The West Manchester Group

The West Manchester group was the first of the Manufacturers’ Alliance groups to launch back in 2013. The majority of the original members have stayed with the group since the launch and have seen a lot of value in the long-term investment.

The group consists of SME and multinational manufacturing businesses ranging from £3m to £1bn turnover. They have a collective trading history of almost 500 years. The majority of the group are Managing Directors, with one General Manager, one Plant Manager and one HR Manager.

Chair People


Gary Sheader

Gary is the Founder of the Manufacturers Alliance and considered a champion for supporting the growth of UK manufacturing. He loves to be around people who are ambitious and like to push the boundaries.

Favourite Leader: Nelson Mandela

Top Books: Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey, Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss

Top Films: Gladiator, The Godfather Pt. 1, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Likes: Manufacturing, Laughing, Running, Walking, Food, Music & Live Gigs, Poetry, Family Time

Dislikes: Sushi, Bungee Jumping, People who moan a lot

Favourite Quote: “If you do what you’ve always done; you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” – Tony Robbins

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Phil Brown

Phil has been part of the Manufacturers’ Alliance from the beginning and has supported Gary with the growth and development of the group. Phil is considered ‘Mr Problem Solver’ and loves to help people solve complex challenges with his years of problem-solving experience.

Favourite Leader:  Ken Humphreys, a former boss of mine who taught me more about leadership in practice than any book I have ever read

Top Books: Lord of the Rings, Piranhas in the Bidet – Phil Jesson, NLP at Work – Sue Knight

Top Films: Deliverance, Gregory’s Girl, Alien

Likes: Live music, good food, fixing things (anything), cooking, eating, good company, golfing with the lads

Dislikes: People who just can’t be bothered, self service checkout tills, technology that won’t work today when it worked perfectly well yesterday, routine

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Upcoming Events

8:00 am West Manchester – Pneumatrol
West Manchester – Pneumatrol
Apr 11 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
West Manchester - Pneumatrol @ Pneumatrol
For this meeting you will be joining our current Manufacturers Alliance members from our West Manchester Peer Group. Benefits Factory tour of the Pneumatrol site to see how they approach improvements and their own growth challenges.[...]