The Manufacturers Directors' Conference 2012

Navigating Today - Ready for Tomorrow

With over 30 speakers, three breakout streams and plenty of networking sessions, the 21st November is a diary date for all senior manufacturers. The MDC 2012 will enable UK manufacturers to:

  • Prepare for engagement in new markets through finding the right support and identifying appropriate partners and agents
  • Unlock the maze of skills provision and highlight existing support structures to meet individual employer needs
  • Simplify finance options and clarify access routes for varying investment intentions
  • Identify methods and models for energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Understand UK manufacturing in a global context and what's on the horizon
  • Find the best ways to secure grants
  • Develop new networks and collaborative prospects


9:00 Chair Welcome: Professor Sir Mike Gregory, IfM, University of Cambridge
9:05 Ross Walker, Senior UK Economist, RBS
9:25 Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
9:50 Brian Davidson, Non-Executive Chairman, Crown Paints Ltd
10:15 Richard Noble OBE, leader of the Bloodhound SSC land speed record project
11:00 Networking Break
Stream A:
Signposts to Growth
Deep Dive Discussions
Stream B:
Manufacturing Best Practice
Case Studies
Stream C:
Focused Workshops
(Maximum 20 delegates per workshop)
11:30 to 12:45 Overseas Growth:
• Chair: David Hutchinson, Managing Director, AlixPartners

• Chris Dodson OBE, Chairman, Mortimer & Torftech Groups

• Brian Stringer, Group Operations Director, Survitec Group

• Mark Ling, Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance, RBS

• Panelist: Shatish Dasani, Group Finance Director, TT Electronics
Energy and Environment:
• Case Study A: Mark Cropper, Chairman & Acting CEO, James Cropper PLC

• Case Study B: Richard Laxton, Global QEHS Sustainability Manager, Arla Foods/John Miles, Director of Sustainable Energy Finance, RBS
Process Improvement -
Toyota Production System

Tony Wallis, Sales and Marketing Director, Toyota Material Handling UK
12:45 Lunch and networking
13:45 to 15:00 Investment for Growth:
• Chair: Jan Ward, CEO, Corrotherm

• Mark Bryant, Business Director, Business Growth Fund

• Roy Bawden, Senior Director, Manufacturing & Industrials, RBS

• Jonathan Duck, CEO, Amtico

• Mark Evans, Managing Director, R&D Tax Claims Ltd
Supply Chain Supremacy:
• Case Study A: Neil McBride, Group Supply Operations Director, Birds Eye Iglo TBC

• Case Study B: TBC
Training and Leadership -
Empowering and Engaging People to Drive Change

Tom Wedgwood, Director,
Newton Europe
15:00 Afternoon coffee break
15:30 to 16:45 Workforce for Growth:
• Chair: Allan Cook CBE, Chairman, SEMTA

• Tom Crotty, Director, INEOS Group

• Vincent Middleton, Chairman, Newburgh Engineering

• Andrew Esson, Managing Director, Quick Hydraulics

• Lewi Griffiths, Commercial Director, Pera Training
• Case Study A: Ian Lomax, Chief Operating Officer, ATB Austria Antriebstechnik AG

• Case Study B: David Warburton-Broadhurst, Chief Information Officer, Masternaut
Social Media for Manufacturers
• Danny Bermant, Director, Brainstorm Digital Ltd

• Workshop
16:45 Close, preparation for The Manufacturer of the Year Awards

Future Factory Round Tables
11:30 to 12:45 Food & Drink
• Chair: Melanie Leech, Director General, F&DF

• Moderator: Roberto Priolo, Editor, Lean Management Journal
• Chair: Tom Crotty, Chairman of Cogent

• Moderator: Thomas Moore, Reporter, The Manufacturer
13:45 to 15:00 Advanced Engineering
• Chair: Graham Dewhurst, Director General, MTA

• Moderator: Will Stirling, Editorial Director, SayOne Media
Power Generation
• Chair: Rob Saunders, Lead Technologist for Energy Generation and Supply, Technology Strategy Board

• Moderator: Jane Gray, Editor, The Manufacturer
15:30 to 16:45 Automotive
• Chair: TBC

• Moderator: Tim Brown, Web Editor, The Manufacturer
Aerospace and Defence
• Chair: Alan Fisher, Director, Operations and International Aerospace Sales, ADS

• Moderator: Will Stirling, The Manufacturer