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Sponsors of the Productivity through People programme

Read about the sponsors of our leadership development programme for small and medium-sized enterprises and why they support it.


Company logos for EDF Energy, Babcock International, NatWest, BAE Systems, Leonardo and Rolls-Royce.
The companies that provide sponsorship and ongoing support for Productivity through People

EDF Energy

Chris Squires, Lead Supply Chain Engagement Manager

Working alongside its people, communities, businesses, and local government, we are both privileged and proud to be playing an important role in the revitalisation of the skills base and industry in the South West.

Since the summer of 2010, Chris has been Lead Supply Chain Engagement Manager for EDF Energy's Nuclear New Build Programme in the UK. With over 40 years' experience in construction and civil engineering procurement in both contractor and client roles, Chris gained a Master of Business Administration at the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining EDF, Chris has spent time working with Costain, Carillion, Wimpey Construction, GlaxoSmithKline, London Underground and the Metropolitan Police Service.

BAE Systems

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director

Engaging employees in the mission and purpose of the company, and really empowering them to do the job as effectively as possible, lies at the heart of successful organisations, and as importantly is at the heart of sustainable business success.

Nigel was appointed Group Managing Director of Programmes and Support, one of three Global Operating Groups in BAE Systems, in 2008. In this role he has responsibility for UK Businesses including Maritime, Military Air & Information, Combat Vehicles (UK), UK Munitions and the Group's Shared Services operations. These businesses deliver over £6bn turnover predominantly in UK defence but also in international markets.

Babcock International

Simon Bowen, Sector CEO

At Cavendish Nuclear we are creating a diverse company sustainable for the long term. There's no question in my mind, it starts and ends with people and leadership, it's about human connection, engagement and caring for each other. We care, we connect, we trust that for me has got to be at the heart of everything we do to drive performance. Now why wouldn't you want to work in a company like that?

Simon joined Cavendish Nuclear at the beginning of November 2015 taking up the appointment as Managing Director.


Andrew Brown, Procurement Director

Leonardo is committed to working together with their key suppliers and also with UK Government, with a collective focus on growth. Productivity through People provides an ideal platform to develop this collaboration with academia, and to strengthen some of our important supply relationships.

Andrew joined Leonardo in 1996 as the Procurement Manager of the Displays Division in Edinburgh and, during the heritage of BAE Systems Avionics, became the Procurement Director for the combined business units across facilities in the UK. Andrew is currently the Procurement Director for the trans-national Airborne & Space Systems Division within Leonardo, and is also the UK Procurement lead for Leonardo MW Ltd.

Rolls-Royce plc

Chris Tierney, Executive Vice President, Projects, Systems & Supply Chain

We're delighted to be sponsoring Productivity through People - we believe that recognising diversity, engaging and investing in our employees, and focusing on a high performance culture are vital in helping our customers power the future.

Chris joined Rolls-Royce in 2009 and is currently Executive Vice-President for the Projects, Systems & Supply Chain (PSSC) business within our Nuclear Sector, which is primarily focussed on the UK and International New Build Market. He also holds the functional role as Head of Purchasing and Supply Management for the Nuclear Sector, and is based in the UK (Derby location).

NatWest Commerical and Private Banking

Matt Hatcher, Director of Commercial Banking

NatWest is delighted to be supporting the Productivity through People programme – we understand the important role we play in helping SMEs succeed and prosper in their chosen markets and this leading programme is exactly the sort of collaboration we want to foster with our clients and the University of Bath.

In his role Matt leads a Commercial Banking team who work closely with inspiring entrepreneurs and owner managers (with an annual turnover of over £2m up to £50m) to help them progress their business and achieve their ambitions. We take pride in helping SME businesses across the West of England to succeed – offering support in how they can win in their chosen markets, reduce their operational costs, improve their working capital and consider opportunities to scale and diversify. He is also the Bank’s sector lead for Automotive & Manufacturing across Southern England and South Wales.


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