Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturing Leaders

What leadership means and how to create the next generation of digitally empowered manufacturing leaders.

Identifying, hiring, and supporting leaders is critical for the long-term success of any organization. But how do you find the right leaders? How do you make sure you are giving these leaders the support they need? In this episode, Nick Hussey, CEO of The Manufacturer, and Jason Cole of Jonathan Lee Recruitment talk about what true leadership looks like in a way that might surprise you. Listen to our podcast to find out more.


Nick Hussey 

Nick is an Economics graduate with an MBA from Surrey University Business School. He started his career with Midland Bank (now HSBC), then moved into publishing and in 1994 established Ark Group. He built Ark Group into a $30m business operating through offices in the US, Asia, Australia and the UK and this business in 2005 to a FTSE quoted media company.

In 2008 he purchased The Manufacturer Magazine and set about turning around a loss making business into something of real value. Hennik is now highly profitable, growing fast and deeply passionate about all aspects of making modern advanced manufacturing as efficient, sustainable and profitable as possible.

Jason Cole

Jason is part of the business development team working with clients across transportation sectors to develop value added partnerships. Jason was previously responsible for the day to day operational management of the automotive commercial division. Leading a team of 5 consultants to support OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers and SMEs in their commercial recruitment needs covering purchasing, supply chain, logistics, sales, marketing, human resources and administration.

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