MPI chief to lead metals industry organisation

The chief executive of the Middlesbrough-based Materials Processing Institute (MPI) has been named chair of the UK Metals Council (UKMC).

Chris McDonald will formally take over the position in March 2019 after being voted in as chair at the latest UKMC board meeting in November. The council is made up of senior figures from the metals industry and works across Whitehall to inform and influence ministers, government, departments and their agencies about the value and needs of the UK metals sector.

McDonald said: "The UKMC is a respected industry body that has ambitious plans for the future of the sector, and I am delighted to have been elected by my peers to this position.

"Organisations involved in and that have an interest within the sector need as much support as possible. These are the businesses driving forward innovation and productivity gains, while also supporting skilled jobs that this country requires.

"I am excited by the challenges ahead and I hope to draw upon my experiences and industry knowledge to serve the UKMC and the wider sector well."

Simon MacVicker, outgoing UKMC chair, added: "Chris has led our innovation work during the formative years of Metals Council, during which time we have gained greatly from his understanding of innovation and how it can be applied in industry, the productivity challenge, and his special understanding of how small businesses work.

"I am very excited that Chris has agreed to be elected as the next chair of Metals Council, we will be in excellent hands."