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Challenges of Running a Successful Specialist Foundry Group in the 21st Century

Speaker: Tom Westley DL, Chairman of Westley Group

Tom will talk about the work of Westley Group which manufactures a wide range of products from bronze alloys and plastics, along with machining, assembly and critical testing processes. Applications are in high integrity industries and also the art world and most recently the casting of church bells.

This is a joint event with IET and IMechE. Please register for this event as it helps with rooming and refreshment arrangements.

About the Speaker

Tom is a graduate of Imperial College in Metallurgy. He worked on a copper mine in Mufulira, Zambia before joining the family foundry business in 1974. The business has grown to be a European/Global leader in the casting of corrosion resistant and heat resistant copper and nickel based alloys. Tom has been Chairman of Westley Group Ltd since his father died in 1989.  He was Chairman of Castings Technology International Ltd, based in Sheffield, from 1998 until its sale to the University of Sheffield in 2013.

He is Chairman of Westley Plastics Ltd and its subsidiary Runflat International Ltd.

Tom is the Chair of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership; a Governor of Dudley College and a trustee of Dudley Academies Trust.  He sits on the West Midlands Combined Authority Board and is Vice Chair of the Economic Growth Board of the WMCA.  He is also a director of WMCA Growth Company Ltd and a supporter of several locally based charities.


Parking for the event is either in the visitors' car park at the front of the building, or the car park at the rear. We are advised that parking restrictions at the rear do not apply in the evening.  Hereford University Centre will sign the event from the rear car park. The event room will be signposted from the main door.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available in the lecture room, generously provided by Hereford University Centre.