Head of Manufacturing and Sustainability
Anne has a wealth of experience supporting businesses to increase productivity, reduce costs, achieve operational excellence, sustain resource efficiencies, utilise advanced manufacturing techniques and advanced materials, and prepare for digital technology adoption.
She is a highly experienced operational and programme manager, with over 20 years’ experience leading programmes at The Manufacturing Institute prior to joining the Business Growth Hub in 2016. Anne has an MSc in Management and has significant experience of working with the public, private and academic sectors.
Senior Manufacturing Advisor
Geoff is a highly skilled manufacturing specialist, practiced in supporting manufacturing businesses to implement lean tools and techniques which will increase efficiency. Geoff is passionate about helping manufacturers work smarter and to do more with less.
With a background in engineering design and experience running a successful business, Geoff is skilled at strategic planning, developing sales and marketing strategies to generate new customers and delivering sustained profitability.
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Phil has over 20 years experience, supporting business growth for small and medium manufacturing enterprises.
Formerly delivering the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), Phil is well versed in working with manufacturers to identify growth opportunities and implementing operational improvement plans. A Six Sigma Green belt, Phil is a lean manufacturing expert with specialisms in continuous improvement, waste minimisation and quality management.
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Stephen has 50 years' experience across Manufacturing and Engineering, with a strong focus on delivering continuous improvement in business performance.
He is well versed in employee engagement, factory management and organisational development. With a strong technical background due to his experience as an engineer; he has a solid understanding of how machinery and processes work and can confidently identify ways to run them more efficiently.
Nick has over 20 years' experience of implementing Lean and overseeing Six Sigma Improvement projects.
Originally employed as a graduate Polymer scientist he has subsequently been employed in technological, continuous improvement and senior line management roles in automotive, textiles and secure printing manufacturing organisations.
Nick is very hands-on and likes to understand and analyse problems, questioning perceptions and speaking with data. He has significant experience in facilitating change having previously worked as a Manufacturing Advisory Service advisor and has undertaken Lean transformations in automotive, aerospace, food and textile manufacturing companies.
He has also trained over 30 six sigma greenbelts, and specialises in understanding and controlling variation and risk within the manufacturing process.
Most recently, Nick was employed as the Quality and OPEX manager in a secure print company – ensuring that the productivity, quality and process capability targets for the imminent £20 plastic banknote were achieved to the satisfaction of the client.
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Project Manager - Manufacturing
Lindsey is a highly skilled project manager with experience in delivering both funded and commercial projects for the manufacturing sector, having previously worked at The Manufacturing Institute for over ten years.
Lindsey supports fulfilment and target achievement across Business Growth Hub Manufacturing Team contracts by ensuring compliance, producing impact reports and measuring the success of client interventions. Lindsey also oversees the Business Growth Hub’s Delivery Support Team; managing day to day operations across information and resources to deliver efficient and effective Co-ordinator support across the breadth of expert business guidance available.
Martin leverages the skills and knowledge gained from over 38 years’ experience working in and supporting aerospace, aviation, engineering and manufacturing companies, to now assist Business to Business (B2B) manufacturers across a broad range of Sectors, to achieve their development and growth ambitions.
He works with Company Owners, Directors and Senior Management teams, to understand their needs and ambitions, diagnosing and identifying areas for improvement across the areas of Finance, Manufacturing Strategy, Marketing, New Product/New Process Introduction, Operational Efficiency (KPIs/Lean/5S Principles etc), and Supply Chains, as appropriate.
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Chris has over 25 years of business experience, with a background in marketing. He has worked in different sectors, including FMCG, food, retail infrastructure and medical devices. Chris has also worked as a business consultant, specialising in international trade and business development.
Chris was brought up with manufacturing – his parents owned and ran a small textile business, and the experience has stayed with him throughout his career, being able to relate to processes when developing products, and being able to communicate effectively with suppliers. In addition, Chris has been an active member of the Federation of Small Business and has held the position of region chair NW for two terms. Chris was a founding member of the team that wrote and delivered a Northern Powerhouse manifesto for small businesses and he remains a passionate advocate for the North.
Chris has a very can-do approach to progressing projects, with an ability to see potential and structure a sustainable route for progress.
ERDF Grant Co-ordinator
Adrian provides operational support to the Manufacturing team, by way of compliance checks, reporting, and the processing of various programmes and service offerings.
He is an experienced Case Manager with a strong administrative background in financial services. Furthermore, having attained a Distinction in his Business Management MSc from the University of Liverpool, Adrian also has a keen insight into Business Operations.
Having grown up and lived in Greater Manchester for the majority of his life, Adrian is also very passionate about supporting the North West community.
In his free time, he enjoys going for walks, and watching most sports – in particular football and cricket.
Starting out as an Engineering Technician Apprentice and graduating in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Steve has worked in and around engineering and manufacturing for over 28 years.
In this time, he has been involved in a multitude of change projects in a wide range of sectors and scale of businesses, in both the UK and in Europe. In roles ranging from operational to strategic levels and in areas spanning:
Process Development including Process Simulation
Training, Coaching and Mentoring
He is passionate about people and skills development at all levels in the industry to drive effective change.
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Background in people management, process development and cost reduction, a passion for helping manufacturers to identify improvement opportunities and supporting them to make positive change.
Technical Capabilities and Skills
- Lean Manufacturing
- SMED / 5S
- Continuous Improvement
- Process Improvements
- Customer Service
- People management / managing change
- Developing grant bids
- Performance development / management
- Value stream mapping
- Creative / Printing
- Textiles / Clothing manufacturing
- Supporting a specialist lighting company to develop a project brief and access funding to help create 4 jobs, grow sales by £700k and increase profit by 20%.
- Working with the manufacturer on a process mapping exercise to streamline and reduce waste in back office and production operations
- Working with a business to advise on working systems and safety measures, to allow continued efficiency in manufacturing under limitations of lockdown measures
- Delivered introductory lean workshops to manufacturing and fulfilment staff, to increase knowledge of visual management tools, how to identify and remove waste, 5S and SMED.