David Roberts

David Roberts

Industrialist Entrepreneur
Stratford upon Avon

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Leadership Matters: David Roberts

David Roberts is a veteran industrialist with over 40 years in the automotive and aerospace sectors. His key strengths are prescriptive and evolutionary strategy with strong strategic vision and motivation skills ideally suited for resolving business issues. He has strong experience of International operations and markets, MBOs/MBIs and Mergers & Acquisitions. He has a close working relationship with UK Government on UK automotive sector, especially supply chain growth and expansion.

David Roberts is a veteran industrialist with over 40 years in the automotive and aerospace sectors. He is a Black Belt Lean Sensei and one of the founders of the LEI. His key strengths are prescriptive and evolutionary strategy with strong strategic vision and motivation skills ideally suited for resolving business issues. He has strong experience of International operations and markets, MBOs/MBIs and Mergers & Acquisitions. He has a close working relationship with UK Government on UK automotive sector, especially supply chain growth and expansion.

Career Overview

David has over 30 years experience in manufacturing, particularly within the automotive and aerospace sectors. He Chairs a number of companies including Evtec Automotive Ltd (the UK's largest employer of disabled people), Rimstock Holdings Ltd ( the UK's only performance wheel manufacturer), The Little Car Company ( specialist OEM in co-branded EV variants of vintage vehicles ), David Brown Automotive Ltd ( the iconic luxury car OEM ), Warwick Acoustics ( the global leading audio technology company ), Tevva Trucks ( the UK's only 7.5 tonne EV delivery vehicle ), Royal Doulton Water Filters ( making water clean since 1826 ), Evera Recruitment Ltd ( Europe's leading recruitment company in the EV and battery sector ) and UK Investment Securities PLC ( a Brexit fund investing long term in UK manufacturing ).

David has worked in the manufacturing sector has included executive positions with Chrysler and Aston Martin. As well as work in the United Kingdom, David has travelled and worked abroad including both North America and the Far East and is a champion of British manufacturing and has been a keen supporter of British trade efforts with Europe and the rest of the world. 

David is also an Export Ambassador to the Uk Government as well as Industrial Advisor to Coventry University Aerospace and Automotive Advanced Manufacturing Facility. He also Chairs the Board of Cornwall Aviation Hub based at St Mawgan.

In January 2020, David appeared in a Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland podcast, discussing the importance of leadership in running a business and what key qualities are needed in order to achieve success. The discussion also included his outlook for the British manufacturing sector, trade, and what needs to be done by government to help the sector become more competitive.

Experience to date

David Brown Automotive which sets the standard for a luxury automotive business in the UK. A renaissance of bespoke, beautifully-crafted and limited edition automobiles for the discerning individual. Our models are at the forefront of this high-tech renaissance and exported all over the world. www.davidbrownautomotive.com 

Tevva Trucks - The UK’s only large scale EV truck manufacturer, Tevva is a leading developer of modular electrification systems for medium duty commercial vehicles supplying trucks to large distribution companies. www.tevva.com 

The Little Car Company based in Bicester Heritage takes iconic cars and authentically develops limited edition EV versions, in partnership with the supercar OEMs of the world. Our first model is the Bugatti 35 and we have more stunning models being developed for launch in the next 2 years. https://bugattibaby.com

Rimstock is the UK’s only automotive wheel design and manufacturer making advanced performance wheels for the major Supercar and Premium OEMs of the world including Ferrari, BMW, Alpina, Tesla, Nissan, Karma. www.rimstock.com 

Evera Recruitment is the UK’s dedicated technical and engineering recruitment company for battery technology and electric vehicles supplying key personnel to British Volt and other key infrastructure partners. www.everarecruitment.com 

Warwick Acoustics designs and manufactures the most advanced, environmentally friendly acoustics systems in the world. Our headphone systems are acknowledged as the finest in the world and our audio systems for premium vehicles are world beating with the sound quality, light weighting, ease of design and installation. www.warwickacoustics.com 

Royal Doulton Water Filters is almost 200 years old and designs and manufactures, using natural products only, the very best water filters used throughout the world since 1826 as well as supporting humanitarian aid. https://royaldoultonwaterfilter.com

Evtec Automotive acquired the former Remploy Automotive business and is a major supplier of complex assemblies to JLR, Ford and Aston Martin in EV/Powertrain. It is committed to promoting disability in the workplace and is the largest employer of disabled people in the UK. www.evtec-automotive.com 

Listen to David Roberts's Leaders Council podcast.


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