NAAME Chairman Jamie Thums has been selected in The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 publication.

The Manufacturer Top 100 annual scheme is run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education.

Now in its fifth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 project, run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education, publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing. Its goal is to help dispel popularly-held myths that vibrant manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past. 

Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, from top floor to shop floor. From Sanjeev Gupta, who is singlehandedly transforming the British steel industry, to Amy Druce, Production Team Leader at BMW MINI Plant Oxford.

They are selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to young people aspiring to a career in industry; 100 unique and uplifting stories of struggle, grit, determination and success against all the odds.

A “Top 100 Manufacturing Figure”, Jamie has amassed cutting-edge business reinvention expertise during a +25-year tenure working in leading UK-based and international manufacturing businesses.  In 2012, Jamie became a director & shareholder of Norwich-based Lintott Control Systems Limited.  Forged on the strength of its people-talent and 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.

Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report commented, “The individual stories in the report published today (available from are a compelling reminder of how strong and vibrant UK manufacturing really is. We need to keep saying that, because as a nation we seem to harbour the notion that no one in the UK makes things anymore, and young people are discouraged from considering careers in manufacturing. The truth is we do make things – we are the world’s 9th largest manufacturing nation – and careers are very well paid. But there are too few skilled young people coming through the system. It is on behalf of that new generation that we do this. We want to break down the decades-old prejudice against manufacturing. We want parents to get excited about recommending a career in manufacturing to their offspring, not see it (so erroneously) as an occupation of last resort. We must not let the prejudices of yesterday poison the opportunities of tomorrow.”

The Manufacturer Top 100 judging panel includes:

  • Paul Everitt, CEO, ADS
  • Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion Enter/Fashion Capital
  • Nigel Fine, CEO, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO, The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Jane Robinson, Former Director Cutting Technologies
  • Harris Makatsoris, Professor of Manufacturing Operations, Cranfield University
  • Steve Evans, Director of Research, University of Cambridge
  • Bernard Molloy, Global Industrial Logistics Director, Unipart
  • James Selka, CEO, MTA
  • Carl Perrin, CEO, Institute for Future Transport & Cities
  • Colin Brown, CEO, Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • George Edwards, Founder, Gas- Sense Solutions
  • Bill Williams, Chief Executive, CEME Ltd
  • Stephen Phipson, CEO, EEF
  • Jan Ward CBE, CEO, Corrotherm International Ltd.

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