Margaret Wood announced non-executive director at Catapult

WAKEFIELD’S Margaret Wood, MBE, has been announced as a non-executive director for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

She joins an elite board who steer policy at the organisation which stimulates and supports the commercial application of new technologies through the development of innovative manufacturing processes.

She is one of five new appointments who also number Stephen Burgess, Mary Champion, Allan Cook, Andy Neely, and Margaret Wood as Non-Executive Directors to its Supervisory Board to replace those members who will retire during 2018.

It is the latest accolade for the business woman whose Tadman Street company designs and manufactures bespoke industrial and commercial windows for the food, clean room and hygiene sectors as well as for transport, leisure and industrial applications.

Margaret said of her appointment: “As a scientist and active member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology I am delighted to join the CM Catapult board.  As a niche manufacturer I hope to be able to give a voice to other SMEs in the technical sector keen to scale up their developments to benefit society.”

Welcoming the five appointments, Bob Gilbert CBE, Chair of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Supervisory Board, said: “I am delighted to welcome such a strong group of people to the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Supervisory Board. They bring both industrial experience and financial acumen to its Supervisory Board. Their combined insight and experience will enable us to continue the excellent progress that has been made to date and help us secure more of the value of our world-leading research within the UK and shape the support businesses need to turn great ideas into the commercial success stories that support our wider manufacturing economy.”

Dick Elsy, Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, said: “I am greatly looking forward to working with new members of our Supervisory Board. The skills and experience they bring add to the dynamic of the Catapult at a time of extraordinary technology developments and major change in our economic landscape. Their challenge and input will help the High Value Manufacturing Catapult deliver its mission to grow the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the UK economy.”

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is supported by UKRI to drive the growth of the UK manufacturing sector by helping companies of all sizes incubate new technologies and bring them to commercial reality.