IoD North West - Manufacturers Roundtable

Date: Thursday 15 March 2018

Location: Virtual Engineering Centre, The Hartree Centre, Sci-Tech Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4AD

The IoD North West Manufacturing Group is hosting this event at the Virtual Engineering Centre in Daresbury, thanks to the kind invitation from Lynn Dwyer, Commercial Head of the VEC. As usual, it will be an interactive meeting, with the emphasis on delegate participation.

The event has several aims:

            - Sharing best practices
            - Introduction to the potential of digital manufacturing
            - Expanding personal knowledge and understanding
            - Showcase the VEC as a resource for the NW region
            - Developing new and useful relationships

We expect the event will run for around 2- 2½ hours, including the demonstrations.


16:00: Registration  

16:05: Welcome introduction from Chris Ward, Cumbria Chairman at Institute of Directors and Managing Consultant at PDCA Consulting

16:30: Introduction to Digital Manufacturing

17:00: Lynn Dwyer, Head of Commercial at Virtual Engineering Centre: Introduction to the VEC and LCR 4.0 

17:15: Andrew Borland, Commercialisation Manager at Virtual Engineering Centre:  Case Studies (VEC and LCR 4.0)

17:30: Live demonstrations 

18:00: Open Q&A with group discussion

18:30: Networking 

19:00: Event closes




Andrew Borland
Commercialisation Manager
Virtual Engineering Centre

Andrew Borland joins the VEC in January 2017 as Commercialisation Manager where he will also be joining the LCR 4.0 team, supporting LCR 4.0 clients and our technical team with commercial development, intellectual property protection and technology licensing.

Previously IP Business Manager at the University of Liverpool’s technology transfer office Liverpool IP. Andrew joined the University’s legal department in 2012 having previously been a part of an award-winning ICT start-up.  He is a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the University of Liverpool Law School, and undertook his LPC at John Moores University.

Lynn Dwyer
Head of Commercial
Virtual Engineering Centre
Lynn is a key member of the VEC’s Senior Management team and is responsible for setting the business strategy for the Centre. Lynn has responsibility for all Commercial activities for the VEC including, Business Development and Marketing, Finance, HR and IT operations. Lynn has been a core member of the VEC team for over six years and has a background in Industrial Economics and Commercial Strategy development.

During her time at the VEC, Lynn has had responsibility for both client development and project management of funded programmes including heading the successful delivery of the original ERDF programme which established the VEC and Programme Manager for the STRIVE AMSCI project.



FDR Law is a full-service legal firm in Warrington serving clients across the North West and throughout the UK.
They have over 100 employees; including 13 partners and 45 lawyers based in Warrington, Stockton Heath and Frodsham.
The Commercial law team is led by hands-on, highly experienced partners providing pro-active legal advice to private and public-sector organisations, from multi-nationals to small business start-ups.  
Services include; Real Estate, Corporate Law, Commercial Law, Notarial, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Employment Law and HR.  In addition, FDR Law provide private legal services for Family, Conveyancing, Estate planning and Civil Litigation.
For further information and to book onto this event, please contact Lauren Mullan:
0161 2477 634