Celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Manufacturer Top 100 is a showcase of those individuals who go the extra mile in their work. Nominated by their peers and judged by a panel of experts, they represent the very best in UK manufacturing. Discover individuals who played an important role in this collective effort, whether as pioneers in your company’s journey towards digital transformation or helping to reach net zero.

This is not a list of the biggest budgets, the biggest revenues or the longest careers. The manufacturer The Top 100 seeks to reflect the broad spectrum of talent in the manufacturing industry. It recognizes both those just starting out in their careers and those who have already achieved greatness.

We do this by dividing the top 100 finalists into seven categories: Digital Changer, Innovator, Inspiring Leader, Unknown Hero, Young Pioneer, and two new categories we’ve added this year, Net Zero Hero and Industry Activist. Nominated by their peers and judged by a panel of experts, the 100 people on these pages represent the very best of UK manufacturing. And for those who have demonstrated particularly impressive achievements, our judging panel has chosen 20 for special recognition – we call them ‘Exemplars’.


Executive Education Partner: Cranfield University


The Manufacturer Top 100 2023 10 years in the Top | soareapAs the UK’s only postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivaled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Cranfield is a driving force in advancing manufacturing innovation. Working with our strategic partners, our technology and management expertise, combined with fundamental materials research, enables us to develop new products and manufacturing processes and provide postgraduate education and training to build sustainable manufacturing growth. Through our industry connections, we provide insight into current industry challenges for a smart, clean and green manufacturing sector in fields as diverse as graphene technologies, metallic additive manufacturing and lifecycle analysis.

Official Talent Partner: Michael Page

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Michael Page Manufacturing provides top talent across a wide range of roles, from operations to technical and compliance. Health, safety, environment and quality functions are an essential part of their offering and we are pleased to be able to help ensure the safety and well-being of all workers in the organizations we work with.

By sponsoring the Top 100 awards, as well as the People & Skills category at The Manufacturer MX Awards, Michael Page is reaffirming its commitment to UK manufacturing and the individuals and companies that make it so special.

Partner: Elecosoft

The Manufacturer Top 100 2023 10 years in the Top.svg | soareapElecosoft provides integrated solutions to support the lifecycle of buildings and facilities across a variety of industries to support efficient operational management. Its established portfolio of SaaS software and services comprises solutions for project planning and management, asset and facility maintenance management, to enable customers to optimize their organization’s performance and day-to-day operations.

Elecosoft’s ShireSystem is a facility management and asset maintenance solution delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and is one of the UK’s leading maintenance management applications. It allows your organization to have access to all of your asset data in one place and ensure that planned and reactive maintenance programs are completed on time, on budget and in compliance with all industry regulations.

ShireSystem puts you in control of your maintenance strategy, allowing you to increase productivity and reduce downtime, as well as ensure the health and safety of your workforce using our extensive built-in risk analysis and service authorization capabilities. work.

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Joe Bush, editor of The manufacturercommented: “It was a pleasure to talk to some of this year’s entrants and our judging panel, and hear the passion for the UK manufacturing industry. They say if you find something you love to do you’ll never work again and it’s clear that for many a career in manufacturing means much more than a job.

Of course, the Top 100’s main purpose is to raise the industry’s profile and highlight the incredible opportunities that exist. Perhaps it’s easy for young people to envision working in other industries, but ask them to imagine a career in manufacturing and the vision might be a little opaque, outdated and certainly a little removed from modern reality. In terms of importance to the UK, I’ve heard the manufacturing sector described as the backbone in the background!

“So the onus is on us, the manufacturing sector, to shout about our roofing industry. You are proof of the wonders that can be achieved by industry creators and achievers. Society as a whole is going through a period of challenge and change and it is the innovators and problem solvers who will be at the heart of this and those who drive our nation and society forward.”

This year’s Top 100 judging panel consisted of:

  • John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, Professor of Digital Engineering, Cranfield University
  • Ruth Amos, Engineer and Inventor, StairSteady
  • Learie Attzs, Institute of Directors, Cranfield University
  • Donna Bruce, Managing Director of Northern Lights
  • Anita Davenport-Brooks, Group HR Manager, Lander Automotive
  • Katy Davies, Former Managing Director, Camden Boss
  • Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO, Women’s Engineering Society (WES)
  • Chris Greenough, Commercial Director, SDE Technology
  • Brian Henry, Vice President, MMIP/Pfizer
  • Rashitha Jayasekara, Head of Digital Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce
  • John Patsavellas Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University
  • Carl Perrin, CEO, Institute for Clean Growth & Future Mobility
  • Peter Round, President, Royal Aeronautical Society
  • James Selka, CEO, MTA
  • Emily Smith, Director of Operations and Finance and President of ICAEW Manufacturing Advisory Group, Michael Smith Switchgear
  • Sam Turner, CEO, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMIC) Belfast
  • Bill Williams, CEO, Alloy Fabweld
  • Ken Young, Chief Technology Officer, The MTC

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