Dr. Julie Madigan, MBE

CEO, The Manufacturing Institute

Dr Julie Madigan is Chief Executive of The Manufacturing Institute, the UK's longest established independent charity focused on the manufacturing sector. For the past 20 years she has led the organisation, which aims to drive up the standards of UK manufacturing professionalism and achievement and engage the public with the ongoing transformation of UK and global manufacturing.

In pursuit of this, during its first 20 years the Manufacturing Institute has educated over 50,000 manufacturers in best practice, delivered hands-on shop floor improvements at more than 9,000 manufacturing sites across the world, and worked with 60,000 children to inspire them.  The Manufacturing Institute also partnered with Utah State University to introduce the Shingo Prize to the UK, and partnered with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to bring Fab Labs to the UK.

Going forward, the agenda for the next decade will be to dramatically increase the engagement of the UK population with the advanced manufacturing agenda. In support of this, the Manufacturing Institute will also continue to drive its high quality educational and consultancy programmes - based on a firm understanding of the global  standards of operational excellence.

Julie began her career at pharmaceuticals giant Ciba. Prior to that she worked in research and has a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. In addition to sitting on the APMG Advisory Board, she is a member of the Board of Governors of the international Shingo Prize in the USA, a member of the Board of Advancing Quality Alliance (AqUA), and a Board member of the University of Manchester Aerospace Research Institute. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, and was a founding Director of Migrant Workers North West.

She was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List - in  recognition of her services to business and the community.