Work has begun to review and update the existing CGP strategy, published in 2013.  Although the overall ambition of the CGP – boosting the gross valued-added contribution of our sector by 50% by 2030 – will not change, the aim to establish the position of the industry represented by CGP in the recently published UK Industrial Strategy. The Strategy will be market led, linking the regions/place, and to key customer sectors such as automotive and life-sciences, and will cover the broad science base represented by the chemistry based industry.  Updating the strategy will also help inform any future sector deal proposals from the CGP.   The updated CGP strategy will be developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, facilitated by CIA (Steve Elliott) and SCI (Sharon Todd) with input from BEIS.

With immediate effect, the following appointments have been made:

  • Harry Swan, Managing Director of Thomas Swan & Co. succeeds Ian Shott as the new Chair of the Innovation theme (now including decarbonisation). SCI will take over management support for the theme and will work closely with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network.
  • Richard Carter, Managing Director of BASF UK and Ireland, succeeds Harry as Chair of our Supply Chains theme
  • Paul Booth, Chair of Tees Valley LEP, will lead the new Regions theme, working closely with our regional cluster organisations and with CIA providing management support for the group.
  • Tom Crotty, Director of Ineos; Calum MacLean, Chief Executive of Synthomer and Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey will continue to lead the Energy, Brexit and Skills themes respectively.

The Joint Secretariat for the CGP Leadership Team will continue to be carried out by BEIS and CIA.

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Katie Hedges


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