Wayne Jones OBE
Wayne Jones was born in Manchester in 1966 and graduated with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. Prior to his Academic qualification, he completed a 4-year Apprenticeship which later inspired some of his Leadership, Corporate and Social Responsibility philosophies.
He has been employed in the Manufacturing Industry for more than 30 years, holding various positions in Sales, Project Management, Customer Service, Operations, Engineering, and R&D and during his career, he has resided in Norway, UAE, and Oman.
Wayne started his career at British Aerospace completing his Apprenticeship at Mather & Platt in Manchester before moving to the Sulzer Corporation.
He joined the MAN Group in 2005 to head the UK Aftermarket business before becoming Managing Director in October of the same year. Wayne led a major restructuring programme turning the Company from significant losses into a profitable result in less than 18 months. In 2010, Wayne was appointed as Head of the Global After Sales business under the brand MAN PrimeServ, leading the division to significant growth and profitability over the next six years.
On 1 January 2016, he became the first British national in the history of the company to join the Executive Board of MAN Diesel & Turbo SE as CSO, responsible for Sales and After Sales with Revenues of over Euro 3 Billion and responsibility for more than 14,000 employees.
In March of the same year, Wayne was presented with the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. This was in recognition of his services to the North West of England and his social commitment, particularly his work on behalf of young people.
Wayne is passionate and committed to his Industry and ensuring the next generation of Engineers have the opportunities to be inspired and embark on interesting and challenging careers. To deliver these future concepts, Wayne Chaired the Employer Ownership Skills in partnership with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce with the goal of significantly increasing new Apprenticeships in the next generation. As a result of this program close to 1,000 young people started their apprenticeships in 2014. Wayne was appointed President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the largest Chamber in the UK from October 2015 to October 2017 and is currently the Past President.
Other areas of CSR that Wayne has initiated are closer links with local Universities, Colleges (he is a Fellow of Stockport College of Technology) and Schools, which include work experience for students with learning difficulties, developing a work readiness programme, Apprenticeships and Internships. He is regularly asked to speak at international conferences on Leadership, Change Management and Cultural Awareness in Business.
This is what he had to say in a recent interview with one of our event supporters Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, where he served as President from 2015-17, when asked “How has the Engineering & Manufacturing industry changed over the last 5 years and with Industry 4.0 becoming a reality, what do you predict will happen in the next 10?”