Key People:

Simon Poyser – Founder

Simon joined Velocity RDT as its CEO in 2011. In early days Velocity was commissioned to start from scratch the EMEA operations for number of Silicon Valley Tech start-ups including an IoT Controls Co called Enlighted and Looxcie the world’s first wearable live streaming camcorders. Previously, Simon had a track record of successfully spearheading the strategy to open new markets, channels and verticals for a number of well-known enterprises including Experian & Orange where he headed a team on an 18 month strategy and execution plan to bring into the Freemove Alliance the whole of Shell Petroleum’s telecommunications business, a multi million pound contract that broke all Orange corporate records. In the process the strategy and execution plan established Oranges template for ‘Best Practice’. Earlier roles in FairIsaac (FICO) brought its award winning Business Rules Engine ‘Blaze Advisor’ into Deutsche Telekom delivering ‘Next Best Actions’ for its global channels. Simon held senior roles in ILOG-IBM.

Simon advised the House of Lords Select Committee on its SME Strategy. The EU Commission on TTIP & works closely with Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade joining various Trade Missions. Simon is passionate about how both public and private organisations can work together to enable change for the better through early adoption of disruptive technologies. Simon is married with a son and when not working Simon enjoys the art of bellringing.

Lucy Woodruff – Director of Clients

Lucy began working for VelocityRDT in November 2014. Lucy’s background is working for various high profile companies as Cath Kidston & MTV UK & Ireland. She was brought on board to work alongside Simon to grow the relationships with the clients of VelocityRDT and to launch our conference & events branch, RDT-EXPO.

Professor Tarik Ozkul – Chief Innovation Officer

Prof. Ozkul has received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Bogazici University and his MS and Ph.D. from Florida Institute of Technology, FL, USA. Apart from working as an academician in several different universities, he has worked in different capacities as a design engineer, R&D Director and General Manager for different companies. Tarik has 70+ journal and conference publications, 50+ patents and several books. Married with six kids enjoys the thrills of desert driving and motocross riding.

Dr. Halit Kaplan – Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Kaplan has received his MS and Ph.D degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1997 and 2002 respectively. After his graduation he has worked in Several Mechatronics Engineering Departments of Turkish Universities in Turkey as an assistant professor and Deparment Chair. Dr Kaplan worked as Chief Technical Officer of EURASIASAT SAM(France Alcatel- Telekom Turkey JVC Company) a EU based Satellite Communication Company responsible for Satellites Services. Dr. Kaplan, also served in TUBITAK as the Adviser to the President of Science and Technological Council of Turkey, worked on developing TUBITAK Projects funding and evaluation criteria, developing Turkish Government Space Program Roadmap. Dr. Kaplan worked as Project and Business Development Director and Advisor under the Ministery of Transportation and Communication in Turkey where he was part of the team responsible for technology transfer and manufacturing of Communication Satellites in Turkey. Dr Kaplan also served as the director of Director and Board Member, South Korea-Turkey ICTCC Center(Information Communication Technologies Cooperation Center jointly established between Turkey-South Korea Goverments) under the Minister of Transportation and Communication of Turkey. Dr. Kaplan worked as an advisor of Science, Technology and Innovation to the OIC(Organization of Islamic Cooperation). He managed the preparation of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reports of OIC countries. As an Advisor and Coordinator of International ATLAS Innovation Project. Dr. Kaplan nominated as an Adviser to the President of Turkey, and presented “A new Science and Technology Vision of Turkey” to the president of Turkey, in the presidentdal office. Dr. Kaplan has many refereed publications in international journals and conferences. He has several international patent applications and registered international patents on Intelligent RFID IoT Applications of Structrual Fatigue Health Monitoring. His reseach interests are design of Innovative Smart Systems, Sensors, Actuators, Smart Fatigue Structural Health Monitoring, Intelligent Systems, Predictive-Condition Based Maintenance Systems, Intelligent Internet of Things (IIoT) Applications.

Philip Webb – Programme Director

Philip has a depth of business development experience gained from both within the Public Sector and beyond. Most recently Philip was identifying innovation in healthcare and ideas in MedTech, Healthtech, digital and disruptive software which could both generate income and add value. Philip has worked inside the public sector for the past 10 years in a CSU, a CCG, a Unitary Authority, a Community Trust, a teaching hospital and an acute hospital. His focus has been in commercial development and in driving the innovation agenda. He managed key relationships externally with start-ups, VCs, academic and government networks, working across teams of specialist consultants to provide commercial best practice and innovation adopting a business-like approach, to reach better patient outcomes. Prior experience was within consultancy both HR and change management and latterly with IBM smart people. He has a first degree in Politics and an MBA studying in the UK and the Lubin School of Business in New York. He lectures occasionally on the MSc Business Strategy & Innovation Management and MSc Entrepreneurship & Management at the University Of Southampton Business School.

Outside work he is an avid landscape artist, cyclist and divides his time between Cambridgeshire, London and the River Itchen, where he shares a houseboat.