New man takes the helm at MTA

Posted on 6 Jun 2014 by The Manufacturer

The Manufacturing Technologies Association has appointed a new chief executive officer to lead the organisation.

New man takes the helm at MTA
James Selka, chief executive, MTA

James Selka takes charge at the MTA following the retirement of predecessor Graham Dewhurst, who stepped down from the organisation after seven years in the top role.

Mr Selka has over 25 years of manufacturing experience, which includes thirteen years as managing director of a specialist high precision supplier of turnkey instrument sub-systems.

Prior to joining the MTA, Selka served as production and HR director at Huddersfield-based manufacturer AESSEAL, a maker of mechanical seals and support systems.

With areas of knowledge in global manufacturing, supply chains and logistics, Selka said he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“I’m looking forward to finding out more about the dynamic companies that make up the MTA and delivering a future in which we are even more focussed on delivering value for our members and standing up for our sector,” said Selka.

Mark Ridgway OBE, MTA president, said: “I believe that James offers a skill set that is complementary to the operational strategy of the MTA, particularly with respect to developing both the profile and membership of the Association,” he said.

Mr Ridgway also paid tribute to the outgoing Dewhurst, who oversaw MTA membership grow by 33% during his seven year stint as CEO.

“I would also like, on behalf of both myself and the MTA Board, to extend thanks to Graham Dewhurst for his stewardship of the MTA over the past 7 years,” he said.

“During this period Graham has overseen a growth in membership of over 30% and the development of an Association that is not only well regarded by Government and the sector alike, but one that offers a strong commercial platform to further expand its operations in a manner that is relevant and supportive of its membership base.”