The Future of Technology Speaker bios

Dr. Lina Huertas
Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing at MTC

Lina is an engineer with significant experience in developing and demonstrating digital systems and the business models around them. She obtained a PhD in the application of simulation and informatics solutions to support quality improvement in manufacturing. Her industrial experience includes the delivery projects that generate business benefits on the back of digital technologies, including operational simulation, embedded prognostics systems and self-adaptive machines. This work has led to multimillion -pound savings in industry. In the past three years Lina has formed and led different teams in the area of Digital Manufacturing, that offer unique capabilities to develop and mature technological solutions for the UK manufacturing sector. Currently, she is the Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing, leading the corporate strategy in the area and advising the national government and the European Commission in interventions for digitisation of industry.

Laurence Tinsley
Partner Technology Strategist at Microsoft

Laurence has worked with Microsoft as a Dynamics CRM Solution specialist for almost five years. Laurence is committed to delivering excellent and knowledgeable customer experiences and a certified expert at CRM problem solving. He has worked in the sector for almost 10 years and is renowned for his high levels of knowledge and energy.



James Pennington
Associate Lecturer at Warwick University

James has supported many organisations along the route of implementing IT systems and Digital Marketing, and acts as a Growth Coach with Growth Accelerator focusing on assisting businesses to improve their on-line activities to achieve visibility, sales and growth. James works with WMG, University of Warwick assisting with the delivery of MSc Projects and Modules, with responsibilities for developing content and delivery of Creating Profitable e-Business, e-Commerce, Global e-B Business and e-Customer Relationship Management as well as supporting on Strategic Marketing and Sales Management. In addition, he works with Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber Training to deliver a number of modules to the IT Apprenticeship Scheme and HNC Management Programme.

Henry Anson
Managing Director of The Manufacturer Magazine

Henry has 25 years experience in publishing and events having established Ark Group (Asia) pte and Ark Group Inc in 1994. Henry is the Founder of the Manufacturer Thought Leadership Networks Services and passionate about manufacturing. Henry is responsible for Hennik Research’s commercial activities, developing new concepts and products for The Manufacturer’s readership. He has vast international experience having set up offices across the globe and is keen to build a bridge between the manufacturing community and the service sector that supports it.


Phil Wood
Group IT Director & CIO at Rotork PLC

Phil has been the Group IT Director and CIO for Rotork Plc since April 2010, and currently runs an exciting portfolio of IT application and infrastructure investments, including two parallel global Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP implementations. Prior to Rotork, Phil worked as an independent IT Strategy and Change Management consultant, and before that spent 8 years at Glaxo Pharmaceuticals (now GSK). Phil has had over 25 years in the IT industry, working as both consultant and IT Director and involved in a wide range of technology, application and business improvement initiatives. Phil is a World Class Manufacturing practitioner, and is experienced in the selection and implementation of ERP systems. He has considerable experience and knowledge of the use of IT to deliver results and business change. Phil has also worked at Cranfield University, presenting on the MBA and corporate programmes on subjects including IT Strategy, IT Leadership, Benefits Management, Change Management, Enterprise Systems, Project & Programme Management.

Professor Ken Young
Technology Director, MTC

Prof Young did both his BSc in Mechanical Engineering and his PhD in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Nottingham, before spending 6 year in industry writing CAD based programming systems for industrial system including robots, machine tools and CMMs. He then spent 20 years at Warwick Manufacturing Group during which time he led their IMRC and the Manufacturing Technologies research group. His current role is as Technology Director for the Manufacturing Technology Centre. Here he oversees research in fields as diverse as electronics manufacture, informatics, simulation, friction welding, net shape manufacturing, advanced fixturing and intelligent automation. The MTC specialises in maturing manufacturing processes from laboratory proof of concept through to being proven at low volume. Since he joined the MTC in 2011 it has grown from 2 people to over 500 and has become a £40m turnover business. It has already delivered complete world leading production facilities into UK factories.