UK Government appoints Semiconductor Advisory Panel
The UK Government has appointed a new Semiconductor Advisory Panel to support the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) deliver the goals of the National Semiconductor Strategy.
The panel will act as a formal conduit for industry to feed into Government actions in support of the UK chips industry and to encourage industry to take joined-up action towards the objectives set out in the National Semiconductor Strategy.
The panel is made up of business leaders from leading UK chips businesses, academics and investors. Three techUK members have been chosen to join the 11 person panel which will be chaired by the Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, Paul Scully MP.
You can see the full list of panel members here.
National Semiconductor Strategy:
The National Semiconductor Strategy aims to support the growth of the UK chips industry, ensure a stable supply of chips for UK businesses and take steps to protect the UK from any national security risks associated with semiconductor technology.
Appointing the advisory panel was one of the first steps proposed in the National Semiconductor Strategy which set out a range of short, medium and long term objectives to support the UK chips industry. These steps include aiming to boost R&D in the sector, grow semiconductor clusters around the country, securing access to chip supplies and boosting economic resilience.
You can read techUK’s summary of the National Semiconductor Strategy here.
Further announcements on how the Government will take forward the strategy are due shortly with the next major update likely to come in the 2023 Autumn Budget.
The Chips Coalition:
techUK welcomed the appointment of the advisory panel alongside other members of the Chips Coalition.
The Chips Coalition was formed in June 2023 with the goal of providing a strong industry voice to keep semiconductors on the agenda. Semiconductors are vital to the UK’s ambitions to become a science tech superpower and if government works with national voices, targeted clusters, and industry leaders, the UK will have a chance to succeed.
The Coalition will produce recommendations, for how to support the UK semiconductor industry, including how the UK connects to global supply chains and develops the skills and infrastructure to compete internationally.
Working through and alongside the Chips Coalition techUK will be hosting a series of events and insights to promote the UK chips industry and the work of our members.
Our next event will be on AI and Semiconductors held on 21 September. Details and registration can be found here.
Julian David is the CEO of techUK, the leading technology trade association that aims to realise the positive outcomes that digital technology can achieve for people, society, the economy and the planet.
Julian led the transformation of techUK from its predecessor Intellect in 2014, putting an increased focus on the growth and jobs the technology industry offers in a global economy. He has since led its impressive expansion driving forward the tech agenda in key areas such as skills, innovation, business success and public sector transformation. He leads techUK’s 90-strong team representing a thousand British based tech companies, comprising global and national champions and 600 SMEs. In 2020, techUK joined forces with TechSkills, the employer-led organisation that aims to improve the flow of talent into the digital workforce and open up access for all to high value tech jobs.
Julian represents techUK on a number of external bodies including the Digital Economy Council, the National Cyber Security Advisory Council and the Department of Business and Trade’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group. He is member of the NTA Advisory Board of DIGITALEUROPE and is a member of the Board of the Health Innovation Network the South London Academic Health Science Network.
Julian has over thirty years of experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining techUK, he had a series of leadership roles at IBM including Vice President for Small and Medium Business and Public Sector. After leaving IBM he worked as a consultant helping tech SMEs establish successful operations in the U.K. His personal interests include Football (West Ham, Balham FC and Real Madrid) and Art.
As Associate Director for Policy Neil leads on techUK's public policy work in the UK. In this role he regularly engages with UK and Devolved Government Ministers, senior civil servants and members of the UK’s Parliaments aiming to make the UK the best place to start, scale and develop a tech business.
Neil joined techUK in 2019 to lead on techUK’s input into the UK-EU Brexit trade deal negotiations and economic policy. Alongside his role leading techUK's public policy work Neil also acts as a spokesperson for techUK often appearing in the media and providing evidence to a range of Parliamentary committees.
In 2023 Neil was listed by the Politico newspaper as one of the '20 people who matter in UK tech' and has regularly been cited as a key industry figure shaping UK tech policy.