Top engineering award for MTC chief executive

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Manufacturing Technology Centre chief executive Dr Clive Hickman has received one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s most prestigious awards – the Sir Frank Whittle Medal.

Dr Hickman received the award in recognition of his outstanding and sustained achievement in engineering. It was presented at the Academy’s AGM in London.

The Academy said that Dr Hickman was awarded the Sir Frank Whittle Medal – named after the inventor of the jet engine – in recognition of his outstanding career in the automobile industry and for leading the set-up and growth of two engineering research centres; the Manufacturing Technology Centre and the Tata Motors European Technical Centre.
Dr Hickman has been chief executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre for more than 11 years. Previously he had more than 35 years experience in the automotive industry culminating in the position of head of engineering for Tata Motors in India. He led the creation of the world’s cheapest mass-produced car, the Tata Nano, which set a new standard for low cost personal transport

He began his career as a senior engineer with the Rover Group before becoming Engineering and Group Operations Director at MIRA. He subsequently joined Ricardo Plc where he held a seat on the board and was Managing Director of Ricardo UK Ltd, leading several significant projects including the development of the Jaguar X Type diesel – the first diesel-powered Jaguar.

Born in Coseley in the West Midlands, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Since he became chief executive of the MTC in 2010 the organisation has exceeded its original business goals by a factor of ten and developed innovative manufacturing processes across all sectors in an agile, low-risk environment, in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions.

He also leads the Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission – a body aimed at leading the resurgence of manufacturing industry in the Midlands.

The Commission, known as M2R, is reviewing the Midlands’ manufacturing landscape post-Covid and contributing to the creation of a wider Midlands manufacturing strategy, developing recommendations to help build the region’s manufacturing resilience and its subsequent economic impact.

Commenting on the award, Dr Hickman said, “I am honoured to be awarded the Sir Frank Whittle Gold Medal but I could not have achieved anything in my career without the help and support of the great teams that I have been privileged to work with and so I would like to thank all of my colleagues, friends and family for their continued support.”

The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.

The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.

Pictured: Dr Clive Hickman being presented with his award at the Royal Academy of Engineering AGM by Sir Jim MacDonald.

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