Email: Chris Valdés Tel: +44 (0)20 8773 5517
Member of the BARA Council since 1991 and Chairman for over 10 years. Mike also represents BARA on the PPMA Board and has previously been Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics. Mike is the Managing Director of KUKA UK & Ireland, part of the KUKA Group. KUKA is a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions, from robots and cells to fully automated systems in markets such as automotive, food & consumer goods, electronics, general industry, e-commerce/retail and healthcare.
BARA Staff LeadPPMA Group
Since joining the PPMA in 2013, Chris is now the staff lead for BARA and UKIVA (UK Industrial Vision Associations). As part of her dual role with BARA, Chris is the main interface between the BARA Council and the PPMA, helping to drive new initiatives and promote the Association through key events and industry stakeholders.
BARA Council MemberJames Mae Group
Bob Hinchcliffe is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has over 50 years of practical experience in engineering, a large proportion of which has been in the field of bespoke automation systems; particularly in the field of Food Manufacturing. Integration of Robotics has been one of his specialities over the past 12 years. Bob is the Managing Director of James Mae Industries – a specialist automation company. He has also been a longstanding member of the BARA Council and has been heavily involved with the introduction of the RIA/BARA Certified Robot Integrators' Scheme in the UK.
Prof. Phil Webb
Aerospace interestsCranfield University
General RepresentativeSchubert UK Ltd
Mark Stepney was elected onto the BARA council in 2020 and has been the Managing Director of Schubert UK since 2009. The company produces digital, robot-based packaging machines, with a focus on the interplay between simple mechanics, intelligent control technology and scalable modularity. They supply their packaging machines into the food, beverage, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.
Component suppliers representativeRAR UK
Elected to BARA council 2013. Andrew’s background is in Mechanical and Production Engineering. Current position, Sales Manager at RARUK Automation – a specialist supplier of innovative automation products, from industrial robots, linear axis systems and feeding solutions. Member of The Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).
Research & Technology OrganisationsMTC
Jeremy Hadall leads the Automation & Robotics group at the Manufacturing Technology Centre. He has been developing automation systems across a range of industries since leaving university working with manufacturing and automation companies such as Ford, GM, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Kuka, ABB and Siemens. In more recent years his focus has been around applying concepts used in these companies to small and medium enterprises to boost their productivity. He chairs the Institution of Engineering & Technology’s Design & Production Committee, represents the High Value Manufacturing Catapult on both the BARA council and KTN Robotics & Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group.
General RepresentativeComau UK Ltd
Robot Suppliers representativeKuka Robotics