The Judges

The Manufacturer MX Awards criteria, judging process and finalist entries are peer reviewed by volunteers from across the industrial spectrum. The judging panel have an enormous wealth of experience of the sector and of the awards programme, and provide valuable feedback and guidance throughout the process.

This year’s judges include:

Adrian Chell , Plant Director, ZF Lemforder UK

Alison Beard-Gunter , Senior Consultant, Castlefirth

Andy Carroll , Head of Industrial Systems, Airbus

Bob Gibbon , Managing Director, The Performance Learning Company

Calvin Wakeford , Pilot Manufacturing Manager, Tharsus

Charles Carpenter , Senior Technology Officer, Nuclear AMRC

Daniel Thompson , Senior Technology Officer, NCC

David Lott , Chief Executive Officer, IfM Engage, Institute for Manufacturing

Derek McIntyre , Director, Melius

Derek Sheldon (Prof) , Managing Director, Derek Sheldon Consultants Ltd

Elizabeth Bonfield , Director, BMPCA

Hadi Moztarzadeh , Senior Technology Officer, WMG, University of Warwick

Halil Bedevi , UK Head of Aerospace, Defence, Rail & Advanced Manufacturing, Santander

Jan Ward , Founder, Corrotherm International

Kate Willsher , Chief Operations Officer, IfM Engage, Institute for Manufacturing

Onur Eren , Innovation Manager WMG, University of Warwick

Paul Stead , CEO, The Brewery Group

Peter Colman , Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Richard White , Senior Technology Officer, AMRC

Rita Davey , Skills Programmes Manager, Jaguar Land Rover

Russell Watkins , Co-founder, Sempai

Shak Gohir , Senior Technology Officer, CPI

Steve Smith , Chief Engineer, Business Transformation, MTC

Tehseen Shahid , Senior Technology Officer, MTC

Apply to be a Judge:


• A passion for UK manufacturing (and encouragement of your network to participate in the programme)!

• Assess entrants via our online judging system to produce a shortlist in July

• For categories with site visits, you will traverse the UK visiting the finalists' sites to assess their entry in action across a 4 day period in September, with all logistics planned and managed by The Manufacturer

• For categories assessed with a judging day, you will have in person interviews with the finalists across a single day on 1 October

• Complete each round of the judging process with substantial constructive feedback for entrants

• Join us to celebrate the culmination of the programme at the ceremony and gala dinner on 11 November in Liverpool

If you wish to apply, please fill in the form below and a member of our team will be in contact: