Engineering Industrial Advisory Group

Our Engineering Industrial Advisory Group is made up of senior engineering managers and associates from local companies and key academics from the department. The members guide the College’s Executive Group to make strategic and operational decisions with the best interests of the national, local and global engineering industry duly considered.

Karl Friedrich

Hoare Lea LLP

Hoare Lea LLP are consulting engineers who specialise in mechanical and electrical engineering systems in buildings. We have offices nationwide but the nearest are located in Plymouth and Bristol.

I have been with Hoare Lea since 1987 and have been a partner for the last 10+ years. I am a chartered mechanical building services engineer.

Working within the construction environment is at the same time very demanding but also rewarding and interesting. The field of mechanical and electrical engineering within this environment which can also encompass renewable and low carbon technologies, process engineering and architectural acoustics is very wide in its aspect. As such the variety and size of projects one may be associated with varies from less than £1m to many millions even in the far SW.

Recent Plymouth office projects include the Living Systems project, Mood Disorder Centre and Business School and others at the University plus multiple health schemes at all the major hospitals in the SW. We were also designers for the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club expansion, the ‘ATASS’ building and JCB academy. We are working on many RNLI life boat stations around the entire country and one of the Qatar football stadia for the 2020 world cup.

In Plymouth office we recruit 1 mechanical and 1 electrical engineer each year and this is mirrored by our other 11 offices. We also take on placements each year who tend to work for the summer vacation. We have recently employed 3 mechanical engineering graduates from Exeter.

Colin Bulled


I have worked for over twenty five years in industry developing precision machinery and measurement systems. I have a MSc from Cranfield University in control systems engineering.

Following my education I spent eight years working for Cranfield Precision Engineering developing bespoke very high precision machinery for various customers including as IBM, Timken, Corning and Rolls Royce.

I have now been at Renishaw plc for eighteen years during which time I have developed various products from controllers to novel motion and measurement systems. I currently manage Renishaw Exeter R&D team where we use a range of skills such as embedded software, mechanical design and electronics to develop new and innovative products.

Ian Cutler

GB Card & Partners

I am a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 18 year’s experience in civil, geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering providing specialist geotechnical and geo-environmental advice and design solutions for complex or contaminated ground, value engineering of designs, material management/waste minimisation. I have involvement with major infrastructure schemes (rail/highway/utilities).

I am also the current Chair of ICE Exeter City Club and member of ICE SW Committee.

Steve Gerry

Plymouth Manufacuring Network

After twenty years of working in industry, I have since had almost a further twenty years’ experience of working in economic development across the SW Region, principally with the private sector but also often in partnership with the public sector and am currently operating as a freelance business and economic development consultant. For the past ten years I’ve been running my own business: SG Consulting where, since 2008, I’ve had an on-going contract as (qualified) Secretary & Treasurer of the Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group (or ‘PMG’). Other recent clients include: Devon-based schools and academies; local manufacturing businesses and local public sector agencies.

Other recent positions include:

  • Non-Executive Director with NHS Plymouth PCT (2007-11)
  • Chairman of Guinness Hermitage Housing Association’s SW Area Committee (2005-13)
  • Executive Partnership Director of Plymouth 2020 LSP (2000-03)
  • Senior Associate with economic development consultants Cooper Simms (2000-07). Clients included: SWRDA; SW Regional Assembly and other regional bodies.

Started my career with SWEB where I was employed for 24 years, principally as a business analyst and internal management consultant. After completing my MBA I was seconded as Business Development Manager with South West Enterprise Ltd (SWEL), a private sector economic development lobby group.

Don Rufus

Jacobs UK Ltd

I am a Chartered Civil Engineering consultant, currently working in the Highways sector. My background is in the Water and Waste sectors, along with three years with contractors.

My expertise is in Civil Engineering Project Management, Design and Contract Management. Multi-disciplinary, primarily Highways, Water and Structures.

My current role is Team Leader and Project Manager.

Peter Shrubsall

STEM Ambassador

Until retiring in 2010, I was Managing Director of a manufacturing company and a career Engineer. The company, Vortok International, makes equipment for the railway infrastructure industry and has won safety and innovation awards for the products it designs and develops, culminating in a Queen’s Award for Innovation. It supplies its products all around the world.

I was trained at Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in Derby, spent a summer building engines for a Grand Prix team before becoming a professional Production Engineer. I became a Sales Engineer first for a plastics company and then a rubber company. I was appointed Business Development Manager for British Rail Research, at the time one of the world’s centres of Railway Engineering and worked through its privatisation until my appointment at Vortok.

In retirement, I have become a very active STEM Ambassador, an Apprenticeship Ambassador and an ExIST Steering Group member responsible for business-education liaison and a Governor at a Devon secondary school. I was recently one of the three finalists from a field of 26,000 STEM ambassadors for the Most Dedicated STEM Ambassador National Awards.

I am passionate about encouraging young people into STEM careers, particularly engineering.

Harry Trump

Centrax Engineering Services

I am responsible for Design, Project Management and Installation of gas turbine powered generation units from 5 to 65MW. I have a degree in Communication Engineering from Plymouth University (1976-80).

I have 35 years’ experience of design and management in the power generation equipment supply industry. My expertise is in Gas Turbines, generators, switchgear, control systems and associated plant.

Previous roles and organisations have included Ottermill Switchgear, Marconi Avionics Industrial Training, Marconi Special Projects Div., Centrax Ltd. Electrical Engineer, Centrax Ltd. Engineering Manager, Centrax Ltd. General Manager.


Mike Swain

Britvic Soft Drinks

I have over 23 years of experience in the packaging industry from the global branded consumer goods markets and I am currently engaged as a Senior Research and Development Manager, Packaging at Britvic Soft Drinks.  Starting my packaging career at the grass roots level in the production environment, I have held senior technical and senior management roles with responsibilities ranging from leading specialist teams, running R&D laboratories and designing new products to setting global business strategies and inventing patentable new to world technologies. This career has seen me work in the Blue Chip area with Procter & Gamble, Diageo, Unilever and Tata Global Beverages and with smaller companies like Matthew Clark Gaymer, driving an agenda of realising commercial opportunities with new packaging.

My career started as a graduate with Teneco, working in heavy agricultural and high tech automotive engineering (Formula 1 and Military for example), but soon changed direction to packaging.  Working from the high end consumer products such as Haute Couture Fine Fragrances, Super Premium Whiskeys and Spirits to more FMCG Tea, Coffee, Deodorants, Beverages and waters, there are few technologies, materials, processes, formats and markets I have not had experience of or launched new products with.  A few parallel interesting diversions into creative design, product design, finance, risk management and IT have helped build an interesting and diverse career.

I have been described by a colleague as having ‘packaging in the blood’, crystallising my passion for packaging design, technology and innovation.


B.Sc. (Hons) in Materials Science, The University of Manchester.

Diploma in Packaging Technology with a commendation

FIMMM, The Packaging Society