GTMA names Geoff Highley as its new president
By PRW Staff
Posted 12 September 2012
The GTMA has announced that Geoff Highley has been elected as the tool-making and technology organisation’s new president.
Highley has been on the GTMA’s board for 12 years and was previously general manger at McLaren Racing for nine years. Prior to that he worked across various operations at BAe.
Highley: "passionate" about the GTMA's supply chain initiative
He replaces Alan Peace of SGS Carbide Tools and will hold the post for at least two years.
Highley said he was pleased to have the support of a board "that has a wealth of experience, history and heritage, but with a clear plan for the future".
He said he believed his background allowed him to bring a different perspective to the GTMA. “Although I did run a toolroom at BAe, I have not worked as a toolmaker, or even within an SME.
“I am told this gives me the ability to ask the questions that many others don’t think of, as well as the knack to quickly cut to the crux of an issue.”
He said he was passionate about the association’s supply chain initiative, the Manufacturing Resource Centre (MRC), and looked forward to its ongoing development.
“The MRC considers every step of the supply chain as a value adding opportunity.
"This is a route to a more engaged interface between the customer and GTMA members supplying specialist support services and expertise.”
Speaking of Highley’s election, GTMA chief executive Julia Moore said the new president had been a loyal board member for many years and “brought a wealth of experience from the aerospace and automotive sectors, particularly from McLaren”.
He was also a keen supporter of the organisation’s supply chain initiative, she added.
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