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Kerry Mashford

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Dr Kerry Mashford

Awards: FIMechE; FRSA


Kerry Mashford started her professional life as a mechanical engineer in power engineering, before taking an academic post in the College of Manufacturing at Cranfield.  Kerry joined Unilever to develop its activities in machine design and technology, later moving into manufacturing and supply chain strategy and the development of new technologies and product design methodologies  for FMCG manufacturing. In her last role at Unilever she was responsible for the identification, development and introduction of technologies to enable agile and sustainable manufacturing.

She co-founded Interfacing Ltd., an engineering design and consultancy company involved initially in product design in the areas of embedded systems, multimedia products, home automation and intelligent buildings, building a demonstrator ‘Smart Home’ for the 1994 Future World exhibition in Milton Keynes.

From 1999 to 2001 Kerry was Director of the UK Government’s Manufacturing Foresight programme exploring potential future direction for UK manufacturing with stakeholders from industry, government and academia.  In parallel, she undertook post graduate study in interdisciplinary design of the built environment, with a particular focus on the contribution of technology to sustainable development.

After this, Kerry pursued a portfolio career, as a coach and change agent for companies and consortia operating in manufacturing, technology and constructions sectors, majoring on strategy, new business development, agile manufacturing, mass customisation, new product introduction, complexity and variety management, frequently underpinned by disruptive technology and driven by the opportunities presented by an increasing global interest in sustainability.

Currently working at ARUP, Kerry is currently Director of a £2m ERDF project in the UK to create a sustainable off-site manufacturing supplier base in the Thames Gateway, simultaneously contributing to economic regeneration and providing dwellings for the extensive development in the area.

She is a visiting academic and steering group member of Cardiff University’s IMRC, is a member of IMechE Council, a lead assessor for the Manufacturing Excellence Awards and has represented the IMechE and IET on the government’s Manufacturing Forum.

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