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Ambition to Champion and Grow North East Manufacturing and Engineering Sector

The Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) has announced the appointment of two new additions to its board, Rachel Skeoch and Tom Coverdale, to add new skills and expertise. The key appointments will help to push forward its mission to drive collaboration and success within the North East’s manufacturing industry.

The AMF is a members network that connects and supports manufacturers and engineering businesses from across the region through industry events, knowledge-sharing sessions, and collaborative projects aimed at advancing manufacturing technologies and best practice.

By facilitating open dialogue and knowledge exchange, the AMF aims to empower manufacturers with the insights and resources needed to navigate challenges and seize opportunities in an evolving landscape.

The appointment of Rachel Skeoch brings a wealth of expertise and strategic vision to the AMF. With more than a decade of experience in B2B marketing, Rachel's diverse background spanning start-ups to global FTSE 250 firms make her a valuable asset to the team. Having previously spearheaded marketing and communication strategies for prominent engineering and manufacturing brands in the region, Rachel possesses an in-depth understanding of the sector's intricacies.

Rachel’s commitment and passion for supporting the engineering and manufacturing community in the North East is evident, as she aims to enhance competitiveness on a national level. Rachel's appointment underpins the AMF's dedication to driving innovation and collaboration within the region, further solidifying its position as a cornerstone of the North East and the UKs industrial landscape.

Tom Coverdale, who also joins the board is the third generation of his family at British manufacturers, Ebac. His career within Ebac has been marked by a relentless pursuit of growth and development. From leading the test team to actively participating in product design, Tom's roles gradually expanded, culminating in his appointment as head of design and development in 2018. In this capacity, he oversees all technical aspects of the business, including design, maintenance, and aftersales support, while also heading the launch of new renewable products and cultivating strategic business relationships.

Tom's desire to join the AMF board stems from his aspiration to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of North East manufacturing and bring new insight to the board from a business that is a pillar of our manufacturing community.

Richard Swart, AMF chair said: “Since it was founded in 2008 by Geoff Ford of Ford Aerospace, the AMF has continued to evolve and flourish as one of the leading networks for North East manufacturing and engineering businesses, providing tangible benefits second to none. As a collective we want to not only support the growth and competitiveness of individual businesses but also contribute to the overall resilience and prosperity of the manufacturing sector in our region.”

“With new members on the board, the AMF envisions a future where it serves as the definitive voice of manufacturing in the region, advocating for the needs and aspirations of industry stakeholders. Central to this vision is the commitment to sharing best practices, encouraging a culture of continuous improvement, and driving collaboration among members.

Membership of the AMF is open to any engineering or manufacturing business in the North East. For membership enquiries, email or visit

*Media contact Martha McKnight


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