City Giants

Wolverhampton’s Business Champions certainly deserve their name. They represent the city’s leading strategic businesses and together they turn over £7 billion in the UK and £57 billion worldwide. They’re also investing £37 million in research and development and supporting 2,625 apprenticeships.

With a combined globally strong workforce of nearly 100,000, it pays to get to know our Business Champions. Contact the City's Investment Team to find out how you can draw from their experience and success.

Phil Barnett

Phil Barnett

Chair of the Wolverhampton Business Champions; Former Divisional Director, Marston’s

Recently retired, Philip has over 40 years brewing industry experience in various roles in production and sales. He is a qualified Brewer and a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Read more...

Henry Carver

Henry Carver

Managing Director, Carvers

Henry has worked for Carvers for 30 years and has been Managing Director for 27. He has a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Wolverhampton. Carvers were established in 1896 as a builders’ merchant in Wolverhampton. More than 115 years later, Carvers are still going strong supplying building supplies to customers throughout the region. Read more...

David Danger

David Danger

Managing Director, UTC Aerospace Systems

David has worked for UTC since 2008 and has been in engineering and manufacturing for 25 years. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Read more...

Trevor Leeks

Trevor Leeks

Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover

Trevor has over 25 years’ experience working in the automotive and aerospace industries on a global scale, with BAE and Ford, before moving to Jaguar Land Rover to head up its new Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54. Read more...

Stuart McLachlan

Stuart McLachlan

Business Unit General Manager, Moog

Stuart has worked for Moog (previously GE/Smiths/Dowty) for 25 years. After serving an apprenticeship and graduating from the University of Wolverhampton, he has held various senior management roles in programme management, operations and business management. Read more...

Professor Ian Oakes

Professor Ian Oakes

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Ian is responsible for co-ordinating the University of Wolverhampton’s growing innovation and enterprise arena at regional, national and international levels, as well as overseeing the strategic development of the University’s Science Park and incubator activities. Read more...

John Wood

John Wood

Director, Group Corporate Services Director Liberty Industries Group

John has over 46 years of experience in the metal processing and engineering industries since starting as an undergraduate apprentice at IMI plc. He joined Caparo from IMI in 1991 as a subsidiary MD. In 1995 he was appointed CEO of the Caparo Engineering Division and joined the Main Board of Caparo Industries Plc in 1997. He joined the Liberty House Group in November 2015. Read more...

 

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