CEME (Centre for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence) is delighted to announce the appointment of Noorzaman Rashid into the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Noorzaman brings to CEME a wealth of experience leading and growing commercial and public service entities which includes contributing to economic and social regeneration. He has worked in South Africa, Japan and the USA as a management consultant reflecting his dexterity to inject new ideas in different cultural and economic contexts.

Previously he was CEO of a professional science-based membership body where he has won national and international awards for his leadership and transforming the organisation to be best in class. He combines this with significant experience of leading professional services firms where he has had responsibility for mergers and acquisitions.

Emerging from the pandemic and less certain economic outlook, CEME a business campus is entering an important phase in its evolution to better support business and industry within the Thames Estuary and beyond.

Noorzaman said, “I will enjoy the opportunity to work with innovators and entrepreneurs at a regional and national level to make an increasingly bigger impact on the prosperity of the region, particularly as London grows towards the East, and as the country shapes up to meet the 2050 Zero Carbon challenge. Bringing together engineering with technology and design driven businesses will cumulatively add more value to the region particularly for manufacturing” He also added that, “The creation of two free ports within the region hail opportunities for better training and learning through collaborative solutions to bridge identified skills shortages”

Valerie Owen chair of the CEME Board said ‘CEME was and remains an ambitious regeneration project aiming to transform the manufacturing industry in the south-east, changing lives through business growth, and so I was delighted when Noorzaman accepted the CEO position. Noorzaman has a background in engineering and brings a wealth of business experience to CEME, and I very much look forward to working with him across communities, regeneration, qualifications, and young people to further support the engineering and manufacturing sectors.’