Chairman appointed for High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Chairman appointed for High Value Manufacturing Catapult

02 May 2012

The Technology Strategy Board today announced the appointment of Bob Gilbert as Chairman of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre.

Mr Gilbert worked for 35 years as a senior Partner in Birmingham-based law firm Wragge & Co, a role which led to him sitting on the board, as non-executive chairman, of a number of private and publicly quoted companies4. These positions have spanned across a variety of different fields, including automotive, manufacturing and digital/internet. Currently, he is chairman of Paintbox Group Ltd and of the Government’s Intellectual Property Office, roles he will continue in addition to his new role. Mr Gilbert brings with him a wealth of experience of organisations in both the public and private sector and proven leadership skills.

Mr Gilbert will chair the Supervisory Board of High Value Manufacturing Catapult, set up to assist UK businesses to innovate and bring new cutting edge commercial products to market which in turn will help grow the UK’s manufacturing base. His responsibilities will include ensuring the Catapult team meets its strategic objectives, agreed with Technology Strategy Board, as well as ensuring good corporate governance for the organisation.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board said: “We are delighted that Bob will be joining the Catapult team. As a proven leader and experienced board chairman, he will make a valuable contribution to help realise the vision for the Catapult which will help the growth of high value manufacturing in the UK.”

Commenting on his appointment, Bob Gilbert said: “The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is a bold new concept which will undoubtedly change the landscape of manufacturing in the UK. I look forward to playing my part in the provision of cutting edge technology, equipment, investment and the necessary skills to ensure that manufacturing plays its proper part in the Government's growth agenda.“

The Catapult is part of a network of world-leading technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the Technology Strategy Board as a long-term investment that will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult brings together seven institutions of excellence to better support UK manufacturing. The seven centres are:

·         Advanced Forming Research Centre (University of Strathclyde)


·         Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (University of Sheffield)

·         Centre for Process Innovation (Wilton & Sedgefield)


·         Manufacturing Technology Centre (Coventry)


·         National Composites Centre (University of Bristol)


·         Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (University of Manchester and Sheffield)


·         Warwick Manufacturing Group (University of Warwick)

View the full press release including notes to editors here

 

Last updated on Friday 04 May 2012 at 10:57

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