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STC Innovation & Growth Roundtable 2024

Date: 16th July 2024
Location: HCR Hewitsons, Lancaster House, Northampton

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New date, new format and a new venue!

Are you ready to embark on a journey of innovation and inspiration? Our STC annual showcase event is back with a difference! Book today!

Join us on 16th July for the Innovation & Growth Roundtable which is being hosted by HCR Hewitsons at their headquarters in Lancaster House, Northampton.

Following feedback from our Innovation & Growth annual conference in November, we have brought the event forward to July and shaken up the format, to give you more opportunities to network and really get involved in the debate of some “big picture” topics.

Starting at 9.00am and ending with a networking lunch, you will have the opportunity to listen to insightful presentations, debate with peers and network with business leaders across the cluster.

We are still finalising the agenda and speakers, but we are excited to announce that we will be joined by experts from the MoD, US Army DEVCOM and HCR Hewitsons (scroll down for info). More speakers to be announced very soon. Keep an eye on this page for all the latest updates on topics and speakers.


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We look forward to welcoming STC members and non-members alike, to what promises to be a memorable event. As always, members are entitled to one free ticket per organisation and discounted tickets for additional attendees (£25+VAT). Non-members tickets are £75+VAT. We encourage you to book early, as places are limited.

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We are delighted to be joined by Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe & Hannah Platts of the MoD, and Dr Patrick Fowler of US Army DEVCOM, who will be providing an overview of their organisations and “how best to work with them” in the future, identifying mutually collaborative options.

Arthur will be speaking about our Army priorities, including:

    • how to plan for discontinuous communications and assure high-capacity digital communications across multiple complex systems
    • how can we improve our digital situational awareness and integration
    • how do we increase protection (think counter-drone warfare or counter-electronic attack).

In addition, he will be talking about their interest in sustainment – so what is the best, most effective primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency (PACE) plan for power solutions.

He will close with thoughts on “Crewed – Uncrewed Teaming” (CUC-T) ideas, before being joined on stage by Hannah who will focus on the cross over with Army.

Following on from Hannah’s presentation, we are pleased to welcome Patrick, who will present on opportunities for international technology injection into Army Modernisation, including the funded Foreign Technology Assessment and Support (FTAS) program.


  • Dr Kerry Beynon – HCR Hewitsons

    We are delighted to welcome Dr Kerry Beynon to our speaker line-up, a commercial law solicitor specialising in intellectual property law, information technology law, data protection and cyber security law. Kerry has acted for a broad range of clients from SMEs to international corporations and has a keen interest in governance matters relating to intellectual property, data protection and cyber security.

    The geopolitical climate creates an enormously complex landscape. Landmark events, technological advancements and military conflicts all pose serious cyber risks and strategic analysis of global cyber threat activity is critical for protecting your business from potential attacks.

    Kerry will discuss, from a practical perspective, things that the busy modern day business leaders should be thinking about, or may want to consider, when it comes to cyber security and your business in the current geo-political climate. This will be an interactive, risk-focused discussion.


  • Dr Sven Knowles – Knowledge Transfer Manager for Electronic Systems at Innovate UK Business Connect

    We are looking forward to hearing from Dr Sven Knowles, who will present an overview of the “Driving the Electric Revolution” challenge, a five-year program initiated in 2019. This initiative aims to catalyse the creation of £5 billion worth of power electronics, machines, and drives (PEMD) products in the UK by 2025 by fostering industry-wide investment and collaboration to establish a robust PEMD supply chain.

    Sven will discuss the critical role of PEMD products in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, energy, industrial, marine, off-highway, and rail.

    He will highlight the significant future opportunities for PEMD, driven by technological advancements, increased investment, and the growing demand for recycling, remanufacturing, and performance improvements.

  • Lal Tawney & Foluso Laguda – Whitecap Consulting

    Whitecap Consulting have been commissioned by the University of Northampton to undertake an ecosystem analysis that would comprehensively explore and analyse Northamptonshire’s innovation capabilities and resources and potential for growth.

    The final report should include a set of clear evidence-based and actionable recommendations that will feed into the future economic policy, strategy, and vision for both West and North Northamptonshire local authority areas and help shape the role of the University of Northampton in supporting the delivery of the vision and associated recommendations.

    Lal and Foluso will run a session at the STC Innovation Roundtable to gather members’ perspectives on Innovation in Northamptonshire.

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