The North Manchester group is a new group that launched early in 2019 to support the growth of manufacturing business based in the Oldham, Rochdale, Bury & Bolton area. The group is currently recruiting new members and is open to meeting ambitious manufacturing leaders in the area.
Group Chair Person - Phil Hartshorne
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
Group Chair Person - Graham Leather
Graham has held leadership roles across many sectors including manufacturing, business development, sales and business improvement consulting, both
in the UK and internationally. Companies he has worked with include, Marley, Nielsen, Bharat Forge, AMEC, Enquest, Tate & Lyle, Modus Link, DEWA. He has trained, coached and influenced individuals and teams from Supervisors down to CEO’s.
Top Books: One Minute Manager Series; The Road Less Travelled, Shogun.
Top Films: Invictus (a masterclass in leadership and a great story) , Local Hero, The Last Samurai, Out of Africa.
Likes: Travelling, Hiking/ Trekking, Cycling, Live Music, Good Wine and Gin, Mushroom Hunting, Authenticity, Satire.
Dislikes: Lateness, Hypocrisy, Confusion, Ambiguity, Oysters & Muscles, closed minds.
Favourite Quote: "I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there." - Richard Feynman, Astrophysicist.