Professor Gareth Hankins FREng

Director and Executive Board member, Renishaw plc

Having joined Renishaw as a sixteen-year-old apprentice, Gareth Hankins has progressed to Executive Director, Group Manufacturing. He has introduced versatile machining, finishing, mechanical and assembly platforms, appropriate automation and many of the technologies the company sells to its double-digit growth, 95% overseas customers. Resultant high order book service agility and superior, well-controlled productivity contribute handsomely towards Renishaw’s 23% net profit.

Hankins initiated and actively leads Renishaw’s partnership with Cardiff University. He is also notable for exceptionally high staff retention and internal promotion rates, and for the numbers of manufacturing ex-apprentices and graduates who are now in key positions.