Wolverhampton Business Champions

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The Champions

Stuart McLachlan

Stuart McLachlan
Stuart McLachlan
President, Moog Industrial Group

Organisation: Moog Industrial Group
Job title: President and Chair of Wolverhampton Business Champions group

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Stuart was appointed as President – Moog Industrial Group and Moog Corporate officer in December 2021. Prior roles include Chief Business Officer Moog Aircraft Group and GVP & GM Aircraft Components Sector within Moog’s Aircraft Group. Stuart began his career at Dowty Aerospace Wolverhampton in 1987 and held several senior positions within Smiths Aerospace, GE, before joining Moog in 2009. During his career, his roles included engineering, program management, operations and general management. Stuart is based at Moog’s Tewkesbury facility in the UK.

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Wolverhampton University, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and President of the Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Cosford branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Stuart is also Chairman of the Wolverhampton Business Champions Group.

Stuart is married to Karen and has two sons, both are taking engineering paths. The eldest now working in the Aerospace industry and the youngest studying at Nottingham University in the UK.

Interests outside of work include running and Formula 1 motor racing.

Henry Carver

Henry Carver
Henry Carver
Managing Director, Carvers Wolverhampton

Organisation: Carvers Wolverhampton
Job title: Managing Director

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Henry has 40 years in the building trade industries both in management and directorship. He is Managing Director / Owner of Carver Wolverhampton Ltd with sales of £55m; Chairman and 50% Investor of ETS and TKS with turnovers of £8m and £3m; Chairman and investor at Heritage Manor, a Care home group of 6 care homes and Chairman (owner) of Vaives in Latvia and Impralemn in Romania – both Timber Production and Treatment.

Henry’s personal interests include squash and tennis and he is also a keen golfer. He speaks fluent French and was previously a fluent Spanish speaker. He has been married for 31 years with 3 children.

Henry became a business champion simply because he wants to make a positive difference to the city where he was born and where his family have lived for five generations.

Whatever I have done in my Business life, I have tried to be positive and make a difference.

Henry Carver, Managing Director, Carvers Wolverhampton

James Holland

James Holland
James Holland
Director of Business Development,
Strategy & Customer Account
Management, Collins Aerospace

Organisation: Collins Aerospace
Job title: Director of Business Development, Strategy & Customer Account Management

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James Holland is Director of Business Development and Strategy at Collins Aerospace.

James has over 30 years of experience within the Automotive and Aerospace sectors covering Operations, Sales, EHS and Customer Relationship roles.

He began his journey with Collins Aerospace in 2005 and has held roles of increasing responsibility ever since, included Operations and Program Management and Leading Actuation Systems Aftermarket.

Neil Lloyd

Neil Lloyd
Neil Lloyd
Managing Director, FBC Manby Bowdler

Organisation: FBC Manby Bowdler
Job title: Managing Director

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Neil is an Affiliate of the IFS School of Finance, 2013 and has been an Associate of the Chartered Banker Institute since 2016.

Neil joined FBC Manby Bowdler (FBCMB) as Sales Director in 2015. Working closely with the wider support functions he has helped develop the sales infrastructure, supporting the achievement of the Firms overall business plan objectives and growth strategy. Neil became Managing Director on April 1st 2020 and is a member of the Firm's Executive Board.

In January 2023 he was named in the Hot 100 by the Lawyer magazine and awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wolverhampton.

Outside of work Neil is a keen marathon runner and is currently working his way through the big global marathons of London, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago and New York.

Employing nearly 200 people, being part of the Business Champions group gives Neil and FBCMB an opportunity to network with significant businesses in the city as well as have an input into how the city should evolve.

I’ve worked in various cities in the country but never had the opportunity that being a Business Champion offers. It’s a great platform to interact with others and understand the latest thinking from the city council.

Neil Lloyd, Managing Director, FBC Manby Bowdler

John Wood

John Wood
John Wood
Director, Liberty Engineering

Organisation: Liberty Engineering
Job title: Director

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John Wood is the Director – Group Corporate Services at Liberty Engineering, part of a very large international industrial group with over 30,000 employees and with a heritage in commodities, manufacturing, engineering and finance.

John has over 50 years’ experience in the metal processing and engineering industries and is a Member of the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He was first appointed as a MD in 1991. John is a Chartered Engineer, has an accountancy qualification and is a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands. He has three children, one of which is severely mentally and physically disabled. He is a keen golfer and regularly swims and attends a gym.

There are seven Liberty companies based in Wolverhampton, mainly at a large site in Neachells Lane, Willenhall. The companies have a combined turnover of over £50m p.a. and have some 400 employees.

I believe that local businesses should engage with, and support, the development of the local community as a location of choice for businesses, and I want to be involved in making that happen.

John Wood, Director, Liberty Engineering

Richard Nicklin

Richard Nicklin
Richard Nicklin
Deputy Director – Business Engagement
University of Wolverhampton

Organisation: University of Wolverhampton
Job title: Deputy Director – Business Engagement

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Richard provides strategic leadership to the University's business engagement function raising levels of high quality teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange partnerships with business, community and public sector organisations to positively impact society and the economy.

He possesses 16 years’ experience of strategic leadership developed across the public and private sector in the fields of skills, enterprise and innovation, economic development, inward investment, regeneration and place-based strategy development.

Philip Barnett

Philip Barnett
Philip Barnett
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Organisation: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Job title: Chair of the Board of Trustees

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Philip was born locally and has been based in Wolverhampton for the majority of his working life. He is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Grand Theatre.

Philip worked for Marston’s for over 40 years during which time he held several senior roles in various parts of the organisation and retired from the role of Operations Director in 2015. He is now a qualified brewer and Life Member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

He was a member of the Board of WV1 from 2010 to 2015 and helped deliver a successful ‘Yes’ vote for a Business Improvement District (BID) for Wolverhampton. This was the first Retail BID in the Black Country.

He was Chair of the Wolverhampton Business Champions from 2012 to 2017 and now represents the Grand Theatre within this group.

Phil is a key supporter of the City and joined the Champions to actively work with the Council, local politicians, MP’s and other key stakeholders to make Wolverhampton a better place to invest, work, live and visit.

In September 2016 Phil was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wolverhampton for services to the City. He is married with three children and three grandchildren and his interests include walking, golf and travel.