Gearing up to celebrate TM Top 100 2015

Posted on 25 Nov 2015 by Victoria Fitzgerald

The Manufacturer is poised to announce the next cohort of inspirational figures shortlisted in this year’s TM Top 100 report.

Taking place at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on November 25, the event will bring together the most talented people in UK manufacturing to celebrate their achievements in industry.

Individuals will sample British sparkling wine and UK-sourced hors d’oeuvres, before witnessing the unveiling of the shortlisted individuals.

This year sponsored by Autodesk, BDO and Lloyds, the project aims to dispel myths surrounding manufacturing and create a platform to champion and publicly identify dynamic leaders and innovators in the sector.

Shortlisted individuals were nominated by you, our readers, the wider industrial community and the public, for their contributions in changing the face of industry; finding new markets; making marked investment in people, processes and customers; as well as those young, bright sparks that are making an impact disproportionate to their years.

Once again the list was decided by an expert panel of judges from academia, industry and the wider manufacturing community including:

  • Asif Moghal – industry manager, Manufacturing ISM, Autodesk
  • Tom Lawton – Business Assurance Partner, BDO
  • David Atkinson - Head of Manufacturing, Lloyds Bank
  • Rachel Eade MBE – National Sector Lead for automotive, Manufacturing Advisory Service
  • Dick Elsy – CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Paul Everitt – CEO, ADS
  • Nigel Fine – CEO, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Alan Foster – Operations Director, McLaren Racing
  • Philip Greenish CBE – CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Professor Sir Mike Gregory CBE – outgoing Head of the Institute of Manufacturing, Cambridge University
  • Judith Hackitt CBE – Chair, Health and Safety Executive
  • Prof John Perkins – formerly Chief Scientific Officer, BIS
  • Jane Robinson – Director, Cutting Technologies
  • Terry Scuoler – CEO, EEF
  • Jan Ward CBE – CEO, Corrotherm
  • Zoe Webster – Head of High Value Manufacturing, Innovate UK

Rachel Eade, national automotive lead, Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS).
Rachel Eade, national automotive lead, Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS).

Rachel Eade, National Sector Lead for Automotive at MAS and TM Top 100 judge commented: “I am proud to have being involved in the second year of The Manufacturer Top 100, a quest to identify and recognise those individuals who have the passion and drive to make a difference to UK manufacturing. I believe this recognition applauds their commitment and provides role models for others.”

Judge Nigel Fine, IET Chief Executive, said: “The Manufacturer Top 100 plays a crucial role in highlighting manufacturing as an attractive and aspirational career choice. Exciting developments in technology show  that manufacturing is more vibrant than ever and the Top 100 is an opportunity for us to celebrate the UK’s success in this industry.”

Dick Elsy, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and 2015 judge, added: “This report is a celebration of the human element of all that is good in UK manufacturing today. The rich seam of value-added they bring is vital to our sustained economic success. Manufacturing has its time in the sunshine again and this report is a great way to bask in it.”

Last year, shortlisted candidates and the wider manufacturing community joined TV presenter and engineer Kate Bellingham at an exclusive event at KPMG’s Birmingham office to celebrate the report launch.

Several high-profile names made the 2014 list, including: JCB’s Lord Bamford; Dr Tony Bastock OBE of Contract Chemicals; Jane Atkinson Cape PLC and Dr Hamid Mughal Rolls-Royce; as well as Rolls-Royce apprentice Sara Underwood.

Nominate for this year’s list here.