EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation has announced the appointment of Paul Raynes as director of policy.
In this role he will be responsible for leading EEF’s influential policy team and building on its strong track record of representing the interests of manufacturing and engineering companies to Government at regional and national level.
Raynes is currently Head of Programmes at the Local Government Association where he was responsible for driving the debate on regional economic devolution and originating the concept of Local Enterprise Partnerships. He also developed models for the delivery of the reformed welfare system and, was responsible for setting up the newly launched Municipal Bond Agency.
Prior to this Raynes also worked at HM Treasury, where he was private secretary to three chief secretaries, as financial attache at the British Embassy in Paris in the run-up to the establishment of the Euro and, as a business journalist. He also set up the policy unit at Essex County Council.
Terry Scuoler, EEF chief executive, said: “Paul brings an impressive range of experience to the role of policy director. He will add enormously to championing policies in support of manufacturing at a critical time as the UK prepares to elect a new government.”
Raynes himself commented: “I’m looking forward to putting the case for manufacturing at such an exciting moment. This is a very uncertain time but, without doubt, we need government to back the makers and exporters who are key to future prosperity. I’m keen to do my bit to ensure it does.”
Raynes is expected to take up his new position with EEF on January 26.