Lead with the best
The Manufacturing Champions was established to provide ambitious executives access to the leaders of some of the most productive factories in Greater Manchester.
The Network enables busy manufacturers to take time out of the factory to consider the long-term strategy for their business.
Practical workshops and factory tours
Over a series of events, delegates will hear from experts on methodology proven to boost productivity, hear first-hand accounts from the Champions personal experience of the topic and participate in workshops and round table discussion to take away a plan to integrate these methods within their operation.
There is also the opportunity to explore local businesses with recent factory tours including: Luxfer MEL Technologies, Siemens Congleton, Crane Payment Innovations, Crystal Doors abd J.A Harrison.
The events are exclusively for manufacturers, by manufacturers, providing a forum for mentoring, peer learning and collaboration.
“The Manufacturing Champions events provide tangible support for aspiring SMEs from established manufacturing leaders.
"The time and expertise which the Champions have been able to offer our business has been invaluable to JA Harrison, enabling us to feel confident in the changes we’ve made to our business and providing a direct route to growth.”
Martin Shepherd, Production Director, JA Harrison & Co Ltd
Site Managing Director & Operations Director, Crane Payment Innovations
Leanne Holmes is Operations Director at Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) which design and manufacture high performance payment solutions for gaming, retail and kiosk, transportation and vending applications across the globe.
Leanne joined CPI in 2011 and has a background in process innovation and continuous improvement.
Dr Paul Hunt CSi CChem
R&D Director, Victrex plc
Dr Paul Hunt is the Research and Development Director for Victrex plc, where he manages a team of research, development and technical marketing specialists developing super engineering polymer solutions for applications such as aerospace and automotive parts as well as developing products that act as a medical device.
Paul has 26 years’ experience within the Chemical/ Materials Industry and was previously a Director at SunChemical, where he led a team of 90 Technologists across labs in 5 countries.
General Manager UK, Cargill
Paul is the General Manager for Cargill’s starches and sweeteners business in the UK, based in Manchester and is responsible for food ingredients production and sales in the UK and to Ireland.
Cargill’s plant in Manchester is part of Cargill’s European network of starches and sweeteners operations which serve the food, animal feed, industrial sectors.
European President, Diodes Inc
Tim leads a workforce of around 500 employees, mostly across UK and Germany, encompassing Sales, Business Development and Manufacturing Operations.
Tim has 31 years’ experience working across a spectrum of roles in the Semiconductor Industry for multinationals; Philips, NXP, Zetex and more latterly Diodes Incorporated.
Originally a BSc mechanical engineer from UMIST Tim has worked in roles from Process Engineering and Manufacturing Operations to Supply Chain Management and Business Development.
Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory
Andrew is Managing Director of Siemens Digital Factory in Congleton, having previously spent over a decade in Senior Management roles in Siemens.
He has worked in the electrical and electronic engineering industry for more than 25 years and spent time as a strategic consultant to Cap Gemini
Divisional Managing Director (Joint), Hyde Aero Products Ltd
Matthew is the Divisional Joint Managing Director of Hyde Aero Products Limited. The company services several industry sectors, predominantly aerospace and defence, and has a turnover of £33million and over 300 employees.
Matthew was appointed Divisional Joint Managing Director in March 2013, after serving on the board of directors from 2001 in the capacity of Commercial Director.
Managing Director, Luxfer MEL Technologies, a division of Luxfer Holdings PLC
Graham Wardlow is part of the Executive Leadership Team of Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE:LXFR) and heads up Luxfer MEL Technologies, an advanced materials technology company that has operations in Manchester UK and New Jersey USA.
Luxfer is a leading producer of highly engineered advanced materials used in a broad range of applications across global end-markets including transportation, defence and emergency response, healthcare and general industrial.