Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit: Future-proof your business

Posted on 23 Oct 2018 by The Manufacturer

Nicholas Cox, conference director of the Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit profiles some of the most interesting speakers at the biggest conference in UK manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit is celebrating its 10th anniversary in some style – building on the 613 attendees in 2017 to become the UK’s biggest manufacturing conference, spread across 10 streams and featuring a manufacturer-led speaking programme.

This comes at a time when the manufacturing outlook has never been so uncertain – a combination of booming global demand for UK manufacturers, disruptive technological change, and the ‘known unknown’ of the UK’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU.

The following thought leaders are just the tip of the iceberg with another 60 speakers set to spark ideas for delegates at Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit.

Join us on 14-15 November at Exhibition Centre Liverpool

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Neil Anderson – Managing Director, Caterpillar

Neil’s passion is leadership and nurturing those within Caterpillar to be the best they can be. His experience is that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’ and he will be sharing his techniques for driving cultural change and engaging his workforce, as he believes strategic leadership, organisational engagement and work-life culture are key to his success.

Supply Chain

Nigel Davies – Technical and Sustainability Director, Muntons

According to Nigel, there are too many articles suggesting sustainable improvement is all about new technology. He will be highlighting where step changes are available right now that can achieve even more than new technology purports to deliver. He will be using his experience of delivering a 60% increase in throughput with 0% scale-up of their carbon footprint.


Ian Owen – Supply Chain Director, Pepsico

Ian will be sharing findings from his work on ways large corporate organisations can set themselves up to think like a start-up. Looking at where the process bottlenecks are and how an ‘intrapreneurial’ culture can be created to sustain a competitive advantage.

Big Data

Andrew Leask – Business Transformation Director, Jaguar Land Rover

Andrew’s work with data-driven product development is helping Jaguar Land Rover combine existing data with newly digitised processes within the product development ‘factory’. This is allowing Jaguar Land Rover to compress innovation cycles and fast track next-generation product introduction to keep them competitive in the global automotive market.

Future Factory

Andrew Schofield – Head of Manufacturing, BAE Systems

What does the future of aerospace manufacturing look like? Andrew will offer a closer look at the challenges facing the aerospace manufacturing industry and the strategies being adopted to address them. He will draw on his experience of projects delivering >50% reduction in lead times.

Digital Transformation

Rachel Streek – Digital Demand Lead, AkzoNobel

GDPR D-Day has been and gone, and with many manufacturing businesses pulling out the stops to be compliant, the reality is many are not sure if they’ve got everything covered. Rachael will share five simple ways manufacturers can get built-in structured plans to de-risk sales and marketing activities.

Big Data

Neil Jarvis – Director of IT & Information Security, Aston Martin

In the era of the Internet of Things and connected devices, manufacturers are missing some of the essential lesson learned in the IT industry during the past two decades. This session will introduce you to some of the weaknesses that can be exploited by anyone with a basic knowledge of IT and a web browser, and how you can protect your products from them.


Martin Leeming – CEO, TrakRap

In a space where use cases are few and far between, Martin will deliver this real-world case study of his business (a hyper-growth SME) using digital twins to increase productivity, efficiency, reduce time-to-market, all while delivering lower total cost of ownership to its customers.


Naveed Khawaja – Business Transformation Director, AstraZeneca

Learn from the person responsible for training the trainers at AstraZeneca – a business employing 60,000+ individuals globally. His insight into high-performance individuals is key when manufacturing businesses are building teams to drive digital transformation programmes.

Digital Transformation

Nicky Green – Global Director Digital Solutions, Mars

Hear key learnings from an on-time/budget global system rollout. Nichola heads up the transition programme turning Mars into a customer-centric organisation, redefining all their customer-driven touch points and business processes.

Manufacturing Leaders Summit 2018