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What makes a Manufacturing Champion?

Our judges will be looking for evidence of:

  1. Outstanding performance: how have nominees gone above and beyond expectations to deliver tangible business benefits?
  2. Teamwork/leadership: how have nominees inspired and influenced others or worked together to bring the best out of one another?
  3. Flair and invention: how have nominees innovated to enhance factory floor performance or improve safety?
  4. Added value: how have nominees' efforts delivered an enhanced value to customers through a product or service?

Submissions must highlight how these attributes were delivered in activities carried out between 1 July 2017 and 22 September 2017.

Judging Process

Manufacturing Champions entries will be subject to a two-stage judging process, which will be carried out after entries close in September.

STAGE 1: Entries assessed by WM's expert editorial team.

STAGE 2: Selected entries passed onto a leading panel of industry judges. A team of judges will independently mark entries for their allocated category.

The judging panel, comprising leading UK manufacturing directors and industry chiefs, will then meet to debate who will become the overall category winner.

Full details and the biographies of our judges will be announced shortly.


Chris Beck
editor, Manufacturing Management

As part of the team that has introduced the new-look Manufacturing Management, Chris is keen to position the magazine as a leading voice for UK manufacturing, championing the best industry has to offer. He brings several years of experience in a number of sectors, including manufacturing, security and housing.

John Coughlan
director, TSP Engineering

Award winning Leader and UK Manufacturing Champions Manufacturing Leader that has held responsibility for Manufacturing and Operating performance together with Business Development. A result driven, self-motivated and resourceful Leader with a revenue and bottom line focus. Delivers, analyse and develop resolutions to business problems, delivering overall leadership and strategic direction, using simplification / lean principles which drive successful businesses and financial performance across all business areas.

David Baglee
AMAP, Sunderland University

Dr David Baglee is a Project Manager and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology at the University of Sunderland. He has experience of managing several European and UK government-funded projects looking at maintenance in the automotive, marine and food & drink sectors, including OPTFEST, a DTI project into increasing profitability in food processing. David lead a team of researchers examining maintenance specific issues for manufacturing as part of his work for the Automotive & Manufacturing Advanced Practice group.

Matt Ellison
site director, Systagenix

Matt is the Site Director for the Systagenix AWT Manufacturing facility, has P&L responsibility and accountability for flawless delivery of the build plan. Matt has over 20 years of experience in the Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical industries across R&D, Validation, Quality Management and Manufacturing Operations. His responsibility currently spans in-house Manufacturing and Sterilisation, Maintenance, Health, Safety and the Environment, Occupational Health and Contract Manufacturing (CMO). Matt has also led a cultural programme to drive organisational agility and responsiveness. Prior to the integration into Acelity and his current role in 2014, Matt's previous industrial experience includes Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson Wound Management and GlaxoSmithKline. Matt has a BSc honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Central Lancashire and an MBA from Hull University, U.K. and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Greenbelt.

Chris King
operations manager, Praxair

Jeff Hope
head of manufacturing, AkzoNobel