Category: 2016 Speaker

Vivienne Stern

Ms Vivienne Stern is the Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit which represents the UK higher education sector internationally. The Unit works to support the UK higher education sector’s international activities, and to promote its distinctive strengths overseas.

Prior to her role in the Unit, Vivienne was Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK where she was responsible for developing and implementing the political strategy for the membership body representing 134 UK Universities. She previously worked in the UK Parliament for the Chair of the Education and Skills Select Committee, and as a Policy Advisor for Universities UK, specialising in quality, student experience, innovation and university-business links. She is a graduate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.

The Right Honourable Baroness Ann Taylor PC

Ann Taylor was appointed Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor at the University of Bradford with effect from 1 August 2015.

Baroness Taylor has a long association with Bradford, having graduated with a BSc in Politics and History from the University in 1969. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of the University in 1997 for her public life and political achievements.

She is one of The Labour Party’s most experienced politicians, beginning her political career as MP for Bolton West in 1974, serving more recently as MP for Dewsbury.

She has held many senior positions both in government and opposition, including Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. She became Leader of the House of Commons in 1997 before being appointed Government Chief Whip.

She was Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee from 2001-2005. She has since served as a Government Minister in the House of Lords, as Minister for Defence Equipment and Support and Minister for International Defence and Security. She has also served as a Representative on the Council of Europe and the Western European Union. She became a Life Peer in 2005.

Getachew Engida

Mr Engida has spent the last 20 years leading and managing international organisations advancing the cause of poverty eradication, peace building and, sustainable development. He has extensively worked on rural and agricultural developments, water and climate challenges, education, sciences, technology and innovation, intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity, communication and information with emphasis on freedom of expression and the free flow information on and offline as well as good governance. Mr Engida brings to the international public service a broad range of leadership and management skills from his academic background and rich experiences in the private sector. Mr Engida is a specialist in change management, good governance and transformative leadership in diverse international setting. Mr Engida has travelled widely in public speaking and leadership engagements at international conferences on peace and sustainable development issues and conferred with political leaders, policy makers, international, regional and national non-governmental organisations, the private sector academia and civil society.

Mr Engida has served as the World Bank nominee on the Boards of Trustees in a number of international organizations including Africa Rice (as a Chair) , the International Water Management Institute (Audit Committee Chair) . He is currently a member of CoRA – Conseil d’orientation de I’Agence franc;aise inter-etablissements de recherche pour le developpement, the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and the McKinsey Executive Panel.
Born in July 1956 in Addis Ababa, Mr. Engida holds a B.A. (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Manchester (UK) and an MBA with Commendations in Strategic Management from City University Business School in London (UK).

Mr Engida is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales since 1995 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) . Mr Engida worked in progressively responsible managerial and leadership positions at Ernst & Young, BOC and Thompson-Reuters, the latter for ten years in the UK and Kenya (1986-1995). He was a senior executive at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Rome), a Director at the International Livestock Research Institute (Nairobi). Mr Engida has also served as a governance and management specialist on External Program and Management Review Panels of three major agricultural research centres supported by the World Bank, FAO, UNEP and UNDP.

Mr Engida is a recipient of Doctor Honoris Causa. He was also awarded the Honorary Professorship from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Engida joined UNESCO as Deputy Assistant Director-General for Administration and Comptroller in June 2004. He is serving as Deputy Director-General since July 2010, and from January 2014 to February 2016, has taken on the added responsibility of managing the Communication and Information Programme of UNESCO.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed Getachew Engida to be a member of the Board of Governors of the United Nations System Staff College beginning January 2016 on the recommendation of the High Level Committee of Management.

Mr Engida is married to Martha Tilahun and they have three grown up children.

Tom Baker

Tom is a fierce advocate of the development of smarter communities. It is people and communities that shape our cities and regions. The infrastructure, fabric and services of our conurbations need to be intelligent and built around the needs of citizens.

There are significant and complex challenges faced by society which need to be addressed by public services, businesses, academia, schools and communities working together.

Tom has a significant insight into elements of the UK’s transport infrastructure and underpinning systems having worked with Virgin Trains, Eurostar, VOSA and the Highways Agency. However it is his later experience where he has worked in a number of Technology and Information leadership roles with Middlesbrough, Sunderland (CIO) and Norfolk (CIO) Councils that have shaped his views on the future of public services. A common theme in these roles has been partnership, digital inclusion, a focus on economic regeneration and through a raft of activities to link and join services across the public service spectrum.
It is this insight and experience that has demonstrated to Tom that a the journey to becoming a Smarter Community starts with its people, that empowering a community is dependent on incubating innovation and fostering collaboration.

In his current role Tom is responsible for leading on a number of strategy areas including, health, local government and the Future City.

Creating the environment for collaboration, for innovation and for doing the right thing is a massive challenge even in today’s digital age. BT are proud partners in the Digital Health Zone, a ground breaking initiative lead by the University of Bradford. The aim of this programme to bring together citizens, care providers, the city administration, large and small business to address many of the health and care problems we see in Bradford and beyond.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch

Director of the National Media Museum, Jo Quinton-Tulloch, has over 20 years of experience in Museums. She began her career as a member of the public facing Learning team at the Science Museum and has since gone on to deliver world class programming and exhibitions in the UK and USA (at the Science Museum in London, the Boston Museum of Science in the United States and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth) ranging from small temporary displays to multi-million pound, award-winning permanent galleries.

Jo strongly believes that museums have a key role to play within communities. Not only do they preserve and conserve cultural heritage but they offer opportunities for people to learn, share and be inspired. Her focus in her role in Bradford has been to forge new, sustainable partnerships across the city and region which reposition the Museum as a centre of excellence in STEM learning related to the Museum’s collections in the technology of light and sound.

Mike Houghton

As Managing Director, Mike is responsible for four business units within the Process Industries and Drives division. The focus areas within these units are growth, culture, strategy, productivity, stakeholder management, performance management, reporting and governance for the division, which comprises of around 300 employees.

In addition to being Managing Director of Process Industries and Drives, Mike is also a member of the Siemens Country Leadership Team, A supporter of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Mersey Region (Incl. a board member of Liverpool SuperPort), a member of the IET Skills Policy Panel and Program lead for IFB2016 (International Festival for Business) for Siemens. Prior to this role, Mike has held a number of senior posts within Siemens UK; these included Divisional Director of Customer Services, General Management of Service Support and Training, General Manager of Industry Automation Solutions; Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sales Manager UK and Operations Manager for Process Industries UK.

Joining Siemens via the acquisition of Moore by Siemens in 2000, Mike was a member of Moore’s strategic management team based in USA Philadelphia. Initially selected for his knowledge in the project execution arena, but later expanded to oversee the roll out of processes and techniques that enabled Moore to service the market on an international basis.

Mike is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Measurement & Control and a Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering.

Dr Helen Finch

Dr Helen Finch is responsible for External Technical Affairs for Jaguar Land Rover’s Research group, including engagement on Innovation with industry bodies and business groups, collaborative activities, academic partnerships, and funding opportunities.

Helen graduated in Computer Systems Engineering from The University of Sussex and then went on to gain a Doctor of Philosophy degree for research into VLSI Architectures for CGI. Several years of further academic research and undergraduate teaching were followed by a move to the semiconductor industry in which Helen was active for more than 2 decades, firstly as a microelectronics design engineer and then later as a technical program manager. She has worked for Pioneer, ST Microelectronics and Infineon where she led chip designs in a variety of application areas including real-time graphics, video encoding/decoding, baseband communication, smart card security and automotive.

In recent years she has taken a leading role in collaborative engagement through funded projects, and in 2011 she built a European consortium of 24 industry and academic partners which led to a successful bid for a €20M project to address the application of functional safety for electronics and electrical systems across the automotive supply chain.

Helen is a member of the EPSRC ‘Manufacturing the Future’ Strategic Advisory Team, a board member of Birmingham Science City, and sits on a variety of academic and collaborative advisory boards.

Executive Summary

The R&D and Innovation landscape at Jaguar Land Rover covers a spectrum from early-stage, blue-sky research through to commercialisation in product development for manufacture. Universities form a critical part of this eco-system and we engage currently with more than 30 institutions. Our approach to this engagement strikes balances at a number of levels: strategic (long-term, multiple disciplines) versus tactical (targeted technical specialisms); curiosity-driven versus challenge-led; local versus international. We have a particularly fruitful relationship with WMG at Warwick for example, our research department being located on campus with engineers and researchers working closely together, but we also have a research presence on the other side of the world in MIT Media Labs.

Jaguar Land Rover enjoys a strategic partnership with the EPSRC through which we have co-funded two major research programmes working with group of universities on shared challenges. We believe that this approach gives both effective and efficient leverage of the UK’s academic base in a focussed and coordinated way to develop critical mass and to really enhance national capability.

We have recently joined a strategic research alliance with Harvard University along with three other Tata companies; this exploits the shared ethos of using technology to solve society’s big challenges and will develop both technologies and skills through leadership development with Harvard Business School.

Adam Morton

Adam joined Rolls-Royce’s in 2007 to establish its multi-disciplinary Low Carbon Technology unit with responsibility for identifying and evaluating renewable and clean-tech opportunities across the group.

He is currently Head of Business for Rolls-Royce’s Future Technology Group – the unit that acts as the prime technological early warning system for the company as well as having responsibility for generating future concepts and developing, protecting and transferring cutting edge disruptive technologies across all of the Rolls-Royce businesses. This role involves considerable university and academic interaction, particularly on geared R&T programmes funded by the European Union, Innovate UK and the UK and US Governments. Other aspects of the role include technology road-mapping, business case development, relationship building, strategy buy-off and management of collaborative programmes.

As well as a Masters degree from Swansea University, Adam has an MBA from Imperial College and a Masters in Finance from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Executive Summary

Over the last 30 years, Rolls-Royce plc has developed a unique model of University-Business collaboration through its network of University Technology Centres (UTCs) and manufacturing research centres. This has delivered long-term capability and access to key talent and intellectual capability, essential for continuing success in extremely challenging technical fields. The company also benefits from the challenge and dialogue borne from diversity and a multi-sector perspective. In the session the speaker considers how this model may have to further evolve over the long term.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe is the Leader of Bradford Council as of May 2016. She was originally elected as Councillor for Windhill & Wrose in 2011.

In 2012 she became Executive member for Employment, Skills and Culture across the Bradford District, overseeing the largest local authority jobs programme in the country – Get Bradford Working. In June 2015 she also assumed political responsibility for Education in Bradford. Outside politics Susan has had her own business, worked in a Marketing agency and spent five years in a management role at a national newspaper. Until being elected as Council Leader she had been working for Business in the Community, a national charity which promotes responsible business practice. Here she managed the Healthy High Streets regeneration programme, a national programme operating in 67 towns across the UK.

Professor Yingjie Zhang

As former President and current Chair of University Committee of the Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST), Professor Yingjie Zhang cares tremendously about the internationalisation of the university among other things. KUST is a research oriented university and the largest university across China’s Yunnan province, and is among the top ten universities in China in its Metallurgical Engineering, Geological Mining, and Environmental Engineering programs.

Professor Zhang has held the position of President at several different universities over the past 10 years, and has made substantial contribution to the development of the universities. Professor Zhang is also wearing many hats of senior management at education related governmental organizations. As a professor in Material Science, Professor Zhang has been a Principal Investigator for many research projects, and has been awarded multiple awards for her research achievements at provincial level and national level.

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