Professor Jack Hynds has extensive experience in dealing with complex electronic systems used in the automotive field. He recently retired from Jaguar Land Rover where he held the position of Group Chief Electrical Engineer. Jack read Electronics and Physics at Loughborough University with an industrial placement at British Railways research centre. Upon graduation he spent a year abroad in Finland working for an electronics company and then returned to the UK to work for Girling Ltd., part of the Lucas Group. During this period he gained practical experience in the design and development of electronic test equipment and eventually took on the management of the test facilities.
In 1983 he joined Jaguar Cars Ltd holding a number of management positions within the Electrical Engineering department and was promoted to the Chief Engineer in 1998. Upon the amalgamation of Jaguar and Land Rover in 2002 he was appointed Group Chief Electrical Engineer. As such he has led a large department of qualified engineers dealing with complex system designs used on luxury cars handling as many as 30 programmes at any one time. This often involved international co-operation with other automotive companies and suppliers with the objective of achieving efficiencies in the development of appropriate technologies. He specifically steered the development of the processes used (e.g. CAE, Simulation, Hardware In the Loop) and the quality tools needed for successful outcomes. In the light of rapid changes in technology the focus on the education and training of those who worked for him has been a constant theme. Jack was theExecutive Champion for JLR’s acclaimed Technical Accreditation Scheme and he still maintains an active part in its development.
Being passionate about education he chaired the successful intercompany Coventry Education Action Zone and Business Forums. He also served for 7 years as a Trustee on the Jaguar staff pension scheme.
Professor Hynds was appointed in 2010 as Visiting Professor in Integrated Systems Design at Aston University sponsored by The Royal Academy of Engineering. Taking into account his wide experience of industry, dealing with large international organisations both as original equipment manufacturers or suppliers he is keen to put into the industrial context the subject matter of the courses undertaken by the students at Aston. Specifically his focus is to stress how good design practice follows a coherent process (Design V) supplement within a backbone of defined project management process. Both these processes are intertwined and rely on quality philosophies supported with a host of quality tools. Considering how complex the world of system designs are becoming with the impact of software and the rapid changes in technology his mantra is “to leverage a quality result use the right quality tool at the right time”.