About

Productiv bridges the gap between small enterprises developing leading edge low carbon technology and large vehicle manufacturers.

Countless small UK enterprises, often the product of university research teams or motorsport, are prototyping remarkable low carbon technologies with the potential to transform the vehicles of tomorrow and enable manufacturers to meet stringent EU demands. These enterprises rarely have the capability to manufacture their solutions to the necessary volume, quality or cost. Productiv bridges the gap between a great technology and the ability to manufacture it in its thousands for integration by large vehicle manufacturers.

By providing technical, production and commercial development, we deliver the economies of scale the automotive industry needs at the low volumes necessary initially, enabling vehicle manufacturers and other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to access new technology from outside the established supply chain.

Productiv is an active member of the UK Automotive Council (Technology and Supply Chain groups).

Alan Francis
Head of Engineering & Supply Chain

Over three and a half decades in the automotive sector, Alan has experienced every stage of technology development from design, development and validation through to prototyping and production. With his children now grown up, he has time to focus on the important things in life: improving his golf swing and roaring on Aston Villa to their next victory.

Alastair Gibson
Project Engineer

Having grown up on a farm, agricultural engineering was a natural choice for Alastair’s degree. He joined Productiv from an agricultural machinery manufacturer, where he gained experience in product development to production lines. Away from work Alastair can be found clay pigeon shooting or on the slopes.

Anand Lakhani
Managing Director

A keen protagonist of ‘disruptive innovation’, Anand has spent much of his career encouraging colleagues to generate radical ideas and solve ‘seemingly impossible’ problems. Stimulating others to use their imagination is a theme outside work too, as Anand is father to two young children, whose favourite activities involve dressing up in Disney costumes.

 

Ashley Pearce
Engineering Innovation Manager

Ashley relishes a challenge and is happiest working at the ‘sharp end’ of industry which, he tells us, is why he is at Productiv! Away from the office he’s a massive motorsport fan, and also relaxes by playing golf and spending time with friends and family in his native Wales.

Ben Black
Mechanical Project Engineer

Having gained his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Teesside University, Ben is now putting his experience in electric vehicle endurance racing as a student to use in his role at Productiv. A Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award winner, Ben’s active nature is now mostly confined to the badminton court.

Darren Burbage
Financial Controller

With more than three decades of experience, in sectors from manufacturing to consultancy, there isn’t much Darren doesn’t know when it comes to finance and accounting. In his free time, when he’s not eyeing up his next car purchase, he’s gardening, travelling and spending time with his wife and son.

Graham Hunter
Senior Project Leader

Graham is a master of many skills, with expertise in manufacturing engineering, new product introduction, project management, advanced product quality planning (APQP) and capital spend. His spare time is equally varied and split between ballroom dancing, hiking and driving radio-controlled aeroplanes and cars.

Giles Hooker
Project Leader

Marine engineering graduate Giles worked on top secret submarine projects before joining Productiv. The nautical world life still holds a great attraction for him, as when he’s not at work, he’s heading for the coast to swim, surf, dive and fish.

James Tyler
Project Leader

One of our youngest Project Leaders and among the best qualified too, James’ degree is in Agricultural Engineering and he also holds a PRINCE2 project management qualification. In his free time, he loves attending gigs and travelling.

Jasmine Adams
Account Assistant

Jasmine is our trusty accounts assistant, applying her book-keeping skills to keep our financial matters in order. When not deluged with invoices and purchase orders, she spends her time looking after her horses with her rescue dog by her side.

Jonathan Reed
Project Leader

Experience in motorsport, events management and marketing has given Jonathan creative and practical experience to complement his engineering knowledge. He likes to spend his free time in his allotment and dissuading people from sitting on his 1980s VW Golf GTi.

Keith Ludford
Facilities Co-ordinator

A qualified electrician, Keith describes himself as a ‘highly practical optimist’ who is keen to learn and develop new skills. He has three sons and is a keen runner with two half-marathons under his belt. He also enjoys music, but is strictly a spectator as he admits to having no rhythm or timing.

Kieran Ward
Graduate Project Engineer

A graduate project engineer by day, Kieran is a strong communication and problem-solver. These skills also come in handy for his main hobby, as bow-man on a 33-foot keelboat, racing regularly throughout the year. He even finds time to fit in some rowing, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding.

Mike Hemming
Lead Technician

An automotive specialist who numbers Prodrive, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover among his former employers, Mike knows how to assemble and disassemble all types of vehicle and these days oversees our machining operation. Outside of work, he’s a budding Nick Park, creating stop-motion dinosaur videos, and also enjoys fitness training with his sons.

Nick Rodgers
Financial Director

Nick chairs the board and serves as the team’s chief voice of Common Sense. Previously an investment banker and venture capitalist, who has also helped build several successful businesses, he’s ideally placed to drive Productiv and its partners’ growth plans.

Richard Bruges
Chief Executive

Richard has been with Productiv since the very start, after more than two decades in automotive and manufacturing.  He’s helping to shape the direction of British engineering through his work at the Automotive Council and APC, championing sustainability and the role of SMEs.  At home, he and his wife maintain a menagerie including three cows, a flock of sheep, a corgi and three sons.