New appointment at the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)

John Ruddleston to help continue the success of MAS’ events programme

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has today announced the appointment of John Ruddleston as a Manufacturing Skills Workshop Trainer and Advisor to bolster the strong team already delivering MAS events across the South West.

With nearly 50 best practice events attracting almost 500 attendees in the past year, MAS has just launched a new series of events for manufacturers. Attendees will be able to gain specialist insight to a number of themes with events covering Leadership, Supply Chain,Lean and Product Development.

John has over 30 years of industry knowledge in lean manufacturing and business improvements, having worked with small to medium sized (SME) firms and multinationals in Europe and America. He spent 20 years in the aerospace sector working for companies including Messier Dowty and Meggitt, followed by 10 years in the food and drink sector working for businesses including Greencore, Bakkavor and Samworth. He also has experience in the logistics and pharmaceutical sectors.

John said: “Working for MAS provides me with the ideal platform to pass on the skills and knowledge I have picked up over the last 30 years. I am looking forward to working closely with manufacturers to help them develop the skills, confidence and direction needed to seize opportunities to grow.”

Linda Middleton-Jones, Stakeholder Relationships and Events Manager at MAS, said: “Our events are often a first step for manufacturers to be introduced to MAS and gain an insight into how we can help them improve their businesses. Peer-to-peer learning and networking are key benefits of attending and we listen closely to feedback to ensure we are addressing topics that will best support manufacturers’ current and future needs.

“We have already delivered a raft of successful events across the South West and John will help us manage the increasing demand we have received from manufacturers in the region. The extensive experience and skills he brings will ensure that businesses connect with the best support available from MAS. John is a great addition to the team.”

MAS events are tailored to meet the needs of SME manufacturers and designed to help businesses grow, improve productivity, efficiency and profit. MAS skills workshops are FREE for SME manufacturers based in England.

For more information on the MAS events programme in the South West visit, call 0845 658 9600 or email [email protected].


This press release has been issued by Brandon Hill Communications of behalf of MAS. For more information please contact James Meredith on 0117 933 9510 or email

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The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

MAS WORKS for manufacturers. We provide a national service delivered locally by experienced advisors, who will help England’s manufacturing businesses grow. A  MAS advisor can work at a strategic level to create business and product strategies. We can help develop a culture of innovation, generating new product ideas and market opportunities. We will work in reducing waste and maximising profitability in business and in supply chains. If you’re a small or medium sized manufacturer in England, many of our services are free and supplemented by appropriate grant funding.

With a strong commitment to equality and diversity MAS believes that the services they provide should be based on merit, equality, fairness and need and that no-one should be treated less favourably on the basis of their sex, racial or ethnic origin, colour, religion, disability, marital status, sexuality or age.

Monday 23 September 2013