From unlikely beginnings...
Jessica started her career aged 5 as an Apprentice Electrician working weekends with her father. She was misunderstood in school and lived out her life in a bubble of
creative and scientific exploration. The only thing that remained constant was a drive to do something different.
The first female UK Young Engineer of the Year
A tireless effort to develop a low-cost uterine contraction monitor for a local medical device company led Jessica to invent a series of novel fibre optic
technologies. In 2012 she became the first-ever female to take home the UK Young Engineer of the Year Award.
From engineer to businesswoman
Fixing push-bikes, washing cars and growing and selling radishes from her grandmother's allotment aged 12, Jessica always had a flair for business. Following a
fall-out with her patent attorney which resulted in the technology being exploited worldwide, Jessica contacted the newly instated CEO of Maplin to embark on the next step of her journey - turning
around their educational business.
Creating a New Way of Working for one of the world's most known brands
Henry Ford said that a customer could have a car in any colour as long as it was black. That was the birth of mass-manufacturing. But that model doesn't fit today's
customer who is looking for a personalised, on-demand experience. The ability to (profitably) make any product, with any level of customisation, at any time, has eluded manufacturers for
Enter Industry 4.0 - A new digital, connected and rapdily changing Way of working likely to test the innovation stamina of even
the most successful manufacturers. Whilst the technological advancements required to achieve this are no mean feat, the real challenge will be migrating age-old cultures to a
new Post-Fordian Way of working.