Jamie Thums MBE
COO of Lintott Control Systems (Chairman of NAAME)
A “Top 100 Manufacturing Figure” and IET Fellow, Jamie has amassed cutting-edge business reinvention expertise during a c30-year tenure in UK and international manufacturing businesses. In 2012, Jamie became a director and shareholder of Norwich-based Lintott Control Systems Limited. Forged on the strength of its people-talent & game-changing digitisation, Lintott is today reinvented. Recent accolades include, EDP Business of the Year (2017); East of England Winner for the Best Use of Technology: Chamber Business Awards (2018); and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation (2018). Jamie is an ardent champion of UK manufacturing and zealously advocates skills development and productivity improvement initiatives. Since 2015, Jamie has been Chair of New Anglia’s Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector Group and a stalwart STEM Ambassador.
Executive Director, Curriculum at West Suffolk College
Having completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship, specialising in manufacture and production, Gary soon became General Manager of a highly successful Hydraulic equipment-manufacturing specialist in North Norfolk before dedicating his more recent career to educating the future workforce of UK PLC.
Gary now has over ten years’ experience as a senior manager in the further education sector providing outstanding education, built around key strategic partnerships with employers to strengthen West Suffolk College’s curriculum offer, ensuring the students receive the best possible training in the region, that is current and leads to high value careers.
Chairman of Warren Services
Currently chairman of Warren Services in Thetford, Norfolk, William is an experienced business leader who is a firm believer of successful and sustainable businesses result from strategic alliances. With a career spanning over 20 years, William has developed a passion for developing new business products and services.
Richard Bridgman OBE
Chairman of West Suffolk Manufacturing Group
Richard is Founder Owner of Warren Services an Engineering Company based in Thetford now in its 30th year.
Great advocator of training young people especially Apprentices. He now actively devotes a lot of his time on various committees which include, New Anglia Skills Advisory Panel, MAKE UK Regional Board, Enterprise Advisor Thetford Academy, Ambassador for West Suffolk College, STEM & Apprentice Ambassador. Proud to be a member of the 5% Club and works very closely with the DWP.
Senior Partnership Account Manager, The IET
Matt is Senior Partnership Account Manager for the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is responsible for overseeing the partnership offering for UK based SMEs known as Enterprise Partners. Launched in 2016, the partnership presents an opportunity for companies to utilise the Account Management of Matt and his team to ensure they can provide development opportunities alongside the Engineering Council framework as well as providing opportunities to network amongst a vibrant partnership community consisting of Enterprise, Corporate, Academia and the MOD.
Stephen is an Economic Development professional with over 15 years’ experience of working within various local authorities. He has been involved with NAAME since its reinvention in 2015. Stephen has worked in a variety of roles, all of these focused upon the achievement of sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He is passionate about the pursuit of the greater good and ensuring collective benefits are derived equitably. Stephen has been the catalyst, originator or co-originator of numerous ‘game changing initiatives’ within NAAME such as: Productivity East; the Digital Accelerator; Engineering Success & a Talent Sharing Platform. These have been, or are in the process of being, delivered through working collaboratively with key partners. As well as NAAME, Stephen has been an integral part of the Financial Industry Group (fig) Norwich since 2015 and was instrumental in the delivery of the Food Enterprise Park at Honingham. Stephen’s current role is at Breckland Council focussing upon the achievement of inclusive growth along the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor.
Economic Development Officer & Greater Norwich Manufacturing Group Coordinator
Jo Kerrison from Broadland and South Norfolk District Council. Jo’s role is supporting business growth however due to her background she is particularly passionate about working with local manufacturing and engineering businesses to improve local supply chains, drive innovation and recognise local success. Previously Jo provided key account support for Global Closure Systems a leading global manufacturer of plastic and aluminium closures, bottles and dispensing systems with 23 manufacturing sites located in 13 countries and with a turnover of €600m. This included preparing global sales reports, budget preparation and analysis. Prior to this Jo worked for Lawson Mardon Group in both Norfolk and the Midlands in Sales, Production Planning and Customer Service. In her spare time Jo loves walking her 2 dogs, DIY and Marvel movies.
Greater Ipswich Manufacturing Group Coordinator
Anette works at Ipswich Borough Council as Economic Development Project Manager. She leads on various projects one of them being the NAAME – GIMG. Anette’s previous experiences are within Business Development, Project Management and Sector Development. Away from work, Anette is a keen potter and enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.
Business Development Officer at Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk
Paul’s work involves developing and maintaining proactive relationships with key businesses in West Norfolk and providing information and support on issues relating to business development in the borough. He also manages support to inward investment projects. Paul supports the work of the groups within the King’s Lynn manufacturing network.
Director of AMH Test Systems
Malcolm has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Masters Degree in audio Systems Engineering. He is a chartered engineer and a member of the IET. He is currently director of AMH Test Systems, where he creates custom test systems for industry using a programming language called LabVIEW. As Chair of the Greater Ipswich Manufacturing Group he hopes to promote more working connections between manufacturing businesses in the area. He is married with two small children and enjoys film photography in his spare time.
Project Manager for 'Engineering Success' on behalf of NAAME, New Anglia LEP & Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
Graduating from the University of East Anglia with a First-Class BSc Honours in Business Management, James is now the Project Manager for Engineering Success, delivering NAAME’s growth strategy & developing a pioneering, UK-first, talent sharing platform. Also, James coordinates the NAAME Network, supporting manufacturing and engineering businesses in New Anglia, helping indsutry to solve challenges, build the regional supply chain, create new connections, and seek new collaboration opportunities.
Technical Director at Thurne Middleby
Technical Director for Thurne-Middleby Ltd Norwich UK, has been a key member of the business for over 35 years. Thurne-Middleby Ltd designs and Manufactures high-speed slicing machines and systems for the Global Food industry and has customers of all sizes, in many global markets.
‘Thurne’ is now part of the much larger Middleby Corporation, headquartered in the USA and therefore joins one of the world’s leading Food Processing equipment suppliers.
Programme Director of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
Linn Clabburn is the Programme Director of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor, a public-private partnership set up to drive and support investment and economic growth across the region with a focus on our technology sectors. Prior to the Tech Corridor, Linn spent time working for an engineering company in Norwich before moving in to venture capital, investing in high-growth technology businesses across the UK and setting up international investment funds. She has a strong interest in economic growth and creating the right type of environment that can support businesses to grow and scale successfully.
Head of Policy, Governance & Public Affairs & Company Secretary for Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
I am responsible for ensuring that Norfolk Chambers maintains its position as a leading ‘voice of business’ in Norfolk, through influencing and lobbying on issues affecting the Chambers membership, including the local authorities, education establishments and the general business population. Norfolk Chambers raise and highlight the policy position of our members at a local, regional and national level on key issues, including skills, digital connectivity, infrastructure and place and perception of our region. We monitor local policies and projects/initiatives that directly impact upon our members and ensure relevant action is taken using our Board, area councils and special interest groups.
Supply Chain Development Officer at Norfolk County Council
In his role as Supply Chain Development Officer at Norfolk County Council, Ian focusses on identifying supply chain opportunities and supporting Norfolk SME’s to access them. He has an extensive background in marketing, product and service promotion, event management and supply chain development.
Region Director - Midlands & East of England, Make Uk, The manufacturers' orgaorganisation
Make UK is the largest voice supporting UK manufacturing, Charlotte’s role as Region Director is to engage Make UK’s members and assist them in advancing as a manufacturer by providing bespoke introductions, providing industry insight, attendance at events & networking, promoting their business and ensuring their views are heard. Another key part of her role is to engage with regional stakeholders ensuring manufacturers’ interests are represented to LEPs, the West Midlands Combined Authority, Midlands Engine and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Combined Authority. Charlotte also is a Trustee of the WMG Academy for Young Engineers, business led schools for 14-19 year olds who are interested in STEM career, she’s a Careers and Enterprise Advisor in Lincolnshire and is a Senior Industrial Fellow with The Advanced Services Group at Aston Business School.
She gained her undergraduate degree from The University of Leeds in Biomedical Science before completing her Masters at The University of Nottingham. Before joining Make UK (formerly EEF) in 2013, Charlotte worked in food manufacturing where she focused on business development and food safety management.
Chief Operations Officer at IfM Education & Consultancy Services
Kate leads the operations of the Institute for Manufacturing’s knowledge transfer company, including the effective function of consultancy support, administration, communications, marketing and event activities. She is responsible for HR and people strategy, including all recruitment to Board level. Kate also manages external collaborations and partnerships with key industry bodies and groups, with a particular interest in public engagement and supporting SMEs.
In 2019 Kate won the Whitehall Industry Group Leadership Impact Award and was named on the IfM’s 2020 award in the Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Special Awards for Pandemic Services for her contribution to PPE sourcing projects.
Executive Chair, Hethel Innovation
Skills and Employment Policy Officer for Suffolk County Council
“Thomas Ballantyne is a Skills and Employment Policy Officer for Suffolk County Council. Thomas works with employment sectors and businesses to identify skills shortages and gaps, develops solutions and matches to available support. He manages a range of projects which have skills and employability at their heart, spanning across multiple industry sectors in New Anglia.”