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Automate UK is a members’ organisation. Each member owns the same amount of shares regardless of their size or annual spend within our trade association. As a member, your company can nominate an employee to be a director of Automate UK.
The Board of Directors meet approximately every three months. They work with the Automate UK executive to develop products and services that benefit you, the members. Each director has a functional role for which they are responsible. Automate UK directors are not paid and give their time voluntarily to propel the association to new heights.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. James is the Managing Director at Grunwald UK – specialist suppliers of cup filling and sealing machinery, packing and dosing machines for the food and dairy industry throughout the UK, Ireland and North America. He was appointed Chairman of the Automate UK Group of Associations in December 2022.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2017. David is Head of Research & Development at Mettler-Toledo Safeline – a leading supplier of metal detection inspection equipment to the food and pharmaceutical industries. He was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Automate UK Group of Associations in December 2022.
Automate UK CEO and former Managing Director at RARUK Automation, Peter Williamson brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the association as it helps to drive the UK forward with the adoption of automation within manufacturing.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. Richard is the Managing Director at Jenton International – a manufacturer and distributor of equipment to the packaging, printing and converting industry.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2019. Allan is the Managing Director at ClearView Imaging, which provides bespoke vision systems and component parts. Allan is also the Chairman of UKIVA.
Mark was elected to the BARA Council in 2020 and has been the Managing Director of Schubert UK since 2009. The company produces digital, robot-based packaging machines, with a focus on the interplay between simple mechanics, intelligent control technology and scalable modularity. They supply their packaging machines to the food, beverage, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.
Elected to the Automate UK Board of Directors in December 2021, Steve is the Marketing Director of Ishida Europe Ltd. Ishida provides weighing, x-ray inspection, checkweighing, tray sealing, packing and leak detection equipment, plus supporting software, for food and non-food applications.
Andrew Yates is the Managing Director of Endoline Machinery Ltd and was elected to the Automate UK Board of Directors in December 2021. The Endoline group of companies have been successfully manufacturing end-of-line packaging machinery in Great Britain since 1981. Endoline’s range of packaging machines includes case erectors, automatic case loaders, case sealers, and robotic palletisers.
Mark Baker is a Director of Cornwell Products Packaging Limited and was elected to the Automate UK Board of Directors in December 2021. Cornwell Products supplies turnkey automated packaging and palletising systems. They also supply cooling solutions within the UK Dairy, Fresh Foods, Beverage, General Foods and Home & Personal Care sectors.
Rosie is Group Director at RMGroup and joined the Automate UK Board of Directors in December 2022. She brings her knowledge and experience of systems integration and development/testing of new projects and services.
Ian has been involved with PPMA Ltd from its inception in 1987. He has been Company Secretary and Head of Finance for 30 years. During this time he has also headed up the executive of the Company on several occasions pending the appointment of a CEO. He was directly involved in the negotiations of the show management contract with REED Exhibitions and the exit from it. He is still a practising accountant in the hope that practice makes perfect.
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