The West Yorkshire group is a new group being launched in 2017 to support the growth of UK manufacturing and is being chaired by Jonathan Wurr and Philippa Coultish. 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.

Chair Person

Jonathan WurrPhil Brown

Jonathan fell in love with manufacturing in his Grandad’s Leeds pickle factory at the age of 8 and has been involved in manufacturing and industrial processes all his life. He has held key roles in Coca-Cola, Nalco’s, Hays Chemicals (now Brenntag) and Francis Ward. He has a passion for developing people and seeing businesses improve.

Favourite leader: Kevin Sinfield, Former England Rugby League Captain

Top Book: One Minute Manager- a short fairy story that demonstrates that great management needn’t take too much time.

Top films: Blues Brothers; The Commitments; Raiders of the Lost Ark

Likes: Leeds Rhinos Rugby League, mountain biking and travelling anywhere, installing ERP/MRP systems

Dislikes: Anchovies, heights, people who always blame others

Favourite quote: “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved” – William Jennings Bryan

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Chair Person

Victoria Hopkins

Victoria began her career in manufacturing in 1998 when she was asked to help out in her family’s engineering business. What should have been 2 weeks turned into 20 years and her

eventually becoming Managing Director and taking turnover from £2 million to £6 million. She also expanded into exports opening a subsidiary of the business in Canada. During her career she has also been Chair of the Manufacturers Alliance Leeds Steering Committee, an apprenticeship Ambassador for the Yorkshire & Humber region on behalf of the National Apprenticeship Service, an Export Champion Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and she also sits on the Governing Board for the Leeds University Technical College

Favourite Leaders: The Dalai Lama – his leadership style is principle centred, pro-active, compassionate and empowering.

Top Book: Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuck and the Essence of Happiness by the Dalai Lama

Top TV: Schitt’s Creek (and First Dates is my secret guilty pleasure!)

Likes: Upcycling furniture, long holidays in tropical places and a large chilled Sauvignon Blanc

Dislikes: Mushrooms, marzipan and queues.

Favourite Quote: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again” - Nelson Mandela

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Upcoming Events

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