The South Manchester Group
The South Manchester group was the second of the Manufacturers’ Alliance groups to be set up in the North West. The group launched back in January 2016 and has been chaired by John Barnes and David Searle since its launch.
The group consists of SME manufacturing businesses ranging from £1.5m to £12m turnover and has a collective trading history of over 400 years. The group consists of mainly Managing Directors of SME manufacturing businesses, with two Operations Directors and one Operations Manager.
David has worked in a variety of leadership roles for large and small UK and US companies including Rolls-Royce, Marconi and running the UK operation at Accellent, the world’s largest medical device contract manufacturing organisation. David has a passion for driving operational improvement and fixing things.
Favourite Business Leader: Sir Gerry Robinson
Top Books: Making Marketing Plans – Malcolm McDonald, Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks, Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
Top Films: There Will Be Blood, Inglorious Basterds, Band of Brothers
Likes: Camping with family & friends, restoring and repairing Land Rovers, repairing phones/iPods/tablets/games consoles etc., open water swimming, wine.
Dislikes: Commuting/traffic, routine, office politics.
Favourite Quote: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
John has over 25 years experience at board level in both private limited and PLC organisations. He is one of only a thousand UK based Directors who hold Chartered status with the Institute of Directors. John thrives on driving performance improvement, defining corporate direction and transforming organisations using strong strategic planning, financial control and team leadership skills.
Favourite Leader: Nelson Mandela
Top Books: A man called Ove – Fredrik Backman, Any business book by Patrick Lencioni
Likes: Helping businesses succeed, all things football, holiday time
Dislikes: People who are not motivated and garlic on mass within food
Favourite Quote: “ Fail to prepare; Prepare to Fail” / “ The boss never has enough time, a leader makes time for things that count”