2013 Keynote Speakers
Alister Whelan, Chief Designer of Sports Cars, Jaguar Land Rover
During his time at Jaguar, Alister has played a major part in many significant projects and, since July 2011, has been Chief Designer of Sports Cars at Jaguar, reporting directly to Ian Callum and Wayne Burgess.
Alister began his work at Jaguar with the R-Coupé Concept, the XKR driven by the villain in James Bond, the R-D6 interior, and the much praised C-XF concept interior shown at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2007.
He also led the design of the interior of the multi award-winning Jaguar XF, revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007.
Since 2007 Alister has been fundamental in creating sports interior strategies from Advanced Design through to production car programs.
During 2010 Alister led the interior team for the C-X75 Concept car, launched at the Paris Auto show that year.
In parallel, Alister has led the F-TYPE interior design from first sketch to production car, incorporating the C-X16 concept car launched at Frankfurt Motor Show 2011, through to the F-TYPE launch in Paris in September 2012. He is now Car Line Design Chief for F-TYPE, heading up both exterior and interior design delivery.
John Roberts, A380 Chief Engineer, Airbus
John is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Engineer. He has an honours degree in mechanical engineering from Brunel University.
After graduating John worked for the Dowty Group in Cheltenham on the design of aero engine control equipment. He reached the position of Engineering Director.
In 1992 he joined Airbus in Filton, originally as Chief Systems engineer and subsequently as Chief Engineer for the A330/340.
Between 2001 and 2009 John was Vice President of Engineering at Messier-Dowty Ltd, a major supplier of landing gear systems.
In 2009 John became A380 UK Chief Engineer. In this role he is responsible for the technical activity carried out on the wing, landing gear and fuel management system.
In addition John is a member of the UKTI Advanced Engineering Strategy Board.