Archie MacPherson is CEO of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult.
Archie brings over 25 years' experience in manufacturing with IBM, ICL, Lucas Industries and Mettis Group serving the Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Energy & Rail sectors. Archie has held leadership roles in organisations covering family, public and private equity owned structures.
In 2009, Archie became a founding member of the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at the University of Strathclyde, supported by organisations including Scottish Enterprise, Rolls-Royce and Boeing. The AFRC was established to help companies adopt and develop high value technologies in the area of forming and forging of metals. In 2012, he became CEO of the AFRC and grew the centre from 32 staff to 136. Archie was Deputy Chair of the Metals Strategy Steering Group for the Metals Forum, culminating in the publication of the UK Industrial Strategy for Metals in October 2015.
Archie has held board positions with ALFED (the trade association for the Aluminium industry), MGTS, as well as positions on several sector-specific advisory committees. In addition, he worked with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government in developing an Innovation Strategy to support the Manufacturing sector in Scotland - the First Minister announced the launch of the Manufacturing Action Plan in February 2016.
Archie is a Loughborough University graduate and has also studied at Harvard Business School. He is passionate about how to help companies improve their competitiveness by converting the art and science of innovation into bottom line results.
Archie joined WMG's HVM Catapult centre in February 2016. The WMG centre is focussed on collaborative research and development in the area of low carbon mobility. The centre has specialist expertise in Lightweight Materials, Energy Storage and Management solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles and is also leading the way on R&D in Intelligent and Connected Vehicles. The centre helps companies to improve their products, process and technologies by accelerating and de-risking the uptake of innovation.