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NMIS appoints former UKRI Challenge director as CEO

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NMIS appoints former UKRI Challenge director as CEO

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) has appointed former UKRI Made Smarter Innovation Challenge director, Chris Courtney, as chief executive officer.

Operated by the University of Strathclyde, NMIS is a group of industry-led manufacturing research and development facilities focused on revolutionising skills, productivity, technologies and innovation to make Scotland and the UK a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

Chris will be responsible for providing direction, vision and commercial and operational leadership, working with businesses, universities and public sector partners to drive growth through innovation, new talent and novel advanced manufacturing technologies.

The role will also include oversight of NMIS headquarters, currently under construction next to Glasgow Airport , and the aligned research Centres which form the NMIS Group.

NMIS is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Renfrewshire Council. It is part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, which is funded through Innovate UK.

It works with manufacturing businesses of all sizes to make it easier for them to innovate, turn ideas into a reality, address global challenges and ultimately become more competitive.

‘We must accelerate manufacturing innovation’

Chair of the NMIS Board and principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: “We are delighted to appoint Chris Courtney to this important role. Chris is a collaborative leader with excellent industrial experience and strong, cross-sectoral connections throughout the manufacturing innovation ecosystem in the UK.

“He has a track record of shaping policy and delivering vital innovation and transformation, and under his visionary leadership NMIS will continue to grow and prosper. I very much look forward to welcoming Chris to the team.”

Chris said: “Across all parts of manufacturing we face considerable challenges and opportunities. In order to boost competitiveness, sustainability and resilience we must accelerate manufacturing innovation and create new products, services and businesses.

“NMIS brings together a really powerful coalition of innovators from world leading companies, universities and start ups that will play a vital part in that transformation. I’m delighted to have been asked to lead the NMIS team as we create the future we want for manufacturing in Scotland and across the UK.”

The Scottish Government’s Business Minister, Ivan McKee, added: “I warmly welcome Chris’s appointment. An innovative, dynamic manufacturing sector will be vital to delivering progress set out in our National Strategy for Economic Transformation and is why we have supported the NMIS project with £75 million of investment.

“Chris’s extensive experience, including long-standing membership of our Making Scotland’s Future programme board, makes him ideally placed to help manufacturers in Scotland reach their productivity and sustainability goals whilst taking advantage of new market opportunities. I look forward to working with him.”

Main image: Chris Courtney (credit: NMIS)

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