Manufacturing Wales has announced Heather Anstey-Myers as its new CEO.
The industry-led collaborative consortium is at the heart of efforts to support Welsh manufacturers in creating supply chain resilience, maximising procurement opportunities and promoting the world-class credentials of the country’s manufacturing sector.
Anstey-Myers joins Manufacturing Wales after recently stepping down as CEO of Chambers Wales. At Chambers Wales, she led an enormous transformation to inject a commercial culture and refocus on customer-led market demand to better support Welsh SMEs. She also ensured it had a voice that could influence the most senior decision-makers on economic, business and international trade policy.
She was previously CEO of the widely acclaimed Abergavenny Food festival – one of the biggest in the UK – where she delivered an award-winning showcase for the Welsh food and drink sector.
She has also worked as a senior local authority public servant, leading organisational change, scrutinising decision-making and delivering a range of building restoration and civil engineering projects.
Heather Anstey-Myers said:
“It is my great privilege to be championing and future-proofing Welsh manufacturing by joining Manufacturing Wales as its CEO.
“Manufacturing Wales has integrity and pedigree because it was set up by Welsh manufacturers to offer solutions to the complex needs and challenges that they face. No one knows how to support and grow Welsh manufacturing better than the manufacturers themselves. This is why, as a membership organisation, it is truly unique in Wales, and why I am so excited to get going to support them.”
On her focus for role as CEO she said:
“I want to secure stronger procurement opportunities and connect manufacturing business together to secure joint ventures to maximise their potential to win contracts.
“Working with the industry board, I will continue to deliver industry-focused events and factory tours relevant to manufacturing and I will ensure that we work with our academic partners to deliver direct links to R&D facilities, attracting talent to work in manufacturing and promote our manufacturing success stories widely through our partnership with Business News Wales.
“By growing and developing strong manufacturing networks across Wales, I will help them to support each other, offering advice from trusted partners linking our members to academia and act as a gateway to new markets including the international market via our partner Global Welsh.
“This is what makes Manufacturing Wales a truly compelling proposition for Welsh manufacturers to connect to. And who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”