Advanced Manufacturing

Boss of Bentley Motors presents guest lecture

Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors and a graduate of the University, presented the 26th Annual Crystal Lecture which is organised in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Wolverhampton Business School.

The lecture covered the topic ‘transforming the mindset and culture of a 100-year-old successful company to meet the challenges of a digital, decarbonised future’.

Adrian said:

“I’m very privileged to have reached the position that I have in business. When I look back, at a young age I was very fortunate to be mentored by two great people who were both successful and maybe they saw something in me. It’s always great to have people around you that you trust and that you can learn from to help you to grow even faster.

“The first thing that struck me when I came back is the scale and ambition of the University. When I look at the expansion and the growth it’s really inspiring and I’m proud to have had a small part of my time within this University.”


Adrian Hallmark joined Bentley Motors in February 2018 as Chairman and CEO. Prior to this, Hallmark, 56, was Global Strategy Director at Jaguar Land Rover. He has 18 years automotive board-level experience from the US, Europe and Asia with Porsche, Volkswagen SAAB and Bentley Motors.

During his first term at Bentley he held the role of Board Member for Sales, Marketing and PR and played an integral role in the introduction of the sector-defining Continental GT in 2003.

Hallmark studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton and has a Management Diploma.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering by the University in September 2018 in recognition of his achievements and contribution to manufacturing and engineering during the course of his career.

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