AESIN Executive Steering Board
AESIN Executive Steering Board
New Executive Board Appointments
AESIN has been launched with commitment and support from the executive steering board. Board positions are for senior employees of staff from AESIN membership and we are looking to further extend the diversity and range of leadership. If this is of interest to your organisation we have a process for submitting board member position applications – please contact [email protected] with your contact details in the first instance.
Dr Stephen Lambert
Dr Stephen Lambert received his Doctorate from the University of Warwick by looking at the applicability of hybrid and electric drivetrains in motorsport. Following this he worked at Lotus Engineering, developing hybrid and electric demonstrator vehicles for a number of OEMs. Through this role, he found himself working closely.... Read More
Dr Stephen Lambert, AESIN Chairman
Dr Stephen Lambert received his Doctorate from the University of Warwick by looking at the applicability of hybrid and electric drivetrains in motorsport. Following this he worked at Lotus Engineering, developing hybrid and electric demonstrator vehicles for a number of OEMs. Through this role, he found himself working closely with battery manufacturers as a key partner for these projects. He has since worked in various roles around developing battery technology in areas such as Formula 1 and high performance road cars. He is now responsible for the electrification strategy for automotive customers with McLaren Applied technologies, where he is helping deliver advantage by empowering customer to introduce and protect new vehicle concepts and technologies and to drive differentiation in the market.
Andrew Ashby, AESIN Vice-Chairman
Andrew Ashby is a founder of the AESIN Consortium and having taken a lead role in its early workstream activities, then went on to support the ongoing growth and success of AESIN, as Vice chairman.
Andrew is a consulting, business development and sales professional with a longstanding technical background. He is widely networked and is currently helping to drive thought leadership in the automotive and transport sectors in the areas of connected and autonomous vehicles, vehicle systems cyber resilience and infrastructure. He has been instrumental in creating the environment where AESIN now fosters independent working relationships across multiple industry sectors, government organisations, policy makers and standards bodies.
He has over twenty-five years’ experience in business development, consulting, global sales, OEM account management, Field Applications and Design and Development Engineering.
Gunwant Dhadyalla, AESIN Director
Gunwant graduated with honours with a Masters in engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
His history with the automotive electronics industry began as a sponsored student with Rover Group where he worked on a number product launches. Gunwant also worked in the Advanced Research Group in Rover Group and subsequently took up a role as a consultant in the Electrical and Electronics Group at Rolls-Royce and Bentley, followed by a similar role for Valeo Group in Germany.
He is currently employed as a Principal Engineer in the Energy and Electrical Systems group at WMG, University of Warwick.
Michael Welsh, Capgemini Engineering
Michael has over 30 years of experience in engineering including aerospace, high speed rail and automotive industries. Over the past 20 years he has held various roles in the automotive industry at Ford, Visteon and Altran. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Engineering from Anglia Ruskin University and a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering from Oxford University.
Phil Proctor, Highways England
Phillip is currently a Principal Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Advisor and has been working for the Highways England and its predecessor the Highways Agency in intelligent transport systems research since 1999. He leads a team of engineers and advisors who develop and implement affordable ITS solutions to ensure the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the Strategic Road Network. Prior to joining the Highways England, Phillip worked for Toshiba UK in the audio visual department. Phillip has a degree in Satellite Communication Engineering and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Jaguar Land Rover
Dr Alex Mouzakitis, Jaguar Land Rover
Dr Alex Mouzakitis is the head of the Electrical, Electronics and Software Engineering Research Department at Jaguar Land Rover. Dr Mouzakitis has over 15 years of technological and managerial experience especially in the area of automotive embedded systems. In his current role is responsible for leading a multidisciplinary research and technology department dedicated to deliver a portfolio of advanced research projects in the areas of human-machine interface, digital transformation, self-learning vehicle, smart/connected systems and on-board/off board data platforms. In his previous position within JLR, Dr Mouzakitis served as the head of the Model-based Product Engineering department responsible for model-based development and automated testing standards and processes. Dr Mouzakitis is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET and InstMC engineering institutions. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Panel of several international conferences, member of the InstMC System and Control Technology Panel, member of the InstMC National Council and a member of the InstMC Accreditation Panel. He has published over 50 scientific papers in an international journals and conferences. Dr Mouzakitis holds a BSc in Integrated Manufacturing Technology, an MSc in Systems and Control and a PhD in Mechatronics and Artificial Intelligence.
Paul Brookes, Yunex Traffic
Paul is Head of Research and Development for Siemens Mobility, Traffic Solutions. His experience in hardware, software, embedded systems design and management spans more than 25 years over 3 industry sectors: computer systems, motion control and intelligent transport systems. Holder of a DTI award for promoting good practice in microelectronic design, Paul is a Chartered Engineer, Siemens mentor, innovation lead and connected mobility consultant. Paul’s active research areas are the infrastructure enhanced connected vehicle, energy efficient freight corridor, mobility as a service and enabling smoother journeys, through city intelligence based social incentives.
Gary Bray, Yunex Traffic
As program manager, Gary is responsible for a multi million pound, innovation project. The project involves developing and bringing to market a highly innovative solution to traffic signal control and installation consisting of hardware, firmware, software and mechanical elements. His responsibilities include leading a team of over 30 individuals, developing and delivering to the project plan, risk analysis and mitigation, stakeholder management, managing interfaces between engineers and factory production, cost control and providing a monthly progress update including presenting to the senior management team. As product manager he is responsible for managing our UK portfolio of detectors and liaising with Siemens Mobility's HQ in Munich for input into the global portfolio. Using market research to understand the changing priorities of the government and/or local authorities he identifies new products or solutions that will meet the needs of those priorities. His key responsibilities are defining the product (either developing our own or bringing a third party product into the portfolio), preparing a business case for presentation to the senior management team, product marketing and product life cycle management.
Mark Cracknell, Zenzic
Mark is the Head of Connected and Automated Mobility at Zenzic helping to accelerate the deployment of CAM to deliver benefits to the UK businesses and travelling public.
Andrew Everett, A+E
Andrew became Chief Strategy Officer of the Transport Systems Catapult in May 2014 where he is responsible for the strategic direction of the Catapult, a newly established technology and innovation centre focussed on making the UK the global lead in intelligent mobility. The Catapult promotes sustained economic growth and wellbeing through integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems. Prior to this Andrew spent over 6 years at the Technology Strategy Board as Head of Transport and initially Lead Technologist for Low carbon Vehicles. In his time at Technology Strategy Board Andrew developed the case for the Transport Systems Catapult and also delivered the Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator programme which saw more than 340 electric vehicles trialed in the UK in 8 locations. His early interest in engineering and cars led to a Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship after which Andrew joined Ford Motor Company where he held various positions in Engineering, Finance and Planning. In 1998 Andrew joined Visteon, a spin out of Ford, to take the role of Manufacturing Planning Manager. He then became Programme Manager for the cooling and air conditioning system to be delivered to Kia for their first European which was manufactured car in Slovakia. Andrew then moved to the Energy Saving Trust as Transport Research and Development Programme Manager managing the Department for Transport’s Vehicle Technology Research and Development Fund. Andrew holds a BSc in Engineering Management from Anglia Polytechnic University, an MSc in Automotive Engineering Design, Manufacture and Management from the University of Hertfordshire and also an MBA from Henley Management College. These were all achieved whilst working at Ford and Visteon. Andrew is an active member on several Industry Technology and Strategy Groups.
Kevin Vincent, Coventry University
Mr. Kevin Vincent as Operations Manager for the Institute for Future Transport and Cities, has approximately 30 years’ experience in product and business development in both private and public sectors with specific expertise in EU & nationally-funded collaborative R&D projects, gained through previous roles at Pera Innovation Ltd, Altair Engineering Ltd, and as Director of his own limited company. With a background in engineering simulation and optimisation, his particular passion is intelligent mobility and transportation systems with the objective of promoting research and impact in new environmentally sustainable and accessible forms of mobility. He currently Chairs the Research & Development Board for AESIN. Prior to this, after graduating from Coventry University, he spent 15 years in the automotive and aerospace sectors as a consulting engineer working for IAD (UK) Ltd and Ricardo both in the UK and USA where he spent 5 years consulting on automotive design for Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.
Thomas Keenan, McLaren Applied
Thomas Keenan holds the role Head of Automotive Control Systems at McLaren Applied technologies, being responsible for the product strategy and business development of the safety critical controllers which McLaren Applied Technologies has built its name around in automotive applications. In the past three years McLaren’s attention has turned to the Autonomous Vehicle and Electrification segments for two key growth areas which our experience and expertise fully supports. Prior to this current role Thomas worked for Aston Martin Lagonda in the Electrical Product Development department, during his time in the company he progressed from Graduate Integration Engineer to Integration Manager in the Application Team. His career in the organisation coincided with the migration from the Premier Automotive Group (PAG) P1 architecture to the Daimler Star 2.2 architecture which was a significant step in complexity and feature content for Aston Martin.
Williams Advanced Engineering
Rob Millar, Williams
Rob Millar is Head of Electrical at Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. Williams Advanced Engineering provides world class innovation in engineering and technology, operational performance, testing and manufacturing services, working in a range of sectors including Automotive, Motorsport, Civil Aerospace, Defence, Healthcare, Sports Science and Energy. Rob started his career as an electronics engineer, working on automotive body control systems, before moving into an electrical integration role in automotive systems with TWR Engineering in 1992. In 2004, he took a step towards the electrification of vehicles by founding his own company which developed electronic systems for Modec, Tata and Daimler vehicles amongst others. Having first worked with Williams in 2010 in delivering the Jaguar C-X75 project he joined the company in 2016 to deliver its long-term innovative plans for batteries and electronics.
Peter Davies, Thales
As a Technical Director of Thales in the UK Peter has been their leading expert on Cryptography in the UK responsible for providing cryptography and information security direction and expertise on a variety of products and projects. Previous work includes the development and certi¬cation of exible and interoperable commercial security solutions that are also widely used by governments; these solutions are available worldwide and support the security of both communications and infomatics in an international, multi grade environment. Peters specialist knowledge is at the core of the cyber defence and forensics activities that he undertakes combatting existential treats against business. Peter has, interacted on security and products at any level from Prime Minister, through Board to deep technical including Certification Labs and partners developing and sustaining business opportunities worldwide. Peter has generated patents in the area of digital DNA and his research covers aspects of technical security as well as aspects of super-identities and their role in combatting human based cyber-attacks. As well as contributing to standards Peter is a frequent speaker at international conferences and delivers lectures to postgraduate information and cyber security programmes in the UK and worldwide. Concentrated on Digital Resilience and Survivability. Involved in the speci¬cation and development of many successful large-scale security schemes including credit card and mobile phone. Peter currently leads the Security Workstream for the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN) and security lead to the Innovate UK funded research programmes AutoDrive and RoboPilot. Peter Won the 2017 Automobile Division prize for Safety and Security awarded by the Automobile Division Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for his work on cybersecurity and presentation on ‘Addressing challenges in ensuring cyber security for autonomous vehicles’. Peter is a frequent speaker at conferences and contributor to journals concerned with Automotive Cyber Security, CNI, Law Enforcement and Commercial security. Interested in the paradigm shift in security models that must accompany a more connected and less controlled environment.
Department of Transport
Darren Capes, Dept. for Transport
Darren Capes FIET FIHE, has over 30 years’ experience working in Local and Central Government. A qualified civil engineer, Darren’s career has encompassed most areas of municipal engineering with particular emphasis on design, construction and evaluation; transport planning, and technology development and implementation. Darren has a particular interest in emerging transport technologies and the readiness of local highway authorities for the challenges that new vehicle and data technologies will bring. His previous role as Transport Systems Manager for City of York Council focussed on this area as does his current role, leading local authority ITS policy at the Department for Transport. Darren represents the interests of local authorities and highway engineering on the Institute of Engineering and technology (IET) Transport Policy Panel and Transport Sector Committee. He also manages the national Transport Technology Forum and speaks regularly at events in the UK and beyond, including to the House of Commons and Lords Select Committees on the subjects of Smart Cities, current and emerging transport technology.
Andrew Birnie, NXP
After graduating from the University of Glasgow, Andy had various roles in product & technology development, but is currently Systems Engineering Manager for Automotive Microcontrollers within NXP. In this role Andy is responsible for working with Tier1s and OEMs to understand market trends and customer demands, to define the next generation of microcontrollers, keeping NXP at the forefront of automotive electronics systems technology for the next 20 years. Andy sits on the OPEN Alliance steering group, pushing adoption of Ethernet into automotive, and was a founder member of the AESIN (Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network) consortium in the UK.
Iain Forbes, CCAV
Iain Forbes is the head of the UK Government's Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, a policy unit based jointly in the Department for Transport and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Centre aims to help ensure that the UK remains a world leader in developing and testing connected and autonomous vehicles. Prior to joining CCAV, Iain worked in No10 as a Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, covering issues including transport and the devolved administrations. He has previously worked in both the Department for Transport and the Home Office, advising on innovation, science and technology, security policy and environmental strategy.
Mentor A Siemens Business
Andrew Paterson, Mentor A Siemens Business
Andrew Patterson is Business Development Director for Mentor Graphics’ embedded software division, specializing in automotive solutions (Mentor Automotive). Prior to Mentor, Andrew has spent over 25 years in the Design Automation market and IT/Engineering markets, working in the areas of vehicle networks, simulation model development, and embedded software build, validation and testing. Recently he has been focused on automotive connectivity challenges involving ADAS, Infotainment, AUTOSAR, embedded security, and the use of complex SoCs in Linux-based in-vehicle solutions. Andrew holds a master’s degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.