UK Steel, the trade body for the sector has appointed Gareth Stace as its new director, replacing Ian Rodgers who retires on March 31.
Stace is currently Head of Climate & Environment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation where he leads EEF’s work on a broad range of energy and environment policies, from compliance through to competitiveness.
Stace has more than 15 years’ experience representing business interests and has had significant success in shaping and influencing policy at UK, European and regulator level. In particular he led EEF’s representation in securing a compensation package for Energy Intensive Industries (EII) in the 2014 Budget.
He currently represents EEF on a number of government boards and panels, including the chair of the Manufacturers’ Climate Change Group, Defra Business Contact Group and, the Environment Agency Regulated Business Forum. He also represents the interests of the UK steel sector as chair of the BIS Green Economy Council EII Sub Group.
Prior to joining EEF, Stace was environmental manager at Dairy UK, the Trade Association for the UK Milk Processing Sector.
Commenting, Gareth Stace said: “This is an important role, representing such a significant industry which feeds into almost all strategically important supply chains. Yet steelmakers in the UK are facing huge challenges and, more than ever, need a strong united voice to ensure that the sector can compete and grow.
“It is vital that we continue to raise the profile of the sector to ensure its strategic importance to the UK economy is safeguarded and valued at the highest levels.”