The BREXIT panel discussion will comprise four industry experts, each providing a short introduction presenting what they believe will be the main challenges ahead with regards to BREXIT. The panel will then be opened up to the audience for questions, giving you the opportunity to put forward your specific questions regarding their comments and / or your thoughts.
Dr Bassil Akra
Dr. Bassil Akra is the vice president of the global fo-cus teams (Cardiovascular, Orthopedic and Clinical) at TÜV SÜD Product Service. Dr. Akra has long ex-perience in research, development, quality manage-ment and regulatory approval of medical devices, combination devices and ATMP products. Dr. Akra is leading various consultation processes of medical devices incorporating an ancillary medicinal sub-stance with the different competent authorities desig-nated by the Member States or the EMA. As a senior field expert, he is presenting worldwide the require-ments in Europe and is involved in the development of several European guidance documents and stand-ards. He is member of the European Clinical Investi-gation and Evaluation working group and is repre-senting Team NB and NB MED in several European discussions regarding the clinical requirements such as MEDDEV and other Guidance Documents on In-novative Devices. Dr. Akra is member of the German MDR Implementation Working Group, the NAKI. He is also member of the European task force on Safety Update Reporting.
In May 2001 Michael Valente was appointed as Managing Director of TUV SUD NEL Ltd, formerly known as the National Engineering Laboratory. In 2011, he was appointed Group Managing Director of the TÜV SÜD Group’s overall UK business, TUV SUD Ltd. In his current role, Michael is responsible for 3 Divisional Directors in the UK and the UK Shared Service Organisation. In April 2013, he was appointed as CEO of the Western Europe Region of TÜV SÜD, which he did for some 3 years. Michael has now moved back to his role of CEO of the TÜV SÜD Group in the UK, which now employs some 600 staff.
For over 10 years Michael worked for Aggreko across a broad range of sales & marketing, business development and line management roles. Michael has also held positions at Shell International and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).
Michael has a BSC in Physics from the University of St Andrews, as well as a MA in Business Administration from the Strathclyde Graduate Business School in Glasgow. Michael is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Stephen Gregory has worked in three manufacturing sectors (Metals, Telecoms and Aerospace) over the last 25 years and is currently a Senior Supplier Development Manager at Airbus actively working to improve Airbus suppliers and their supply chains.
Steve is currently developing the Airbus Sub Tiers and is actively promoting use of SC21 within the UK SME supply chain as a self-starting method for companies to become active competitors in global Aerospace markets.
As part of the SC21 programme Steve is working with other Primes to create Aerospace Clusters of Excellence (ACE) focused on bringing together supply chain companies for mutual development and benchmarking opportunities as well as to improve competitiveness and profitability. Steve is also working on the new SC21 Competitiveness and Growth supplier development programme which will be part of the forthcoming pan industry National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL).
An advocate of lean manufacturing Steve has deployed the techniques as an Operations Manager in 2 SME’s with very lucrative success before joining Airbus. Practical knowledge and experience is backed by Fellowship in Manufacturing Management and MBA qualifications.
Dai Davis is a Technology Lawyer. He is a qualified Chartered Engineer, although he works as a solicitor. Dai has consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession.
Having been national head of Intellectual Property Law and later national head of Information Technology law at Eversheds for a number of years, Dai is now a partner in his own specialist law practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co. Dai advises clients throughout the country on intellectual property, computer and technology law subjects including data protection and cloud computing. A third “super specialism” that Dai has practised for over two decades is high-tech product safety, including advising on the CE Marking and product recall.
Dai is a non-executive director of FAST (The Federation Against Software Theft) and a Freeman of the City of London through the WCIT (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists). He has chaired an International Standards legal advisory committee for over a decade. He has been a Council member of the Licensing Executives Society of the United Kingdom, a body of professionals dealing in intellectual property licensing, for more than a decade.