An immersive experience giving delegates access to exclusive learning and coaching from some of the industry’s best change experts and business owners that will share their Industry 4.0 Leadership journey.


  • Gain an understanding as to why Industry 4.0 requires a mindset shift in leadership at every level of the organisation.
  • Learn new skills, tools and techniques to help you develop the mindset to lead your organisation to increased industry 4.0 success.
  • Gain insight and support from leading entrepreneurs and business leaders enabling you to develop your industry 4.0 leadership capability and apply practical ideas to your business

Create innovation in your business by understanding where and how to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies in practice.


  • Understand Industry 4.0, the myths and reality.
  • Understand where you are on your digitisation journey.
  • Understand how and why data is the foundation for Industry 4.0, which critical data to capture and how to use it.
  • Learn from those who have achieved industry 4.0 success.
  • Discover how best to introduce innovative technology into your business.
  • Leave inspired to take action in your business.

Pre-work for this day

Using Value Chain’s IQapture Diagnostics, delegates complete a short pre-session questionnaire (in conjunction with their Business Leader) to help determine the level of maturity of Industry 4.0 in their business (understanding of terminology, foundations in place, current use of technologies) areas that they believe hamper their productivity, what they expect to achieve from the programme.


Industry 4.0 is reshaping customer expectations and changing the face of customer relationships. Customers now expect you to understand them and their requirements better.  And to compete in today’s connected and ‘always on’ environment, manufacturers must be able meet customer demand 24/7. For small and medium sized manufacturers, industry 4.0 technology now provides you with new business opportunities, flexibility  improved customer experiences as well as lower production costs. And can give your business access to the same tools that have previously only been accessible to large enterprises. 


  • Understand the new landscape of customer expectations in today’s industry 4.0 environment.
  • Discover how you can use data and technologies to understand your customers’ needs and expectations and drive better/more informed product development and customer experiences.
  • Gain insight and support from leading experts, entrepreneurs and business leaders enabling you to understand how you can leverage Industry 4.0 technology to re-imagine operating a smarter, faster and more customer oriented business.
  • Understand how you can raise the bar through transforming leadership.
  • Gain some rapid coaching techniques to apply to yourself as a leader in this context.


A practical day where senior technical staff from across all sectors and professions can understand how and where to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies in practice. 


Delegates are required to bring an example of a current manufacturing process in the business to the session which will be used in the afternoon session.


  • Find the hidden productivity, value and profitability gains in your business and manufacturing processes.
  • Clearly identify where you can adopt Industry 4.0 technologies to achieve these gains.
  • Learn from those who have achieved success in doing so.















Post session and pre-work for Disruptive Innovation day 3.

Delegates prepare their own process map of a typical manufacturing process in their business and bring this along to the next Disruptive Innovation Day.

In readiness for the final Disruptive Innovation session which explores the Commercial Innovation project that delegates will undertake, delegates will need to think about the scope, objectives and outcomes for their project. 


One of the most significant impacts of industry 4.0 is on the people, skills and talent required to thrive and succeed. This will require a new breed of skills and the ability for your workforce to embrace, adapt and change.  This immersive day tackles these issues and gives you some practical strategies you can take back to your organisation plus the opportunity to hear from industry leaders about what and how they’ve been nurturing and developing talent and managing the changes in their organisations so that they get their employees’ buy-in.


  • Understand the implications that Industry 4.0 has on your workforce, the new skills you’ll need and how to prepare.
  • Gain insight into strategies which will help you engage your workforce, overcome resistance and manage change.
  • Learn from those who have redefined their employment base and reaped the rewards.
  • Discover new ways to recruit, develop and nurture a pipeline line of future talent capable of maximising industry 4.0.
  • Develop your employment strategy to deliver the results your organisation needs.


A practical day where senior technical staff from across all sectors and professions will focus on identifying and defining a commercial innovation project for their business.


  • Identifying and defining a commercial innovation project for your business and preparing you to pitch your project with confidence.
  • Understanding the importance of digital and cyber security and safety in context.
  • Helping you to commercialise your project and identify available support in the areas of R&D relief, investment capital and legal advice.

supported and delivered by

Industry 4.0 Partners
Industry 4.0 Partners
Engineering & Technology Training Programmes
North West Automotive Alliance
Industry 4.0 Partners



During his career, Mo has successfully started and scaled several businesses. He is a Board Member of the Greater Manchester LEP leading on schools and future skills, and he chairs the Greater Manchester Careers and Employability Board.

Mo also has an MBA, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and is the Founding Director and Vice Chair of STAR Academies, a Multi Academy and Free Schools Trust, operating some of the most successful schools in the country.

vikram singla


Vikram is strategy director for the commercial sector in UK. He helps business leaders leverage technology to deliver better outcomes for their organisations. He has over 20 years’ experience in the technology sector, including deploying digital transformation programmes for Fortune 500 firms. He is currently responsible for defining and executing the go-to-market strategy for Oracle Cloud including emerging technologies. Vikram has an MBA from Warwick Business School and graduated from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Delhi, India.

steve cox


Steve Cox is a 3D Technologies Consultant who’s a passionate advocate of "The Future of Making" using the latest digital design techniques and software, together with new manufacturing methods such as 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing. Steve is a qualified, professional engineer with over thirty years experience in the automotive industry which, coupled with skills developed around the use of new and emerging product creation and manufacturing techniques, means that he can clearly see the exciting possibilities ahead in Industry 4.0

alison ramsay


Alison is responsible for leading a programme of work to ensure we have a workforce culture/climate fit for the future of the BAE Systems' Air Sector. Working in partnership with the business/functions to define a workplace climate and environment that employees thrive and enabling the climate through active and positive engagements and interventions. She also leads the sector's Diversity & Inclusion agenda across the UK.



Jan is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years experience in metals manufacturing and distribution. She worked at board level for speciality metals producers and distributors and has lived and worked in US, Europe and Middle East. Jan is the Founder of Corrotherm International Ltd a company specializing in high alloy metals for use in oil, gas petrochemical power and desalination industries grew company from a one woman company now with offices in 10 countries. Awarded CBE for services to Business and Honorary Doctorate of Engineering.



Ben is an account manager at FARO, responsible for their large volume metrology products for the north of the UK. His background is in the metrology environment, having over 10 years’ experience within various different sectors of manufacturing, including precision engineering, tool making, aerospace and gas and oil industries. His role at FARO predominately includes developing strong relationships with customers, connecting with key business executives and stakeholders and to identify new business opportunities among new and existing customers.

Jo Britton


Jo has 25 years’ experience gained in the professional services, training, membership and manufacturing sectors where she has designed and delivered numerous high-profile manufacturing events, conferences and professional development programmes spanning everything from manufacturing to management, coaching and mentoring, marketing and leadership development. She has also led brand and digital transformation programmes and managed continuous change.

alan norbury


Alan Norbury is the Chief Technologist for Siemens plc Digital Industries division - a leading global supplier of industrial plant and software, manufacturing automation and drive technologies to industrial customers across the UK and Ireland. Since 2011 Alan has worked closely with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres. He is now Siemens Chief Technologist dedicating his time to developing leading technology innovation to benefit Siemens UK manufacturing facilities and Siemens industrial customers.

richard hagan


Richard founded Crystal Doors, a Rochdale-based manufacturing company, 25 years ago and he’s revolutionised his business operations through the adoption of industrial digital technologies. Crystal Doors manufacture bespoke kitchen, bedroom and bathroom vinyl wrapped doors. They’ve fully incorporated industry 4.0 technology into their production processes by implementing 3D printing, CNC nesting cells and robotic spraying. They also operate the country’s first customised industry 4.0 dust extractor which has saved the company £10,400 a year!

greg flanagan


Greg Flanagan is the Additive Manufacturing Operations Lead for BAE Systems – Air, where he heads the team tasked with developing a range of additive manufacturing processes. Greg has worked at BAE Systems for 25 years, completing an engineering apprenticeship with the company before going on to a number of roles within the Test Environments discipline.

christine fare


Christine has a wealth of diverse procurement and supply chain experience which has been recognised because she has been made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing in 2019. As a Procurement and Supply Chain specialist she has expertise in all aspects of the Product lifecycle, with over 20 years’ experience, working within the Aerospace Industry. A key strength is the enthusiastic approach to problem resolution, she drives an energy which is infectious across her team and beyond.

graham malley


Graham joined Accenture in 2011 to lead their UK PLM practice in the high tech sector and he has been fortunate to continue to be involved in a wide range of challenging technology programmes. In 2017 Graham was asked to programme manage ‘Made Smarter’, the engagement between UK industry and government with the ambitious goal of making the UK a leader in Industrial Digitalisation and address the national productivity issue.



Danielle holds a first-class Marketing and Public Relations degree from the University of Central Lancashire. She’s also currently studying towards the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Digital Diploma in Professional Marketing.

Danielle has always been interested in technology and after graduating from university she worked for a computer software company for 3 years. She loves travelling and as part of her university degree she took part in a Chinese exchange programme to Beijing.

astrid yarwood


Astrid leads Make Business’ national team of highly qualified Solicitors, Barristers and HR professionals who provide both strategic and day to day practical advice, guidance and consultancy to manufacturers across a whole range of issues from managing change to TUPE, trade unions and employee relations support, to end to end conduct of employment tribunal matters. She is an employment law Barrister by background and has led, managed and advised upon several large-scale commercial change programmes.

mike blackburn


Mike has significant experience in the IT industry, specifically in helping the development of organisations as they grapple with the implementation of technology to support or transform their business. As we move into the next generation of technology, getting the correct balance of technology, people and process will be even more critical for success. Mike’s experiences in business transformation and leadership development means he can support individuals and businesses to adapt and be even more successful.

rob forrest


Rob served in the Royal Navy as an electronic engineer for six years before leaving the military in 1989 and studying for a degree Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Glasgow. Upon graduating Rob joined, the then, British Aerospace (BAE) as a systems engineer and has worked on various aircraft projects including Hawk, Typhoon and F-35, as well as gaining a company sponsored Master’s degree in Systems Engineering Management from University College London (UCL).

lucy parsons


Lucy is an Account Manager for FARO Technologies UK, covering the North West, North Wales and ROI. She is part of the 3D Manufacturing team, that have a range of products that can help improve quality processes and inspection of parts. Lucy has been with FARO for over two years now, but in the metrology arena for 8 years. She's worked with many different industries including aerospace, automotive, medical and education.

David Holmes


Dave is the Manufacturing Director for BAE Systems Air and has been with the company for over 35 years. Dave is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Air Sector manufacturing activities for current and future platforms along with the enabling skills, systems and technologies. In his time with the company, Dave has been involved with the majority of the company’s military aircraft programmes in various roles, including both UK and International Customers.