing and manufacturing arrangements, outsourcing agreements (IT and BPO), cloud computing, systems integration, general IP and e-commerce.

As an experienced practitioner of data protection law, Caroline advises clients across a range of sectors on all aspects of compliance with data protection, cybersecurity and privacy law.

John Hildreth
John, Deputy Head of Economic Growth for Advance Northumberland, is an experienced economic and business development professional with a track record in delivering growth and impact through a range of high profile projects including the Energy Central offshore energy cluster in Blyth and North East Satellite Applications Catapult Centre of Excellence amongst others. With over 14 years’ experience of working in both the private and public sectors, John has holds a wide range of skills and expertise, to unlock opportunities across a number of key sectors such as digital, advanced manufacturing, energy (offshore renewables and oil & gas), satellite applications and space to support businesses, attract investment and grow the economy in the North East of England.

Phil Jackman

Guerrilla Worker, strategic thinker, occasional maverick and reluctant over-achiever with an interest in culture change, creative opportunities and regional development.

Director of Guerrilla Working Ltd consultancy working at the point where technology meets the organisation’s people, Dynamo North East an industry-led initiative focusing on growing the tech sector in the North East, North East Initiative on Business Ethics, working to make the North East the most ethical place to do business.

Leading on CyberNorth cyber cluster including the delivery of #CyberFest. Experience of working in both the private and public sectors. Find out more at https://guerrillaworking.com/about-me/

Full programme and further information here> #CyberFest Alnwick pack


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