Institute for Manufacturing appoints new head

Professor Andy Neely has been appointed as the new head of the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Professor of Manufacturing on the retirement of Professor Sir Mike Gregory on 30 September.

Andy Neely, Professor of Complex Services, Royal Academy of Engineering.
Andy Neely, Professor of Complex Services, Royal Academy of Engineering.

Neely is the founding director of the Cambridge Service Alliance and is currently Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Complex Services.

The Professor is internationally recognised for his work on the servitization of manufacturing, organisational performance measurement and management.

He has previously held appointments at Cranfield University, London Business School and the Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham, as well as deputy director of the Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Research and elected a Fellow and then President of the European Operations Management Association.

Green commented: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the IfM and to build on the foundation laid by Professor Sir Mike Gregory and all of our colleagues.

It is a real honour to be asked to help further develop our portfolio of research, education and practice.”

The celebrated author – with more than 100 books and articles to his name – will be taking over as Head of the IfM from Professor Sir Mike Gregory.

Professor Sir Mike Gregory, head of the Institute of Manufacturing
Professor Sir Mike Gregory, head of the Institute of Manufacturing

According to the IfM, Gregory has been the driving force behind the Institute, creating an environment in which world-class researchers work closely with industry and governments to understand the challenges facing manufacturers around the world, and to educate new generations of manufacturing leaders.

This included setting up IfM Education and Consultancy Services Limited (IfM ECS) to help transfer new ideas and approaches developed at the IfM to companies and policymakers. All IfM ECS profits are used to fund future research.

Gregory noted: “I am ecstatic to welcome Andy Neely to his new role. He knows IfM well and is highly regarded in the wider manufacturing community. He is ideally placed to lead the next stage of development at the IfM.”