Who are your manufacturing heroes? The Manufacturer Top 100 2018: nominations now open!

Posted on 19 Feb 2018 by Tim Coulthard

The Manufacturer's annual search for the 100 most inspirational individuals working in UK industry gets underway today.

The Manufacturer Top 100 2017 Winners…

The Manufacturer is once again scouring the length and breadth of the nation to find 100 of the greatest people working in manufacturing.

One hundred 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.

Now in its fifth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 project publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing, helping to dispel popularly-held myths that vibrant manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past.

Judged by a panel of industry experts, the project provides a platform to promote the role models young people need in order to be encouraged into this rich, exciting and rewarding sector.

Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer and The Manufacturer Top 100 report commented, “We encourage everyone who knows an inspiring manufacturer to nominate them for consideration for this year’s Top 100.

“They are the ones who strive for innovation, embrace the most advanced technologies and pioneer new business models. They are the ones who go above and beyond to raise the reputation of their companies and the good name of manufacturing itself. They are the driving force behind the UK manufacturing renaissance, and to understand their journey is to understand why it is truly exciting to be manufacturing in Britain today.”

Nominations can be made in one or more of the following categories:

  • An Inspiring Leader
  • A Bold Investor in New Markets
  • A Driver of Culture Change
  • An Unsung Hero
  • A Young Pioneer

The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 will be revealed at a glamorous evening of celebration on 15 November in Liverpool, where shortlisted cross-sector candidates will arrive from all corners of the country to raise a glass.

The evening event will bring together the crème de la crème of British manufacturing, from business leaders and academia, to government and the supporting community, to mark the outstanding achievements of the shortlisted candidates.

Visit the TheManufactuerTop100.com to nominate your manufacturing hero.

The Manufacturer Top 100 judging panel includes:

  • Paul Everitt, CEO, ADS
  • Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion Enter/Fashion Capital
  • Nigel Fine, CEO, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem, 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.

The Manufacturer Top 100 is part of the Digital Manufacturing Week series of events at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool on 14 – 16 November, joined with: