The WMG Academy for Young Engineers is overseen by the WMG Academy Trust. The Trust is made up members from industry and the University of Warwick who have led the development of the WMG Academy and oversee its running from a strategic perspective.
The Trust Board is chaired by Mike Wright.
Mike Wright, Chair of the Trust Board
Mike Wright was previously an Executive Director with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in December 2010 until his retirement in 2016, and was a member of the JLR Executive Committee since 2003. His focus was on developing corporate strategies to deliver the company’s growth ambitions. His direct responsibilities include global JLR leadership of Corporate and Product Strategy; Special Operations; Financial Services; Government Affairs and Corporate & Social Responsibility.
After graduating from his BSc in Communication, Science and Linguistics at Aston in 1975, he began his career in the automotive industry at Rover Triumph. He has held a variety of senior sales and marketing positions in a number of international markets – including four years in Germany – working at different times for Rover, Land Rover, Jaguar and Jaguar Land Rover under the ownership of BAe, BMW, Ford and now Tata.
José Lopes, Head of Technical Excellence, Jaguar Land Rover Limited
José has responsibility for development and nurturing of engineering skills and competencies within the company. This responsibility extends to engineering graduates and apprentices, so they have the necessary skills to support future growth.
Directly involved with a number of UK universities, colleges and engineering professional bodies, as well as the chair a University Technical College, José is working for closer links between schools, academia and industry.
He chairs skills for the UK Automotive Council, working across the automotive sector with Government to deliver the needs for sustainable growth. This work is supported by his role as a non-executive director of industrial skills organisation SEMTA.
A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, José is also a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
Stuart Baker, BEng (Hons), FRAeS, Operations Executive – Control Systems, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace
Stuart joined Lucas Aerospace in Birmingham after graduating from Leicester University in 1991 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Computing. He has held a variety of management roles in engineering, programme management, manufacturing and quality, prior to the company’s recent acquisition by Rolls-Royce. Stuart’s most recent role was to manage a £75m investment to create a state of the art manufacturing and engineering facility in Solihull which will be home to 1,200 Rolls-Royce employees.
Stuart has been a trustee director of the Rolls-Royce Engine Control Systems pension scheme since 2009, he is the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP’s skills champion for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, he was a member of Birmingham City Council’s Green Bridge Supply Chain investment board, and is also a Vice President of Solihull Chamber of Commerce.
Outside of work, Stuart is a UKCC level 2 qualified Badminton coach, and works on a voluntary basis for Hartshill Hayes Junior Badminton Club. He is married, with two teenage children, and in any remaining spare time he loves to repair all things mechanical, particularly old clocks and watches.
Richard Halstead, BSc (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Diploma in Marketing Management – Region Director, Midlands & East
Richard began his career in manufacturing with Lucas Industries as a graduate trainee in 1985. He spent eighteen years with the company through its merger with Lucas Varity and, subsequent takeover by TRW where he became UK Operations Director for its Automotive Aftermarket business.
After a period of time working as Commercial Director for an SME, he became Commercial Director for Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd and then took the role as Business Unit Director for MAC Tools, part of Stanley UK Ltd. Latterly he was working for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce on an AWM project engaging at the most senior level with Strategic Businesses.
He joined the EEF as Region Director in March 2011 and is a Board Director for Birmingham Science City as well as The WMG Academy for Young Engineers. He chairs the Midlands Business Forum as well as the Midlands STEM Cohesion Group. He was also a Board Director of the West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium which ran MAS in the West Midlands and he continues to be involved in the residual projects in this area
Outside of work Richard is actively involved in the local community raising funds through a Charity Pool League as well as past involvement in Round Table helping organise events such as Solihull Carnival and Shirley Beer Festival.
Sally Lucas, BA (Hons), CIPD – Executive Director of Coventry & Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce Training
Sally joined Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training after graduating from Coventry University with an honours degree in Psychology, followed by a post graduate diploma in Personnel Management. She has held a number of management positions within the organisation, prior to taking up the post of Executive Director in 2001.
Key responsibilities include setting the strategic vision and leading one of the largest vocational training and development organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire, providing Apprenticeships and other training for over a thousand young people and adults, alongside an extensive range of business to business courses.
As head of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training, a wholly owned subsidiary of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Sally is responsible for delivering high quality workforce development solutions which support businesses and individuals to grow. This includes developing strategic partnerships, including membership of local, regional and national skills bodies, including the British Chambers of Commerce Skills Forum and the Jobs and Skills Business Group of Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, where her role is to champion Apprenticeships, particularly for young people.
Glenda Kershaw, BSc, PGCE, ACA, ATII
Having graduated from Warwick University with a BSc in Mathematics, and a PGCE from Cambridge, Glenda Kershaw’s initial career was in teaching. A change of direction subsequently led her to qualify as a chartered accountant with a Birmingham firm, now part of Grant Thornton, where she worked on a wide portfolio of audit clients around the country. On qualifying as a chartered tax advisor she continued her career working in the corporate tax department, before taking a role with the central finance team at the University of Warwick. Having worked in various areas of the University, Glenda took on the WMG Finance Director role, where she has now been for nearly twenty years, working with the Chairman to help bring his strategic vision to realisation.
Rosie leads the finance function at Warwick, with a particular focus on the commercial areas and strategic projects. She is responsible for overseeing all financial arrangements of the University, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President. She is supported by her senior finance management team to whom routine management and operational matters are delegated. Rosie is a member of the Senior Management Team and is extensively involved in the University’s strategy and implementation.
Rosie first came to Warwick in October 1993 when she was appointed as Senior Assistant Finance Officer with specific responsibility for the University’s Earned Income Group. Before that she worked at senior manager level at the accountancy firms Grant Thornton and Price Waterhouse, specialising in advising family-owned businesses, SMEs and professional partnerships.
She is a graduate of St Mary’s College, Durham (Mathematics and Economics) and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Trust Governors declaration of interests can be found here