Specialist Skills for the Global Automotive Industry
MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) is a 24,500 sq. ft. bespoke global centre for skills on the grounds of the MIRA Technology Park, funded through a £9.5m grant from the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Local Growth Fund with contributions from its partners, and is backed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
MTI will deliver specialist skills and qualifications to industry leaders, engineers, technicians and other professionals working, or aspiring to work, in the automotive sector, helping them to develop essential skills that are key to fuelling their career ambitions and their employer’s business success.
With an ambition to constantly create learning opportunities in the cutting-edge technologies required to develop innovative and inspiring products, MTI’s aim is to improve transport in all of its forms for future generations.
MTI is a unique partnership led by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, along with HORIBA MIRA, Coventry University, Loughborough University and the University of Leicester.
This collaboration means that MTI is able to provide businesses and individuals with a bespoke curriculum aimed at satisfying an ever-increasing need for specialist skills in the UK automotive sector, focussing particularly on disruptive technologies, such as electrification and driverless cars.
Learn more about our partners here.
Lisa Bingley, Operations Director, MIRA Technology Institute
In her role as operations director for the MTI, Lisa led on the initial development and the build phase of the organisation and is now responsible for its overall management including building links between partners and industry.
Lisa is a Chartered Engineer who moved into her current role following a 19-year career with HORIBA MIRA. Leading a team of around 30 engineers, Lisa was responsible for large engineering programmes covering several advanced engineering areas with responsibility for project finance, delivery and governance. Lisa is an experienced IMechE mentor supporting individuals through continuous professional development on their path to Chartership.
During her career, Lisa managed large consortium-funded and commercial programmes including the Urban Vehicle Range (UVR) programme, which saw the rollout of a range of low emission and fuel-efficient prototype vehicles for waste collection applications through Finance Birmingham and Innovate UK.
Lisa is currently chair of the IMechE Automotive Events Programme Committee and has been a member since 2004. She is also vice chair of IMechE Automotive Division Board. She was treasurer of her local IMechE centre in Coventry for 14 years.
Lisa’s engineering experience commenced with a five-year toolmaking apprenticeship after which she became a technician apprentice with Ivertech/Magnesium Services Ltd, progressing on to become project engineer. While studying for a degree in engineering at Brunel University, Lisa completed an industrial placement at Daewoo. From there, she joined the HORIBA MIRA graduate programme moving through a range of roles from safety integration engineer to programme manager.
Lisa is a STEM ambassador for Warwickshire and has been responsible for setting up Imagineering clubs at local schools and acting as a judge at the finals of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. She regularly makes presentations on women in engineering citing her own career as an example of what can be achieved.