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The Industrial Team

Jonathan WatkinsJonathan Watkins
Chief Executive

Jonathan has 25 years of experience in commercialising technology in the international automotive, industrial and cleantech sectors, having held senior commercial and operational leadership positions in Federal-Mogul, Textron, and most recently, Ceres Power.

He is a Chartered Engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science & Technology from the University of Birmingham and a masters in Design, Manufacturing & Management from the University of Cambridge.

Chris Isherwood

Chris Isherwood
General Manager HFQ® Facility

Chris has 30+ years experience in automotive, having worked in senior positions within Tier 1s and OEMs. Including supply development Manager within BMW working with suppliers to reduce scrap and improve.

Chris has held senior SQA, General Management and Lean Enterprise positions. Instrumental in implementing global LEAN manufacturing resulting in £8m p/a savings. Recently delivered 17% increase in performance productivity for an Italian supply company.

John Sellors

John Sellors
Chief Engineer Applications 

Previously led the Metallic Materials and Process Group at Lotus Engineering

John has built a strong, global reputation for his expertise on materials and process specification, design for manufacture, light-weighting and applied R&D.

John has been instrumental in the delivery of projects from niche Supercars for AML to steel bodied vehicles for China.

Chartered Engineer, Materials Graduate and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Alistair Foster

Alistair Foster
Chief Technical Officer

Alistair is a co-inventor of the HFQ® technology and joined ITL in 2013

He has worked in automotive, defence and nuclear power industries

Developed HFQ® production process from lab based technology

Project managed work packs valued at £4m

Chartered Engineer with a PhD from the University of Birmingham

Damian Szegda – Chief Computations OfficeDamian Szegda
Chief Computations Officer

Damian has a background in stress analysis and characterisation of complex materials

Prior to joining ITL he worked within defence

Damian has been lead analyst for £10m+ defence projects

Damian holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Silesian University of Technology and a PhD from Brunel University.

Simon Faulconbridge - Applications Engineer

Simon Faulconbridge
Applications Engineer

Simon’s previous experience in BIW engineering and, in particular, press tooling gives him a thorough understanding of where HFQ® technology can be applied to maximize its benefits to customers.

Along with a keen passion for perfection Simon is able to work alongside you throughout your light-weighting venture.

The Academic Team

Prof Jianguo Lin

Prof Jianguo Lin 
Head of Mechanics of Materials – Imperial College

Jianguo has been the driving force behind the development of the HFQ® process and has developed significant know-how in the processing of hot and warm  formed aluminium and steel. He currently heads the Mechanics of Materials division at Imperial, and previously was at Birmingham University. He is also visiting Professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB).

To find out more about the HFQ® Technology and how the team can help you with your project please contact us.