Manufacturers’ organisation EEF appointed Liz Lynne, a former Liberal Democrat MP and MEP, to its main board.
Lynne worked extensively with business and manufacturing during her period as MP for Rochdale from 1992 to 1997 and later as MEP for the West Midlands from 1997 until earlier this year.
During this period she became vice president of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee in the European Parliament for the last five years and was elected to the position of first vice president of the committee in 2009.
She is also a founder member of the European Manufacturing Forum, an organisation which provides a discussion forum for industry and EU representatives to debate key policy issues.
Lynne said: “For too long manufacturing has not been given the prominence that it deserves and it’s importance to the economy was under-appreciated. However, the sector is now at the centre of the political debate and I look forward to working with EEF to ensure its interests are fully represented at UK and European level.”
Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, also commented: “Liz brings with her a wealth of experience at the highest political levels in both the UK and Brussels. Her knowledge will add significant value to our efforts to ensure that the interests of manufacturing and business receive the best possible hearing.”