Tyneside Defence Boss To Chair Industry Body

Tyneside Defence Boss To Chair Industry Body

NDI, the UK’s leading body for the Defence, Aerospace, Cyber and Space industries has appointed Craig Priday, Managing Director of Pearson Engineering, as its new Chair as part of a major expansion of the organisation.

Mr Priday replaces Mike Maiden who has chaired NDI since 2010 and overseen significant growth in membership, reflecting the increasing importance of the sectors to high-value manufacturing and the economy overall.

In this new role, he will be focusing on ensuring NDI continues to grow and assisting SMEs in gaining access to commercial opportunities in the defence, aerospace, security and space sectors. With a national membership NDI is uniquely placed to reflect the interests of companies in these sectors across the UK.

Craig is also joined on the Advisory Board by Peter Bedwin, Chairman of Oxley Group as Vice Chair. In addition, new members on the Board which includes accomplished government and industry representatives are David Morgan, Director of Commercial and Supply Chain for Raytheon, Steve Fitz- Gerald, CEO of Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group and Andrea Hough, Managing Director of AT Engine Controls.

NDI is a division of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. It represents, and provides services for, 200 companies in the UK defence, space, aerospace and security sectors. With strong links with the MoD and Home Office NDI is a key stakeholder in major government programmes, helping ensure companies get fair access to contracts and building the supply chain.

Together these sectors, which are at the cutting edge of technology contribute £65bn to the UK economy. Their exports are worth £35bn and they employ 350,000 highly skilled people.

Commenting, Craig Priday said:

“I’m very honoured to be assuming the Chair of NDI at such a vital time. Mike Maiden has made a significant contribution to the UK defence sector and leaves NDI in a strong position for further growth. The aerospace, defence, security and space sectors are high-value and highly skilled, and make a substantial contribution to the UK economy. Their continued success is vital.”