Contact John Patsavellas

Areas of expertise

  • Design, Strategy & Innovation
  • Industrial Automation
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Product and Service Design
  • Smart Materials
  • Sustainable Manufacturing


John Patsavellas is a senior lecturer in manufacturing management in Cranfield University having joined the UK's most iconic postgraduate university following a career in the manufacturing industry spanning sectors as diverse as steel, food, paper products, pharma, fashion, building products and sanitaryware ceramics. He has been a boardroom director since 2004. John has an honours degree in mechanical engineering design from the University of Huddersfield, an MSc in manufacturing systems and management from the University of Bradford and an MBA from the University of Kingston. He has worked around the world, managing, buying, moving and building factories and deploying advanced technologies. His special interest and expertise lies in driving optimum efficiencies by the successful integration of people in the modern industrial reality, as well as designing the future aspects of sustainable productivity in high value manufacturing. John received the 2014 IMechE Manufacturing Excellence award for innovation in products and services. He has been the president of the European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers' Institute (ERFMI) in Brussels, an active member of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG) and an industrial visiting fellow of the School of Engineering in the University of Hertfordshire. John is a member of the IET's Manufacturing Policy Panel and the IET's Production and Design Sector.

Current activities

Manufacturing leadership & strategy

Productivity improvement

Operations management & leadership


Supply Chain Management

Robotics & automation

Advanced materials applications

General Management & Leadership

Improving manufacturing operations

Behavioural economics and medicine


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