Alan is the Founder of LCP Consulting. Alan’s experience spans across all sectors from retail, through FMCG, manufacturing, hi-tech, chemicals, healthcare, distribution and logistics services. This experience has been gained on every continent across the world, making him a recognised authority on operations, supply chain and logistics. His core skills include translating supply chain and operations design and execution to bottom line improvement for our clients.
Over the last six years he has taken a keen interest in the public policy of sustainable freight and logistics, collaborating with both Cranfield and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport to publish and launch research. Alan holds a Master in Business Management from the London Business School, a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and prior to starting LCP held management roles for 10 years in the food and furniture industries.
Alan has collaborated with the Cranfield School of Management’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics Management since 1987, contributing to teaching, research and writing. In 2006, he was appointed a Visiting Professor and most recently spent eighteen months as acting head of the Supply Chain Research Centre. He continues to enjoy working with the students on their thesis projects.
John has carried out a unique mix of strategic and operational roles with placements in the USA and Europe and partnerships in Asia. Over recent years much of his private sector and Government activities has been in the area of mobile and wireless communications, digital media, Smart Cities, Cloud and Big Data and M2M/IoT as well as emerging and disruptive technologies. Helping technology start ups in the UK and internationally sourcing technology and partners as well as provide due diligence in areas of M&A and stock listings. Operating as a UK Government Advisor John has briefed both UK and International Government Ministers and Departments on Smart Cities and respective technologies and applications. This has included providing international workshops, mentoring and consulting at senior levels. John has designed and ran awareness and implementation workshops for international companies and led international delegations to overseas markets, the most recent to Singapore and Malaysia in partnership with InnovateUK. John is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Smart Cities. John will be engaging with potential new international companies and organisations, and supporting CW member companies.
Engineer with over 5 years’ experience in multidisciplinary engineering projects. Specialist in mechanical engineering. Experience in aerospace and marine engineering firms. Founded and led technical direction of precision agriculture start-up, now shareholder and advisor. Experience leading mechanical and multidisciplinary teams and solving diverse technical challenges including industrial automation, robotic vision, seals in beverage and consumer cleaning products, global transit intermediate packaging and specialised drone modifications.
Stephen Hamilton is a partner at Mills & Reeve; he helps businesses to achieve their commercial objectives, focuses on corporate finance for companies and other commercial clients. Stephen has significant experience in advising in relation to capital markets (both main market and AIM) including fundraisings, initial public offerings, mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Recent work includes an £80m takeover offer, several AIM fundraisings, a £28m recommended takeover code offer structured as a scheme of arrangement, two £300m+ bond issues, the £100m dual track trade sale and AIM IPO for an advanced manufacturing company. He is a member of the Quoted Companies Alliance Legal Technical Committee. Stephen also has an interest in the laws relating to the testing and use of autonomous vehicles. I have consulted with general counsel from major automotive manufacturers and suppliers, responded to calls for evidence from the UK Government, have been quoted by the media and have been invited to discuss the subject at the House of Lords.
Henry joined Starship in 2016 and now leads the Marketing and Communications team. Henry has a mixed entrepreneurial and corporate background after founding and then selling an events company in the UK, and then moving to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for over three years in Global Product Communications. His passion for anything on wheels has now led him to the rapidly changing world of robotics and delivery robots.
Neil Herron is the founder and CEO of Grid Smarter Cities - an eco-system of smart solutions connecting communities and people with transport, parking, goods, services, discounts and offers. It is about making lives easier for everyone and making cities smarter, efficient and inclusive. He has led Grid through the London Stock Exchange Group’s ELITE programme for emerging high-growth companies, as well as ensuring their 15th placing in the IP100 League table. Grid have also won an unprecedented 7 Innovate UK funded projects, including most recently a ‘first of a kind’ (FOAK) project looking to revolutionise the cities kerb-space with virtual loading bay concept, for which Neil is the named inventor, including the two patents that sit behind the technology. ‘Kerb’, as its now known, acts as Real Time Dynamic, Intelligent Kerbside Management Solution for Cities. Kerb allows commercial vehicle operators to opt to book and pay to park/load unload on previously unavailable kerb space in high density, urban areas or to extend loading periods in time restricted locations. Neil is a serial entrepreneur developing new propositions and SME businesses in the smart city space. He is also ITS UK representative on the national British Parking Association Forum alongside the Freight Transport Association and local authority representatives and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart. He has 20 years’ experience in running delivery fleets and over ten years’ experience in improving parking policy and operations. He was also a key contributor to the Transport Data Revolution report on Intelligent Mobility for the Transport Systems Catapult and a member of the APPG Smart Cities group.
Zain has a Master of Engineering (MEng) from Oxford University with a specialisation in Computer Vision and Robotics. Zain has led the development and integration of Propelmee’s proprietary autonomous vehicle technology for complex scene perception, dynamic path planning, real time obstacle avoidance and autonomous maneuvers handling in complex urban environments. Zain is an author on Computer Vision IP patents filed in the U.S. for Propelmee, including the ‘Autonomous Vehicle Corridor’ patent, which articulates a framework for deriving rich scene understanding from infrastructure based perception and seamlessly integrates with vehicle on-board perception in aid of autonomy.
Designer with over 7 years’ experience in the design development for consumer and industrial markets. Working in integrated multidisciplinary teams, I focus on understanding consumer needs and requirements and design solutions to suit. I make sure the end user/key stakeholder is considered throughout the development process to enable commercially successful products and services.