It is today announced that Professor Juergen Maier CBE, FREng, FIET, Chief Executive of Siemens UK will be a speaker at this year’s business event, The Business Day, at Bridlington Spa on Friday 7 June. He joins a stellar speaker line up already announced, Lord Sugar and Gyles Brandreth.
The Business Day is described as a day of discovery and insight for business professionals with networking at the heart of the programme. The event was created in 2017 and has established itself as the formal end of the Humber Business Week.
Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive of Siemens UK at the beginning of July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008 and has held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany; including Managing Director of Industrial Activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton, Cheshire.
Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme.
He was made honorary Professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2017. He has also received honorary doctorates for his services to UK Science and Engineering from the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Salford Manchester.
Mr Maier is a passionate advocate of rebalancing the UK economy and has supported many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills.
In 2017 he was asked by the Government to lead a review into how to increase the digitalisation of the UK manufacturing sector. The subsequent report led to the creation of the joint industry/government ‘Made Smarter’ Commission, which Juergen co-chairs with the Business Secretary, Rt. Hon Greg Clark MP.
He also serves on the Industrial Strategy Council which advises the Government on Industrial Strategy. Juergen argues for the modern re-industrialisation of the North of England and is a board member of both the Greater Manchester LEP and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
Born 1964 in Germany with Austrian and dual British nationality, Juergen moved to the UK in 1974.
Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa, said, “When the name Juergen Maier was put forward as a potential speaker at this year’s events I did a bit of research and was excited to be able to add such a significant business leader to the line-up. I wondered, though, whether people would know the name. That evening, I turned on the TV to see BBC’s Question Time and there he was on the panel.”
Stephen Parnaby, deputy chairman of Humber LEP, said, “Siemens UK’s multi-million pound investment in the region, their commitment to renewable energy and the employment they have created makes him an ideal and exciting addition to the speaker programme.”
The Business Day is a Bridlington Spa production for Humber LEP. The event is funded through sponsorships from businesses in the East Riding, Hull and further afield and through ticket sales.
This year’s announcement detailing Lord Sugar as headline speaker prompted a surge in ticket sales with less than a hundred top tier tickets left.
Tickets are £125 each or £1,000 for ten. Food, refreshments and parking at Bridlington’s Park and Ride are included in the price. You can buy tickets online at thebusinessday.com or by calling Bridlington Spa on (01262) 678258. Late sponsorship opportunities are still available.
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