Horizontal Innovation

Taking tech from one sector to another

But what exactly is Horizontal Innovation™ and why is it so important to engineers now? Horizontal Innovation™ is about taking existing knowledge and technology, which has been created within or for a specific sector such as Formula One and using that same knowledge and technology to provide the solution to a problem in a completely different sector. For example, in the NHS.

The IET is proud to advocate Horizontal Innovation™ and keen to promote its wider adoption across industry. By convening and uniting engineers to share their ideas, we would like to encourage you to consider adding Horizontal Innovation™ approaches, where appropriate, to the techniques you deploy, when solving problems.

We will discuss:

  • What exactly is Horizontal Innovation™?
  • Why should every engineer apply Horizontal Innovation™ thinking to solve problems and challenges and how can they do this?
  • Who is using Horizontal Innovation™ and where can you go to get help?

This webinar will provide you with practical hints and tips as to how to harness the power of Horizontal Innovation™ within your own work, bringing together practitioners outlining their own experiences of applying Horizontal Innovation™ techniques and highlighting some outstanding exemplars.


10 Jun 2021

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Add to Calendar 06/10/2021 12:00 06/10/2021 13:00 Horizontal Innovation In recent times, we have seen some amazing examples of how Horizontal Innovation™ is being used to create effective solutions to fix problems. The fact is some of our greatest challenges may already have an answer. London, UK


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Jeremy Hadall

Jeremy Hadall

Chair, IET Design and Production Sector Executive Committee

Jeremy is currently exploring new consulting and employment opportunities, after a successful ten-year spell leading the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s work on intelligent automation.


A technology leader with over 20 years’ experience, he has been developing automation systems across a range of industries since leaving university working with manufacturing and automation companies such as Ford, GM, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Kuka, Tesco, ABB and Siemens.


For the last ten years, he has led the development and adoption of novel robotics and automation technologies across industries with a particular focus on the use of robotics by small and medium enterprises to improve productivity and employee safety. He was closely involved in writing the IET’s ‘Guide to Implementing Industrial Robots’ and developing its Horizontal Innovation™ initiative.

Philippa Ryan

Philippa Ryan

Knowledge Transfer Advisor The KTN

Philippa is the KTN’s Knowledge Transfer Adviser covering Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, and Derbyshire. She works with businesses supporting their collaboration with expert academic research teams to deliver sustainable innovation with positive economic impact and additional societal or environmental benefits.


A KTP Adviser since 2005, she supports partnerships in the East Midlands by building successful relationships between technology-based businesses and the knowledge base. Having experience in manufacturing, design and delivery of in-company management training courses and developing public sector policies, she is a Chartered Manufacturing Engineer with a keen interest in professional development activities and business development through people.


The KTA role enables raising awareness of innovation opportunities and motivating people to network and learn from each other’s network.

Dr Dave Seaward

Dr Dave Seaward

Director 3P Innovation Ltd

Dave is a director of, UK based custom automation company, 3P innovation Ltd which he co-founded in 2006, bringing together a group of like-minded engineers who shared a passion for quality engineering, innovation, and collaboration. 3P recently announced its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


A chartered engineer with an electro-mechanical engineering degree, his PhD focused on applying servo motors to machinery. This led to ~40 years developing custom automation for multiple industries.


Dave is named inventor on over 20 other patents, including Unilever’s “Pyramid” teabag which was featured in the UK Patent Office book “Inventing the 20th Century”. He has worked on multiple innovative medical device programmes and is a past winner of the IET Horizontal Innovation™ Award. More recently his work has focused on the Cell and Gene sector.

Matthew Burke

Matthew Burke

Head of Technology Ventures Williams Advanced Engineering

Matthew’s primary responsibility is the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund which invests in technology focussed UK SMEs and Start-ups. He joined Williams in 2011 spending his first three years at the Williams Technology Centre Qatar leading their stationary energy storage technology commercialisation programme.


He returned to the UK in 2014 to take on wider technology commercialisation responsibilities at Williams Advanced Engineering including the development and leadership of the Aerofoil Energy partnership. Prior to Williams he has held engineering R&D positions at Tata Motors, Torotrak, and Ford Motor Company. He holds an MSc in Dynamics and Control from the University of Bath and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Stewart Lowth

Stewart Lowth

Chartered Mechanical Engineer and the Product Development and Innovation Manager at MetLase

Dr Lowth has over twenty year of experience as a fixture designer, the majority of which has been in a consultancy environment. Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree in product design from the University of East London, a master’s degree in engineering multimedia from Nottingham Trent University, and a Rolls-Royce sponsored fixturing PHD from Nottingham University.


A former academic at the University of Nottingham, Stewart has led several robotics and mechanical design research programmes funded via EPSRC and innovate UK. He is the named inventor on twelve patents and an author on seven published peer reviewed scientific papers. Stewart has also supervised four PhD projects to completion.


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