The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 officially revealed

Posted on 15 Nov 2018 by Jonny Williamson

The most inspirational individuals working in UK industry were announced last night at a gala reception celebrating the launch of The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 report.

The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 officially revealed
Individuals were nominated for their contributions in helping to dispel popularly-held myths regarding manufacturing in the UK – image courtesy of The Manufacturer.

Yesterday evening (14 November), members of The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 and the wider manufacturing community joined industry leaders at an exclusive event at Exhibition Centre Liverpool for the highly anticipated launch of this year’s report.

Now in its fifth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 initiative, run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing.

Its goal is to help dispel popularly-held myths that vibrant manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past.   

Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, from top floor to shop floor. From Sanjeev Gupta, who is single-handedly transforming the British steel industry, to Amy Druce, a production team leader at BMW MINI Plant Oxford. 

They are selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to young people aspiring to a career in industry; 100 unique and uplifting stories of struggle, grit, determination and success against all the odds, personal tales of individuals helping to change popular perceptions of careers in manufacturing and draw young people into sector.  

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Nick Peters, editorial director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report commented: “The individual stories in the report published today are a compelling reminder of how strong and vibrant UK manufacturing really is.

“We need to keep saying that, because as a nation we seem to harbour the notion that no one in the UK makes things anymore, and young people are discouraged from considering careers in manufacturing.

“The truth is we do make things – we are the world’s ninth largest manufacturing nation – and careers are very well paid. But there are too few skilled young people coming through the system. It is on behalf of that new generation that we do this.

“We want to break down the decades-old prejudice against manufacturing. We want parents to get excited about recommending a career in manufacturing to their offspring, not see it (so erroneously) as an occupation of last resort. We must not let the prejudices of yesterday poison the opportunities of tomorrow.” 

Not on this year’s list?

The Manufacturer Top 100 - No dateYou can nominate yourself or a colleague for The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 by visiting the website, or follow @TMTop100 on Twitter for updates.

The Manufacturer Top 100 is part of Digital Manufacturing Week, which comprises The Manufacturer Top 100Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo and The Manufacturer Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards.

The final list was decided by an expert panel of judges, representing UK manufacturing, academia and the wider industrial community, including:

  • Paul Everitt, CEO, ADS
  • Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion Enter/Fashion Capital
  • Nigel Fine, CEO, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Dr HayaatunSillem, CEO, The Royal Academy of Engineering 
  • Jane Robinson, Former Director Cutting Technologies
  • Harris Makatsoris, Professor of Manufacturing Operations, Cranfield University
  • Dan Hayward, Regional Director, Salesforce
  • Steve Evans, Director of Research, University of Cambridge
  • Bernard Molloy, Global Industrial Logistics Director, Unipart
  • James Selka, CEO, MTA
  • Carl Perrin, CEO, Institute for Future Transport & Cities
  • Stephen Tetlow, CEO, Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • George Edwards, Founder, Gas- Sense Solutions
  • Bill Williams, Chief Executive, CEME Ltd
  • Stephen Phipson, CEO, EEF
  • Alan Foster, Operations Director, McLaren Automotive
  • Jan Ward CBE, CEO, Corrotherm International Ltd