Neil Rawlinson

Neil Rawlinson

Strategic Development Director

"I joined due to my deep seated belief in the MTC’s ability to change the manufacturing sector in the UK."

Neil was involved in developing the original Advantage West Midlands business case for the MTC and has been involved as a member since its inception. Neil left his position as Business Growth Director at Aero Engine Controls in April 2012 to join the MTC full time.

Neil is a chartered mechanical engineer who started his career in the automotive sector with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, before moving into chassis and vehicle engineering management in the light commercial vehicle sector.

In 2001 he moved into Aerospace undertaking a number of business management and technical roles within TRW and then Goodrich. It was while he was Research and Technology Director that he realised he got the best return on investment from manufacturing rather than product research.

Since that time Neil has been actively involved in championing manufacturing to help rebalance the economy. For several years Neil has been deeply involved in a number of government and industry collaborations to develop the aerospace and other electronics sectors; promote technology and innovation and support the UK SME and supply chain companies. He led the development of the first national technology roadmap for the Aerospace equipment sector and is the Midlands Aerospace Alliance board member responsible for delivery of the highly successful ATEP programme, supporting supply chain companies in the Midlands.


It has been a life changing experience to work with MTC since my graduation. The chance to work on leading projects with nice and intelligent colleagues in a modern R&D environment has been great. I don't regret joining!
Qinqin Zhang
Research Engineer - Net Shape Manufacturing