I joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2003 originally to support the teaching of design & manufacture. Since 2017 I have been part-time at 60%FTE.
After graduating from Surrey University in 1985 with a 1st Class BSc Hons in Mech Eng my first employment was as a Rehabilitation Engineer working on the design of mobility and therapy aids for profoundly impaired adults and children at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney. I left the hospital in 1989 to join Redland Engineering, which was part of the Redland international building products company. During my 12 years at Redland I moved from design, to installation and finally into Manufacturing where I became a Director. Redland was bought out in 1998 and the Engineering business was dissolved soon after. I spent the next 3 years as Operations Manager for an SME sub-contract manufacturing company specialising in the sectors of aerospace and motor-sport.
The industrial experience I gained from these last 2 companies has equipped me in the leadership of two undergraduate courses; first year Design & Manufacture and 3rd/4th year optional course in Manufacturing Technology & Management. My special interest is in the tools and techniques of the Lean philosophy which I cover in my optional course and take great pleasure in passing on to the students.