USV Conference Speakers

  • Dan Hook

    Senior Director – Business Development
    ASV Global

    Dan Hook is a chartered engineer, Naval Architect and Senior Director – Business Development at ASV Global.

  • David Brown

    Director of the Institute of Industrial Research and Academic Lead
    University of Portsmouth

    David Brown is Director of the Institute of Industrial Research and Academic Lead at the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications.

  • Dr Katrina Kemp

    Smart Ships & Automation Policy Officer
    MCA

    With a doctorate in maritime history, Katrina has worked at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for over 15 years with a majority of her time involved in audits, including overseeing the monitoring of Small Commercial Vessel Certifying Authorities.

  • Gordon Meadow

    Associate Professor
    Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering

    Gordon Meadow is an Associate Professor at one of the United Kingdom's leading maritime training institutions, Warsash Maritime Academy, part of the Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering at Solent University.

  • Hongjie Ma

    Research Fellow with the Institue of Industrial Research
    University of Portsmouth

    Hongjie Ma completed two first degrees in power engineering and computer science followed by a PhD in power engineering from Tianjin University (one of top 5 universities for engineering in China).

  • Ifor Bielecki

    Executive Director
    SEA-KIT International

    Ifor began his career as an airline pilot and specialised in the complex operational management of airline operations.

  • Paul Grehan

    Underwriting Deputy Syndicate Manager for the Americas syndicate
    Shipowners’ Club

    Paul is the Underwriting Deputy Syndicate Manager for the Americas syndicate at the Shipowners’ Club which underwrites Member accounts in Canada and Central and South America. The syndicate has around 950 Members throughout the Americas, operating in excess of 7,500 vessels.

  • Philip Lawson

    General Manager – Marine & Ports UK / Ireland
    ABB

    General Manager – Marine & Ports UK / Ireland, Philip Lawson heads up ABB’s Marine & Ports UK operations from the Aberdeen facility.

  • Sarah Brown

    Product Manager, Surface Ship Systems
    AEUK

    Sarah is a chartered mathematician with over 20 years’ experience in the maritime defence industry, principally in mine countermeasures (MCM) research and operational analysis. Having worked since graduation for DRA, DERA and QinetiQ.

  • Simon Cheeseman

    Sector Lead, Wave & Tidal Energy
    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

    Simon Cheeseman is an experienced Marine Engineer having worked in both the commercial and public sectors.