Full Speaker Agenda

Speaker Agenda

10:00 – 10:20 – Dr Anna Wise – Innovation Lead – Batteries, Innovate UK – The Faraday Battery Challenge: Accelerating the UK Battery Industry


10:20 – 10:40 – Khalid Khan – Business Development Director, Steatite – The use and development of Lithium batteries in emerging markets.


10:40 – 11:00 – Garry Wilson – Director of Business Development, Advanced Propulsion Centre


11:00 – 11:20 – Peter Collins – Field Sales Team Leader, Laser 2000 – Into the Blue – Laser Welding of Batteries


11:20 – 11:40 – Thomas Carl – Laboratory Manager, Intertek – EV Battery Safety – Testing, Regulations and Standards


11:40 – 12:00 – Michael Phelan – CEO, GridBeyond, formerly Endeco Technologies – Manufacturing case study: Energy security, unlocked grid revenues with low financial risk from the world’s first hybrid battery demand-side solution.


12:00 – 12:20 – Dr Alastair McGibbon – Head of Business Development, Catapult – SiC and GaN power electronics applications: The role of the CSA Catapult


12:20 – 12:40 – Dr Dan Gladwin – Deputy Director of CREESA, The University of Sheffield – Batteries: Grid Connected Energy Storage and Applications




13:10 – 13:30 – Angus Lyon – Head of Powertrain Mahindra Formula E – Director of Rockfort EngineeringElectric Racing: Pushing batteries to the limits


13:30 – 13:50 – Nikolas Sariyannis, Development Engineer, AVL, Germany – Enhancing mileage and lifetime BMS 

Mike Parsons – Business Manager Electrification, AVL – Solutions for validation testing of battery cells, modules & packs


13:50 – 14:10 – Dr Gary Mepsted – Technical Manager – Advanced Batteries, Qinetiq – Advanced lithium-ion cells for next generation battery packs


14:10 – 14:30 – Greg Harris – Head of Commercial – Strategic Projects & New Technologies, HORIBA MIRA – Development of the hybrid powertrain and traction battery for the next generation of Hybrid Refuse Vehicles


14:30 – 14:50 – Helen Johnstone – European Patent Attorney – Chartered Patent Attorney and Ben Lincoln – European Patent Attorney – Chartered Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson – Business after Brexit – Opportunities and Threats


14:50 – 15:10 – Omer Sheikh – Applications Specialist, Tektronix – Challenges of High-Sided FET Measurements and avoiding CMRR Issues


15:10 – 15:30 – Mark Ellis – Principal Engineering – Battery Systems, WMG, University of Warwick – Enhancing battery performance – a manufacturing challenge


15:30 – 15:50 – Kevin Mak – Senior Analyst – Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics – The Future Battery Market for Electric Vehicles



Dr Anna Wise – Innovation Lead – Batteries, Innovate UK

Anna joined the Automotive team of Innovate UK in June 2017. Her focus is delivering the innovation programmes in battery technology for electric vehicles, in particular the innovation aspect of the £246 million Faraday Battery Challenge. Before joining Innovate UK, she was based in the USA at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. There she carried out collaborative research with business and academia to understand battery behaviour using high intensity X-rays. Anna was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southampton in 2012.

Khalid Khan – Business Development Director, Steatite

Khalid has extensive experience within the battery industry, an area in which he has worked for the last 9 years, covering a range of battery chemistries. Khalid is currently focused on the introduction and development of battery technologies into harsh and critical environments.

Garry Wilson – Director of Business Development, Advanced Propulsion Centre

Garry Wilson has more than 30 years experience in the automotive industry working for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. He held various leadership roles within BMW, Land Rover, MG and Rover including Chief Engineer for Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering. He has worked for Roush and Delphi and most recently as a Board member at Torotrak and has experience in all aspects of the motor industry and business functions with predominant experience in powertrain engineering and manufacturing.

At the APC, Garry’s key focus is Business Development which includes development of the Hub and Spoke network which will bring together the key technical, regional and specialist skills across the UK.

Peter Collins – Field Sales Team Leader, Laser 2000

Peter Collins is the field sales team leader for the Industrial team at Laser 2000 UK, a specialist photonics distributor; working closely with customers finding photonic solutions that help solve their requirements and problems. He received a BEng(Hons) in Integrated Engineering with Management and an MSc (Eng) in Advanced Engineering with Laser both at the University of Liverpool. Peter has been active in the area of photonics for 12 years, working in laser R&D and laser materials processing applications, before moving into a sales position at Laser 2000. At Battery Tech Expo he will introduce a ground-breaking new high-power blue laser which opens up entirely new ranges of applications, such as welding copper foils for Li:ion batteries

Thomas Carl – Laboratory Manager, Intertek

After graduating from the University of applied science of Kempten for Machine Building in 1999, Mr. Carl worked for 13 years as a construction development engineer for different industrial sectors, including machine tools, packaging and the tabasco industry. In 2012, he changed from development of construction to testing services and started at Intertek as test engineer for Li-Ion Batteries (mainly Electrical Vehicle Batteries). In this function, he helped build the Intertek Centre of Excellence for Battery Testing in Germany. From 2015 on, Mr. Carl took over the position and responsibilities as Laboratory Manager. In this role, he expanded the Laboratory to become one of the leading test centers in Germany for Battery, EV Charger and Environmental Testing, as well for the service of Global Market Access (GMAP). Intertek is a well-respected supplier by automotive OEM´s, TIER 1´s and manufacturers around the world.

Michael Phelan – CEO, Endeco Technologies

Michael is a pioneer for demand side response, CEO and co-founder at Endeco Technologies. Michael has over 22 years management experience in sales, marketing and product development in electronic and software companies targeting the energy sector. Prior to joining Endeco Technologies, Michael held positions at Philips, Microsol, PCAS and Duolog in automation and electronics.  He was responsible for developing European, Asian and American markets and OEMs such as Invensys, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Alstom. In addition, he has facilitated several successful exits. Michael is a graduate of University College Dublin where he obtained an MBA in Business Administration, Management and Operations.

Dr Alastair McGibbon – Business Development Manager, Catapult

Alastair has over 30 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry in industry and academia. Most recently, he has supported the UK Power electronics community through Power Electronics UK. As Business Development Manager for the Compound Semiconductor Application (CSA) Catapult, his focus is working with the UK power electronics supply chain to help them grow through the deployment of GaN and SiC devices in fully integrated, reliable and cost-effective commercial systems.

Dr Dan Gladwin – Deputy Director of CREESA, The University of Sheffield

Dr Dan Gladwin (PI) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, within the University of Sheffield. He has particular expertise in energy storage and management, power electronics, and intelligent systems. He is a founding member and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage and Applications (CREESA) at the University of Sheffield, and is a named investigator on more than £8.5M of funding from EPSRC, H2020 and Innovate UK in the last 5 years. He manages the work on electrochemical energy storage for grid scale storage and is co-investigator for the £3.8M 1MWh / 2MW lithium titanate facility at Willenhall. He is also co-investigator on the recently started £1.5M TransEnergy project (EP/N022289/1) that is investigating the feasibility of storage on different types of railway networks and in particular the integration of parked electric vehicles close to lines. He has published over 50 papers in the areas of battery modelling and state estimation, optimisation, energy storage and power systems. He is also currently leading a H2020 project to install Europe’s largest hybrid flywheel battery energy storage system.

Angus Lyon – Head of Powertrain Mahindra Formula E – Director of Rockfort Engineering

Angus has 22 years’ experience within the automotive and motorsport industries.  Working for OEMs, Tier 1 and R&D start-ups as well top level F1 and electric racing teams, Angus gained a strong capability in all areas of active systems from suspension to engine and transmissions as well as extensive expertise in EV/HEV technologies.  Over the last 10 years Angus has developed EV motors and systems including the car currently holding the world electric land speed record. In 2013, Angus started Rockfort Engineering Ltd, a systems and safety consultancy specialising in development and application of EV/HEV technologies and systems.

Nikolas Sariyannis, Development Engineer, AVL, Germany

After completing his German-French double diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Karlsruhe and Paris, Nikolas joined AVL in 2017. Developing modern automotive battery cells, he gained wide-ranging insights into the challenges of the battery cell development process from an OEM perspective. Lately Nikolas is directing his efforts towards developing innovative battery management strategies to further enhance the systems efficiency at no additional cost.

Mike Parsons – Business Manager Electrification, CEng MIET,  AVL

Mike joined AVL UK in January 2017 as Business Manager for Electrification – providing turn-key systems to improve the efficiency of testing batteries (cell/module/pack), charging systems, e-motors, inverters, fuel cells, e-axles and complete electrified powertrains.

Previously, after studying Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton, Mike spent over 20 years in research and development of hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains for high-mobility off-road vehicles.

Dr Gary Mepsted – Technical Manager – Advanced Batteries, Qinetiq

Gary holds a degree and PhD in chemistry from University of London and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been working in the field of batteries and fuel cells for more than 20 years and currently leads QinetiQ’s advanced power team, which focuses on development and evaluation of batteries and supercapacitors for demanding environments, and fuel cell technologies. Examples include development of very high energy primary lithium cells and a thin, flexible Li-ion cell as well as a portable hydrogen generator and a reformer technology that operates from diesel and other fuels. Gary’s team operates a small production facility for manufacture of lithium based cells and a test facility for evaluation and certification. Gary is author of more than 35 papers and 6 patents.

Greg Harris – Head of Commercial – Strategic Projects & New Technologies, HORIBA MIRA

HORIBA MIRA has recently developed the series hybrid powertrain and high voltage lithium ion battery for the next generation of efficient, lightweight Dennis Eagle vehicles within the UVR (Urban Vehicle Range) programme. This presentation will cover key aspects of the powertrain control and battery development programme including requirements definition, concept development, controls software, battery design, design validation planning and functional safety.

Helen Johnstone – European Patent Attorney – Chartered Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson

As a Patent Attorney Litigator and Partner at top-tier, full service European patent and trade mark attorneys and IP lawyers firm Potter Clarkson, Helen regularly advises clients on IP strategy issues such as global filing strategies, and has been involved in due diligence exercises, representing clients at hearings before the European Patent Office.  Helen’s work has also seen her involved in litigation before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Patents County Court.

Specialising in the mechanical, electro-optical and electro-mechanical areas, as well as medical devices, Helen also has experience in the field of battery energy storage.  Helen also has extensive experience in the design field, dealing with all aspects of design protection, both registered and unregistered. Helen’s shares her extensive experience through working with academic institutions and associated technology transfer departments.

Ben Lincoln, European Patent Attorney, Chartered Patent Attorney

As a Patent Attorney Partner at top-tier, full service European patent and trade mark attorneys and IP lawyers firm Potter Clarkson, Ben works with a range of clients from SMEs to large multinational companies. With  a background in physics and computer science, Ben’s  expertise lies in the fields of semiconductors, hybrid power delivery, telecommunications, green technology, plastics engineering, control systems for manufacturing and automotive components. Ben has helped many firms, large and small, with the drafting of patent applications, the prosecution of patent applications around the world and the development of patent strategies.  Ben also regularly represents clients at hearings before the UK and European Patent Offices.

As sector lead for Potter Clarkson’s energy sector group, Ben helps coordinate a team of talented patent attorneys each with different experiences in battery industry related technologies.  The energy sector team members work together to best serve the needs of our clients.


Omer Sheikh – Applications Specialist, Tektronix

Omer is an Applications Specialist for Tektronix, focusing in the Power Electronics field. With over 8 years of experience in the test and measurement industry, he provides comprehensive technical advice in the selection, use, and application of Oscilloscopes and Probes to customers in a wide variety of Power related applications. He has a BEng degree in Electronics and in his free time enjoys participating in cricket and online gaming.


Floating differential measurements (such as high-side Vgs) are difficult or impossible to make due to high frequency (fast turn on and turn offs), and the presence of high common mode voltages (such as Vds) affecting oscilloscope probes which do not have sufficient common mode rejection at high bandwidth. The poor common mode rejection leads to the measurement being dominated by the common mode error instead of the actual differential signal. This presentation will look at the utilisation of Galvanically Isolated Differential Probes which do not de-rate with frequency at the operating requirements of GaN and SiC devices to allow accurate differential measurements to take place.

Mark Ellis – Principal Engineering – Battery Systems, WMG, University of Warwick

Mark Ellis is Principal Engineer, Battery Systems for WMG at University of Warwick. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry in OEM and Tier 1 supplier product development management roles. He has been working on vehicle electrification projects with a focus on electrical energy storage systems for last seven years. Most recently, Mark held the role of Engineering Manager at Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, working on advanced Li-ion battery systems development for Micro-hybrid, HEV, PHEV & BEV platforms.

He is presently working on projects relating to Li-ion module and battery pack manufacturing, and enhancing battery module power and energy density through improved design. His research interests include joining technologies for high conductivity materials, cell thermal characterisation, thermal management and design for manufacture & reuse. Mark is a Chartered Engineer and holds a BEng in Materials Science from University of Birmingham, MSc in Engineering and Business Management (Warwick) and an MBA (Aston).

Kevin Mak – Senior Analyst – Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics

Kevin Mak is an Analyst of the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics, specialising in the strategic analysis of automotive electronic systems, semiconductors and sensors.

For eleven years, he has been responsible for writing reports on the automotive electronics industry and forecasting global trends for a wide range of clients in light vehicle production and suppliers in Tier 1 electronic systems, sensors and semiconductor components.  He has previously worked for Pioneer as a sales analyst and planner for the UK subsidiary’s aftermarket in-car entertainment and navigation sales division and also holds an MSc in Information Management and Finance from Westminster University.