Northamptonshire Manufacturing Forum announces new Chair appointment

The Northamptonshire Manufacturing Forum is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Middlehurst as its new Chair, succeeding Alex Cosgrove.

With over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Paul brings to the role a wealth of industry knowledge, as well as professional and organisational leadership skills. He is currently Manufacturing Manager at Weetabix Food Company. Paul manages the manufacturing of extruded Weetabix products, such as Weetos, Protein Crunch and Crunchy Bran.

Above: Paul Middlehurst, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Manufacturing Forum

Paul says: “I am delighted and honoured to be Chairman of the Northamptonshire Manufacturing Forum and look forward to working with the board, all stakeholders and particularly our members, to advance the interests of the local manufacturing industry. Much has been achieved through the hard work and commitment of many, yet we recognise we have more to do to make the manufacturing industry the best it can be as a leading activity in the county. I look forward to supporting our collective effort in the weeks and months to come.”

The Northamptonshire Manufacturing Forum is led by local manufacturers and is designed to aid businesses through collaboration, sharing best practices and improving together.

The Manufacturing Forum started in 2015 and the first meeting was held in the Albion Phipps Brewery. The meetings have covered a wide range of topics from lean to digital, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and autonomous teams, and provide members with updates and interactive presentations.

The forum meetings from 2019 will include topics around productivity, transferable skills, the development of future leaders and culture as well as offering site tours.