LONDON The Electronics Leadership Council (ELC) met for the first time October 26 to set out its vision and agenda for exploiting the opportunities and tackling the challenges facing the UK electronics industry.
As well as the recently appointed chairman, Harry Tee, the team which will take forward the work of the Council was named by the Minister for Industry and the Regions, Alun Michael MP.
They are Prof John Roulston, Group CEO, Filtronic; Christopher Sawyer, Group Chief Executive; Deltron Electronics; Norman Smith, MD, Instron; Prof Ian Phillips, Principal Staff Engineer, ARM; David Jones – CEO, Invotec; Neville Reyner CBE DL, Chairman, Centre for Integrated Photonics; Dr Chris McArdle, Managing Director, Innotec; Peter Skyte – National Officer, Amicus; Darren Race – Chair of the Electronics Sector Strategy Group, SEMTA (Science, Engineering, Manufacturing Technologies Alliance); David Kynaston – senior non-executive director, TTP Com.
In addition the public sector observers are Jeff Alexander, Enterprise Director, South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) on behalf of the Regional Development Agencies; David Bacon – Director, Electronics & IT Services Unit, DTI; and Vince Osgood – Head of Technology Sector Team, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The Council is setting up work streams to engage industry with the key priorities of skills, technology, the supply chain and public procurement.
Michael, said, “The UK electronics industry is at the heart of a thriving hi-tech economy and is vital for the success of sectors from defence to healthcare. The new Council, with its extensive experience and broad range of skills, is designed to help drive forward the development of the electronics sector in the UK. This will aid its continuing prosperity and help maintain its position in the highly competitive global economy.”
Harry Tee, added, “The clear objective for the new Council is to turn the UK electronics industry into a world leader. We have a clear set of priorities to help the industry increase its visibility and confidence. Our aim is to unlock the industry's potential, build critical mass and turn it into a sector which punches its weight on the global stage. The international competition is tough but the UK has a remarkable track record of innovation and creativity. Our job is to unlock it and encourage its global growth.”
The creation of an Electronics Leadership Council was a key recommendation of the joint industry and government innovation and growth team (IGT) report Electronics 2015 – Making a Visible Difference“.