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Phipson named new EEF chief

EEF has appointed Stephen Phipson CBE, the head of the Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO), as its new chief executive.

Phipson, who has a wide range of experience in both government and advanced manufacturing companies, will succeed Terry Scuoler CBE who is stepping down at the end of the year.

As head of DSO within the Department for International Trade, he is responsible for providing UK Government export support to the UK defence and security industry.

Prior to heading up DSO he was director for security industry engagement at the home office, before which he spent 35 years in a range of large and small manufacturing businesses.

His period in industry has included roles as CEO of Stadium Group plc and president of Smiths Detection, one of the world’s leading security companies, developing business with more than one hundred government agencies around the world.

He has also held senior management roles with Radiall, Phillips and Plessey and was awarded a CBE for services to the security industry in 2010.

Commenting, Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, chair of EEF, said: “We are delighted to appoint someone with Stephen’s background, which includes a deep understanding of advanced manufacturing and of government. There are many challenges ahead for UK manufacturing and I know he will provide leadership for our sector at this crucial time

“I would also like to pay tribute to Terry Scuoler for his outstanding service to EEF. During his tenure the organisation has seen increasing influence at regional, national and European level, as well as growth in the services we provide to manufacturers. We all wish Terry well for the future.”

Phipson said: “I am very proud and honoured to have been chosen to succeed Terry Scuoler as CEO of EEF. I have had the good fortune to have known and worked with EEF over recent years and appreciate the profound impact the organisation has in supporting UK manufacturing.

“I look forward to leading a highly motivated and professional team through a period when EEF has a significant opportunity to increase support to the whole of UK manufacturing and help strengthen its world class innovation and competitiveness.”

Business secretary Greg Clark added: “It is great news someone as talented and respected as Stephen Phipson has been appointed as the new CEO of the EEF. The organisation does great work for our vital manufacturing sector and I look forward to working closely with Stephen and his team over the coming months to help build and deliver our modern Industrial Strategy.

“I have had the pleasure of working with his predecessor, Terry Scuoler, over the last year. He has been an outstanding leader and I want to pay tribute to Terry and the hard work and dedication he has given to the EEF.”

Phipson will take up his role at EEF on 1 December.