Zero Carbon Futures’ Managing Director, Dr Colin Herron, has been appointed onto the IET’s Manufacturing Policy Panel to act in an advisory role on UK manufacturing policy issues and provide guidance to government.

The panel is made up of high profile representatives from large and small manufacturing companies, manufacturing academia and related organisations.

As a qualified Mechanical Engineer with a MSc in Manufacturing Management and Technology and a PhD researching transferability of Japanese manufacturing techniques, Dr Herron brings over 40 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector and has extensive experience in industry, government and education working in both the public and private sector. After spending 17 years at Nissan, where he worked in the Quality and Production Engineering departments as well as the Supplier Development Team, Dr Herron joined the Regional Development Agency to oversee the region’s manufacturing and productivity programmes and represented the North East region nationally on manufacturing matters. He is now Managing Director for low carbon vehicle consultancy, Zero Carbon Futures.

Dr Herron, said: “It is an honour to be invited to join the IET’s Manufacturing Policy Panel to sit alongside esteemed individuals to provide strategic advice and responses to Government on manufacturing policy. I hope that the industry knowledge that I will bring to the group, in particular in new innovations in the automotive industry, will support the IET’s activity and I look forward to some healthy debates.”

Sahar Danesh, IET Principal Policy Advisor for Manufacturing, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Dr Herron to the IET Manufacturing Policy Panel. Dr Herron brings with him a wealth of expertise which will prove invaluable as we continue to advise Government on policy and the value manufacturing brings to the UK economy.”

Dr Herron will join the panel at its next meeting on the 23 February 2016 at the IET in Savoy Place, central London.

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