Dr. Clive Hickman

Chair, Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission, Chief Executive – the MTC


Born in Dudley in the West Midlands, Dr. Clive Hickman has spent much of his career working for and with manufacturing organisations in the region.

With a first-class honours degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA, Clive was a senior engineer with Rover Group, before becoming Engineering and Group Operations Director at the Motor Industry Research Association, and later joining Ricardo Consulting Engineers, where he held a seat on the board of Ricardo Plc and was managing director of Ricardo UK Ltd.

During his career, Clive has worked on a wide range of vehicle programmes including the development of a unique Bentley which, along with Dr Phaefgan of VW, he presented to HM the Queen in 2002.

In 2005, he was approached by Ratan Tata with the idea to set up an engineering function for Tata Motors in the UK and to manage the entire engineering operation for Tata Motors in India, responsible for some 6,000 engineers. During this time in the automotive sector, he was responsible for the ‘People’s Car’, the Nano, in India, and the introduction of the Vista electric vehicle in UK.

Clive joined the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in January 2011, and over the last 10 years he has led MTC through a period of extraordinary growth, helping to create a national asset that has become a magnet for manufacturing across the Midlands.

As Chairman of the Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission, Clive’s ambition is to deliver a set of actions which will make the Midlands the preeminent Innovation Region.