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) and is a member of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Living With Environmental Change Business Advisory Board.

Alan Francis
Head of Engineering & Supply Chain

Throughout his 35 years in the automotive industry, Alan has had experience in 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: golf and his Aston Villa season ticket.

Ashley Pearce
Engineering Manager

Ashley has gained valuable experience in a variety of industries including manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, power generation, steel and other industrial sectors. He enjoys a challenge and is happy working at the ‘sharp end’ of industry which, he tells us, is why he is at Productiv! When not in the office he seeks high performance activities such as participating in motorsport, and relaxes by playing golf and spending time with friends and family in his native Wales.

Anand Lakhani
General Manager

Anand is a keen protagonist of ‘disruptive innovation’ and has spent much of his career encouraging others to break their mental models in order to generate radical ideas and solve ‘seemingly impossible’ problems. When not challenging the norm he spends his time bringing up two young children, which normally involves dressing up in Disney costumes.

Andrew Britton
Business Development Manager

Andrew’s ability to sell products and services into the automotive industry is based on his ability to build relationships and his time at CSA Group, Millbrook Proving Group and Perkins Engines. His ambition is for Tier 1 and OEM to think: “The Proving Factory!”, when faced with a supply chain issue. Andrew is a devoted Dad and Step Dad and looks forward to opportunities to embarrass his daughter. His hobbies include cycling, cooking and the occasional visit to the pub.

Bob Austin
Director

Bob is a highly experienced leader whose abilities include coordinating OEMs, SMEs, tier one suppliers and government to form and manage collaborative regional clusters and networks for research, technology development and exploitation. He has held senior management and business development roles at AB Electronic Products and Johnson Matthey including six years based in Germany. He also spent 20 years as a Sales Development and Marketing Consultant primarily to the automotive industry. Bob is a co-founder of Productiv and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.

Jack Curson
Graduate Mechanical Project Engineer

Having studied at Leicester, Jack was the shining star at our graduate recruitment day and has fast become a valued member of the Productiv team. Out of the office Jack ‘enjoys’ going to the gym and participates and spectates in sports, as well as an active social life.

Jane Lupson
Finance Manager

Jane is a big fan of technology. In a previous role at an engineering SME she superseded the manual accounting system with an up-to-date software based one. She then ran her own pub for four years. However she has been tempted back to work here at Productiv, where she will be responsible for implementing and running our finance ERP software system. At home she likes to relax in front of the TV or pursue the more traditional hobby of doing jigsaw puzzles – although on the rather less traditional format of her iPad.

Jonathan Reed
Marketing Manager

Jonathan has both creative and practical sides gained from a history in Motorsport, Events Management, and Marketing. He now hopes to develop his creative side in his role as Marketing Manager at Productiv. He likes to spend his free time in the countryside, and dissuading people from sitting on his 1980’s Golf GTi.

Grzegorz Rapa
Advanced Manufacturing Engineer

Greg has a love for production processes as well as experience with automotive testing, both across mechanical and electrical. In his most recent post before Productiv, he was involved in the development of battery systems for a world record beating electric supercar project. Outside of work, Greg likes to visit unusual (some might say spooky) places, is an amateur photographer and is building his own 3D printers.

Alastair Gibson
Graduate Mechanical Project Engineer

Growing up on a farm has led Alastair to attaining a degree in agricultural engineering. With a year out at an agricultural machinery manufacturer, Alastair gained experience in product development to production lines, and apparently the best place for Cornish pasties. A keen interest and clear skill in clay pigeon shooting is giving Alastair the target of competing at the 2020 Olympics.

Keith Ludford
Facilities Co-ordinator

Keith is a qualified electrician and a highly practical optimist who is keen to learn and develop new skills. Prior to Productiv, Keith was self-employed, which gave him the ultimate incentive to get things right first time. 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, and is tone deaf.

Ivan Phillips
Cost Estimator

Ivan’s vast experience in the automotive industry includes terms at Vauxhall Motors, ThyssenKrupp and Corus/TATA. His expertise includes price negotiation, make/buy decisions and cost reduction. He has worked on a number of new ventures one of which was the development of a new low carbon vehicle while at TATA. When he is not in the office he can often be found underwater pursuing his scuba diving interests, or honing DIY skills at home.

Mike Hemming
Lead Technician

Mike’s extensive experience at Aston Martin Lagonda, Prodrive and Jaguar Land Rover means he is very well suited to his role as Lead Technician at Productiv. Out of the office Mike likes to bring a little calm to the lives of others by creating Zen gardens, and has fun inspiring his children to develop their creativity.

Narinder Phull
Purchasing Manager

Narinder has extensive global sourcing experience in the aerospace and automotive industries with castings, machined parts and commodities at well-known companies such as JLR, Haldex and Meggit Control Systems. His achievements have prepared him for his ambition to develop a sustainable supply chain and make his contribution to Productiv becoming a recognized centre of excellence in the industry. In his spare time Narinder keeps himself busy managing the family business with his brother, following Formula 1 racing and teaching his 10 year old son who recently passed his 11+!

Nick Rodgers
Financial Director

Nick manages the financial aspects of Productiv and also serves as the team’s chief voice of Common Sense. Having helped build several successful businesses himself, and with the experience as an investment banker involved at the early stages of many other businesses, he ensures that Productiv can grow quickly and sustainably.

Pat Morgan
Administrator

As administrator of Productiv’s Coventry office,  Pat makes sure that the team can operate at their fullest, keeping the facility safe and secure. Outside the office, she enjoys gardening, Sudoku and Nordic walking.

Paul Taylor
Project Manager

Paul has over twenty years’ experience in project management, across the aerospace and automotive industries. Having worked on numerous government and EU-funded projects, Paul balances the priorities of flexible SMEs with the difficulties arising from large-scale projects. Paul is also a grandfather and keen gardener.

Peter Needham
Head of Sales & Marketing

Peter has spent over 20 years leading sales teams delivering technical products and services to a broad range of clients, throughout a diverse range of industries. In more recent years, activities with automotive clients have focused on low carbon technologies. When not working Peter runs “Dad’s Taxi” for his teenage son, and is an active motorsport fan.

 

Richard Bruges
Chief Executive

A founding member of Productiv, Richard has over twenty years’ experience in the automotive industry and is heavily involved in helping to shape the direction of British engineering through his work at the Automotive Council and SMMT. At home he maintains a menagerie including three pigs, two cows, a flock of sheep and three sons.

 

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Kevin Dancey
Project Manager

Kevin came to Productiv from an Aerospace background where he has lead, planned and directed various projects. Among his proudest achievements are his contributions to the Airbus A380 & Boeing 787 landing gear systems. As well as a self-confessed detailing obsession with his fancy BMW, Kevin enjoys following Rugby Union, has a keen interest in Motorbike racing and attempts to keep himself reasonably fit in between.

James Tyler
Graduate Mechanical Project Engineer

During a graduate degree in agricultural engineering, with an attainment award to boot, James spent a year gaining knowledge in engines, hydraulics and electrics at a tractor dealership. When not playing the guitar or banging the drums, James is pouring all of his money into a project car.

Ben Black
Graduate Mechanical Project Engineer

As a good problem solver and communicator, Ben is well placed to advance himself through our Graduate Programme. Having gained his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Teesside University, Ben is keen to put his experience of involvement in electric vehicle endurance racing as a student to use in his role at Productiv. Once being fit enough to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, Ben’s active nature is now mostly confined to the badminton court.

 

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Tom Donnelly
Product Strategy Manager

Tom has over 25 years’ experience in the automotive industry, including the development of market entry strategies for automotive innovations, analysis of markets, and development of engine sub-systems for the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer. All this has given Tom a very strong footing in both mechanical and electrical engineering, business administration, project management and product strategy planning. In his spare time Tom can be found on a bicycle, or with his family.

Jim Harris
Senior Project Leader

Jim joined us from Meggitt Control Systems having gained much experience through roles in Quality, Engineering, Operations and Manufacturing. His previous involvement in this manufacturing and project focused environment will bolster Productiv’s manufacturing engineering capabilities. Jim is a dutiful father to two daughters, demonstrated in part by frequently walking his daughter’s dog in Sutton Park. He also stays busy by keeping the house and cars in good condition and ‘captaining’ a local pub quiz team.