Ilika Copeland has joined Made in Britain, the membership organisation for UK manufacturers, in a newly created chief operating officer role. With a longstanding background in manufacturing and marketing, Ilika joins from British bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard, where she spent the last 8 and a half years, primarily in trade marketing. Prior to that she has had roles in content, IP and marketing at ITV, Sony Pictures and the BBC.
Made in Britain says that as it enters its next phase of growth, Ilika will be responsible for overseeing membership services and contractor partnerships, and managing data, communications and day-to-day operations.
Made in Britain is the organisation behind the official, collective mark for SME and larger manufacturing businesses in the UK. It represents and promotes the best interests of more than 1680 businesses, helping them to maximise sales opportunities, and is currently growing at the fastest rate in its 6-year history.
John Pearce, CEO for Made in Britain, said: “As we grow rapidly in membership numbers, we are also increasing our member news output, events and partnership programmes, and with all that comes an increasing amount of data to manage. In Ilika we have found a collaborative leader with excellent marketing and IT skills, who will manage our day to day operations and ensure our members get the best service and return from their investment in Made in Britain membership.”
Ilika said: “I am delighted to be joining Made in Britain, at a time when there is such a focus and interest in ‘buying British’. I very much look forward to carving out this new role alongside John, which we hope will ensure the longevity and the success of the organisation.”