The National Manufacturing Debate is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University. The event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry, and encourage networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth.

2017 NMD Focus: Leadership and Investment for Manufacturing Skills

Debate topics

NMD 2017 will address:

  • What is the current UK Manufacturing skills requirement across sectors? And how do we compare against G7 countries?
  • How the skills requirement is going to change in the future?
  • Do we have the right leadership to provide the skills to the UK Manufacturing companies?
  • Are we investing enough to deliver the future skills requirement?
  • What should we do to achieve the skills required for UK Manufacturing?

Keynote speakers for 2017

National Apprenticeship Competition 23rd May 2017

Preceding the National Manufacturing Debate the annual National Apprenticeship Competition will take place at Cranfield University. If attending the National Manufacturing Debate you are also invited to attend and view the apprenticeship team projects, and visit our manufacturing facilities following a networking lunch and prize giving to the competition winner. Please visit the National Apprenticeship Competition website for more information. Please indicate on the National Manufacturing Debate registration form if you will be attending this event.  

Annual Manufacturing Alumni Lecture 24th May 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Manufacturing, Materials and Design annual lecture, Cyber-Security for Automotive Systems, will be given by Keith Turner and Melina Christina of Atkins. The lecture will take place at 16:30 following the National Manufacturing Debate.

Keith Turner (Cyber Security Principal Consultant) and Melina Christina (Transport Consultant) are currently working on the cyber security aspects of CAV-related projects at Atkins. Based on their experience, they will present on the current state of “cyber-security for automotive systems”. Evolution of connected and autonomous technologies will be outlined, along with the key cyber security challenges within automotive systems. Examples of candidate cyber security frameworks will be discussed and a future roadmap for CAV cyber security will be considered.

To register for the lecture please complete the registration form at the top of this page. 

Event Programme

08:30-09:15 Registration
09:15-09:25 Alec Broers - Welcome and introduction
09:25-09:30 Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University
09:30-09:45 Professor John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
09:45-10:15 Professor Rajkumar Roy, Director of Manufacturing, Cranfield University
10:15-10:35 Allan E Cook, Chairman, Atkins
10:35-10:55 Mike Rigby, Head of Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, Barclays
10:55-11:20 Break and exhibition
11:20-11:40 Chris White, Co-Chair All Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Manufacturing
11:40-12:00 James Selka, CEO, MTA
12:00-12:20 Mary Brady, Vice President and General Manager, Coty Manufacturing UK Ltd
12:20-12:40 Ken Olisa, Chairman, Restoration Partners
12:40-13:00 Neil Carberry, Director for People and Skills, CBI
13:00-14:00 Lunch and exhibition
14:00-16:00 Debate
16:00-16:30 Tea and coffee
16:30-17:30 Annual Manufacturing Alumni Lecture
17:30-18:30 Drinks and canapes

How to register

Register here