NMI Electronic Systems Awards

Meet Our Judges

Meet our Judges

The NMI Awards 2015 winners are selected by an independent panel of judges. Our judges bring industry knowledge and category specific skillsets to assess every entry. The judges evaluate the finalists based on the criteria listed for each award category.

Roger Shepherd – Managing Director, Chipless Ltd

Roger Shepherd is the managing director of Chipless Ltd which he founded in 2014. Chipless is working to solve problems in complex systems, including the security of the Internet of Things.

Prior to founding Chipless, Roger worked at STMicroelectronics which acquired Inmos, the start-up Roger joined following studying mathematics at the University of Warwick. Roger’s technical work involved processors, parallel systems and software. In the 1980s he worked on the transputer and occam, in the 1990s he lead software development for ST’s 64-bit processor, in the 2000s he introduced of a VLIW core into ST’s consumer SoCs, and in the 2010s, as Processor Design Director, he developed multiprocessor designs for mobile, consumer and datacenter.

Roger has served as a visiting professor of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, he has represented ST on the board of EEMBC, and is a member of NMI Design Advisory Board.

Jon Older – Business Development Manager, ITDEV

Jon Older is ITDev’s Business Development Manager and has held this role for the past year. An electronics industry veteran of 25 years, Jon started his career as a digital design engineer at Plessey Radar before moving in to the Semiconductor industry with GEC Plessey Semiconductors. Moving back to Hampshire, Jon joined Philips Semiconductors where he spent 13 years in various roles, ultimately being responsible for verification and system level design developments. Latterly he spent 3 years building the NMI’s system level offerings, widening their scope of appeal by establishing the FPGA and System & Software networks. Jon joined the ITDev management team to help develop company strategy, raise the consultancy’s profile and grow the business in the area of complex embedded systems development.

Dave Wilton – Business Development Manager, Intel

Dave Wilton is a Business Development Manager, and leading one of the European Software Ecosystem Account Manager Teams at Intel in the near-$100Bn Global Video Games industry. As a Young Engineer with a MEng degree from Bath University and the Institut Nationale Polytechnique in Grenoble, his first role at Nokia in the 90’s grounded him in the mysteries of mobile communications technology. He went on to develop his career as an Applications Engineer followed by more than a decade of Sales at Synopsys in the Microelectronics/IP + EDA industry where he discovered the technological wonders and business of making SoC compute devices. Then as WW Business Development Manager, Dave brought transformation to Sales Teams around the world by combining Value Selling techniques with Engineering principles for Agilent Technologies in the Test and Measurement market, and in the process discovered the magic that makes high performance Mobile and Enterprise compute devices work at System level. Now after 20 years, and having finally discovering what it was all for, Dave is facing one of the biggest challenges of his career at the end of the Semiconductor value chain as he helps to steer the highly competitive Gaming SW eco-system to adopt latest technical innovations into their entertainment products as consumers demand ever greater experiences.

Pete Davy – Business Consultant

Pete Davy is a business consultant helping clients grow their revenue and move into new markets.

Pete is an expert B2B marketer and experienced with sales organisations in Europe, Israel and USA. His career is vested in hi-tech enterprise software from the fields of EDA, semiconductor, electronic systems and manufacturing.

Pete has a BSc in Electronic Engineering from University of Nottingham.

Steve Watts – Technology & Innovation Consultant, Cambridge IQ

Steve has spent 25 years in the electronics industry developing technology and products from concept to manufacture for companies around the world.  He has experienced the connected revolution from CT2 to 5G and more recently into ‘connected things’.  As well as understanding technology behind a product he is very business focussed, helping companies bring together all the pieces needed to reap the rewards of new technology innovation.

Having spent 20 years at PA Consulting Group he now runs Cambridge IQ, providing services to clients in the areas of technology innovation, product development, IoT, IP commercialisation and process design.

He is passionate about growing the UK electronics and manufacturing sectors and mentors start-ups and SMEs.

Jonathan Young – Director, Application Consulting, Synopsys Inc

Jonathan Young joined Synopsys in August 2000 based in the UK and currently holds the position of Director, Application Consulting, Global Technical Services.  Current duties include leading the UK, Ireland and Netherlands Application Consulting team supporting customers across the full range of Synopsys EDA tool technology.

Previously Jonathan was one of the world-wide leads for Physical Design within Synopsys Professional Services where he defined SPS’ high performance core (CPU and GPU) strategy and worked with customers on managing the difficult transition to 16nm.

Other duties have involved the establishment, development and mentoring of SoC design centers across multiple geographies in Europe, India and Asia.

Prior to Synopsys Jonathan has held various technical and application engineering management positions at Sony Semiconductor and Texas Instruments.

In the course of his more than 25 year career in SoC design and implementation Jonathan has been responsible for taking over 100 designs through tape out in technologies ranging from 3um to 28nm.

Dr Jeremy Bennett – Chief Executive, Embecosm

Embecosm was founded by Dr Jeremy Bennett, an expert on hardware modeling and embedded software development. Previously Dr Bennett was Vice President of ARC International plc, following their acquisition of Tenison Design where he had been CEO and CTO. Dr Bennett is author of the popular textbook, “Introduction to Compiling Techniques”

(McGraw-Hill 1990, 1995, 2003) and holds an MA and PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University.

Michael O’Sullivan – Technology Sales Director, Cadence

Michael O’Sullivan is currently Technology Sales director for Cadence and is based in Livingston Scotland. Michael has been with Cadence for 17 years and  he has had various  roles in sales, marketing and services delivery.

Prior to Cadence , Michael was a project/technical manager at Silicon and Software Systems in Dublin , Ireland.

Michael started his career as a digital design engineer at Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Michael has a MEngSc and a BE from the National University of Ireland.

Mike Davison – Owner, Silicon Edge Ltd

In more than 30 years in the industry, Mike Davison has held senior positions at a number of semiconductor and electronics companies. Until 2014 he served as COO of Redux Laboratories and HiWave Technologies in Hong Kong. Prior to that he was Director of Operations at chip startups Audium Semiconductor and Picochip. He held several positions at Conexant Digital Infotainment, latterly that of General Manager.

Mike started his career at GEC Telecommunications and subsequently worked at Brooktree, Pioneer and Oak Technology. He holds degrees in Telecommunications Technology from Aston University, and Electronics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

Mike now runs his own operations consultancy, Silicon Edge limited, providing support to semiconductor and electronics businesses.

Paul Freeman – Owner, PF Consulting (UK)

Paul Freeman has worked in semiconductor manufacture for over 27 years, starting at inmos in 1988.

Over the past 15 years he has setup and managed silicon chip manufacture for two VC-funded fabless semiconductor startups, Element-14 (acquired by Broadcom) and Icera (acquired by NVidia), from zero to high volume success, resulting in over $1B of exit value and the shipment of tens of millions of units.

He now operates independently as PF Consulting, with the aim of spreading the value of this expertise as far and as wide as is needed.

Jim Campbell – Managing Director, Sutherland Campbell International Ltd

Jim is Managing Director, Sutherland Campbell International Ltd, a member of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s national council and an advisory board member at Oxford Brookes’ Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre. Jim is also a business innovation coach at the EU’s Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. Sutherland Campbell International provides strategic and business development support on electric vehicles and sustainable mobility.

Jim has extensive contacts, knowledge & experience within the international car industry and was formally Marketing Director with Rolls Royce & Bentley Motor Cars. He has also worked with BMW/Land Rover, Hyundai and Jaguar Land Rover. Jim is currently working on Electric Bus, Electric Vehicle and Sustainable Mobility research & development projects and coaching SME’s with high growth potential Denmark and Holland and across the EU.

Philip Nijenhuis – CEO, RoodMicrotec

Philip Nijenhuis has been CEO of RoodMicrotec since 2004. Philip graduated from the Technical University Eindhoven as mechanical / industrial engineer and started his carrier as a Logistics Manager at Wavin. Philip rapidly progressed his career into Management holding senior management positions at Scania, ITT/Alcatel, AT Kearney, Schlumberger, Data & Telecom Services and BESI Molding (Fico). During his career Philip has been active in several company re-constructions and 14 M&A projects, several under his final responsibility. Under Philip’s leadership RoodMicrotec has expanded the services it offers so as to meet changing customer and market needs and has put RoodMicrotec firmly on the path for future growth and profitability. With locations in Germany (Stuttgart, Nordlingen & Dresden), Netherlands (Zwolle) and UK (Bath) RoodMicrotec is well positioned to provide independent value-added microelectronics and optoelectronics services throughout Europe and beyond. RoodMicrotec offers a one-stop shop proposition to fabless companies, OEMs and other business partners.

RoodMicrotec has an accredited laboratory for testing and qualification activities in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. RoodMicrotec has over 45 years of experience and has built up a strong position in Europe with its powerful solutions. Its services comply with the highest industrial and quality requirements as demanded by the high reliability aerospace & military, automotive, telecommunications, medical, IT and electronics sectors.
‘Certified by RoodMicrotec’ concerns qualification of products to the stringent ISO/TS 16949 standard for suppliers to the automotive industry. The recently launched Automotive Competence Centre offers dedicated support for customers wanting to supply to the automotive market, from early stage advice & consultancy to full AEC-Q100 qualification and all the required Supply Chain Management services.

Mark Newton – Production, Symetrica

An experienced operational leader within high technology industries, Mark relishes the challenges and excitement that  have been generated over many years from working within growing UK start-up to large multi-national companies. With his particular focus on building success through operational excellence, he relishes working with likeminded people within our electrifying industries!

Bradford Factor – Director of Packaging Technology, ASE Europe

Bradford Factor received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Applied Physics in 1991.  After this, he held research positions in France and Greece and at the Polymers Division of NIST in the United States.  Bradford started his career in the semiconductor industry in 1995 – first at Intel’s Assembly Technology Development team in 1995 and then at Lucent Microelectronics in 1999 to work on advanced materials and flip chip.  He joined ASE Europe in 2002 and is currently Director of Packaging Technology.  Supporting the European customer base, he focuses on new technologies in ASE Group including Cu-wire bonding, flip chip packaging, wafer level packaging as well as power packaging.  He is active with IEEE CMPT and IMAPS, has received several patents and has published several journal articles.

Professor Philip Mawby – Professor of Power Electronics, University of Warwick

Professor Philip Mawby holds the Royal Academy of Engineering/Converteam Chair of Power Electronics within the School of Engineering at Warwick. His main areas of expertise are in semiconductor device technology for power devices, in particular as applied to power switching devices. He is one of the UK’s leading authorities on Silicon Carbide power device technology and applications. He also has an internationally recognized activity in the modelling of power devices, particularly in the area of compact modelling and fast systems modelling.

He is the project leader for the £10m science city project on energy efficiency. This project has provided Warwick a dedicated cleanroom for silicon carbide power device research as well as vehicle integration lab consisting of two linked dynamometers capable of up to 500kW. In addition a team led by Professor Mawby has been awarded a £3m EPSRC grant on Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration (VESI) to study how the vehicle motor and the power electronics can be integrated to deliver more compact designs, with higher reliability.

He now heads a team of 25 researchers.  He is the author of over 200 journal and international conference papers, a fellow of the IET and a fellow of the Institute of Physics as well as a senior member of the IEEE. He is currently running numerous research projects in the area of power electronics in the automotive, aerospace, power distribution, semiconductor materials and power electronics reliability areas. He also leads Warwick’s global research priority (GRP) in Energy across the university.

Doug Amos – Independent Consultant, One Man Army

Somehow, Doug has carved out a living from programmable logic and FPGA for over 30 years, holding technical positions with Altera, Synplicity and Synopsys. He did his first programmable logic design in the mid-80’s, and was a freelance designer and “PIP-Pilot” back when LUTs were still a pretty neat idea.

Since then, Doug has designed or supported countless FPGA and ASIC designs, either as an independent consultant or working with the major vendors. For example, at Synopsys, Doug co-authored the widely-read FPGA-based prototyping Methodology Manual. As One Man Army, Doug writes and presents on FPGA and related technologies and manages all FPGA activity for NMI.

In all that time, the one constant has been the rapid change within the industry, and despite its maturity, FPGA always offers something new, and that will keep Doug busy for some years to come. Doug holds a honours degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering from the University of Bath, England.

Christopher Bailey – Professor of Computational Mechanics and Reliability, University of Greenwich

Chris is the Professor of Computational Mechanics and Reliability at the University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom. He has worked for 20+ years in electronic packaging and is Associate Editor for the IEEE-CPMT Transactions. In 2008 he was the General Chair for the IEEE ESTC conference in London and is a regular attendee and committee member of CPMT conferences such as ECTC and EPTC as well as conferences such as Eurosime (Europe), ICEPT (China), and IMPACT (Taiwan). In 2014 he organised the IEEE-Therminic Conference in Greenwich, London. His research interests are related to computational methods for design, modelling and reliability of electronic components and systems. Chris is a Senior Member of IEEE, and is current Vice-President for conferences for IEEE-CPMT society.

Jon Older – Business Development Manager, I.T. Dev Limited

Jon Older is ITDev’s Business Development Manager and has held this role for the past year. An electronics industry veteran of 25 years, Jon started his career as a digital design engineer at Plessey Radar before moving in to the Semiconductor industry with GEC Plessey Semiconductors. Moving back to Hampshire, Jon joined Philips Semiconductors where he spent 13 years in various roles, ultimately being responsible for verification and system level design developments. Latterly he spent 3 years building the NMI’s system level offerings, widening their scope of appeal by establishing the FPGA and System & Software networks. Jon joined the ITDev management team to help develop company strategy, raise the consultancy’s profile and grow the business in the area of complex embedded systems development.

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Bruno Johnson – Director, Cascoda

Bruno is an expert in the conceptualization, design and development of standard products for the electronics industry. He began his career on the graduate program of Hitachi Europe, where he participated in the development of system-on-chip DAB radio receivers. His subsequent experience at Acapella and Semtech covers positions of responsibility in business units involved in wireless, communications, human input devices and sensing. In 2007 Bruno co-founded Cascoda, a fabless semiconductor company that designs and develops wireless transceivers for the internet of things.

Bruno holds a BEng from the University of Sussex, an MSc from the University of Southampton, and an MBA from Imperial College Business School.

Chris Firth – Chief Scientist – Research & Technology, Thales (UK)

Chris received a first class BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering in 1976 and an MSc in Telecommunications Systems in 1978. In his early career he worked on data transmission over Personal Mobile Radio and since 1980 has worked at Thales (formerly Racal) in a variety of technical and senior managerial roles associated with data communications. He was one of the founder members of the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence (MVCE) where he is still the Thales representative. At Thales (UK) he currently leads the activity in co-funded R&T programme acquisition and academic relationships.

Chris is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (SMIEEE) and an honorary professor in the School of Engineering at Warwick University.

Martin Shaw – MD – Reliability Solutions

Martin is the Managing Director of Reliability Solutions, which was formed in 1997 to provide the complete range of Reliability improvement tools  and application solutions throughout the product cycle.

Martin previously worked at IBM as their Quality and Reliability Specialist within the PC Business Unit. From 1982-1997 Martin worked as a specialist in Product and Commodity Quality / Reliability optimisation for the Electronic Product Suppliers to IBM. During this time he worked extensively with a wide range of suppliers throughout Asia, USA and Europe.

Since 1997 Martin has worked with a diverse range of blue-chip companies worldwide to improve their product reliability.

John Watkins – UK Sales Manager, MASER UK

John has been the UK and Ireland Sales Manager for MASER Engineering for the last 21 years. MASER are market leading independent suppliers of reliability test and failure analysis services.

After graduating in Physics at Warwick University, John worked 7 years on R&D at Plessey working on a wide range of technologies including microwave oscillators and amplifiers, silicon microcontrollers and SAW filters. This was followed by a General  Management position with Signal Technology (SAW Filters)  and UK Manager at Rood Testhouse. In 1990 John founded Redcroft Associates and through this continues today to offer a wide range of  backend engineering services in packaging, electrical test, reliability testing and failure analysis.

Alec Vogt – Regional Sales Manager, Synopsys

John McLean – Division Head, STFC