The Manufacturing Technology Centre has appointed one of the Midlands' best known businessmen as its new chairman.
Mel Ewell, former chief executive of Amey, has been on the MTC board as a non-executive director since October 2016, and takes over from Sir David Brown.
He studied at Kingston University where he gained a BSc (Hons) in geography and subsequently an honorary doctorate, and has held senior executive positions in a wide range of sectors, with Amey, TNT International, ADI Group and SIG plc.
He joined Amey in 2001, becoming chief executive two years later. Under his tenure he successfully guided Amey through its sale to Ferrovial. In 2016 he retired from Amey, having transformed it into one of the UK's largest engineering, construction and infrastructure companies, delivering vital projects across the UK, including key road and rail projects such as the electrification of the Great Western mainline and maintaining the iconic Forth Road Bridge.
In 2011 he became a non-executive director of specialist construction products company SIG plc, and has subsequently been appointed to the boards of HS2, London City Airport, DofE and MOLA.
MTC chief executive Dr Clive Hickman said,
Speaking of his appointment Mel Ewell said,
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