Professor Chris White

Director of Industrial Policy Research Centre

Professor Chris White

The MTC is well placed to influence government policy and decision-makers at a local, national, and even international level. It is exciting to work for an organisation which responds so dynamically to the wicked problems we face today.

Chris is the Director of the Industrial Policy Research Centre (IPRC) at Loughborough University, formed in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and was the Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington, 2010-2017.

As an MP, Chris was a member of both the International Development and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Select Committees and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Manufacturing and Social Enterprise. Prior to joining the MTC, Chris was the Director of the Institute for Industrial Strategy at King’s College, London.

  • Author of the Social Value Act.  This legislation is now responsible for influencing approx. £100bn of public spending, a figure which is set to grow

  • Led the debate on the Living Wage, Hansard 6 November 2014

  • Called for the creation of an Industrial Strategy, Hansard 26 May 2016

Amongst other roles, Chris is the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Warwickshire College Group, Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Engineering, City, University of London, a member of the Economic Policy Committee, Make UK, and a member of the Manufacturing Policy Panel at the IET.

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