NEPIC

Speakers 2019


Clockwise: Peter Oram, CEO, Evolution MRO; Emma-Jayne Gooch, Head of Supply Chain Development & Innovation, Sellafield Ltd; Philip Aldridge, Chief Executive, NEPIC; Graeme Ormiston, Director of Project Services UK, Worley; Phillip Dale, Head of Engineering, FUJIFILM Diosynth; Duncan Smith, Area Project Director Wilton, Sirius Minerals; Julie Gilhespie, Chief Executive, TVCA; Phil Souter, Associate Director R&D, P&G; Simon Turner, President & Chief Executive Officer, Venator and Alan Whittaker, Programme Manager, Supply Chain North East

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Julie Gilhespie
Chief Executive, Tees Valley Combined Authority

Tees Valley Combined Authority – A Regional Update

Julie will provide an update on the Combined Authority’s 10-year Investment Plan, worth over £588m, which was formally agreed in January 2019. The plan incorporates two of the region’s biggest development opportunities, namely Durham Tees Valley Airport, taken back into public ownership this year, and the South Tees Development Corporation, being the only Mayoral Development Corporation outside of London and covering 4,500 acres.

Julie was appointed Chief Executive of Tees Valley Combined Authority in November 2018. Prior to this, she was interim Managing Director of the Combined Authority, a position which she held from May 2018. Julie joined the organisation in August 2017 as the Finance Director for the Tees Valley Combined Authority and South Tees Development Corporation, overseeing the complex financial arrangements necessary to make a success of devolution and the economic transformation of the Tees Valley.


Simon Turner
President & Chief Executive Officer, Venator

Introducing Venator – A global business with HQ and manufacturing here on Teesside

Venator is a leading global chemical company dedicated to the development and manufacture of titanium dioxide pigments and performance additives. Worldwide they operate 24 facilities and employ more than 4,300 people, who serve customers in more than 110 countries. They are proud to have their HQ and a manufacturing presence on Teesside, where their talented team of experts focus on delivering pigments and additives that make a difference to daily life and contribute to a more sustainable future.

This year we will be joined by Venator President and Chief Executive Officer, Simon Turner, who will showcase a business built on success. Previously, Simon served as Huntsman Corporation’s Division President, Pigments & Additives, from November 2008 to August 2017.

“We’re thrilled to be speaking and exhibiting at this year’s NEPIC Meet the Members event. It gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the region and to showcase our expertise.”


Phil Souter
Associate Director, R&D, Procter & Gamble

Sustainable innovation for a better world – UK chemistry strategy

In late 2018, the UK Chemistry Council launched its refreshed strategy for delivering chemistry-fuelled growth of the UK economy.  We will be joined by council member, Phil Souter of P&G, who will outline how this strategy will address the greatest societal trends impacting the industry and our country.

Phil is Associate Director of R&D at Proctor & Gamble and based at the Newcastle site. During his time at P&G, he has had a variety of roles including inventing and designing the P&G Purifier of Water product that is used to provide clean, safe drinking water in over 90 countries.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to share the work that the Chemistry Council has been doing to renew the chemistry strategy for the UK and look forward to making connections with the diverse range of companies at NEPIC’s conference to discuss opportunities to enable further growth of the chemistry sector in the UK and in the North East.”


Emma-Jayne Gooch
Head of Supply Chain Development & Innovation, Sellafield Ltd

How to do Business with Sellafield

Sellafield is the UK’s most complex nuclear site. In 2016, Sellafield made a commitment to transform the site so that it is recognised as a leading nuclear enterprise and national asset. We’re thrilled to be joined by  Head of Supply Chain Development and Innovation, Emma-Jayne Gooch, who will offer a broad understanding of the site and its ambitious plans for growth, along with details of the asset management challenge they face and of course, how to do business with them.

Emma-Jayne comes from running her own nuclear supply chain business, so understands the challenges faced by the supply chain working in or wanting to enter into the nuclear industry. Emma-Jayne leads the Supply Chain Development Team and is responsible for delivering the SME spend target, whilst ensuring a sustainable supply chain to deliver the Sellafield mission now and for the future.

“For us to create a sustainable supply chain it is essential we take learning and innovation from other industries.”


Phillip Dale
Head of Engineering, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

A World Class Bio-Campus

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies’ journey to thriving bio-campus, this presentation delivered by Head of Engineering Phillip Dale, will take you on a journey of the North Site development as they begin their transformation into a world class bio-campus delivering life changing medicines to their customers.

With over 20 years of industrial experience, Phillip is shaping FUJIFILM’s digital journey and is an advocate for digital transformation in industry. His current project is leading stage 1 of the bio-campus project.

“It’s important for Fujifilm to share our vision for the future, to inspire others as we play our part in the continued growth of our region.”


Duncan Smith
Area Project Director Wilton, Sirius Minerals

Sirius Minerals Project Update

The launch of the tunnel-boring machine in April 2019 was yet another important step towards Sirius Minerals’ vision of building a $5bn fertiliser mine and becoming a world-leading producer of polyhalite.

We are thrilled to welcome Sirius Minerals back to Meet the Members, and Duncan Smith, Area Project Director, who will share the construction and engineering solutions that are being developed in the project’s extraordinary environment with emphasis on the Wilton site.

Duncan is a chartered mechanical engineer with over 25 years’ experience. Prior to his current role, Duncan was a Senior Project Manager for the UK elements of SABICs Teesside Gas Cracking Project, a major strategic development to diversity SABIC’s petrochemicals feedstocks. 

“We are looking forward to meeting with professionals from across the industry, telling our story and sharing best practice for the future.”


Peter Oram
CEO, Evolution MRO

Simple Solutions to Complex Supply Chains

Evolution MRO chief executive, Peter Oram, will highlight the importance of managing your indirect supply chain for maximum advantage. He will also explore the value that can be generated by implementing simple automation steps that remove non-value activity from both the supply chain and within.

Peter has worked for Blue Chip organisations and supply partners, achieving several success stories in multiple sectors, saving organisations millions. Peter is now looking to see how he can add value within the chemicals and pharmaceutical industries.

“Evolution have predominantly concentrated within the automotive sector over recent years and now lead the way in terms of supply chain management.  They are now carving a path within other sectors sharing the knowledge and systems they have developed helping organisations save time, money and gaining full control of their indirect spend.”


Graeme Ormiston
Director of Project Services UK

Worley – A new force for the future in Energy, Chemicals & Resources

Graeme Ormiston, Director of Project Services UK, will deliver an introduction to Worley, which combines the heritage of Worley Parsons and Jacobs Energy, Chemicals and Resources businesses into a new company, and the strengths and capabilities which they can bring into the North East.

Over the course of his 35-year career, Graeme has managed finance for both business and major programmes, run large supply chain organisations and led billion-dollar projects.

“We want to present an introduction to our new company and the strengths and capabilities which we can bring into the North East Area.”


Alan Whittaker
Supply Chain North East Programme Manager, RTC North

Unleashing Business Potential Through Diversification

In January 2019, a new multimillion-pound programme was officially launched to support small businesses looking to diversify. Supply Chain North East, a collaboration of partners across multiple sectors, will work with over 800 businesses to help them identify opportunities in new and existing markets.

We will be joined by programme manager, Alan Whittaker, who will showcase the benefits businesses will gain as they build more diverse revenue streams and reduce reliance on a few customers and markets, which is particularly important with Brexit on the horizon.

With over 15 years’ experience working in business support, Alan has a proven track record for achieving high growth for SMEs by helping them identify opportunities, develop action plans, apply innovation to their products and processes which enables growth. 

“We’re delighted to be delivering a programmethat can make a real difference to local businesses in the North East by tapping into national and international opportunities.”

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