NEW COUNCIL SPARKS REVIVAL FOR ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY

The new Electronics Leadership Council (ELC) met for the first time yesterday, and set out its vision and agenda for exploiting the opportunities and tackling the challenges facing the UK electronics industry.

The wide ranging team which will take forward the work of the Council was named today by the Minister for Industry and the Regions, Alun Michael MP.

They are:
* Prof John Roulston - Group CEO, Filtronic plc
* Christopher Sawyer - Group Chief Executive, Deltron Electronics plc
* Norman Smith - MD, Instron
* Prof Ian Phillips - Principal Staff Engineer, ARM
* David Jones - CEO, Invotec
* Neville Reyner CBE DL - Chairman, Centre for Integrated Photonics Ltd
* Dr Chris McArdle, Managing Director, Innotec Ltd
* 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

Public Sector Observers
* 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
* Vince Osgood - Head of Technology Sector Team, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

At its inaugural meeting the Council set out plans to implement a strategy for innovation and growth in the UK electronics industry. The Council is setting up work streams to engage industry with the key priorities of skills, technology, the supply chain and public procurement.

Industry Minister, Alun 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."