UK Appoints Semiconductor Advisory Panel

The UK government has announced the advisory panel that it proposed as part of the semiconductor strategy.

The semiconductor advisory panel will be made up of ten experts from across the semiconductor sector, with representatives from business and technology, alongside experts in venture capital, skills and research, to develop a workable policy for supporting the industry in the UK.

The panel includes Richard Grisenthwaite, Chief Architect at ARM and Americo Lemos, CEO of materials firm IQE. The panel will also include Dr Eben Upton, CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Amelia Armour, a partner at the leading semiconductor venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners, and Janet Collyer, Senior Independent Director at design house EnSilica and chair of Silicon Dice.

The panel is co-chaired by Technology Minister Paul Scully and former Chief Executive of Dialog Semiconductor Dr Jalal Bagherli to provide the Government with advice and feedback on how it can support companies involved in the delivery of semiconductor products and ensure critical British industries have safe and steady access to the chips they need to drive innovation and grow the economy. 

Future meetings will focus on how to nurture skills, improving access to finance, and developing stronger international collaboration, setting out how industry can work directly with Government to achieve these goals.

Technology Minister Paul Scully, said, “properly engaging and listening to the experts at the heart of researching, designing and producing semiconductors is essential if we’re serious about growing our domestic sector, protecting our national security, and unleashing rapid innovation across the British economy. The Semiconductor Advisory Panel serves as the perfect way for industry and Government to work together closely on this critical industry so that we can deliver on our Semiconductor Strategy.”

Collyer said, “through the Panel, I hope to support increasing the number of women choosing a career in UK semiconductors at all levels to C-suite and to support connecting UK based design to resilient mass production manufacturing networks.”

Co-chair Dr Jalal Bagherli, said, “this presents a remarkable opportunity to bridge the gap between industrial executives, academia and national government. Each member brings a unique perspective and expertise, making it an ideal platform to collaborate with national government in shaping an effective policy for our industrial sector.”

“Our primary objective is to develop a comprehensive policy that fosters the growth of semiconductor industry while providing the necessary support for startups to thrive in today’s dynamic market. Additionally, our panel aims to address the crucial issue of mitigating risks to the supply chain of critical UK industries, safeguarding against potential disruptions.”

“Furthermore, we recognize the significance of establishing a robust talent pipeline to meet the evolving needs of the semiconductor sector. Through collaboration and strategic partnerships, this panel has the potential to drive positive change and create an environment conducive to innovation, economic growth, and job creation for the benefit of the UK as a whole.”

The panel will meet every two months from now, agreeing key actions for both industry and government to take to further the sector. While the panel is a small, focused group of leading industry figures, it will engage broadly across the sector and government will continue to speak to a wide range of players across the UK semiconductor industry.

Source: EE News Europe