Mark Ridgway OBE

Managing Director, Joseph Rhodes

Mark Ridgway is Managing Director of Group Rhodes, a Wakefield headquartered group of seven engineering companies serving the aerospace, metalforming, precision engineering, environmental, heavy ceramics and oil and gas markets respectively.

Underlining his long-standing commitment to manufacturing, Mark is the current President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and is a Council member of the Metalforming Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (MMMA).

Mark also sits on UKTI’s Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board, which covers the UK aerospace, automotive and engineering sectors. In 2010, as Interim Chair of the Board, Mark represented the sector during the World Trade Fair showcase event in China and in 2011 he led UKTI’s Aerospace Mission to India. In 2012 Mark accepted an invitation to join the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) Investment Board which seeks to strengthen UK manufacturing supply chains.On a regional level Mark represents manufacturing businesses on the Board of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and served as a Director of Wakefield First, the Development Agency for the District from 2004 – 2011. He now Chairs the Wakefield Enterprise Partnership and has previously completed a two year term in the Chair of the West Yorkshire branch of the Institute of Clay Technology (now a division of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining).

Mark was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2011 for Services to Industry and in 2012 was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant to the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy. He holds an MSc in Manufacturing Leadership from Leeds University Business School and in 2012 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University. Mark is proud to have been appointed both a “Yorkshire Patron” and Patron of a local brain injuries charity, Move Ahead.