The North Wales group is a new group being launched to support the growth of UK manufacturing. 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. People you can trust and willing to open up their doors to share great ideas and business best practice.

Group Chair Person -  Simon Carin

Simon has been a General Manager for over 3 decades and has worked at Board level as an MD in the UK and in Europe, for nearly 20 years. His experience covers a wide range of activities and disciplines including; Distribution, Manufacturing and Installation. At the heart of all of this was our customer, typically an Owner Managed or SME business.

Simon believes results matter and that leadership is all about delivering the right results, in the right way. His passion is for people and in supporting them to become and to be at their best.

Favourite Leader: Nelson Mandela, “it always seems impossible until it’s been done” - he made difficult decisions, his resilience inspired the world and he was President for a whole Nation.

Top Books: most recently, Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed and Sally Gunnel’s, Ten Hurdles in Life

Top Films: Witches of Eastwick, A Few Good Men and Mission Impossible Rouge Nation (I know!)

Likes: good company, good humour, anything with petrol in it, travel and cooking

Dislikes: being late, people who don’t say what they mean, people who don’t do as they say and people who whinge.

Favourite Quote: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

Group Chair Person -  Bill Pearson

Bill has had a long and distinguished career in manufacturing and consultancy.  He started as a Works Engineer and Production Manager in packaging materials.  He moved on to a Global business initially as a Manufacturing Engineer, then Manufacturing Advisor to the Board and

finally VP Global Business Improvement.  He led the turnaround of factories in the UK, Italy, Spain and the US.  As a consultant he supported large-scale, multi-year transformation projects in many sectors and countries.

He is a Chartered Engineer and holds a masters in Manufacturing from Liverpool University. He has been a Growth Coach in North Wales for two years specialising in operational improvements.  He is passionate about helping businesses get the best from themselves and their people. He speaks four lanuguages.

Favourite Leader: Alun Wyn Jones

Top Books: Managerial Engineering – Ryuji Fukuda, Project Leadership - Wendy Briner, Colin Hastings, Michael Geddes

Top Films: The Great Escape, Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Likes: Cricket, word games, theatre, my family

Dislikes: Commuting/traffic, negativity, under-utilised talent.

Favourite Quote: “You are only as good as your last client.”

The Manufacturers’ Alliance approach has been designed to provide a safe place for manufacturing leaders to meet, share ideas and support each others growth, both personally and professionally.

The Manufacturers’ Alliance has a number of taster sessions planned for a new group launching in North Wales. These taster sessions provide prospective new members with a chance to test the water and see whether the format works for them and their business. Fill out the contact form below if you would like to join us.

Being a member of the Manufacturers’ Alliance will provide you with:

  • A platform to meet other like-minded people and share ideas.
  • An opportunity to visit fellow member sites and learn new best practice.
  • Interactive workshops with industry leading speakers that add value to manufacturing.
  • Regular sessions to work through your business issues with inputs and advice from fellow members and chair people.
  • An annual retreat designed to allow you to take time out and regain focus on your priorities.
  • A bi-monthly 1-2-1 session at your site with an Alliance Chair Person.
  • A network of manufacturing ambassadors that share your values and want to help you succeed.

Our typical members are:

  • Leaders from within the manufacturing sector.
  • Truly passionate about the growth of the UK manufacturing sector.
  • Open minded and want to learn.
  • Willing to share ideas and knowledge.
  • Love to help others solve problems.
  • Can be trusted with confidential and sensitive issues.
  • Committed to taking action and making things happen.