David Forrest

David started at Nissan in 1992 as a trainee maintenance technician and following completion of an engineering degree worked as a production engineer. From 2001 he led the introduction of 3D CAD systems to NMUK and became the CAD/CAE subject matter expert, managing the PLM tools for engineering at Sunderland, along with support for the new model digital phase and leading the in-house design and simulation team. He spent 5 years in IS and IT with roles covering PLM systems, contract management and leading the strategy around Industry 4.0 and factory of the future initiatives. More recently he has been working in the European Engineering function leading various digital innovation projects and acting as the program manager for the Innovate UK backed Smart Connected Shop Floor consortium program with other leading UK manufacturing companies.