The Manufacturer Top 100 2023: 10 years of the Top 100

Posted on 7 Jun 2023 by Joe Bush

The Manufacturer Top 100 was announced yesterday evening at an exclusive ceremony as part of Manufacturing & Engineering Week.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, 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 pioneering their company’s journey towards digital transformation or helping the drive to net zero.

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 seven categories: Digital Transformer, Innovator, Inspiring Leader, Unsung Hero, Young Pioneer, and two new categories we’ve added this year, Net Zero Hero and Sector Activist. 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: Michael Page

Michael Page Manufacturing sources the top talent across a wide range of roles, from operations to technical and compliance. Health, safety, environment and quality roles are an essential part of its offering, and are delighted to be able to help ensure the safety and wellness of all workers in the organisations it works with.

By sponsoring the Top 100 awards, as well as the People & Skills category at The Manufacturer MX Awards, Michael Page are reaffirming its commitment to UK manufacturing and the individuals and companies that make it so special.

Partner: Elecosoft

Elecosoft provides integrated solutions to support the lifecycle of buildings and facilities across a range of industries to underpin efficient operational management. Its established portfolio of software and SaaS services comprises solutions for planning and project management, asset and facility maintenance management, to allow customers to optimise the performance and day-to-day operations of their organisation.

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Joe Bush, Editor of The Manufacturer, commented: “It’s been a pleasure talking to some of this year’s intake and our judging panel, and listening to the passion for the manufacturing industry in the UK. They say that if you find something you love doing, you’ll never work another day in your life and it’s clear that for so many, a career in manufacturing means so much more than a job. 

Of course, the primary goal of the Top 100 is to raise the profile of the sector and highlight the amazing opportunities that exist. It is perhaps easy for young people to visualise working in other sectors, but ask them to picture a career in manufacturing and the vision might be slightly opaque, outdated and certainly some way off the modern day reality. In terms of its importance to the UK I’ve heard the manufacturing sector described as the backbone in the background!  

“Therefore, the onus is on us, the manufacturing sector, to shout about our industry from the roof tops. You are proof of the amazing things that can be achieved by the makers and doers in the sector. Society as a whole is going through a period of challenge and change and it’s the innovators and the problem solvers who will be at the coalface of that and the ones driving our nation and society forward.”

This year’s Top 100 judging panel comprised:

  • John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, Professor of Digital Engineering, Cranfield University  
  • Ruth  Amos, Engineer and Inventor, StairSteady  
  • Learie Attzs, Institute of Directors, Cranfield University  
  • Donna Bruce, Managing Director Northern Lights  
  • Anita Davenport-Brooks, Group HR Manager, Lander Automotive  
  • Katy Davies former Managing Director, Camden Boss  
  • Elizabeth Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Engineering Society (WES)  
  • Chris Greenough, Chief Commercial Officer, SDE Technology  
  • Brian Henry, Vice President, MMIP / Pfizer  
  • Rashitha Jayasekara, Chief of Digital Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce  
  • John Patsavellas , Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University  
  • Carl Perrin, CEO, Institute for Clean Growth & Future Mobility  
  • Peter Round, President, Royal Aeronautical Society  
  • James Selka, Chief Executive Officer, MTA  
  • Emily Smith, Operations & Finance Director & Chair of ICAEW Manufacturing Advisory Group, Michael Smith Switchgear  
  • Sam Turner, CEO, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) Belfast  
  • Bill Williams, CEO, Alloy Fabweld  
  • Ken Young, Chief Technology Officer, The MTC

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