Richard Watkins

Richard Watkins

Group Marketing Director

"The MTC is an incredibly exciting place to work. The work we’re doing here, coupled with our industry-leading apprenticeship programme, represents a huge opportunity to drive change, give back and create positive impact on society."

Richard joined the MTC in 2016 as Operations Director for the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre before moving on to the role of Group Marketing Director with responsibility for the MTC’s marketing and communications function which also encompasses MTC’s Industrial Membership Programme and Events and Conferencing activities.

With a career spanning over 33 years across the UK engineering and manufacturing sectors, Richard has held senior roles for some of the leading companies within the industry, including 13 years with global machine tool giant, DMG and DMG MORI, working as both Managing Director and Sales Director. Throughout his career, Richard has gained extensive experience in all aspects of technical sales and marketing by developing business across a wide range of industries such as automotive/motor sport, pump and valve, power generation, medical, aerospace and defence.

Starting his career as a technician apprentice in the rail industry, Richard went on to become a production engineer before embarking on a career in machine tool technical sales and applications. Amongst other achievements, he was responsible for setting up DANOBAT Group’s UK subsidiary, where he achieved his first directorship at the age of 29.

Having started his career as an apprentice, Richard is passionate about apprenticeships, both as a springboard to a challenging and rewarding career in engineering, and as a way of ensuring the UK continues to develop and embed technologies that will support UK industry for years to come.


I enjoyed the day at the MTC and I'm glad that I have now visited. 

I can see the real benefits for the customers, which is where the facilities come into their own. 

Thanks for inviting me.

Mark Johnson
Lloyds Banking Group