The North Manchester group is a new group being launched in 2018 to support the growth of manufacturing business in the Oldham area and is being chaired by Phil Hartshorne. The group is currently recruiting new members and is open to meeting ambitious manufacturing leaders in the area.
Phil has held Commercial and Supply chain leadership roles for large and small UK and US companies including Cadbury and Kraft foods. He has a passion for operational excellence delivered through engaged people and connected teams.
Favourite Business Leader: Jeff Bezos
Top Books: Mind Store – Jack Black, Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari, The Minute Manager – Ken Blanchard
Top Films: Shane; Gladiator; Citizen Kane; The Darkest Hour
Likes: Hill walking, cricket, music, non-air travel, family (sometimes), food and wine (all times)
Dislikes: Bureaucracy, complex processes, closed minds, insincere people and any delays.
Favourite Quote: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” – Albert Einstein
Roger has 25 years’ experience in manufacturing in technical and managerial roles in both Plc’s and SME’s in chemicals, white goods and automotive supply. This was followed by 25 years in Business Advice and Support roles with Business Link, and lastly Cogent who were the Sector Skills Council for science-based manufacturing.
Much of his career has had a skills/competence development focus and whilst with Cogent he developed much of their Competence Development and Competence Management consultancy offering. He is still a strong advocate of developing people as a key driver of improving business performance and delivering organisational objectives.
Favourite films: The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and all the Die Hard series
Favourite books: The Hobbit and Game of Thrones
Favourite learning sites: Open University Open Learn and Mind Tools
Likes: Family time – particularly Grand Children – gardening, ichthyology (fish keeping), Gardening, walking (particularly if it ends with a good pint of Real Ale…)