Email: Chris Valdés Tel: +44 (0)20 8773 5517
With over 35 years’ experience in robotics and automation gained across a broad range of manufacturing sectors throughout Europe, North America and Asia, Mike is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK. During this time, he was Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics and his book, the “Implementation of Robot Systems”, was published in 2014. Mike is also on the Board of Directors for the PPMA.
BARA Staff LeadPPMA Group
Since joining the PPMA in 2013, Chris is now the staff lead for BARA and UKIVA (UK Industrial Vision Association). 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
Mark was elected to 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
Andrew was elected to the BARA Council in 2013. With a background in Mechanical and Production Engineering, Andrew currently holds the position of Sales Manager at RARUK Automation – a specialist supplier of innovative automation products, from industrial robots, linear axis systems and feeding solutions. He is also a member of The Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).
Research & Technology OrganisationsMTC
Jeremy Hadall leads the Automation & Robotics group at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). He has been developing automation systems across a range of industries since leaving university working with manufacturing and automation companies such as Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Kuka, ABB and Siemens. In more recent years, Jeremy's 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
Robot Suppliers representativeKuka Robotics