The Manufacturer Top 100 2020: Britain’s manufacturing heroes named

Posted on 12 Nov 2020 by Daniel Kirmatzis

The Manufacturer’s annual awards for the 100 most inspirational individuals working in UK industry have been announced at a virtual celebration.

Now in its seventh year, The Manufacturer Top 100 project, run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education, publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing. Its goal is to champion the manufacturing sector and show how vibrant it is. This was evident this year during the outbreak of Covid-19 when manufacturers came together on the Ventilator Challenge – a truly incredible achievement that proved how vital the sector is to the UK.

Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, from manufacturing engineers to managing directors, from young people at the start of their careers to seasoned manufacturers who have driven their businesses forward into the digital age.

They are selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to others hoping to pursue a career in manufacturing. Their journeys into manufacturing are inspiring and each one unique, with a different story to tell, how through hard work and determination, they came to be recognised as a TOP 100.



Daniel Kirmatzis, Head of Digital and Communities at The Manufacturer and Editor of The Manufacturer Top 100 report commented, “Those named in the TOP 100 are a huge inspiration both to the country and the next generation of manufacturers in the UK. The current media perception of the industry doesn’t match reality – for within the pages of the TOP 100 you will find the most forward thinking people who contribute each day to making the UK a premier manufacturing nation – and the media should take note of these inspirational people and celebrate their fantastic achievements.”

“The TOP 100 is a way to recognise the hard work that this group of people do every day of the year and the inspiration they give to the young people the sector needs to encourage if manufacturing in the UK is to grasp the opportunities of the next decades as well as meet the global challenges facing humankind.”

The Manufacturer Top 100 is part of the Digital Manufacturing Week series of events happening virtually between 9  and 13 of November, joined with:

Smart Factory Expo

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit

Made Smarter Emerging Technology Show 

The Manufacturer Top 100 judging panel includes:

  • Will Bridgman Chairman Warren Services
  • Colin Brown Chief Executive IMechE
  • Professor Steve Evans Director University of Cambridge
  • Paul Everitt Chief Executive ADS
  • Nigel Fine Chief Executive Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Ian Green Section Manager/Senior Controller Nissan
  • Professor Chris Greenough Chief Commercial Officer SDE Technology
  • Dan Kirkpatrick Director and Head of Customer Success Hunter
  • John Ahmet Erkoyuncu Professor of Digital Engineering Cranfield University
  • Professor Carl Perrin CEO Institute for Future Transport & Cities
  • Katrina Ritchie People and Culture Director Gripple
  • Jane Robinson Director/Trustee Brigantia Learning Trust
  • James Selka Chief Executive Officer MTA
  • Professor Sam Turner Chief Technology Officer High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Jan Ward CBE Founder Corrotherm International
  • Ann Watson Chief Executive Officer Enginuity
  • Bill Williams Chief Executive CEME
  • Margaret Wood MBE Chairman ICW