THE Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has appointed John Ruddleston as a manufacturing skills workshop trainer and advisor in the South West. Over the past year MAS has held some 50 best practice events attracting almost 500 attendees and has just launched a new series of events. John will be supporting these events, which offer attendees specialist insight in leadership, supply chain, lean and product development.
John has more than 30 years of industry knowledge in lean manufacturing and business improvements, having worked with small to medium-sized (SME) firms and multinationals in Europe and America. He spent 20 years in the aerospace sector, followed by 10 years in the food and drink sector. He also has experience in the logistics and pharmaceutical sectors.
"Working for MAS provides me with the ideal platform to pass on the skills and knowledge I have picked up over the last 30 years," said John. "I am looking forward to working closely with manufacturers to help them develop the skills, confidence and direction needed to seize opportunities to grow."
Linda Middleton-Jones, stakeholder relationships and events manager at MAS, said: "Our events are often a first step for manufacturers to be introduced to MAS and gain an insight into how we can help them improve their businesses. Peer-to-peer learning and networking are key benefits of attending and we listen closely to feedback to ensure we are addressing topics that will best support manufacturers' current and future needs."
MAS events are tailored to meet the needs of SME manufacturers and designed to help businesses grow and improve productivity. MAS skills workshops are free for SME manufacturers based in England. For details visit mymas.org/events/south-west