The UK operations director at Handicare has been named as one of the country’s outstanding manufacturing professionals.
Richard Whitehouse, who joined Handicare in July 2016, has been featured in 2019’s Manufacturer Top 100 awards scheme.
Now in its sixth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 project, run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education, publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing.
Its goal is to help dispel popularly-held myths that vibrant manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past.
Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry and are selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to young people aspiring to a career in industry.
Handicare’s MD, Clare Brophy, nominated Whitehouse for the award.
She said: “Since joining us, Richard’s focus has been on creating a stairlift manufacturing operation fit for the future. He has also been instrumental in raising our profile with young people, initiating a programme identifying and nurturing talent into the manufacturing marketplace. We are very proud to see him ranked in the Top 100.”
Whitehouse added: “I am a passionate believer in manufacturing and the need for the UK to strengthen its manufacturing power base once again. I think my achievements come from getting teams and individuals to work together, to challenge them to do things they didn’t believe possible and to enable them to achieve those goals.”