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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.

Ian Martin
regional sales director, Arco

Ian has extensive knowledge of the safety distribution market , having worked for Arco for over 37 years. Currently operating as their Regional Sales Director.

Emma Harbottle
operations director, Analox

Emma has been at Analox since 2006, is in charge of the management of all operational functions and staff including manufacturing, purchasing, stock and repairs. Under Emmas tenure Analox has won Best Factory Awards for operational excellence. Analox Ltd specialise in the design, development & manufacture of a range of specialist gas detection/atmosphere monitoring solutions. Life preservation is at the forefront of what Analox do, and has resulted in substantial contracts for submarine and space based projects.

Alan Causon
engineering manager, Arla Foods

Since 2013, Alan has been heading up the engineering department at Arla Foods’ state-of-the-art £150m plant in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Alan has helped turn the site into Europe’s largest and most technologically advanced dairy, utilising smart IT technologies to guarantee quality control.

Rob Love
site leader, City Technology

Rob manages the award-winning Portsmouth site of City Technology, which was crowned BFA Factory of the Year in 2014, having joined City Technology in 1993 and holding numerous roles since. He started his career with Portsmouth Aviation as an apprentice in the 1980s.

Gary Burgess
continuous improvement manager, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Gary is the winner of the 2016, Community Campion Award. On a crusade to open people's minds to the exciting career opportunities manufacturing holds, Gary is a great advocate for our industry and his energy and enthusiasm shine through.

Trevor Stacey
operations director, Coca Cola European Partners

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.

Tony Wallis
former Toyota Material Handling commercial director

Tony Wallis until recently was Commercial Director for Toyota Material Handling UK where he was employed as a Director for over 17 years. In a career spanning 45 years in Automotive, Materials Handling, Logistics and Retail he has accumulated an exceptional operational experience working for respected Global Brands including Toyota, Volvo and Pendragon. He has a strong knowledge and understanding of what makes successful business, the principles and implementation of lean and how to develop leaders and teams to implement and achieve continuous improvement. In his career Tony has developed a strong track record of delivering performance through the strategic development of products, processes and people. His specialist understanding of the Toyota Production System, the principles of lean practice and the implications of business culture has identified how they can be applied in all types of business to help drive down costs and improve efficiencies. He has taken early retirement now working part time describing himself as retired, still useful but choosy in what he does!

Andrew Ward
national sales director, EEF - the manufacturers' organisation

For the past 4 years Andrew has worked at EEF as Sales Director, helping manufacturers identify areas of improvement, with a particular focus and interest in Management Development and Health, Safety and Sustainability. Andrew is passionate about the future of Manufacturing and developing the skills required to face the challenges that a fast evolving landscape brings. The most recent large project Andrew has been involved in is Management Apprenticeship Standards and launching 2 new Apprenticeships into the Manufacturing area. Prior to working at EEF Andrew has spent 20 years in the HSS, and HR services sector, serving a wide range of companies from SME’s to corporates.

Samantha Nicholson
head of manufacturing, Business Growth Hub

Samantha Nicholson, Head of Manufacturing, Business Growth Hub Sam specialises in turning policy into successful business support programmes, helping thousands of manufacturers drive productivity and strive for operational excellence. Before joining the Business Growth Hub, Sam spent 11 years working at ENWORKS. She played a key role in building the service into an internationally recognised example of best practice in environmental business support.

Tim Monaghan
European President, Diodes Incorporated

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. Tim is a Champion as part of Greater Manchester’s Manufacturing Champions Network, a leadership initiative helping to drive productivity within Greater Manchester’s SMEs through events, insights and mentoring.

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.

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.

Alan Purvis, managing director, Mettler-ToledoSafeline

Managing Director of Mettler Toledo Safeline Ltd, an instrumentation business with 300 employees based in Salford. Global leader in its speciality (RF spectrometers) supplying inline product inspection solutions to food and pharmaceutical producers. Exports 95% of its production. 2/3rds of its business is products, 1/3rd aftermarket services with sales / service operations in > 35 countries.

Company recognized by:
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2012 and for Innovation in 2016.
Salford Business of the Year in 2012 and 2016.