HCR Law Events

10 June 2022

AgriTech zone: Meet the speakers – Sunday 19 June

Sponsored by Agri-EPI Centre, the third day of our AgriTech Zone will discuss the next generation of farmer, and how AgriTech will shape their career. Please click HERE to see the programme for Sunday 19 June.

Hear from our speakers including:


Adam Henson, farmer, author and Countryfile presenter

Adam Henson is perhaps the best-known farmer in the UK, presenting his own section on BBC’s Countryfile to millions of viewers each Sunday evening. But farming and conservation are Adam’s first passions and when the camera stops rolling, there is still plenty of work to be done.


Ben Thompson, Manager of Hartpury College Agri-Tech Centre

Manager of the Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre, based at Hartpury University and Hartpury College. An industry engaging complex, supporting businesses and agriculturalists through technological advancement and change

Kate Justice, BBC Hereford and Worcester

BBC Hereford & Worcester Presenter

Professor Dave Allen, Head of Programmes Development, NMITE

Professor Dave Allan has worked internationally for companies which included Ford Motor Co, Nissan Motors, BTR/Invensys, Garratt/Honeywell and Bentley Motors, and established and managed a design consultancy.  As a change agent and industrial trouble-shooter, he has made significant contributions to the effectivity of various organisations in the Agriculture, Food Production, Automotive; Electronics; Local Government and Police & Defence sectors.

Joining Harper Adams University in 2008 Dave was Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering and Project Management at both undergraduate and postgraduate level; Senior Tutor; Learning Innovation Leader and the Manager of the Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre.  During this time, he was engaged in successful research into vehicle concepts and the application of sustainable technologies in construction and agricultural vehicles.  During his time at HAU Dave focussed on the development of the teaching activities, environments and practices which influence the learning process; particularly the motivation and engagement of students.

In 2018 Dave joined the New Model Institute for Engineering & Technology, as one of the Founding Faculty Professors, co-create the first degree programmes and the learning spaces.

Dr. Muhammad Azmat, MSc. Assistant Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Deputy Programme Director (PG)

Dr Muhammad Azmat (Azi) is an Assistant Professor in logistics and supply chain management and Deputy Programme Director (PG) at the Department of Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management at Aston University. He comes from a Business and management background, with a PhD in Logistics and Supply chain management from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is also an alumnus of the University of Oxford’s Leadership Program in Global Challenges in Transport. Apart from academia, as a member of the advisory board for the “Safely Advancing Autonomous Vehicles on Roads (SAVOR)” project by Conigital Group (a rapidly growing vehicle automation tech startup) and Torque Energy Consultants Ltd (a rapidly growing energy efficiency startup with a Net-Zero mission), he is playing an active role in the industry by bridging gaps between academic research and practice. Dr Azmat’s research focuses on the potential impact of disruptive technologies of the 21st century like drones, electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, Mobility 4.0, Logistics 4.0, big data and the internet of things on different business sectors and their supply chains.

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Denise Wilkinson, Partner, Head of Agriculture and Estates Team

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