Engineering and Manufacturing Task Force

Engineering and Manufacturing Task Force


The UK manufacturing base remains a strong and vital component of the economy. The rise of emerging economies around the world present a new and urgent threat to UK manufacturing.

To meet this challenge will require collaboration between manufacturing businesses, universities and the UK's science base. How do we achieve this?


Please note: Positions listed are those held during the work of Task Force and not currently.

Steering Group Co-Chairs

Richard Greenhalgh, Chairman, CIHE

Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick

Steering Group

Robert Booker, Executive Vice President - Human Resources, BG Group

Professor Simon Bradley, Vice President, EADS Innovation Works

Allan Cook, Chairman, WS Atkins

Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, CIHE

Sir Ian Gibson, Chairman, WM Morrison Supermarkets plc

Nick Winser, Executive Director, National Grid 

Simon Wright, UK Head of Engineering, BAE Systems

Academic Membership

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Head of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professor Mike Gregory Head, Manufacturing & Management Division, University of Cambridge

Professor Matthew Harrison, Director - Education, Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Joe McGeehan, Director - Centre for Communications Research, University of Bristol

Working Group

Richard Earp, Educational and Skills Manager, National Grid

Richard Hamer, Education Partnerships Director, BAE Systems

David Hogan, Manager - Engineering, Programmes & Support, BAE Systems

Luci Love, HR Project Manager, BG Group

Vivienne Stern, Policy Officer, Universities UK

Dr John Wallace, Industry Liaison Manager, JISC

Dr Colin Wyatt, Director of Business Affairs, CIHE


On pages 6-9 of Powering Up and pages 6-7 of Great Expectations

Case Studies

Creating inspirational engineering role models

The Fibonacci Project

The benefits of undergraduate placements

Work wise – collaborative interventions

Immersion in Industry via the BP Institute, Cambridge

Developing engineering leaders of the future at BAE Systems

Developing Leadership competences at BG Group

Reverse Internships at Cisco

Developing engineering leaders at National Grid


The Talent 2030 project recommended by the Task Force in their Great Expectations Report is still run by NCUB today, with the Engineering Competition for Girls now in hundreds of schools. Find out more about Talent 2030

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