Patrick McLaughlin is a Chartered Engineer and Eur Ing. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Production Management and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), both from Cranfield.

In a career that spans manufacturing engineer, manager and director, he has worked in both multinational and SME businesses. His experiences with a range of manufacturing processes and working for a number of different companies allied to experience in several industries has provided him with a strong background in managing manufacturing operations, including managing growth, downturn, restructuring and relocation of manufacturing facilities.

He has worked at director level in manufacturing operations for over twenty years, and has been responsible for several plant-wide lean manufacturing implementations. He has experience of implementing and managing change programmes to improve manufacturing performance in automotive, capital goods, industrial equipment and consumer durables. This experience includes responsibility for integrating the design and development of new products into a lean operations environment and developing a continuous improvement culture to facilitate performance gains in lean implementations.

Current activities

Current activities include leading the Operations Excellence MSc course, where he is Course Director. 

As Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Management, he is involved in teaching Manufacturing Strategy Development and Deployment, Innovation Management, Project Management and Operations Excellence. He is Director of General Research Facilities and leads the National Manufacturing Debate. Research interests include the application of cellular manufacturing techniques to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations to drive productivity improvements; and the development and management of innovation within a manufacturing environment.


  • Rolls-Royce plc
  • BIS
  • Weetabix
  • Brompton Bicycle
  • Alamo Group Europe
  • Aura Inflight
  • TUI


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