Manufacturing Engineer @ Field Ready, 2014 – Present
Engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, field work (Haiti, Nepal), innovation, R&D
We provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in new ways using the latest technology. Our vision is to meet humanitarian need by transforming logistics through technology, innovative design and engaging people in new ways. The impact of this will be dramatically improving efficiency in aid delivery by meeting needs that are at best only partially fulfilled at present cutting in part by cutting procurement costs and reducing transport to a single trip.
Freelance Mechanical Engineer , 2013 – Present
Technical lead, documentation, verification, validation, R&D, prototyping, innovation
Working with small to large manufacturing and services companies to the develop their business and products, from an hour here and there up to long term, on-site contracts. Products/industries include pharmaceutical production machinery, consumer cleaning products, industrial gas valves, software development tools.
Still loving it
Mechanical Engineer @ 42 Technology Ltd , 2008 – 2012
Business development, project management, facilities management, technical leadership, R&D, innovation.
Technology are a 30-person engineering consultancy that solves
difficult technical problems and creates innovative ideas for new
products and processes for a wide range of clients and markets.
42 I was involved in business development, project management and
managed their labs and workshops, but mainly my role was technical lead
As the lead engineer I guided and reviewed the work of
engineers, designers and scientists, working with the project manager
to ensure projects were on time and met requirements.
What I liked
most about 42, apart from the great people there, is that I got to use
a lot of my skills: modelling, mechanics, creativity, software,
electronics, coaching, prototyping, fluids, structures, materials,
manufacturing..... it was very diverse work.
I left for a new challenge - freelancing and to develop my own product ideas.
Design Engineer/Manufacturing Engineer @ GKN Aerospace , 2006 – 2008
R&D, design, transfer to manufacture, Lean manufacturing, process automation, some project and people management.
Aerospace, Luton, design, test and manufacture composite heater
elements for aircraft. I joined just as the Ice Protection System
design for Boeing 787's was being transferred to manufacture. The 787
project was challenging due to short deadlines, high performance
requirements and much higher production volumes than for previous
products. I developed the design and processes, particularly around
GKN's unique metalspraying technology. This was traditionally a labour
intensive 'craft'. I implemented a sensitive, high speed, automated
test method whilst developing the manual manufacturing process. I was
also technical lead for projects automating aspects of the
I left to broaden my experience and use a wider range of my skills.
Design Engineer @ Carbon Concepts , 2004 – 2005
R&D, testing, prototype manufacture, composites
concepts is a very small composites company specialising in complex
one-off and short run composite structures. I got some great hands on
experience of real R&D - analysis, making prototypes, testing, one
off manufacture and delivery to customer. Whilst I was there I worked
on parts for motorsport, hang gliders, boats, windsurfers and wind
turbines. The wind turbine project was particularly complex, I was
heavily involved in the aerodynamic modelling, structural analysis,
control system design and developing the monitoring system.
I left for financial reasons - more money and job security - very important when you're about to buy a house!
Engineering Sponsored Student @ Crown Cork & Seal , 2000 – 2002
High volume manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, maintenance systems.
student and graduate programs are highly regarded - I was provided with
practical training and then worked at multiple manufacturing sites on
various projects in quality, maintenance and operations. This gave be
some fantastic insights into high volume manufacturing and how large
I left to move to a smaller company to get more varied experience and to get more ownership of projects.
Master of Engineering (MEng), Mechanical Engineering @ University of Cambridge, 2000 – 2005