Management Board

Dick ElsyDick Elsy CBE – CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Dick Elsy is the Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the go-to place for advanced manufacturing technology in the UK. With over £650m of assets, supporting both industry and academia, it represents the greatest concentration of advanced manufacturing capability in the UK.  Dick is a career veteran from the automotive industry, with the bulk of his time spent at Land Rover and then Jaguar, where he was engineering director. At Land Rover, where he started his career as one of the key project team members on the original Discovery programme, he became a member of the Board from where he led the creation, development, and manufacture of the Freelander. Prior to his most recent role, Dick was the CEO of Torotrak plc the FTSE listed developer of traction drive technology.

Dick takes a keen interest in engineering innovation at a national level as a board member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership and a member of the Automotive Council’s Technology group where he is responsible for the manufacturing agenda. He is a board member of the Henry Royce Institute and was recently elected onto the UKRI-STFC Council. He supports the research and technology community both here and in Europe through his board roles with AIRTO and EARTO. Dick is the holder of a Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a Fellow of the IMech E and IET. Dick was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2018.

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.


Dr Lynne O’Hare –  Commercial Director, Advanced Forming Research Centre

Dr Lynne O’Hare is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who joined the AFRC as part of its launch team in 2009. Originally specialising in superplastic forming and the computational design, development and test of superplastic forming processes, she has been instrumental in developing the centre’s production-scale capabilities that bring academic-level research to an industrial client base.
In 2014 Lynne moved from the AFRC’s engineering team to focus more on developing the centre’s commercial activities. In this time the centre’s turnover has increased by in excess of 105%. She is now responsible for all of the centre’s commercial business and continues to engage with the world’s leading manufacturing companies, across a range of sectors including aerospace, automotive and oil and gas.
More recently Lynne has also been heavily involved in supporting the Scottish Government with the development of a National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), announced by the First Minister in December 2017.
With a research background in computational analysis, Lynne after has had numerous papers published on a variety of subjects ranging from computational fluid flow and heat transfer in rarefied gas dynamics for aerospace applications, to finite-element-led design, test and manufacturing approaches for prosthetic lower limb systems.
Lynne is a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and an associate of the Institute of Directors.

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.

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive, National Composites Centre

Richard joins the NCC following his role as Senior Vice President (SVP) for Business Development and Strategy at GKN. Richard joined GKN Aerospace in July 2009 as Technical Director and in 2010 became SVP for Engineering and Technology. He assumed the role of SVP Advanced Metallic Technologies in December 2014, before taking on his current role as SVP for Business Development and Strategy in March 2017.

He came to GKN from Airbus where he was part of the Airbus Strategy and Future Programmes organisation. He joined Airbus as an undergraduate apprentice in 1993 and subsequently he spent six years in various leadership roles on the design and manufacture of the A380 wings. He was then appointed Deputy Head of Engineering in the Wing Centre of Excellence, responsible for technical integration topics across all Airbus programmes before joining the Strategy and Future Programmes organisation. Rich holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering.

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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