Stephen Phipson joined manufacturers’ organisation the EEF as its new chief executive at the start of the month, succeeding Terry Scuoler.
Mr Phipson has a wide range of experience in both government and advanced manufacturing companies. He was formerly head of the Defence and Security Organisation in the Department for International Trade, where he was responsible for providing government export support to the UK defence and security industry.
Prior to that he was director for security industry engagement at the Home Office. Before joining the Home Office in 2013 he spent 35 years in a range of large and small manufacturing businesses, holding senior roles in the electronics, defence and security industries.
This included roles as chief executive of Stadium Group, and president of Smiths Detection, one of the world’s leading security companies, developing business with more than a hundred government agencies around the world.
He has held senior management roles with Radiall, Philips and Plessey and was awarded a CBE for services to the security industry in 2010.
Mr Phipson said: “I am looking forward to taking the reins at EEF at such a pivotal moment, with the Brexit talks reaching a critical point and the launch of a modern industrial strategy. EEF has a vital role to play in working with the Government across all fronts to ensure our sector continues to flourish and strengthen its world class innovation and competitiveness.
He added that one of his first priorities would be to reinforce the need for a Brexit implementation period “to be agreed in principle, if not in full, as soon as possible”.