The Manufacturer Top 100 2021: Britain’s manufacturing heroes named

Posted on 10 Nov 2021 by The Manufacturer

The Manufacturer Top 100 2021 has just been announced at this year's Digital Manufacturing Week.

Top 100 2021 winners

The Manufacturer Top 100 is a showcase of those individuals who go that extra mile in their work. Nominated by their peers and judged by an expert panel, they represent the very best of the UK manufacturing industry. Discover individuals who played no small part in that collective effort, whether it be diversifying their businesses to meet demands for PPE or those who were part of the Ventilator Challenge.

This isn’t a list of the biggest budgets, the highest revenues, or the longest careers. The Manufacturer Top 100 looks to reflect the broad spectrum of talent in the manufacturing industry. It recognises those starting out in their career as much as those that have already achieved greatness.

We do this by dividing the 100 finalists into six categories: Bold Investor in New Markets, Driver of Cultural Change, Innovator, Inspiring Leader, Unsung Hero, and Young Pioneer. Nominated by their peers and judged by an expert panel, the 100 people in these pages represent the very best of the UK manufacturing industry. And for those that have demonstrated particularly impressive achievements, our judging panel chose 20 for a special recognition – we call them ‘Exemplars’.


Executive Education Partner: Cranfield University

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Cranfield is a driving force in the advancement of manufacturing innovation. Working with our strategic partners, our expertise in technology and management, combined with fundamental material research, enables us to develop novel products and manufacturing processes, and to provide postgraduate education and training to build sustainable manufacturing growth. Through our industry connections, we provide insight into current industry challenges for a smart, clean and green manufacturing sector in fields as diverse as graphene technologies, metal additive manufacturing and lifecycle analysis.

Official Talent Partner: Hunter

Born in 2018, Hunter was created to provide customers with a technology solution that delivers the very best candidates for their roles in a fast, efficient and cost-effective way. Hunter has teamed this with support and guidance from a Customer Success Team with decades of recruitment and advertising expertise.

At Hunter, they recognise the benefits of using a quality recruitment agency for niche skill recruitment. However, employers with a well organised recruitment process and a capable HR or Internal Recruitment team could take advantage of a more cost-effective way to recruit.

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Joe Bush, Editor of The Manufacturer, commented, “Congratulations to everyone of you on this great accolade, it is thoroughly well deserved and I speak for all of us at The Manufacturer and our Judging Panel when I say we are all proud of your achievements in making manufacturing in the UK the innovative and forward looking sector it is today – in what has been one of the most challenging times we can remember.”

This year’s Top 100 judging panel comprised:

  • Will Bridgeman, Chairman Warren Services
  • Nigel Fine, Chief Executive Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Chris Greenough, Chief Commercial Officer SDE Technology
  • Dan Kirkpatrick, Director and Head of Customer Success JAM Performance Solutions
  • John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, Professor of Digital Engineering Cranfield University
  • Carl Perrin, CEO Institute for Future Transport & Cities
  • Sam Turner, Chief Technology Officer High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Jan Ward CBE, Founder Corrotherm International
  • James Selka, Chief Executive Officer MTA
  • Bill Williams, Chief Executive CEME

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