Advisory board

This National Manufacturing Summit Advisory Board consists of leading manufacturing, engineering and business leaders that represent UK business both nationally and internationally. We are grateful for their active involvement, support and leadership in shaping the content and sessions for the Summit.

Dame Judith Hackitt

Dame Judith Hackitt, a chemical engineering graduate of Imperial College in London spent 15 years moving through the ranks of Esso’s chemicals business. She then worked with an organic chemicals company before joining the Chemical Industries Association, going on to become its Director General. She subsequently worked for the association’s European counterpart organisation in Brussels.

Her outstanding career has led Dame Judith to become Chair of manufacturing trade body Make UK. She also holds non-executive positions at a number of high profile organisations including HS2, Made Smarter Commission, Imperial College Court, City & Guilds Group, and High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Lord Karan Bilimoria was the Founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. As a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, Lord Karan graduated in Law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School.

He is also the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. In June 2020, he was appointed President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Dr. Clive Hickman OBE

Dr. Clive Hickman OBE was born in Coseley, West Midlands, and studied at the University of Wolverhampton, Aston University and Loughborough University, holding a BSc, PhD in mechanical engineering and a MBA.During his career, he has been Chief Executive of Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Managing Director of Ricardo UK, Engineering Director at MIRA and Executive Engineer with Rover Group.

Clive has been CEO of the MTC since it was founded in 2010 and is chiefly responsible for the organisation’s growth which sees the MTC now work with more than 100 industrial members, turnover +£100m and employ +800 people. He has recently chaired the Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission (M2R) and won the Institute of Directors Chair’s Award for Excellence and Board Practice for the West Midlands in 2020.