PROFILE

A product engineer by training, my 8 years in industry working for top tier creative engineering companies like Dyson and Rolls-Royce has seen my expertise expand into mechanical design techniques and applications as well as detail orientated systems integration. I am able to bring fresh thinking to complex engineering challenges, adding value to self-originated ideas and as part of the wider team. One thing that I’ve learnt is that whilst an individual can have that genius “lightbulb” moment, it is the collaborative effort and camaraderie of teamwork that develops and realises the potential of the original idea.

In my experience it is always better to approach all projects with an open mind to enable intuitive creativity, accepting that down the line there will be the inevitable compromise in the name of commercial reality.

What I believe I bring to any team is an out of the box mind-set, coupled with a structured design process that enables the unavoidable shortcomings or any project into be identified earlier, thereby accelerating the learnings and achieving an optimised solution that meets detailed design requirements.

SERVICES

Innovative Ideas

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Software

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Application

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Graphic Design

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  • Part Design
  • Mechanical Design
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Design for Assembly
  • Systems Design
  • Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Requirements Capturing
  • Bill of Materials
  • Project management
  • SolidWorks
  • Siemens NX
  • Teamcenter
  • AutoCAD
  • Ansys
  • CATIA
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Microsoft Office

EXPERIENCE

I joined Rolls-Royce as a consultant on a 12-month contract. The working perspective was a little different and I was put on the Bristol Future Programmes team with a view to bringing a new dimension and a fresh approach to the military engine project. I worked most closely with the Turbines team, drawing on my Dyson motors experience to strip things back, enabling greater focus on product and project requirements to come up with well rounded solutions. My experience working within multiple teams at Dyson helped me to quickly become an integral part of the Rolls Royce team, working with an agile approach managing not only my workload but also ensuring that others were able to complete work on plan and in a timely manner. I presented complex solutions to stakeholders, top management and specialist engineers - which isn’t easy when starting with very little insider company knowledge. My time with Rolls-Royce has given me great insight into a top tier company of this scale, working on projects that span decades with every detail of the design scrutinised and interrogated.
My 4½ years with Dyson were very exciting and a real eye opener, working at the cutting edge of creativity and innovation - my first taste of working for a top tier company. I initially worked within Floorcare in the new product development department on intricate mechanisms, utilising complex plastic tooling techniques to realise integrated design solutions. Quickly identified as a problem solver and a 'doer', I was handpicked and tasked with solving a re-occurring field failure. I first identified the real problem, replicated the issue and came up with both short and long term fixes. Due to my success I was invited to join the Continuous Improvement team and tasked to understand and optimise a test method used to validate performance of the vacuum. By stripping things back to look at the problems with fresh eyes I built a new test method and process from the robust requirements that I had identified. Whilst working within Floorcare I became a valued member owning multiple assemblies and managing integration with other cross discipline team members. My next challenge was in the Dyson Digital Motor team within the research department, working on blue-sky innovation to drive performance and increase power density across the new product lines such as the Dyson Hair Drier. I also had the opportunity to work on the secretive electric vehicle project exploring new materials and processes to optimise not only battery capacity but also enabling a step change in motor performance from the competition. Outside of specific project responsibilities, in my last 2 years I was 'recruited' to help with the induction programme for new starters which ranged from Junior Engineers to Senior Management. My specific remit was to provide key insights into the Dyson portfolio research and design processes through presentations and hands-on demonstrations.
One of the benchmark brands in caravans and motorhomes with a strong and prestigious history, I was recruited in along with others to bring them into the 21st century. The management recognised that the systems, methodology and IT needed to be updated and completely integrated to remain competitive and keep Bailey as the number 1 manufacturer of caravans and motorhomes in the UK. My role was to lead this change over. Implementing new ways to visualise fresh concepts and not only get things production ready more quickly, but also to 'fail faster' preventing larger and more costly problems for the entire business. Bailey taught me a lot about people management. Being bought in to help effect change proved challenging at times, with the old guard (understandably) putting up quite some resistance! In order to effectively achieve my objectives I implemented Standard Operating System’s (amongst other things) onto the shop floor with a more 'Ikea build manual' for each of the stations, enabling people to move around more fluidly with less emphasis on who was building something and more focus on quality and achieving the finished product.
Fresh out of University with my first-class degree I did the 'classic' thing young grads do and took the first job that came along. I was with Powervamp for 15 months - what did I contribute? If I am honest with my career being in its infancy, other than an open mind and having lots of enthusiasm I don’t really know! What I learnt however was to have confidence when liaising with manufacturers both in the UK and China. My Solidworks and CATIA skills improved vastly, as did my analytical skills when it came to developing prototypes and designs in order to value engineer future products as much as possible without the need for sacrificing robustness. I was lucky enough to work with a group of very talented electrical engineers which enabled me to build a sound knowledge of electrical equipment and routing design that I may not otherwise been exposed to.

EDUCATION

Bournemouth University:
1st Class Hons
Computer Aided Product Design

Industry placement: Lafarge part of a design team on a new acoustic stud for which I am named on the patent as a designer.

One of only four people in the country to win the Institute of Design Engineers Award. My product was chosen to represent my University at the New Designers Exhibition in London

A-Levels:
Physics
Design Technology
Photography

ABOUT ME

Hobbies and Interests
Photography
Keeping Fit (CrossFit)
Football
DIY
Walking

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CONTACT

Location:
Bristol/Bath