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MTA DG Graham Dewhurst announces his retirement

14 March, 2014

Graham Dewhurst, director general of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, is to retire in the summer, after running the organisation for seven years. During his tenure, the number of members has grown by a third and the range of industries and type of company that the MTA represents has increased dramatically.

Dewhurst led a significant internal re-structuring of the MTA to deliver a more modern streamlined organisation, as well revising the Association’s statutes to create a more open organisation.

An important part of the modernisation was to renovate the MTA’s listed headquarters building in central London to deliver a modern environment for staff, members and tenants.

“The work that Graham has done over the last seven years has been outstanding,” says MTA president, Mark Ridgway. “The vibrancy and relevance that he has instilled at the MTA is what members really want to see. That he will hand over an Association that is gaining members, on a firm financial footing and successfully runs the UK’s leading manufacturing exhibition – MACH – is a testament to the hard work he has done over the last seven years.

Retiring: Graham Dewhurst

“Graham’s work means that his successor will take over an organisation which is fit-for-purpose and strongly reflects the priorities of its membership, enabling him or her to move the MTA forward in areas like advocacy, policy development and building the twin brands of the MTA and MACH,” Ridgway adds.

Before becoming director general, Dewhurst served on the MTA’s Council. A qualified accountant, he entered the sector in 1988 as finance director at Holroyd Machine Tools, then part of the Renold Group. He was managing director of Renold’s machine tool division from 2001 until joining the MTA in 2007. 

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