Keynote Speakers

Dr Matthew Orchard, Vice President, Head of Airframe Engineering Competence Centre, Airbus

Matthew Orchard is the Vice President, Head of Airframe Engineering Competence Centre for Airbus. This responsibility includes Technical Authority for the Airframe for all Airbus products, all airframe structural test, Materials and Process, structural competence management and the management of the airframe Research and Technology portfolio. The Airframe Competence Centre organisation includes Airbus teams in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and India.

Matthew started his career with Air New Zealand, before moving to Europe where he completed a doctorate in advanced rotorcraft design. Subsequent to this he worked for BAE SYSTEMS supporting the Harrier aircraft amongst other activities. Matthew joined Airbus in 2001 and has had a range of different roles, including the A380 Wing Programme, Chief Engineering, A400M Production Wing design, Customer Services Engineering and as Head of Engineering for Wing across all Airbus programmes. He has also worked in Japan as the Aerospace Sector Special Advisor on secondment to the UK Government.

Matthew originally comes from New Zealand. He has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury (NZ), a Doctorate from the University of Southampton, an MBA from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Engineer. He is married and lives in Bristol UK.


Richard Noble, OBE, Project Director, Bloodhound SSC

Against a background of today’s low risk culture, Richard specialises in developing high risk ventures. Obviously not all of them can be successful, but the Thrust2 programme which brought the World Land Speed Record back to Britain in 1983 and the ThrustSSC first ever supersonic land speed record programme are the best known.

Other projects include the ARV Super2 light aircraft, the Atlantic Sprinter Blue Riband contender, Programme Funding, an original television funding company, and the last, Farnborough Aircraft, which is creating the first point to point taxi aircraft.

These projects all started very small and being original in concept attract only very limited resource.


Andy Richardson, Head of Simulation, Jaguar Land Rover

As “Head of Simulation” Andy has overall responsibility for Jaguar Land Rovers simulation strategy building leading edge capability in Virtual Engineering across all vehicle systems and attributes.

Andy started his career in 1985 when he joined Jaguar Cars Ltds Body Development department. In 1995 he was made senior manager of Vehicle Packaging and Analysis. He moved to Ford headquarters, Detroit in February 1999 where he was senior manager of Jaguar Vehicle Programme Engineering leading Jaguars - PD Engineering team in Detroit.

In December 2000 he became senior manager of Jaguar Advanced Engineering with overall responsibility for developing vehicle concepts for new Jaguars. In June 2003 Andy became Vehicle Engineering manager for the next generation Vehicle Architecture.

One of Andy's many achievements includes leading a multi national, cross brand team with Ford of Europe, Volvo and Jaguar to achieve a 50% reduction in CAE process cycle time.

Andy holds a degree from Coventry University, an MSc in Numerical Methods from Aston University and an MBA from Warwick University Business School. He is married with two daughters.


Dr.-Ing. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair Inc.

Detlef Schneider began his career with Altair in 1997, after earning his degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. He initially supported Altair’s optimisation technology and subsequently championed various other support and sales roles. In 2006 he has been appointed to Managing Director of Altair GmbH in Germany.

In 2011, he joined Altair’s solver development unit in Irvine, CA, USA, as a Senior Vice President, responsible for all Altair solver products and he helped to advance Altair’s vision of radically changing how companies design products and make decisions.

Since January 2014 Detlef Schneider is responsible for Altair’s operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).


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