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Phipson to succeed Scouler as chief executive of EEF

04 September, 2017

EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organisation, has announced that Stephen Phipson, currently Head of the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) in the Department for International Trade, is to become its new chief executive from 1 December, succeeding Terry Scuoler who is stepping down.

Phipson has a wide range of experience in both Government and the manufacturing sector. In his current role, he is responsible for providing export support from the Government to the UK defence and security industries.

Before heading the DSO, Phipson was Director for Security Industry Engagement at the Home Office, before which he spent 35 years in the manufacturing sector, including roles as CEO of Stadium Group and president of Smiths Detection. He also held senior management roles with Radiall, Phillips and Plessey, and was awarded a CBE for services to the security industry in 2010.

“I am very proud and honoured to have been chosen to succeed Terry Scuoler as CEO of EEF,” says Phipson. “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.”

“We are delighted to appoint someone with Stephen’s background, which includes a deep understanding of advanced manufacturing and of Government,” comments EEF chair, Dame Judith Hackitt. “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,” she adds. “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: proud and honoured

“It is great news someone as talented and respected as Stephen Phipson has been appointed as the new CEO of the EEF,” remarks business secretary, Greg Clark. “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,” Clark continues. “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.”

EEF represents 20,000 UK manufacturing companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. It represents more 5,000 member businesses directly.

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