We are excited to bring you a virtual panel discussion, entitled ‘Leading through change’, bringing together experts working from business, legal, consultancy and engineering, to address some of the issues they faced and the solutions they have found. This webinar is free and open to both members and non-members.

We recognise that businesses have not only been forced to completely rethink their strategy during a global pandemic but are also dealing with the changes brought about by Brexit. For many this has meant completely rethinking their strategy at short notice while mitigating huge operational challenges.

This panel discussion, moderated by Transport Engineer Editor Will Dalrymple, will feature leaders from different sectors examining the issues this unique time has brought and how they have adapted. There will be time for live questions from the virtual audience.

The panel will share: 

  • What they have learned and the successes they have had in testing times
  • Examples of how they have adapted
  • How they have utilised technology to overcome obstacles
  • How technology has played a role in creating and maintaining a safe and trusted work environment
  • The importance of company culture and leadership
  • The importance of agility, sustainability, diversification and cost management



Sir John Parker GBE FREng HonFIES HonFIET

SOE Patron, SOE

Former Royal Academy of Engineering President Sir John Parker is SOE's Patron.

He is currently Chairman of Laing O’Rourke and a Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation. He also Chairs the Advisory Board of Spencer Stuart and Chairs the Review for Government on “Ethnic Diversity on Boards” and recently completed “A Review of UK Naval Shipbuilding Strategy” for MOD.

He has now stepped down from Pennon Group plc (2015-2020) – his 6th FTSE 100 Company to Chair.

In more recent times he was Chairman of Anglo American (2009-2017), Non-Executive Director of Airbus Group (2007-2018), Deputy Chairman of DP World-Dubai (Global Container Port Operator) (2006-2015), Chairman National Grid (2002-2011).

He Chaired the Court of the Bank of England (2004-2009) and was President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2011-2014).

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Jonathan Backhouse

Director, Backhouse Jones Solicitors

Jonathon is the seventh generation of solicitor in a continuous lineage that can be traced back to his ultimate grandfather who first practised law in 1819.  His grandfather started the firm’s specialism in road transport law (1930) when the first Transport Act was introduced.

Today, with his twin brother James, Jonathon practises regulatory law and is quoted in Chambers Guide as having “extensive experience in the road transport industry, acting in Public Inquiries concerning a multitude of issues, as well as in transport-related court cases”.  He is described as “pragmatic and gives you confidence” whilst market sources describe him as “extremely good”.  He acts for Logistics and Passenger Carrying clients throughout the UK and specialises in Public Inquiries, Health and Safety investigations, Crown Court matters representing operators in serious criminal cases such as prosecutions for Causing Death by Dangerous Driving, Corporate Manslaughter and serious Health and Safety offences.  

He regularly advises RHA and FTA members and is a frequent speaker at seminars held by Associations representing the bus, coach, haulage and logistics sectors.  When not defending operators at court he likes to fly fish, mountain bike and renovate a Spitfire – the car not the plane! 

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Stacy Trewin

Group Managing Director , FCL Filtration Control

Group Managing Director of FCL Organisation Ltd group of companies with over 30 years of experience across multiple sectors, providing a comprehensive range of OE aftermarket products with global supply capabilities.

After Joining the business in 2006 and becoming Group Managing Director in 2014, Stacy is responsible for all four companies within the FCL organisation: Filtration Control ltd, Filtration Control Solutions Ltd, The Performance Company and Performance on the Net. Her primary objectives are ensuring the business continues to grow by way of developing new clients, maintaining its customer base, understanding the evolving needs of the core industries, and Stacy is also actively involved in the development of new innovative technologies for the Bus and Rail sectors. Outside of the business, she is a Trustee of Peak Empower, a UK based charity that promotes recreational activities to improve mental health and confidence in those that are socially isolated.

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Group Engineering Director UK & Ireland, Metroline

Responsible for all Engineering activities, fleet management (1700 vehicles) vehicle procurement, technical and training planning, facilities management and company Health and Safety controls.

Martin McVicker

Managing Director, Combilift

Martin McVicar is the CEO and Co-founder of Combilift Ltd., a manufacturer of materials handling solutions, with its global HQ based in Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

Starting with just a handful of employees in 1998 when Martin established Combilift with Technical Director Robert Moffett, the workforce now numbers around 650 and the company exports to more than 85 countries. 

Combilift’s unparalleled growth and success in the handling sector is down to the drive, energy and innovation that underpins the company’s - and Martin’s philosophy. Continual investment of 7% of turnover in research and development has enabled Combilift to become the fastest growing global forklift manufacturer, and to always be one step ahead when it comes to designing and supplying safer, space saving, productive and more cost-effective ways to lift and store long and awkward products, palletised loads, containers and oversized goods.

Martin’s career in engineering began when he was a teenager and his skill and insight over the years in identifying exactly what customers need from handling equipment has resulted in the customised approach to the company’s range of products, over 60,000 of which are now in operation.

Martin has a strong commitment to the education and training of future engineers and together with the Monaghan Institute he initiated the OEM in Engineering Traineeship. Combilift was also recently the winner of the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year 2020 award. This is just one of the many prestigious industry awards that Combilift has won for its products, management and exports since Martin was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 when he was just 29.

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Margaret Renshaw

Senior HR Consultant, Make UK

Senior HR Consultant/Business Partner within the manufacturing and engineering sector. Includes working in partnership with national and international board members and directors /stakeholders/senior operations managers and HR professionals.

Margaret has over 20 years' experience in all areas of HR management, and has an outstanding record of delivering major HR strategy and organisational change management projects. Prior to joining Make UK, Margaret gained experience in manufacturing, public, non-profit and retail sectors, and spent 7 years as a HR Business Partner.

Her area of expertise includes managing successful outcomes which are legally compliant, taking account of employee engagement and budget at both strategic and operational levels. Responding and responsible for interpreting client requests for HR Consultancy services scoping projects to provide appropriate solutions and delivering projects on time, within budget and without external challenges

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Ian Smith IEng, FSOE, FIRTE

Group Engineering Manager, Gray & Adams

With over 40 years experience in the commercial vehicle industry and employment covering a large spectrum including, inspection, repair & maintenance, legislative, manufacturing, mechanical engineering and senior management.

Mark Russell IEng MSOE MBES

Engineer Surveyor, Plant Risk Services

Providing Statutory Thorough Examinations of Lift, Crane (LOLER) and Pressure Equipment (PSSR) for Insurance Brokers and direct clients across East Anglia and the South East.

Specialties: Lift, Crane and Compressor Inspections

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