The Cheshire group is a new group being launched in 2018 to support the growth of manufacturing business in the Cheshire area and is being chaired by David Searle and John Barnes. The group is currently recruiting new members and is open to meeting ambitious manufacturing leaders in the area.

Our goal is to support the growth of SME manufacturing businesses via an affordable membership model that connects like-minded people in the industry. We firmly believe that manufacturing is the backbone of the UK economy and every effort should be made to accelerate the growth of those with ambition. People just like you that have personal and business growth ambitions. We will connect you with people you can trust, that are willing to open up their doors to share great ideas and business best practice.


David SearlePhil Brown

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.”

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John BarnesPhil Brown

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 en masse within food

Favourite Quote: “ Fail to prepare; Prepare to Fail” / “ The boss never has enough time, a leader makes time for things that count”

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