Top 100 most inspiring manufacturing role models revealed

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Industry magazine The Manufacturer has revealed its top 100 most inspiring role models, and the list includes names from across the region.

Jason Aldridge has overseen growth of more than 150% of Coventry-based Arrowsmith Engineering. He is chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Aerospace Forum (CWAF) and a panel member of regional associations including the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, EEF, Chamber of Commerce and the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP.

A number of professionals from Jaguar Land Rover made the list. Dr Charlie Atwell is Vehicle Prototype Build Planner at Jaguar Land Rover. She is focused on optimising design for manufacturing and supports the promotion of women in engineering. Skills Programmes Manager at the automotive manufacturer, Rita Davey also made the top 100 along with Claire Matthews, I-Pace Propulsion Project Leader, along with Tony Gibbs, Process Leader at JLR.

Also on the list are Elliot Benton, owner at Coventry-based MNB Precision Ltd and Simon Brewerton, Chief Technology Officer at RDM Group in Coventry.

Carole Burke CBE, Managing Director at Unipart Manufacturing Group, Oxford is also one of the 100. Carole was instrumental in helping to establish the UK’s first ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’.

Other regional bosses on the list include Martyn Hale, Chairman of Bromsgrove-based HME Technology Ltd, Tom Mongan, General Manager at Subcon Laster Cuttings Ltd, Byron Lear, Operational Excellence Champion at Oxford Instruments, Abingdon; and Mark Johnstone, CEO at Witney-based JSP Ltd. JSP produces more than four million safety helmets a year and exports to over 100 countries.

David Keene, is a board member of the UK Automotive Council and sits on the WMG High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult board. He is CEO of Coventry-based RDM Group which have a combined turnover of £25 million.

Nick Hussey, CEO at Hennik Group which publishes The Manufacturer, said: “I am delighted and honoured to have come to know personally many of those named as one of The Manufacturer Top 100 to date. Their stories are ones of inspiration, determination, passion and achievement.”