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Testimonials

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On behalf of Cuckmere House, in particular the boys that you worked tirelessly with today, thank you so very much for your support. It was delightful to see our boys fully engaged and behaving so incredible well; this is in part due to your support and enthusiasm. Thank you very much for your initial input at the start of the day, during our assembly time. This was pitched extremely well and set the tone for the day.

Karen Doman, Design & Technology, Cuckmere House School (SEND)

A parent of a girl in Year 6 approached me to say how much her daughter had been inspired by your talk.

Janine Lambourne, Vice Principal, Hartley Primary Academy.

We are loving this project!

Dr Alex Holmes, Davison CE High School for Girls

“I really enjoyed this; it made me realise that ideas one might have can sometimes become a reality”
“Researching which materials would be more sustainable and learning about current ways to travel”
“Researching and finding out about fuels and how they affect the environment”
“Looking at all the problems to do with congestion and working together to find a solution”
“Creating imaginative ideas in my team to change the environment and make the world better”
“The project helps you to think and plan which can help in other subjects”

Feedback on the most enjoyable part of the ‘Future Transport Challenge’ from students in years 8 and 9

My class have enjoyed the CAD workshop greatly and have had fun applying skills to a new subject. One child gave me a lovely thought, ‘I feel like I’m important because I’m using something which really clever people use to make planes’

Richard Harris, Year 6 teacher, Molehill Primary Academy

“Learning about how factories make their processes more efficient with process maps”
“Learning about unnecessary waste in factory production and what the customer is paying for”

Feedback on what students in year 9 enjoyed on the ‘Systems and Process Workshop’

”Learning to use the CAD program, and create the parts”
”The assembly stage, because it was satisfying watching every part work together”
“Being able to construct/design a part very quickly”
“Animating the final assembly of the gearbox”
“Using the CAD software to create the gearbox”
“Learning how to do things in a way that you would never really think of”
“Learning different ways of approaching CAD”

Feedback on the most enjoyable aspect of the ‘Aspiring CAD Designer’ workshop from students in year 12

Thank you so much for your contribution to the very successful event last Friday. It appears that we had over 500 visitors during the evening. I have heard back from some of the schools already and the response to the event and all the exhibitors was overwhelmingly positive.

Dr James Penny, Head of Science and STEM coordinator, Taunton School STEMfest

…the KS2 children loved the talk about the electric bike. Phil engaged them with details of his upcoming world record attempt, and the questions the children had at the end were of a very high level, showing how interested and motivated they were by the visit.

Mr Dutton, Year 6 teacher, Hartley Primary Academy

You have really inspired the students and given them a wonderful perspective into a totally new career path. You made a very important contribution to the day and we are very grateful for your time, enthusiasm and expertise.

Katren Bishop, Event Organiser, Burgess Hill School for Girls “Science and Engineering Day”

It looks like I found the right people straight away, just when I thought things couldn’t get more innovatively exciting (for our EV project). Thank you once again for your generosity with your time.

Richard Kemp, Electric Vehicle developer and Entrepreneur

Phil is a true professional with a unique understanding of business processes. His people skills are excellent and he has the ability to connect at every level. He is sincere and his commitment to making a difference makes him worth working with.

Claude Bonte, business development champion

It soon became clear that we needed more of your expertise in the area of production and project management than we had thought initially.

Bob Kenhard, Managing Director, Scientific Instrument Manufacturer

I am impressed by Phil’s honest, open and positive approach. I look forward to developing a close relationship with Phil and learning from him.

Saravjit Singh, Automotive Lean Manufacturing Expert

Innumerable small frustrations have been resolved and some important fundamental changes have been put in place. The end result is a company that knows where it is going and has an ongoing commitment to the principle of continuous improvement.

Business Performance Improvement Centre, project review

…the pressure to reduce costs and meet the ever-tightening budgets of customers led to their review. They’ve made important gains with limited investment, and have a much more visual process today that’s cut out a lot of administration and paper work.

Article on one of our Lean Manufacturing projects in “The Manufacturer” journal

The result, largely as a consequence of your leadership, is that we have a new product range ready to launch as planned, and most importantly with all the supporting functions in place.

Bob Kenhard, Managing Director, Scientific Instrument Manufacturer

The supplier analysis was managed effectively and within budget.

Bob Kenhard, Managing Director, Scientific Instrument Manufacturer

… a very clean and tidy build; it looks great (TTX-GP rider)
… nice job, it certainly looks the part (TTX-GP rider)
… Wow, that’s beautiful, a really tidy job (Electric bike designer and builder)
… a very professional job; nicely done (Motorcycle race mechanic and builder)
… nice to see one laid out so well, everything neat and accessible (Race mechanic)

Comments from the industry on our 2011 drag-racing electric bike

That’s fantastic engineering.
It’s definitely the way things are going.
Really impressive.

Comments from motorcycle enthusiasts at Haslemere “Ready to Ride” motorcycle show

It’s the best looking bike here.
Not just the fastest but the best presented.

Comments from competitors and spectators at Alternative Energy Racing, Santa Pod, May 2011

You should be really proud; it’s a beautiful bit of engineering

Brighton University lecturer and BBC TV Robot Wars competitor

I was delighted to visit Weald Technology and to see the pioneering work that is being done right here, in the middle of Sussex. Phil is one of the people pushing forward the boundaries of electric vehicle technology and, as we so often see, the work done for racing machines becomes mainstream just a few years later. Phil’s understanding of the technology and his real personal commitment to make change happen, makes him a man to watch as the Green Growth agenda moves forward.

Charles Hendry, former MP for Wealden Constituency and Energy Minister

When Phil came in he was such a nice guy with so many good ideas that I was happy to support him through the project. I’m very glad he has done well and hope he goes on to do even better

Steve Labib, owner Jozztek and designer/builder of numerous electric motorcycles and cars

I am delighted Phil has set a new UK record with his electric motorcycle. This shows the great potential of electric vehicles, not just in reducing carbon emissions but in terms of performance as well.

Charles Hendry, MP for Wealden Constituency and Energy Minister

I am delighted that all the hard work put in by Phil has paid off. It was a great feeling to break the record and I am looking forward to working with him on new projects.

Rob Moon, Weald development rider, and TTxGP and BEMSEE Powerbike racer, and 2012 NBC >600cc European Endurance Racing champion

The bike’s fantastic, absolutely fascinating, and I wish you well.

Phil Read MBE, 8x World Motorcycle Champion and 8x TT Winner

Weald are pushing forward the boundaries of electric vehicle technology and, as we so often see, the work done for racing machines becomes mainstream just a few years later. They understand the technology and the commitment to make change happen makes them a team to watch as the green growth agenda moves forward.

Charles Hendry, former MP and Minister for State at DECC

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