Jon Horsley
Programme Director
The UK’s low carbon propulsion industry has taken another step forward with the appointment of Jon Horsley as the Programme Director of the Digital Engineering and Test Centre (DETC) based on the Stratford Olympic Park in London. Jon brings a wealth of global experience from 20 years in the automotive industry which will enable him to help organisations accelerate the use and development of next generation digital engineering and test systems in the UK. Jon joins from Innovate UK where he was responsible for researching and implementing intervention and support needs within the UK Automotive Industry to accelerate R&D, production, and deployment of low carbon vehicle technology. Prior to this he was a Director at Motorola Zytek Technologies Ltd. Jon also is a member of the DETC Advisory and Management Boards.
Dr. Kevin Rampersad
Research Manager - Manufacturing Processes
Kevin is a Research Manager in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre (APC Spoke). He has a first class BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a PhD in The Rapid Design of Simulation models using Cladistics and template based modelling. Kevin is currently adapting techniques from the digital entertainment industry for use with advance propulsion and power-train systems. He uses CAD data collected from manufacturers to design and create 3D virtual factories as well as new 3D PDF simulation and applications. He is also working with industry experts from both Business and Academia to develop a comprehensive road-map for Digital Engineering and Test which encompasses all aspects of Virtual Engineering and Augmented Reality. Kevin also works closely with OEM and supply chain partners to disseminate new technological advancements to the wider manufacturing sector through extended customer outreach programs.
Andy Scarisbrick
Research Manager - Product Development
Andy is a Research Manager in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre (APC Spoke). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with over 30 years experience in product development with Ford Motor Company, specialising in forging research collaborations in recent years. Andy is currently working with industry and Academic experts to develop a comprehensive product design road-map for Digital Engineering and Test in order to establish and prioritise the scope of work for the next 15 years. Andy will be looking at digital opportunities both within and outside the automotive industry.
Marcio Rolim
Marcio supports the Digital Engineering & Test (DETC) outreach team, within HSSMI, to deliver high-quality outreach events and workshops aimed at successfully promoting digital manufacturing developments through collaboration across automotive, gaming and digital industries. After having worked in a wide range of different industries in the private and public sector in the UK, he brings his varied professional experiences to the team and is also the point of contact for public relation and communications for DETC undertaking liaison with cross industries partners to promote DETC as a centre of excellence.
James Kirby
Graduate Engineer
James is a Graduate Engineer in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hull. James has experience developing and testing stirling engine technology and is currently working on a vehicle lightweighting project. He is also working with industry experts from both business and academia to develop a comprehensive roadmap for DE&Tc which encompasses all aspects of virtual engineering, augmented reality and gamification.
Michael Ingram
Graduate Engineer
Michael Ingram is a Graduate Engineer in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre. He recently graduated from University in Computer Games Development. He has started development on an app for HSSMI on the field of Augmented Reality and is currently a part of the DE&Tc team. Michael has knowledge of object orientated programming with C, C# and C++ coding skills. As well as some knowledge and experience with robotics including Arduino and Texas Instruments Micro controller.
Simone Pereira
Graduate Engineer
Simone is an Engineer within the DETC Project Delivery team. She holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen Mary, University of London and joined the team in February 2016 in the product development division. In her current role, Simone supports the delivery of projects such as the Virtually Connected Hybrid Vehicle and other DETC collaborative research initiatives with technical project management and monitoring. Simone has previously worked on the development of a digital roadmap for the UK automotive industry.
Samuele De Guido
Research Engineer
Samuele is a Research Engineer in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre. After completing his studies in Italy - MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Parma - he spent 7 years in the Netherlands gaining both academic and industry experience: he began his career in research at the University of Twente in 2009, followed by his move to Energy Engineering Consultant at MECAL. From November 2012, he worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer for ASML, one of the leading companies in the semiconductor industry. He joined DETC in September 2016. Areas of expertise include Simulation (FEA) and Optimisation. He also has experience with leading small teams.
Gorka Garcia
Research Engineer
Gorka is a Research Engineer in the Digital Engineering and Test Centre who originally comes from San Sebastian, Spain. He holds an Industrial Engineering degree by the University of the Basque Country, where he specialised in Electronics Engineering. Gorka has been working in research manufacturing for over 3 years, collaborating and managing funded R&D projects in order to bring innovative solutions and processes to the automotive industry, as well as helping to author proposals for Innovate UK and Horizon 2020 calls. At DETC, he oversees engagement with companies (from start-ups and SMEs to OEMs and academic institutions) with the aim of bringing innovative developments happening in gaming and digital to the automotive manufacturing sector. He also manages the metrics and KPIs that were defined for DETC by the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Advisory Board


David Pearson
Andrew West
Professor of Intelligent Systems
Loughborough University
Chris Brace
Deputy Director of the Powertrain Vehicle Research Centre
University of Bath
Dean Franks
Automotive Sales Director
Northern Europe Autodesk
Garry Wilson
Director - Business Development
Advanced Propulsion Centre
Graham Hoare
Director of Global Vehicle Evaluation & Verification Ford Product Development
Ford Motor Company
Leslie Lee
Executive Director
High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute
Mark Mathieson
Chief Engineer Powertrain Research
McLaren Automotive
Matthias Wellers
Managing Director
AVL Powertrain UK
Mike Caine
Loughborough University London
Neville Jackson
Chief Technology & Innovation Officer
Steven Wood
Senior Manager, Commercial
Digital Catapult