Supervisory Board

Allan Cook Supervisory Board

Allan Cook CBE – Co-Chairman, Defence Growth Partnership

Allan Cook was a non-executive director and chairman of WS Atkins from September 2009 until July 3rd 2017 when Atkins was acquired by SNC-Lavalin.  He is a chartered engineer with more than 40 years’ international experience in the automotive, aerospace and defence industries. He was chief executive of Cobham PLC until the end of December 2009. Prior to this he held senior roles at GEC-Marconi, BAE Systems and Hughes Aircraft.  He was deputy chairman of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Limited until December 31st 2015 and is a member of the operating executive board of J F Lehman & Company.

Allan is Industry co-chair of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP.)  Until August 2016 he was the lead Non-Executive Member of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS.) He was chairman of the UK Trade & Investment’s Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board until October 2013, and chairman of FINMECCANICA UK Ltd and chairman of Selex ES until the end of December 2014.  Until March 31st 2017 he was also chairman of SEMTA – the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies. He is past president of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and past president of the Society of British Aerospace and Defence Companies (SBAC.)  He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering where he was Vice President and served as a trustee for the Academy until September 2017.  He chairs the Academy’s employer-focused Diversity Leadership Group.  Allan became a Fellow of the China 48 Group Club in December 2015 and is a member of the Chairman’s Forum with the World Economic Forum.   He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2008, and received an honorary Doctorate in Science from Cranfield University in 2016.

 Dick ElsyDick Elsy – 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.


Judith Hackitt

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng – Chair, EEF

Judith joined the Board of HVM Catapult in January 2014. She is a chemical engineer and worked in chemicals manufacturing industry for more than 25 years. She also has extensive experience of interacting with Government. She was Director General of the Chemical Industries Association for several years making the case for the UK chemicals industry with passion based on personal experience and then moved to Brussels to bring that same passion to representing all of Europe’s chemical industry. Judith spent 7 years as Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and is also a non-Executive Director of the Energy Saving Trust. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Chemical Engineers and was previously President of the latter. Judith is currently Chair of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. Judith received the First Women Award for her dedication to manufacturing in 2013.

Brian HollidayBrian Holliday – Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory

Brian Holliday is Managing Director for Siemens Digital Factory which serves the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors in the UK, Ireland, Nigeria and Ghana. He is a member of the Executive Management Board for Siemens plc and Chairman of Siemens Industry Software UK. In June 2015, he became Chairman of the Electronic Systems Council (ESCO) which represents the interests of 85,000 British Electrical & Electronics companies. Brian is a Main Board member for The EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation which provides vital business support, training and governmental representation for the sector. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Brian started his career as an apprentice with Texas Instruments and went on to read Computer Systems at Cardiff University before joining Siemens, the global leader in electrification, automation and digitalization, in July 1993. He attained his Executive MBA at Manchester Business School in 2000 and in 2014 became a graduate of the CBI’s Leadership Programme.

Stephen Burgess – Director of Manufacturing Processes and Technology, Rolls-Royce

Stephen Burgess has over 40 years’ experience of advanced manufacturing in Rolls-Royce, the last thirteen years as Director of Manufacturing Processes and Technology. He is the Rolls-Royce Senior Fellow for Manufacturing, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Stephen has a BSc Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.  In his current role Stephen is responsible for global Manufacturing R&D, including university research, with a particular focus on the development of a global network of cross-sector advanced manufacturing research centres.  Stephen has had a long association with the HVM Catapult, chairing several of the centres’ Programme Boards and is an enthusiastic advocate of collaborative research and the establishment of strong working relationships between academia & industry.  He is also on the Board of MetLase, a Rolls-Royce joint venture, and EFFRA.

Mary Champion – Commercial Manager, Ascentric

Mary has wide-ranging experience of delivery, assurance, governance and commercial leadership, established with both Government and Private Sector organisations.  Her initial career was in technology based management consulting, leading to a role as Vice President of Capgemini UK, with responsibility for delivery of all technology programmes within the Public Sector, working with clients across a range of Government departments.  She developed her experience and interest in Innovation through her role as Non-Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Office, acting as a member of the Steering Board and Audit Committee for 9 years.  She was also a Non-Executive Director of the Wales Audit Office, recruited as one of a team to establish a new governance structure and with a role on the Resources Committee. She has subsequently acted as a Board-level freelance consultant, providing input and advice on governance and delivery, and most recently has established and led the commercial management function within Royal London Platform Services.

Andy Neely – Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise and Business Relations, University of Cambridge

Professor Andy Neely is Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and of the Manufacturing and Management Division of Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance. He is widely recognized for his work on the servitization of manufacturing, as well as his work on performance measurement and management. Previously Andy has held appointments at Cranfield University, London Business School, Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Churchill College, Nottingham University, where he completed his PhD and British Aerospace. He was Deputy Director of AIM Research – the UK’s management research initiative – from 2003 until 2012 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2007, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in 2008 and a Fellow of the European Operations Management Association in 2009.

Margaret Wood MBE – Chairman, ICW

MARGARET founded ICW (UK) Ltd to design and manufacture specialist industrial and commercial sight and access solutions.  That was 25 years ago.   Now taking a back-seat, she is focusing on her work as a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Parliamentary Committee and mentoring entrepreneurs of the future.

A scientist by learning and experience, she is passionate about ensuring innovation has the backing it needs to reach the market and benefit society.  Margaret won a GWIN (EU prize for Women Innovators) in 2003 and strives to promote STEM subjects to young women and girls still at school.

Running a company in the supply chain she understands only too well the challenges that many SMEs face and the access to R&D expertise they require.  She wants to use her time and energy as a director of the HVM Catapult to be the link between innovators and the larger companies who can help bring products to commercial reality.

Awarded the MBE for services to business she is a former winner of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the year and a member of its General Council. Margaret is also aware of her responsibilities to the community in which ICW (UK) Ltd is based and was the Chair of Wakefield First inward investment.

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