In this online PrOPEL Hub Masterclass, hosted by Professor Fiona Lettice (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of East Anglia), the invited academic and practitioner speakers offer insight into people, performance and wellbeing in manufacturing organisations

Our three speakers each bring a fresh perspective on dealing with issues of people, performance and wellbeing – around problem-solving, people-focussed leadership and continuous improvement processes.

Dr Rebecca Pieniazek, Lecturer in Organizational Psychology and Behaviour from the University of Leeds will speak about how to deal with conflicting motivations and goals in organisations, to improve creative problem-solving and reduce the stress of competing priorities. Her presentation will draw on recent work with manufacturing organisations on tensions between sustainability and productivity goals and offer insight into how case study organizations have used a pilot analysis tool to move beyond what was blocking their progress in these areas.

Katy Davies, Managing Director of CamdenBoss (manufacturer of electro-mechanical components, connectors and enclosures, based in Mildenhall), has a background working with privately owned businesses for Deloitte and joined CamdenBoss just after lockdown was announced in 2020. She has spent the majority of the last year restructuring and relocating the business, whilst focussing on driving the people strategy. Her presentation will give insight into adaptations and learning points during the pandemic, including leading a majority workforce that could not work from home.

Carl Haycock, UK Printer Operations Director for Domino Printing (an international industrial printing, coding and marking business headquartered in Cambridge) has responsibility across the group for manufacturing excellence and health and safety. His presentation will draw on his 35 years in manufacturing and six sigma black belt, as he discusses how lean and continuous improvement processes used to drive forwards manufacturing can also be used to reach changes that support wellbeing and performance.