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Our People

Vision

Developing highly valued manufacturing for this generation and the next.

Mission

Driving the productivity of UK Aerospace to compete globally, securing 10,000 jobs by 2020.

Values

Inspire, Integrity and Ikigai.

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Meet the Team

Bryan Jackson

Chairman

Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd until his retirement in 2004.

Past Chairman of the East Midlands Development Agency, East Midlands CBI and Wesleyan Assurance Society.

Joined the main board of Unipart Group of Companies and assumed the Chairmanship of the Sharing in Growth Company in 2013. Currently Chairman of John Smedley Ltd.

Awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to manufacturing.

Andy Page

CEO

Over 30 years’ experience in aerospace with senior engineering and supply chain management roles in Rolls-Royce, including Chief Engineer RB199 and Procurement Director for their German division, based in Berlin.

Led Rolls-Royce’s supplier development activities across their global supply chain.

Chaired the UK’s National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Program (NATEP) and sat on the government’s national manufacturing productivity working party. A Fellow of the IMechE, Andy is a member of the Queen’s Award for Innovation panel.

Jeff Moore

Non-Executive Director

Distinguished career in public sector finance.

CEO of East Midlands Development Agency in 2004. Working with government departments delivering economic Development and Business support initiatives.

Chairman of three Venture Capital Fund Advisory Committees, non executive director of George Bateman & Son Ltd and Trustee of the Land Restoration Trust

Graham Trevarthen

Non-Executive Director

Over 35 years’ experience with Rolls-Royce in engineering, marketing, and business development.

Closely involved in the launch of a number of major Airbus and Boeing aircraft and engine programmes.

Previously Director of Corporate Strategy for Rolls-Royce, with extensive involvement with UK Government and the European Commission on economic development, funding, and competition matters.

Closely involved in creating Sharing in Growth and the Aerospace Technology Institute.

Nick Devey

Non-Executive Director

40 years’ experience in automotive manufacturing, logistics, lean consulting and executive coaching.

Worked for Toyota for 13 years in Senior Management roles in Production Planning and Control, Supplier Management, Quality Management and TPS (Lean).

Currently runs a lean consultancy company supporting clients in their management coaching, implementing lean management systems as well as advising on process improvements.

John Thomson

Non-Executive Director

John has 30 years’ experience within the UK manufacturing industry having worked in the precision engineering, automotive and aerospace sectors. He joined Rolls-Royce Aerospace in 1999 and has held various direct line and functional roles within Operations across multiple sites within the UK and internationally.

He led the design, development and deployment of the lean production system within Operations and is currently the Director of Quality and Operating Functions for Civil Aerospace.

Darren Cheetham

Darren Cheetham

Business Transformation Manager

Over 20 years’ experience in automotive, nuclear and aerospace. Held senior positions with Rolls-Royce and Toyota UK covering production operations, supply chain management, new product introductions and training and development. With extensive knowledge of the Toyota Way and the Rolls-Royce Production System, joined Sharing In Growth in 2014.

Neil Craythorne

Finance Manager

A Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with over 30 years’ experience in senior finance including senior auditor in practice and many manager and controller roles in various industries. These include transport, aerospace, energy, leisure and manufacturing.  

Gary Duncan

Business Transformation Manager

Over 20 years’ experience in manufacturing, first tier automotive with senior operations, programme management roles and lean transformation. Sharp end experience in delivering a continuous improvement culture in high pressure manufacturing environments.  

Paul Elliott

Business Transformation Manager

Paul is an experienced lean transformation specialist with more than 15 years’ continuous improvement experience in both operational and transactional environments.  Paul started his career in Toyota UK working to optimise the supply chain through effective new product introduction and the application of Toyota Production System principles.  Furthering this experience in Rolls-Royce resulted in him leading the Supplier Development function in North America.  Paul returned to the UK in 2016 to join Sharing in Growth and drive productivity improvements in the UK aerospace sector.  

Ashlea Finn

Business Transformation Manager

CIMA qualified accountant with over 10 years’ experience in finance roles within the construction and aerospace sectors, including finance business partner roles in Rolls-Royce. 

Part of the team that created the Sharing in Growth programme and now has more than five years’ experience as a Business Transformation Manager. 

Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter steering board member. 

Alistair Gower

Head of Operations

Alistair has over 20 years experience in both the aerospace and automotive sectors. Initially a manufacturing engineer at Toyota UK, he went on to lead new model introduction in their vehicle assembly division. Alistair joined Rolls-Royce to work with their external supply chain, successfully improving capability through practical application of the knowledge and skills developed at Toyota.

Malcolm James

Operations Executive

Malcolm has over 20 years’ experience of developing suppliers on behalf of blue-chip OEMs in both the aerospace and automotive sectors.  He has held positions within Rolls-Royce and Toyota Motor Europe aimed at developing the capability of their global supply chains.  He has extensive proven practical experience of the Toyota Production System within operational and transactional environments, and a track record of improving both Rolls-Royce and Toyota’s pan-European business performance.  Malcolm was part of think-tank in 2012 that helped create Sharing in Growth 

David Jones

Business Transformation Manager

Over 20 years’ experience primarily in the automotive and aerospace sectors within quality, engineering, warranty, pre-production, and supplier development fields. Dave has held a number of management roles across both sectors and is now focused on the successful delivery of the Sharing in Growth programme which he has been part of since its creation in 2013. 

Jinny McDonald-Matthews

Head of Communications

An award-winning journalist. 

Public relations advisor to Rediffusion Simulation, Dell, Philips Electronics, and Canon.  

Spent 16 years working for Toyota UK, where she headed up the public affairs, training and corporate planning functions. 

Specialist in reputation management, corporate social responsibility and ‘hoshin kanri’ policy deployment.  

David Rose

Company Secretary

David worked for 35 years in Rolls-Royce holding various senior roles in engineering, business improvement and corporate development including a secondment to the UK Government Department of Trade and Industry as a Deputy Director to examine the competitiveness of the UK aerospace industry and the role of regional economic development.

Jan Stevenson

Office Manager

Jan has excellent organisational, planning and communicative skills, along with a wealth of administrative experience within various business sectors, both public and private, including banking, insurance, aviation, manufacturing and probation services.  Very much a ‘go to’ person who keeps the office well organised and professionally run.