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    In the Driving Seat: Ian Shirley, Thriiive UK

    Ian Shirley runs Thriiive UK – a secure, diagnostic tool that helps analyse operational data from any manufacturing ERP/MRP system – but prior to this his CV includes driving a Morris 1000 to Tehran…


    Ian Shirley


    Thriiive UK Ltd


    Director and owner

    Apart from that

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster

    Association with NAA

    New member

    Why did you join the NAA?

    A passionate interest in bringing 40 years of manufacturing operations improvement to support manufacturers to become more profitable and turn inventory into cash using our unique technology and light touch approach.


    Passionate working cocker spaniel owner

    Yachtsman with specific interest in coastal cruising

    Favourite football team

    Rugby!! – Northampton Saints

    Musical performer

    Guitar – badly!


    The Matrix – a futuristic potential outcome of the impact of technology and AI on mankind’s perceptions of real life.  


    Prey by Michael Crichton – a fascinating insight into the possible implications of AI and bio nanotechnology. His early books, such as Westworld and Jurassic Park, were science fiction when written but scientists now believe there is a realistic prospect of resurrecting the woolly mammoth through genetic engineering.

    Best motoring moment

    Driving a Morris 1000 with a friend in the mid 70s, destination Tehran (when you still could!), we blew an exhaust valve in Ankara, Turkey. No spares available so we engaged with the plethora of tin shack and sand floor engineering companies to have an exhaust valve turned from a larger scrap valve by a (certainly no more than) 12 year old boy. It was still working well in the car when I sold it 10 years later.

    Best business advice you’ve ever received?

    When all else fails – keep going!

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham