Management Board

Dick ElsyDick Elsy – CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Dick Elsy is the Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He joined the Catapult from Torotrak plc, the global innovator in gearless traction drive technology where he was CEO. Prior to this Dick was Product Development Director at Jaguar Cars Limited where he led the introduction of several new car programmes. Dick’s earlier roles were also in the automotive industry with a period of time spent with BMW in Munich leading a major car programme and a long career with Land Rover, where, as a member of the executive board, he led the creation and development and manufacture of the Land Rover Freelander. Dick is a board member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership and a member of the Automotive Council’s Technology group. He chairs both the Automotive Council and Aerospace Growth Partnership’s Manufacturing Working Groups. He is also non-executive director designate for the Henry Royce Institute in Manchester. Dick is the holder of a Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology as well as a Board member of AIRTO, the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations.

Professor Sam Turner – Chief Technology Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Professor Sam Turner is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult. He joined the HVM Catapult team from his role as CTO of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, where he worked on a range of projects and capabilities including the flagship digital facility Factory 2050, machining, casting and composites technology. As a founding member of the AMRC, Sam developed the AMRC’s Machining Group to its current level of 85 staff and £5M turnover, with successes in delivering impact to UK industry, before moving into the CTO role. In addition to his industrial work, Sam has secured Innovate UK, EPSRC and EU funding for over £20M for manufacturing R&D in machining and automation. He has written over 40 publications, including 16 journal papers in the area of machining. Sam is active in machining, automation and digital manufacturing and chairs the Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Leadership Group.

David Ian Jones -Chief Operating Officer, AFRC

David joined the AFRC as Chief Operating Officer in 2016. He has a BSc (Hons)  in Chemistry with Materials Science and  has had a varied career in metals and advanced materials businesses. He spent 10 years with Debeers Industrial diamond division working on corrosion and wear resistant weld cladding solutions as well as  poly crystalline diamond and single crystal diamond for high end cutting and drilling applications. He then joined  Rio Tinto Aluminium and after gaining an MBA he moved away from the technical side to hold senior roles in commercial, HR and Operations management. His most recent role before joining the AFRC was running the Rio Tinto Aluminium smelter and Hydro power assets in Scotland. David is a board member of ALFED, the trade association for the Aluminium industry. Since joining the AFRC his focus has been building on its world class reputation for industrial scale research in forming and forging to develop a more relevant and focussed offer to Scottish manufacturing industry challenges.

Colin Sirett – CEO, AMRC with Boeing

Colin joined the AMRC from Airbus where he held the position of Head of Research & Technology for Airbus in the UK. He joined the R&T team on 1st February 2010 from his previous position of Head of Landing Gear PDT (Product Delivery Team) on the A350XWB Programme, which he had held for four years. He is former Chairman of the Steering Board for the National Composites Centre, and previously member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership Strategy Working Group and Deputy Chairman of the Aerospace Technology Institute Technology Advisory Group. Colin has over 30 years global industry experience starting as an apprentice with Lister-Petter Diesel Engines. He holds an Honours Degree from the University of Aston in Birmingham, Production Technology and Management, a MBA from the University of Bath, he is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and sits on the Learned Society Board.

Nigel-PerryNigel Perry MBE – CEO, CPI

Nigel is a Chartered Engineer with 35 years of experience in the global Process Industry. He spent over 20 years with ICI, enjoying an international career in engineering, operations, technology management, and project and business management. From ICI he joined PwC Consulting focusing on the development, consolidation and evolution of the European High Technology Sector. He was appointed CEO for CPI in 2003. He has taken the company from start-up, to today where it employs over 260 high calibre scientists and engineers and is recognised internationally as a world-class resource supporting the Process Industry. Nigel is a Fellow and past Technical Vice President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has an MA in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, and is an alumnus of the Accelerated Development Programme at London Business School and the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT. He is a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University. He is a member of the Leadership Board of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010 and currently chairs the Academy’s Awards Committee and a member of the Dowling Review Committee. Nigel received an MBE in Queen’s 90th Birthday honours list in 2016.

Clive-HickmanDr Clive Hickman – CEO, MTC

Clive Hickman joined MTC as Chief Executive in 2011, bringing over 35 years engineering experience in the automotive industry, culminating in the position of Head of Engineering for Tata Motors in India. Clive was a senior engineer with Rover Group before becoming Engineering and Group Operations Director at the Motor Industry Research Association working on product development. Clive later joined Ricardo Consulting Engineers, where he held a seat on the board of Ricardo Plc and was managing director of Ricardo UK Ltd. Born in Dudley in the West Midlands, he gained a first class honours degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA. He is a Fellow and Vice President of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers and a chartered engineer. In addition, he has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Cranfield, Loughborough and the University of Birmingham for his contribution to British Engineering.


Professor Peter Chivers – CEO, NCC

Peter has extensive experience in composites and technology leadership, having held a number of senior engineering and business leadership positions in large multinational companies and SME’s in the aerospace industry. He has been involved in composite technology and capability development for over 20 years. He is a passionate believer in using new technology to bring value, and is committed to supporting the UK composite manufacturing industry’s growth, and increasing its contribution to the economy. Peter was an undergraduate apprentice with British Aerospace in Filton and gained an Engineering Degree from Loughborough. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Member of the Composites Leadership Forum, Director of Composites UK and Chairman of the Advisory Board for EPSRC CIM in Composites group.

Andy Storer – CEO, Nuclear AMRC

Andrew was appointed as Nuclear AMRC’s Chief Executive Officer in August 2017 having originally joined the centre as Managing Director 18 months earlier. Prior to this, he spent six years as Programme Director for Rolls-Royce’s Civil Nuclear business, leading customer engagement and bids with new build developers. Before working in the Civil Nuclear market, he led elements of Submarine fleet support, ensuring at sea availability.

He started work as an apprentice at NEI and developed his career through various engineering roles before entering the support arena. Whilst at NEI, he worked on large coal and gas fired power stations as well as delivering components for Sizewell ‘B’.  He represents the Nuclear AMRC on the Nuclear Industry Council and leads a number of supply chain development initiatives for the nuclear industry. He was recently awarded the title of Professor of Nuclear Manufacturing and Capability Development.


Archie MacPherson – CEO, WMG Catapult Centre

Archie has 25+ years’ experience in Manufacturing with IBM, ICL, Lucas Industries and Mettis Group serving the Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Energy & Rail sectors. Archie has held leadership roles in organisations in family, public and Private Equity owned structures. In 2009, Archie was a founding member of the Advanced Forming Research Centre alongside University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, Rolls-Royce & Boeing. In 2012, Archie joined the AFRC as CEO and grew the centre from 32 staff to 136. Archie was Deputy Chair of the Metals Strategy Steering Group for the Metals Forum, culminating in the publication of the UK Industrial Strategy for Metals in October 2015. Archie was a board member of ALFED, the trade association for the Aluminium industry. Archie has advised Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Government in developing an Innovation Strategy to support the Manufacturing sector in Scotland – the First Minister announced the launch of the Manufacturing Action Plan in February 2016. In February 2016, Archie joined WMG.

Kulwant Singh – Finance Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Kulwant joined HVM Catapult at the end of 2016, having previously been Finance Director and Company Secretary of Delcam Plc, a global developer of CADCAM software for manufacturing. At Delcam Plc he helped grow the business eventually selling their products in over 80 countries, having also listed the business on AIM. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, with extensive experience of auditing Plc and SME clients across a wide range of industries and international companies. He also has experience of working for SME clients whilst at Haines Watts. He holds an honours degree from Birmingham University in Mathematical Statistics and is now a Fellow of the ICAEW.

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