LONDON Harry Tee, Group Chief Executive of the Roxboro Group, has been appointed as the first Chairman of the new Electronics Leadership Council (ELC).
The creation of the Council is one of the central recommendations of the DTI's Electronics Innovation and Growth Team ReportDTI's Electronics Innovation and Growth Team Report 'Electronics 2015 – Making Visible Difference' which set out an ambitious strategy for innovation and growth in the electronics industry.
The remaining Members of the Council, currently being recruited, will consist of business people drawn from across the electronics sector. The Council will drive forward and develop the Report's business led agenda for the future of electronics in the UK and its first meeting is scheduled for the end of October.
The report recognised that electronics remains a key technology for virtually every other industry and business sector, and it is vital to address the strategic and sustainability issues for the industry around skills development and training, supply chains, public procurement and technological innovation.
Harry Tee said, “I was very pleased to be invited to Chair the ELC and consider it an honour to accept the role and to serve the industry for the next two years, implementing and following through the recommendations of the EIGT report. I am looking forward to working with the key players from the industry and Government in driving forward the agenda.”
Tee has had a wide range of experience within the electronics industry with ITT in the 70's, Schlumberger in the 80's and then finally founding Roxboro in 1990. His experience covers aerospace, defence, instrumentation and components. He has been President of Gambica which represents the instrumentation sector, Vice President of Intellect and its predecessor the FEI and for three years was President of EECA, the European Electronic Components Manufacturers Association.
The EIGT recommendations address strategic issues: encouraging closer dialogue between government and industry; improving public procurement; boosting opportunities for SMEs; developing core competencies in new and emerging technologies; and strengthening IPR protection in Asian markets.
The formation of an Electronics Leadership Council is a key element of the EIGT report, in particular to tackle and prioritise significant opportunities in technology, public procurement, skills, regulation and the global supply chain.