BEEAs Judges

The Judges for the British Engineering Excellence Awards have been drawn from a cross section of electronic and engineering design disciplines. They are all technical and well qualified people who champion innovative engineering design.

Andy Sellars Lead Technologist, High Value Manufacturing Innovate UK
Eric Wilkinson Chief Operations Officer Cambridge Consultants
Pete Lomas Trustee Raspberry Pi Foundation
Richard Poulton Hardware Team Leader Navtech Radar
Phil Mayo Managing Director Premier EDA Solutions
Philippa Oldham Head of Transport and Manufacturing Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Alex McDiarmid Engineering Consultant
Mike Irvine VP Technology Alliances Lightpoint Medical
Graham Pitcher Group Editor New Electronics
Tim Fryer Editor Eureka
Justin Cunningham Editor Engineering Materials

Eric Wilkinson (Chair) — Chief Operations Officer, Cambridge Consultants

Eric Wilkinson

Chief operating officer for Cambridge Consultants, Eric has managed projects as diverse as the development of the latest in anti terrorism radar, a machine to produce premium frozen drinks and the world’s most intelligent iron. A materials scientist by training, Eric is a regular speaker at international conferences


Andy Sellars — Lead Technologist, High Value Manufacturing, Innovate UK

Andy Sellars

Dr Andy Sellars completed an industrially funded PhD at Strathclyde University, then joined Rolls-Royce Industrial Power Group. Following a brief period at Strathclyde University, he joined Spirent Communications, where he developed electronic instruments, and Electron Tubes. More recently, he has worked as an independent consultant and as lead technologist for high value manufacturing with InnovateUK.


Pete Lomas — Trustee, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Pete is director of engineering at Norcott Technologies, an electronic design and manufacturing company based in Cheshire. In a career spanning 40 years, he has designed products for a diverse range of industries, including industrial monitoring and control; safety and security; scientific research and multimedia systems

His passion is encouraging the next generations to engage in STEM subjects and careers through the creative use of digital making. He is a co-creator of the Raspberry Pi single board computer and also serves as trustee of the charitable foundation.


Richard Poulton — Hardware Team Leader, Navtech Radar

With more than 15 years experience, Richard Poulton is hardware team leader and part of the senior management at Navtech Radar. Managing a team of eight engineers in areas such as new product R&D, project management, customer project engineering, site work and supplier management, Richard also plays an active role in European regulatory groups.

He takes a personal interest in encouraging young people into engineering and regularly attends events at local schools.


Phil Mayo — Director of Sales, UK, Altium UK Ltd

Phil Mayo

Phil has had a long career in the Electronic Design Automation sector and is now leading Altium’s UK operation. He is a visiting industrial fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and a chairs the Electronics & Communications Industrial Advisory Group for the School of Engineering. Committed to the success of the UK electronics industry, Phil believes engineering skills should be high on the list of national priorities.


Philippa Oldham — Head of Transport and Manufacturing, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Philippa Oldham

A chartered mechanical engineer, Philippa discovered her love of technology at her local garage. With a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, Philippa joined QinetiQ as a mechanical design engineer and rose to become product manager for its £150m aerospace business.

Philippa moved to her current role as head of transport and manufacturing with the IMechE in May 2011.


Alex McDiarmid - Engineering Consultant

While Alex is a young design engineer, his practical design skills and understanding of industry allowed him to make a significant contribution at Parker Bestobell, where he designed and developed a successful range of high pressure valves. Since winning the 2016 Design Engineer of the Year Award, Alexander McDiarmid has established a design consultancy in order to broaden his expertise.

Dr Mike Irvine - VP Technology Alliances, Lightpoint Medical

Dr Mike Irvine leads Lightpoint Medical’s technology alliances with academic collaborators, key suppliers and corporate partners. With 30 years of experience within the healthcare arena, he is wedded to the concept of engineering excellence being used to drive product improvements. He has held a number of senior R&D director positions and is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Graham Pitcher — Group Editor, New Electronics

An engineer by training, Graham has covered developments in the electronics industry for more than 35 years. He also has broad expertise in computer aided design, industrial automation and computing technologies. He has been involved with the development of New Electronics for more than 20 years and has edited the magazine for most of that time.


Tim Fryer — Editor, Eureka

Tim Fryer

Trained as a mining engineer and then an electronics engineer, Tim has spent the majority of his career writing about electronics. He joined MA Business as Deputy Editor of New Electronics at the start of 2013 and became Editor of Eureka at the end of 2014.


Justin Cunningham — Editor, Engineering Materials / Presenter

Justin Cunningham

Justin has a background in engineering that goes back to his days spent tinkering with spacecraft. After graduating with a first class honours degree in Aerospace Engineering, he worked at Astrium Space under the late great Colin Pillinger on Beagle 2.

Since then, he has been writing about technology and has presented an engineering television series for the Discovery Channel. He also hosted the 2015 awards.

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