The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 – Saluting the best of us

The 100 people judged by their industrial peers to represent the very best of UK manufacturing were honoured at a ceremony in Liverpool in November 2019, during Digital Manufacturing Week. Here are a few of the people and memories from that evening.

The Manufacturer Top 100 ceremony, which was attended by honourees from previous years who came to support the new members of their community, highlighted the role that inspirational individuals play in our sector, in their teams, their businesses, their supply chains and their communities.

The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 - Second from the right - The oldest-ever member (so far) of The Manufacturer Top 100. Maurice Mosely, founder of the global Trojan Plastics company, turned 90 just before the ceremony.

Second from right – The oldest-ever member (so far) of The Manufacturer Top 100. Maurice Mosely, founder of the global Trojan Plastics company, turned 90 just before the ceremony.


🥇 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MANUFACTURER TOP 100 2019 🥇

[Previous years’ reports are also available]

What is The Top 100?

The 100 individuals are chosen from hundreds of nominations from colleagues and customers across the sector, on the basis of their qualities as: Leaders; Bold Investors in New Markets; Innovators; Drivers of Cultural Change; Young Pioneers, or Unsung Heroes.

The judges are previous honourees and the leaders of academic and engineering institutions.

What does it mean to be a member of The Manufacturer Top 100?

Recognition from your peers and a powerful endorsement of you as an individual prepared to go the extra mile, whether you be top of a large corporation or someone on the production line.

The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 - Jan Ward CBE is a member of the judging panel and is herself a Top 100 alumnus. She is a passionate advocate for training young people and helping them into manufacturing careers.

Jan Ward CBE is a member of the judging panel and is herself a Top 100 alumnus. She is a passionate advocate for training young people and helping them into manufacturing careers.


Recognition comes with responsibilities. Members are expected to take a pledge which, among many requests, asks that they promote STEM education, connect with young people thinking of careers in manufacturing, employ apprentices (if employers) and generally continue to showcase the best of UK manufacturing.

Members also receive privileged access to The Manufacturer’s events programme and are eligible for scholarships at our sponsoring partner Cranfield University’s Manufacturing Director’s programme, as well as being automatically enrolled in The Manufacturer Community.

Some of those honoured are called Exemplars. What does that mean?

Of the 100 honourees, 20 are selected by the judges for special mention as Exemplars. They are seen as the very pinnacle of individual achievement in manufacturing and receive a longer profile in the report.

How do I join The Manufacturer Top 100?

You have to be nominated by someone who thinks you worthy. Why not think of it the other way around? Who do you know who deserves recognition?Nominations are open now.

The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 - Exemplar Ayesha Lumsden with two colleagues from JLR who were also honoured, Martin McKie (L) and Ian Jones (R).

Exemplar Ayesha Lumsden with two colleagues from Jaguar Land Rover who were also honoured, Martin McKie (L) and Ian Jones (R).


The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 - Chris Martin of Dr Martens getting some selfie action in front of his own image on The Top 100 Wall of Fame.

Chris Martin of Dr Martens getting some selfie action in front of his own image on The Top 100 Wall of Fame.

The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 - Exemplar David Owen, MD of Lintott Systems, with colleague and business partner Jamie Thums, a 2018 Top 100 alumnus.

Exemplar David Owen, MD of Lintott Systems, with colleague and business partner Jamie Thums, a 2018 Top 100 alumnus.


The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 - Sammar Javed of DeLuxe Beds was nominated for making an incredible contribution to developing the business and successfully winning development and R&D grants.

Sammar Javed of DeLuxe Beds was nominated for making an incredible contribution to developing the business and successfully winning development and R&D grants.


The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 -Ian Green runs Nissan’s global training network. He was an Exemplar in the 2018 Top 100. He gave a rousing speech to this year’s intake.

Ian Green runs Nissan’s global training network. He was an Exemplar in the 2018 Top 100. He gave a rousing speech to this year’s intake.