BEIS Head of Manufacturing announces departure from sector

Posted on 4 Aug 2023 by James Devonshire

This week, we learned that one of the biggest champions of the manufacturing industry is moving to pastures new.

Clare Porter, who has been Head of Manufacturing at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) since 2014, announced she was moving away from industry on LinkedIn.

She posted: “I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as Head of Public Sector Research Establishment Strategy and Sponsorship at Department for Science, Innovation and Technology!”

Clare Porter has been Head of Manufacturing at BEIS since 2014

The Manufacturer team, would like to thank Clare for her amazing and steadfast contribution to the UK manufacturing sector over the past nine years. A huge supporter of industry and a member of the Manufacturing and Engineering Week Industry Advisory Council, Clare’s passion for championing everything UK manufacturing has been unrelenting during her time at BEIS. We wish Clare all the best for the future and hope to maintain our close relationship going forward. Thank you for everything, Clare!

Reacting to the news of Clare’s departure from industry, Mike Wilson, Chief Engineer – Automation, MTC, said: “Congratulations Clare Porter. Thank you for all your support and enthusiasm in driving forward UK manufacturing. It has been a pleasure working with you. Very best wishes for the future.”

Henry Anson, Managing director of Hennik Research (part of Nineteen Group and publishers of The Manufacturer), said: “Good luck Clare, I’m certain you will do an amazing job. It’s the public sector’s gain!!”

David Atkinson, Regional Director and UK Head of Manufacturing at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “It’s been a privilege to work with you on all things manufacturing over the years Clare. Wishing you every deserved success in the new role.”

Rab Scott, Director of Industrial Digitalisation at the AMRC, said: “Congrats Clare, our loss is their gain – anything we can do to help, you know where we are…”

Donna Edwards, Programme Director of Made Smarter’s North West adoption programme, said: “Good luck in the new role. You’re leaving a great legacy behind you!”

James Partington, Director of Engineering Policy & Impact, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), said: “Many congratulations Clare Porter. Your positive impact in manufacturing will be always cherished. You will continue to do much good! Thank you!”

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