Professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE FREng FMIMechE FRSS

40 years experience in business, design and development and manufacturing at all levels.

He joined Ford in 1969 as an undergraduate trainee and earned a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering from Salford University before spending nearly 40 years at the carmaker, with time spent in a variety of senior R&D and manufacturing posts in England, Germany and America. Between 1994 and 1998 he was vice-president of the Small Car European product development group, during which time he led development of models including the Focus, Ka, Fiesta and Puma.

From 1998, Richard Parry-Jones oversaw product development activities for all Ford vehicles worldwide, as well as the Design, Research and Vehicle Technology functions. As Chief Technical Officer, he reported to the company's Board of Directors on technical matters, headed a technical staff of 30,000 engineers, scientists, designers and business professionals in North America, Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region, including the Ford, Lincoln, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover, and Aston Martin brands.

He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Loughborough University. In early 2005 he was awarded a CBE for services to the automobile industry.

He previously chaired the cross-industry New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team which was established to analyse the strategic issues facing the UK automotive industry, and now co-chairs, with Vince Cable, the UK Automotive Council.

He is a Pro Chancellor and Visiting Professor in Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University, and has been Policy Advisor for more than 4 years to UK and Welsh Assembly Governments on economic development, manufacturing industrial policy, transport, and energy.

He has huge experience in global technical, business leadership and governance roles, and is an internationally recognised engineering leader in the Automotive Industry.

Dr Tim P Davis PhD CStat CEng FIMechE

Tim Davis has close to 30 years experience in the automotive industry; he graduated from the University of Wales in 1981 with a degree in statistics, and started his career at Dunlop Ltd, in Birmingham UK, where his work involving the design and analysis of tyre testing protocols led to his research in competing risk aspects of reliability engineering; he holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham based on this work. While at Dunlop, Tim spent some informative time in Japan in the mid-80’s, just at the time that Japanese quality control and quality engineering methods, which make heavy use of statistics, were coming to the fore in Western industry.

His skills in using statistical methods to help solve engineering problems came to the attention of the Ford Motor Company, and he joined Ford in 1986. He eventually became the Henry Ford Technical Fellow for Quality Engineering, after spells in Germany as the quality manager for the C/D segment, and then as Director of Quality for Ford’s North American Truck business, based at Ford’s headquarters near Detroit.

It was while Tim was in the US that the Firestone tyre crisis erupted, he played a central role in determining the root cause of the problem so that 20 million tyres could be recalled and safely replaced. As a Technical Fellow, he made a major contribution in developing an approach to quality and reliability called Failure Mode Avoidance.

Tim has latterly been the Director of Quality and the Automotive Safety Officer at Jaguar LandRover.

He is both a chartered fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a chartered fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and has expertise in the following areas;

  • Project Management and Project Planning within the Product Development Process, and Emergency Problem Solving.
  • Crisis Control and Management.
  • Quality Operating Systems; Engineering Standards, Compliance, & Deviation protocols; and Mistake Prevention.
  • Systems Engineering (including target setting and cascade, and systems robustness).
  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA).
  • Robust Engineering Design (including parameter design, tolerance analysis, and noise factor management).
  • Design of Experiments, Empirical Model Building, and Transfer Function Development.
  • Design Verification Test Planning, and Sign-Off reporting.
  • Problem-solving and Root Cause Analysis (with additional emphasis on Prevent Recurrence Actions).
  • Statistical Process Control from the perspective of Shewhart & Deming.

Further details can be found on Tim’s website at www.timdavis.co.uk

 

Professor Huw Williams PhD CMath FIMA

Huw Williams has over 20 years experience in the automotive industry; he graduated from the University of Oxford in 1978 with a mathematics degree and went on to take a PhD in theoretical mechanics at the University of East Anglia. His early career comprised research work on the mechanical properties of ice for the US Army followed by a spell as a mathematics lecturer at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University where he researched in theoretical mechanics. Huw joined Jaguar Cars in 1986 where he worked in research and development applying mathematical modelling techniques to all aspects of vehicle technology. He also developed statistical skills through TQM in the 1980's culminating in his accreditation as Ford's top-scoring Master Black Belt in 2005.

During Huw's latter years as a Technical Leader at Jaguar Land Rover he led the Design for Six Sigma programme, educating the company's best technical staff in how to apply mathematical and statistical methods to design problems out of their systems and components.

He is both a chartered fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and has expertise in the following areas:

  • Project Management and Project Planning within the Product Development Process, and Emergency Problem Solving.
  • Mathematical Modelling of both physical and business systems supported by Statistical Parameter Identification
  • Design for Six Sigma / Quality Functional Design (DFSS/QFD)
  • Systems Engineering (including target setting and cascade, and systems robustness).
  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA).
  • Robust Engineering Design (including parameter design, tolerance analysis, and noise factor management).
  • Design of Experiments, Empirical Model Building, and Transfer Function Development.
  • Design Verification Test Planning, and Sign-Off reporting.
  • Problem-solving and Root Cause Analysis (with additional emphasis on Prevent Recurrence Actions).
  • Statistical Process Control from the perspective of Shewhart & Deming.

Further details can be found on Huw’s website at huwwilliams.awardspace.biz