Charles Morgan is the former MD of the Morgan Motor Company, the world’s oldest privately owned motor manufacturer based in Malvern, Worcestershire
The Morgan Motor Company has become one of Britain’s leading motor car manufacturers since its inception in the early 1900s. Its accolades include Specialist Manufacturer of the Year, the Sir Henry Royce Award, and, in 2002, the company was voted One of the UK’s 100 Most Visionary Organisations by British Telecom.
After joining the Morgan Motor Company, Charles Morgan spent three years completing a part time MBA in the management of manufacturing at Coventry University. Broadly, his work at the Morgan Motor Company has involved initiating quality improvements to the range of products and the services the company provides. The addition of new technology and of new models, notably the Aero 8, is essential to this process as well as the successful development and training of the workforce. Charles is also keen to establish links with the best universities and technological suppliers to maintain the process of continuous improvement throughout the company. The company has benefitted from six Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with UK universities supported by the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills.
Charles Morgan led the team that developed the first AIV (aluminium intensive vehicle) and designed a chassis that meets world safety standards but is 20% lighter than comparable steel production monocoques. He also pioneered bodywork of superformed aluminium and Morgan were the first automotive manufacturer to assimilate this technology from the aircraft industry.
In 2007 the company won the Lord Stafford Award for the best example of collaboration between business and the Universities. In 2009 Morgan Motor Company was voted Car Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturer Magazine and Charles received the annual President’s Trophy from the Guild of Motoring Writers.
In 2010 the Morgan Motor Company was awarded a Ruban d’Honneur by HSBC as one of the ten finalists for European Business of the Year.
Morgan Motor Company celebrated its Centenary in 2009 with a gathering of over 3000 Morgan sports cars and their owners from 23 different countries. The company raised £50,000 for the charity, Children in Need, and a raffle of a Morgan sports car raised £70,000 for St Richard’s Hospice. In 2010 the Morgan Motor Company was awarded the Richardson Brothers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business at the Saint Georges Day dinner at Birmingham City Hall
Most recently Charles Morgan was the driving force behind the AeroMax, a limited edition of 100 Coupes and following the successful completion of the project, the Aero SuperSports, an edition of 200 super sports cars.
In 2009 Charles Morgan co wrote “Morgan 100 Years” with Gregory Houston Bowden. The German Motor Press Club awarded the book the prize for the Best Car Book of 2010 following its translation into German.
In 2010 Charles Morgan was appointed to the Automotive Council Technology Advisory Board to facilitate the introduction of low carbon technology into the UK automotive supply chain.
In 1978 and 1979 Charles Morgan won the British Racing and Sports Car Club and British Racing Drivers Club production sports car championships driving a Morgan Plus Eight. In 1997 and 1998 he competed in the FIA International GT series driving a works Morgan Aero development car. Following a race development programme that included two visits to Le Mans in 2002 and 2004 the current version of this car, the Morgan Aero SuperSports, is a frontrunner in the European FIA GT3 Series and the FSSAGT Super Series.
As a speaker, Charles Morgan communicates his knowledge and experience as head of the “First and Last” Family owned sports car company in existence.
Speech topics include: Change Management, People Management, Engineering, Export, Sales and Marketing, Leadership and Managing a Family Business.