Dick Elsy is the Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He joined the Catapult from Torotrak plc, the global innovator in gearless traction drive technology where he was CEO. Prior to this Dick was Product Development Director at Jaguar Cars Limited where he led the introduction of several new car programmes. Dick’s earlier roles were also in the automotive industry with a period of time spent with BMW in Munich leading a major car programme and a long career with Land Rover, where, as a member of the executive board, he led the creation and development and manufacture of the Land Rover Freelander. Dick is a board member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership and a member of the Automotive Council’s Technology group. He chairs both the Automotive Council and Aerospace Growth Partnership’s Manufacturing Working Groups. He is also non-executive director designate for the Henry Royce Institute in Manchester. Dick is the holder of a Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology as well as a Board member of AIRTO, the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations.