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A detail orientated industrial designer and mechanical engineer with over 20 years of practical product design experience ranging from single bespoke items to FMCG's. Supporting SME's and start-up organisations with industrial product design, strategic product development, production implementation and product design management. Projects have included developing and deploying specialist products for pre-clinical MRI devices, CT and PET systems, lighting controllers, intelligent displays, smart meters, novelty items, office furniture and patient entertainment terminals to name but a few. I have worked with start-up companies through to large enterprises, with individuals and as part of a team. I have a range of skills acquired through project involvement over the years, focusing on product trends, new and emerging technology and implementation.

Achievements

  • Helped to secure business worth over $5m by engineering solutions to complex problems and building relationships with key personnel in some of Europe's most established companies.
  • Designed & developed bespoke products that have started trends in specific product markets.
  • Solved several technically challenging mechanical problems to give my clients a competitive advantage.
  • Implemented efficient design & engineering data management structures to minimise product development time.
  • Added value to several industrial & consumer products by refining existing designs, improving functionality and implementing better production methods.
  • Contributed to the rapid growth of a start-up venture which has won several awards since its inception.
  • I have been fortunate enough to travel to some of the most interesting locations around the world through my business endeavours.


Work Experience

Various Contract Roles (Industrial design & mechanical engineering):
June 2003 to Present, Various companies through my own Limited company

  • General project management, product solutions, project budgeting and customer/supplier liaison.
  • Responsible for industrial design project lifecycles from conceptualising to detailed product development including aesthetic development, detailed engineering, technical specifications, tooling procurement and creating production drawings and technical information.
  • Worked in a variety of locations, frequently managing a small team of mechanical and electronic engineers.
  • Comprehensive portfolio of projects including:-
    • Keyboards and other 'Human Machine Interfacing' products for commercial, medical & military applications and kiosks (vandal proof and heavy usage).
    • The development of unique enclosures and accessories for pre-clinical MRI, CT & PET systems.
    • The aesthetic development of hospital patient entertainment systems.
    • Products for orthopaedic surgery and surgeons tools.
    • Cosmetically enhancing enclosures for food and drink freezer units in POS applications.
    • Complex wiring harnesses for power and data distribution.
    • Other innovative medical devices & consumer products.

Field Applications Engineer (keypads, dome arrays & light guides):
Jan 2011 to Jun 2013, Nelson-Miller (formerly CoActive Technologies - KDM division), Singapore & Xiamen - China

  • Based in the UK with travel, I was part of a small team of two responsible for over $5m worth of business through direct sales and technical liaison with European customers including Sony Mobile Communications, Ericsson, Ingenico, Sagemcom, BMW, Vimercati and Logitech.
  • Responsible for general project management and overseeing the management of key factory personnel.
  • Engineered complex keypad and light guide technology solutions.
  • Extensive travel to customer sites around Europe and company factories in Singapore and China.
  • Excellent knowledge of high volume manufacturing processes and dealing directly with Chinese factory engineers face to face and through teleconferencing and email.

Product Development Engineer:
July 1999 to June 2003, Taylor Design Consultants, Warwick

  • Designed and developed several products within a small team of engineers.
  • Responsible for general project management, CAD, prototyping and general client liaison. Clients included:-
    • J.C.B. Excavators (Staffordshire): Implemented seating controller arms with new cab layouts & designed structural military equipment.
    • Scott Young Research (Stourbridge): Conceptualised ideas and designed industrial cleaning apparatus, mops, wringers & safety signs.
    • James Lister & Sons (Wednesbury): Re-designed & improved marine gas equipment & regulators.
    • European Furniture Group (Sweden): Designed office furniture & high specification seating.

Qualifications

Master of Design (Hon's) – Industrial Design (2:1): September 1996 to July 1999, Coventry University, West Midlands