The East Asian challenge – a seminar.

The East Asian Challenge to UK Manufacturing Supply Chains

Tuesday 12 May 2015. Registration from 17.00: seminar 17.30-19.30. Location:Asia House Organised by: Asia-Pacific Technology Network


  • Dr Steve Little, Chairman, Asia-Pacific Technology Network


  • Iain Cameron, Owner, Industrial Strategy Communications
  • Jenny Shackleton Assessment Advisor, WorldSkills International/WorldSkills Europe 

As manufacturing costs have risen across the East Asian economies and lower value work has been cascaded to newer developing economies, attention is being redirected towards issues of quality and resilience in supply chains. Iain Cameron will address two recent UK reports (‘Strengthening UK manufacturing and supply chains and action plan for government and industry’ from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills and ‘Pulling Together, Strengthening the U.K.’s Supply chains’ from the CBI) have set out the opportunities for increased participation from UK companies of all sizes in the development of robust and innovative high value supply chains. While both the Department for BIS and the CBI acknowledge the capacities and experience of British companies and their potential for innovation, the latter also points out a number of challenges, not least in skills. Understandably high-level skills in the key STEM subjects are identified, however depth and robustness in supply chains requires considerable depth in the supporting skill base. Jenny Shackleton will describe her engagement with skills development in China through a five year partnership with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MoHRSS) for the People’s Republic of China to review and help to enhance the quality of its vocational training. This meeting will provide an opportunity to compare current UK thinking on policies and strategies to improve supply chain communication and collaboration with initiatives across the EU and in Asian economies.”

Location: Asia House,  63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP
Nearest tube station:Oxford Circus or Great Portland Street
Timing: Registration from 17:00: seminar from 17:30 – 19.15 (followed by refreshments) 

  • Free to APTN annual supporters
  • £30.00 (Executives, Officials etc)
  • £25.00 (One Nucleus Members)
  • £15.00 (Academics)
  • Free for the Media 

To Register your interest- please send your details (name, institutional affiliation, email address, phone number – and whether you qualify for a discount) to

Iain Cameron
Iain Cameron studied the philosophy and sociology of science and technology at Cambridge, Sussex and Edinburgh Universities and has a graduate qualification in HR. He worked as a civil servant for 27 years in the Department of Trade and Industry and Cabinet Office about half of which were at Senior Civil Servant level. He also worked for 10 years on policy and research for the national automotive supply chain improvement organisation, SMMT Industry Forum. He has written extensively on manufacturing competitiveness and globalisation and has also worked on medical systems development and the civil national nuclear skills strategy . His other interests include workplace innovation and business communications. 

Jenny Shackleton
Assessment Advisor, WorldSkills International/WorldSkills Europe, From 1973 to 1987 Jenny held teaching and progressively senior management roles in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in colleges and local government. In 1987 she became Principal and Chief Executive of a major college of further and higher education in Merseyside, England. While in this role, Jenny also worked with two national commissions, various government task forces, and the Economic and Social Research Council, and also sustained long-term partnerships with countries of the former Soviet Union. Having retired as Principal in 1999 Jenny acted as a consultant to a number of national organizations, and from 2002 began to reform the UK’s participation in international skills competitions. On completing that assignment in 2012 she was appointed to the role of Assessment Advisor to WorldSkills International. From 2013 she was also appointed Assessment Advisor to WorldSkills Europe. She continues in each of these roles, offering specialist support and building strategic partnerships with global organizations such as UNESCO. She has supported China’s TVET reforms since 2010.These touch on related issues of human infrastructure and capacity in global supply chains and partnerships.

Christopher Macgowan


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