Celebrating seven years of inspirational industry leaders
Inspiring Leader … Bold Investor in New Markets … Driver of Cultural Change … Unsung Hero … Young Pioneer … Innovator
The Manufacturer’s annual awards for the 100 most inspirational individuals working in UK industry have been announced at a gala reception at Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
Now in its sixth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 project, run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education, publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing. Its goal is to help dispel popularly-held myths that vibrant manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past.
Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, from top floor to shop floor. From Young Pioneers who are establishing a new generation of makers in UK industry, to Bold Investors in New Markets developing new export markets for British goods.
From the Inspiring Leaders and Drivers of Cultural Change, to the Innovators and Unsung Heroes, these are the people who put the Great into British manufacturing.
They are selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to young people aspiring to a career in industry; 100 unique and uplifting stories of struggle, grit, determination and success against all the odds, personal tales of individuals helping to drive UK manufacturing forward – and to change popular perceptions of careers in manufacturing and draw young people into sector.
“I learned early on that women could do just what men do. (My mum) convinced me there were no limits because of my gender, that I could do anything.”
– Ayesha Lumsden, Top 100 Exemplar
“I look at this building which four years ago was just a patch of grass and I say, ‘Yeah, we were nothing. Now we are an accepted business partner for these companies’.”
– Joern Behrenroth, Top 100 Exemplar
“Pitch yourself against the best in the world and focus on being better than them.”
– James Grainger, Top 100 Exemplar
“I must have done something right. I was making big savings and changes to the way Ford were running their lines.”
– Michael Higgins, Top 100 Exemplar
“As a woman … you kind of have to prove that you’re competent at the job. (But) I do think times are changing and things are getting better.”
– Jane Kangton, Top 100 Exemplar
“The industrial placement year was spent at Morgan, which not only fuelled my passion for manufacturing, but also offered me a career path.”
– Paul Jones, Top 100 Exemplar
Nominations close 29 May 2020
“The truth is we do make things – we are the world’s ninth largest manufacturing nation – and careers are very well paid. But there are too few skilled young people coming through the system. It is on behalf of that new generation that we do this.
“We want to break down the decades-old prejudice against manufacturing. We want parents to get excited about recommending a career in manufacturing to their offspring, not see it (so erroneously) as an occupation of last resort. We must not let the prejudices of yesterday poison the opportunities of tomorrow.”
– Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report
Meet the judges
INSTIUTION OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
FASHION ENTER/FASHION CAPITAL
DR HAYAATUN SILLEM
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING