Ben Illingworth - Director

Ben is the Procurement and Supplier Quality Director and JLR, responsible for global interiors spend. In this role he is responsible for both end-to-end sourcing and supplier management activities, alongside both new model and current car supplier quality (STA) activities. He is also responsible for the local procurement team in Brazil, encompassing direct, indirect, STA and programme procurement activities. 

Ben has served at JLR for ten years. During his tenure he has taken on a number of roles across capital programmes with responsibility for procurement of large-scale facility construction projects both in the U.K. and overseas. Between 2017 and 2021 he was responsible for building and leading the newly formed Power Electronics, Motors and Drives (PEMD) procurement team as part of JLR's drive towards electrification. 

Ben is passionate about U.K. manufacturing; in 2022 he was appointed to the board of the Welsh Automotive Forum. He also plays an active role within business and academia in increasing awareness of manufacturing and procurement as engaging and rewarding career choices for new entrants to the workforce.