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Factory Automation

Clare Porter

Clare leads cross cutting manufacturing policy and delivery for the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Priorities include developing the UK’s position as a leader of the 4th Industrial Revolution through the Made Smarter programme; Strengthening UK Supply Chain and Value Chain Capability and progressing international engagement on advanced manufacturing policy to identify opportunities for collaboration.

Made Smarter is the UK’s industrial digitalisation programme with the aim of increasing manufacturing productivity, especially for small and medium size companies, through the development and adoption of industrial digital technology. Clare worked with industry to produce the Made Smarter Review, published in 2017 and leads work for the department on how to deliver its ambitions through government policy.

Clare’s team works with a range of stakeholders including industry, trade bodies, technology institutions, local partners and academics to ensure that government policy meets business need.

Clare started working in BEIS in 2011 and before she was Head of Manufacturing, she led on Growth Deal policy; worked on the Heseltine Review and with LEPs. Clare joined the civil service in 2002 and has worked across a number of government departments and policy areas including counter terrorism, community cohesion, 2012 Olympics and UK drug policy.

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