About Us

The North East Maintenance Forum aims to become the UK’s premier forum for maintenance debate and networking at the forefront of developing innovative solutions for maintenance technologies and strategies.
The forum will be lead by Dr David Baglee and Roger O’Brien, both of whom work at the University of Sunderland’s Institute for Automotive & Manufacturing Advanced Practice – AMAP

Dr David Baglee

Dr David BagleeDavid Baglee gained his PhD from the University of Sunderland in 2005. David is a Reader in Advanced Maintenance at the University of Sunderland, UK and a Visiting Professor in Operations and Maintenance at the University of Lulea, Sweden and a Visiting associate Research Professor at the University of Maryland USA. . His research interests include the use of advanced maintenance techniques and technologies to support advanced manufacturing within a range of industries and maintenance. He has managed a number of European funded projects working with BP, Nissan, Fiat and Volvo, and is a member of Euronseam, a group of academic and industrial specialists in maintenance.

Contact Dr David Baglee on: 0191 515 2869
or email: david.baglee@sunderland.ac.uk

Roger O’Brien

RORoger is the Director of AMAP, at the University of Sunderland, having spent over 20 years in senior positions at a large multi-national stamping and fabricator within the global Tier 1 automotive supply chain. Rogers own particular research themes with AMAP include:
• The development of low distortion fabrication techniques.
• Enhanced product design solutions considering all aspects of product life.
• Manufacture and performance including use of advanced modelling and computer aided simulation techniques.
• The application of non-contact based metrology to enhance productivity.
• Laser applications for cutting and joining.
He has presented and published findings and papers based upon his work in these areas at numerous international conferences, seminars and events.
In addition, Roger now also brings his extensive engineering and automotive experience, as Team Principal for the University’s own Formula Student racing team, SURacing.
Along with his background in R&D, Design and Manufacturing, he has significant experience of project management, change management, leadership, and people management, as well as the more obvious technical aspects of engineering roles within a modern manufacturing and high volume environment, including automation and robotics. His career has given him considerable experience of international business not just in most major European economies but in the likes of USA, Japan, China and India.  Roger began his career in the power generation and transmission industry as a student apprentice, before specialising in product design and development, including simulation and analysis.
He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Newcastle University, a Master of Science degree from Durham University, and is currently completing writing up his thesis for his PhD based upon his work developing methods to control weld distortion, which has generated several patents.

Contact Roger O’Brien on: 0191 5152268
or email: Roger.OBrien@sunderland.ac.uk


AMAP, at the University of Sunderland, is an innovative, accessible, and outward facing provider of support for industry based upon the application of research and knowledge of advanced manufacturing recognised regionally, nationally and internationally. AMAP specialises in the following core themes:

  • Automotive: Low Carbon Vehicles, including Fuel Cell and Hybrid systems, Light-weight Technology, Human factors and behaviours, Telematics
  • Supply Chain Development: Productivity, Maintenance, Quality and Inspection
  • Product Design and Digital Engineering: Computer Aided Engineering, Design Processes, Rapid Prototyping, DFx (Design For x, where the x can be Quality,  Assembly, Manufacture, Maintenance, Cost, etc.), Scanning Inspection and Reverse Engineering.
  • Manufacturing Technology and Process Development: Simulation, Robotics, New and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Additive Manufacturing, Joining and Welding
  • Materials: Lightweighting, Composites, Graphene, Material Modelling

By providing problem-solving solutions to manufacturers of all capabilities, offering training or advice, or working in partnership-based research, AMAP’s basic working principle is to improve or develop the current state of a company or individual. AMAP also run the North East Maintenance and North East Productivity Forums, networks providing industrial peer to peer knowledge exchange and sharing best practice in these areas.