Wayne Jones is the current President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and is CSO on the Executive Board of MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, with responsibility for Sales and After Sales.
Wayne 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 and corporate & social responsibility philosophies. He has been employed in the manufacturing industry for over 25 years, holding positions at British Aerospace, Mather & Platt/Weir Pumps, Sulzer Pumps, before joining the MAN group in 2005, becoming MD of the UK aftermarket, based in Stockport.
In 2010, Wayne was appointed as Head of Global After Sales for MAN diesel and Turbo SE, and in 2016 became the first British national in the history of the company to join the executive board, fulfilling his current position.
In March 2016 Wayne was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the North West of England and his personal commitment to working 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 and is a committed supporter of Gander and its objectives for the young people of Stockport.
Penny Haslam is a professional speaker and event host, with a long pedigree in business broadcast journalism. Penny was educated in Cheadle Hulme and at Aquinas College, before studying at Sheffield University and then joining the BBC. She worked her way up to become a senior producer on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box and then a business news reporter on BBC Breakfast, the News Channel and Radio 5 Live. She has also reported for The One Show and fronted investigations on Panorama.
Having being awarded Speaker of the Year 2016, by her trade association, the PSA, Penny is an in-demand speaker for her keynote ‘The Expert Advantage’ which draws on her experience of interviewing businessmen and women on national television and radio.
Penny says that “the work that Gander is doing with young adults, around the vision for Stockport, is an important part of creating a town that brings in new business, attracts and retains talent and offers a compelling and palpable outward optimism. Skills are in short supply, so informing the people who are born and educated in Stockport, of the broad range of opportunities that exist for them in their home town is imperative in realising Stockport’s vision”