Valuechain Leadership Team.

Our leadership team have a breadth of complimentary manufacturing, technology and business expertise to ensure Valuechain develops market leading solutions that drive supply chain excellence.

At a glance, our leadership team have:

  • Decades of experience in senior leadership positions at advanced manufacturing primes, subcontractors and industry clusters;
  • Professional expertise in growing global technology businesses;
  • Founded and grown several advanced manufacturing businesses and technology businesses with successful exits;
  • Established unique technologies designed through several years PhD research;
  • Won several business awards for innovation and entrepreneurial successes. 

Tom combines first-hand experience of growing global manufacturing and technology businesses with PhD research in supply chain collaboration. As a result, Tom has formed a clear vision of how companies will collaborate in the future as integrated valuechains and the importance of technology to improve productivity, unlock collaboration and build intelligence.


With over 40 years’ experience in the aerospace and defence industries, John has a specialist interest in supply chain collaboration and has played an important role to shape our strategy.

Following a successful career at BAE Systems, John has been Chief Executive of the North West Aerospace Alliance and Aerospace Wales Forum. He works closely on the development and implementation of aerospace sector strategy with the Welsh Government and is a member of the manufacturing working group of the UK Aerospace Growth Partnership.


Colin combines more than 40 years’ experience working at global technology businesses with entrepreneurial acumen, having established several successful technology businesses.

He has held senior positions for large US technology businesses and been responsible for all operations outsidethe Americas, including subsidiary companies in Germany, UK, Australia, France, Belgium and Netherlands, as well as distributors in other major markets such as Japan, Italy, Spain and Latin America.


Tony is a technology innovator with the ability to quickly convert new conceptual models into proof-of-concept system demonstrators that can be shared with customers and partners to drive rapid innovation.

Tony obtained a degree in Finance in South China University of Technology, after which he studied Master of Science in e-Business and then a PhD in the application of Cloud Computing and its impact on Operations Management.


Jim leads our global partner programme and combines his entrepreneurial background with several years of global business development for leading manufacturing businesses.

Early on in his career, Jim successfully formed and grew two subcontract manufacturing companies. He then entered the corporate world in a business development capacity, working for several advanced manufacturing organisations, establishing global partnerships to support offset strategies.


James converts the innovative demonstrator systems developed by Tony into commercial grade solutions with intuitive user experience.

After completing an Honours Degree in Computer Science, James has held several technology and consultancy roles which have given him an important insight into end-user requirements.


Richard has the rare ability to combine real world understanding of manufacturing businesses with a background in software development. He is able to work closely with clients to configure and innovate our software products, ensuring clients successfully implement fit-for-purpose solutions and deliver tangible benefits quickly.

Richard studied software programming and successfully grew a technology business that provided niche software solutions to the advanced manufacturing and metal finishing sectors. In 2012, Richard sold his business to join Valuechain as Client Director and combine his 20 years’ industry experience with the innovation capacity of the Valuechain team.