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BARA Council

  • Mike Wilson

    BARA Chairman

    Mike is the Chief Automation Officer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry. He has over 35 years’ experience in robotics and automation gained across a broad range of manufacturing sectors throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK. During this time, he has been Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics and his book, the “Implementation of Robot Systems”, was published in 2014.

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  • Mark Stepney

    BARA Director, PPMA Group of Associations | Schubert UK

    Mark 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.

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  • Bob Hinchcliffe

    BARA Council Member | James Mae Group

    Bob has over 50 years of practical experience in engineering and is currently the Managing Director of James Mae Industries – a specialist automation company. A large proportion of Bob’s work has been in the field of bespoke automation systems; particularly in the field of Food Manufacturing. 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. Bob is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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  • Prof. Phil Webb

    Aerospace interests | Cranfield University

    Phil was elected to the BARA Council in 2003. He is currently RAEng Professor of Aero-Structure Design and Assembly at Cranfield University; Head of the Centre for Structures, Assembly and Intelligent Automation and leads the Aero-structure Assembly and Systems Installation Group. Collectively, these support innovative research work on the interaction of humans, robots and automation in an industrial environment. Prior to this, Phil founded and subsequently led the Robotics Research Group (RRG) at the University of Nottingham in 1997. He developed RRG into an internationally renowned group with a reputation for aerospace work, collaborating with, among others, Airbus UK, Bombardier Aerospace and Rolls-Royce.

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  • Andrew Mason

    Sales Manager | RARUK Automation

    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).

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  • Jeremy Hadall

    Senior Automation Engineer / Auditor

    Jeremy 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 and has represented the High Value Manufacturing Catapult on both the BARA Council and KTN Robotics & Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group.

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  • George Thompson

    Robot System Sales Manager | Güdel

    George was elected to the BARA Council in 2020. He is an experienced account manager and sales engineer with a background in mechanical and industrial engineering, specialising in robotics and automation. George is also skilled in electrical wiring, troubleshooting and repair of electronic circuits, continuous improvement programmes and manufacturing engineering.

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  • Tara Baker

    Robot Suppliers representative | Kuka Robotics

    Tara was elected to the BARA Council in 2018. She has been working within the manufacturing and automation sector for several years and has a strong passion for promoting and enabling collaboration between businesses, sectors and people. Tara currently works as Sales Channel Manager for KUKA Robotics UK – a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions.

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