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Mr Stuart Baker,BEng (Hons), FRAeS, Operations Executive – Control Systems, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace

Stuart joined Lucas Aerospace in Birmingham after graduating from Leicester University in 1991 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Computing.  He has held a variety of management roles in engineering, programme management, manufacturing and quality, prior to the company’s recent acquisition by Rolls-Royce.  Stuart’s most recent role was to manage a £75m investment to create a state of the art manufacturing and engineering facility in Solihull which will be home to 1,200 Rolls-Royce employees.

Stuart has been a trustee director of the Rolls-Royce Engine Control Systems pension scheme since 2009, he is the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP’s skills champion for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, he was a member of Birmingham City Council’s Green Bridge Supply Chain investment board, and is also a Vice President of Solihull Chamber of Commerce.

Outside of work, Stuart is a UKCC level 2 qualified Badminton coach, and works on a voluntary basis for Hartshill Hayes Junior Badminton Club.  He is married, with two teenage children, and in any remaining spare time he loves to repair all things mechanical, particularly old clocks and watches.



Shaheen Charlwood, BEng (Hons) MSc, Senior Teaching Fellow – Warwick Manufacturing Group

Shaheen has been a Senior Teaching Fellow at WMG since 2013. She was educated at the University of Leeds where she read Materials Engineering BEng (Hons) and Loughborough University where she took an MSc in Surface Physics. She is currently Module Leader for Engineering Mathematics on the Applied Engineering Programme (AEP) for part-time undergraduates, as well teaching on the Foundation Mathematics module to full-time undergraduates for the School of Engineering. In 2015 Shaheen was highly commended for Contribution to Education Practice and Contribution to Public Engagement at WMG’s star awards. In addition she is a member of the AEP team who gained the distinction of Team of the Year at the 2014 WMG star awards.

Shaheen created and currently runs the Women’s Action Group for part-time undergraduate students from Jaguar Land Rover and Network Rail, offering a support network, appropriate flexible administration and championing the successes of female students. Shaheen is also a member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and recently represented WMG when meeting HRH the Princess Royal at the WISE HQ opening event in Leeds.

Previously Shaheen was a mathematics teacher with over twenty years’ experience at secondary level in London. Throughout this time she held a range of positions including Head of Mathematics and Assistant Head teacher.

Shaheen’s teaching skills have been recognised nationally and in 2007 she became an Advanced Skills Teacher – a UK scheme for recognising excellence in teaching and sharing best practice and in 2008 Shaheen was nominated for a National Teaching Award.

In addition Shaheen has worked in educational publishing as Senior Maths Editor at Heinemann and is published author of the Maths Recovery Teacher Handbook.



Chris Palmer, B.Ed (hons) and former Director of Education and Skills Solihull MBC, currently working as an associate with the Local Government Association, having retired in December 2015.

Chris started as an English teacher in Walsall in 1974 before moving to Birmingham as a teacher of English as additional language in the early 1980s. He worked in a range of capacities in Birmingham for 26 years, including as an ICT adviser, school adviser, professional development co-ordinator, Excellence in Cities Co-ordinator and Senior Education Policy Officer. He also carried out school inspections for Ofsted

In 2008, he joined the Government Office for the West Midlands as Childrens’ Services Adviser for eight local authorities across the region and education lead for the region, including National Challenge and Building Schools for the Future. With the coalition government in 2010, such regional roles ended and, in 2010, Chris joined Solihull MBC in a post then called Service Director Learning and Achievement with an overall school and education budget of about £180 million and responsibility for all services related to education and schools.  During his time there, Chris chaired an Interim Executive Board, led significant organisational changes to meet budget constraints and service requirements and was the Solihull lead on the development of the WMG Academy for Young Engineers.

While in Solihull, he was also chair of the local Prevent Board and Channel Panel as well as a member of the Regional Prevent Board. He chaired the Early Help Board and oversaw the development of the borough’s first early help strategy.

He has also been Chair of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood and undertaken several peer reviews of local authority areas for the Local Government Association – something he continues to do in his retirement.



John Pendleton, CDir, IEng. Managing Director, Successful Business Solutions Ltd

John was born in Birmingham and has lived most of his working life in Solihull. He started his career as an apprentice Engineer for Jaguar Land Rover in 1978 and spent 20 years with the company in a number of roles in Engineering, Quality and Manufacturing.  By the time he left in 1998 he had progressed to Manufacturing Manager for the Freelander vehicle of which he was responsible for introducing to full production.

For the past 18 years John has worked in the supply base for a number of first and second tier suppliers.  In his last role he was Global COO for Adler Pelzer, a company of 1.1 Billion€ turnover and 12000 employees.  Additionally to his job responsibilities John has sat on a number of Advisory boards which include the EEF, National Skills Academy, SEMTA, Automotive Strategy Sub group, WMG UTC Advisory Board, Southfield Education Partnership, Baker College State Advisory board and the University of Michigan.

John is passionate about encouraging and supporting the development of young people into Engineering and whilst in the USA set up a programme to do this. This was recognised by the US government who awarded him a Green card in recognition of his contribution to business.

Finally John is a Chartered Director and a Incorporated Engineer, he is currently supporting a number of UK businesses in their development and looking to invest in the region and further develop the Midlands manufacturing footprint.



Jason Rawlinson, BSc (Hon) MBA CEng CMgr MIMechE MCMI, Lead Production Manager – Body Construction, Jaguar Land Rover

Jason was born and bought up in the United States of America through to completion of his High School Diploma. He moved to the United Kingdom in June of 1996 where he began his Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship.  Jason completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering in Cardiff and his Masters in Business Administration in Birmingham.

Jason has had extensive experience in general management in a variety of industry sectors including FMCG, Power, Construction, Pharmaceutical and Automotive. In his present role, Jason leads and motivates a workforce of over 1200 skilled and semi-skilled workers with a budget of circa ÂŁ77 million, manufacturing the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport premium automobiles.

Jason is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager and has close links with the Institution of Mechanical Engineering and the Chartered Managers Institute. Jason was appointed as an Industrial Liaison Officer within JLR for the IMechE, mentors a number of graduates within the business and supports other engineers through professional registration. Jason holds a special interest in this area.