Aiming to inspire and inform its members through factory visits and regular meetings, the CKMA also acts as a facilitator to integrate businesses into the local supply chain.
As the managing director of world-renowned industrial fan manufacturer, The WITT UK Group, and a member of the Steering Group, Martin brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to this position.
Taking over the role from the recently retired Jeff Monks, this new installation will see Martin heading up the CKMA – utilising his passion for growing and developing engineering businesses, as well as encouraging young people to enter the industry.
Martin said: “I have been immersed in the manufacturing world for many years now, which has enabled me to become well-connected within the Calderdale area. Alongside my current positions, I believe my involvement with Fit 4 Nuclear – as well as being a part of the Leeds City Region LEP Business Innovation and Growth panel – has stood me in good stead to properly represent and give a ‘voice’ to local business people.”
The news of Martin’s appointment follows the announcement of the organisation’s up-and-coming events in October, which will run on 23 and 25, to promote a career in manufacturing to students from local schools.
He added: “Being an Enterprise Ambassador, I love speaking to young people about the opportunities within this field,” continued Martin. “I’m passionate about helping students develop new skills, which is why I am so excited to be a part of the CKMA team at this significant time.
“The two upcoming workshops will see members and other supporting organisations come together to promote this under-valued industry. And in my role as chairman, this is set to be my focus throughout 2019.”