Director of Institute for Industrial Strategy, King’s College, London
President – Warwickshire College Group.
Chris White is the Director of Institute for Industrial Strategy, King’s College London, and former MP for Warwick and Leamington between 2010-17. In 2017 Chris was appointed to the inaugural role of President of WCG, a strategic appointment introduced to support the ambitious agenda and delivery plan for WCG over the next five years.
In his role of Director at The Institute, Chris will drive forward a programme that will appraise the ‘Modern Industrial Strategy’, and explore ways to challenge and enhance current thinking, examining how the UK will develop the skills base, infrastructure and innovation which will match the demands of an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
In his former role as an MP, Chris was a member of both the International Development and the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Select Committees and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Manufacturing, Social Enterprise, and Video Games, vital sectors that support our local economy in Warwickshire. In addition he played an active role in inquiries examining The Industrial Strategy and the UK Productivity Plan during his time in Parliament.
An active champion of local industry, Chris has long supported the development and promotion of Silicon Spa recognising the economic value and potential of our thriving games industry locally, and as a strength in the prosperity of the region. In 2017 he endorsed the UKIE report in his Foreword for the Coventry & Warwickshire report A Blueprint for Growth and highlighted its importance in steering the collaborative work of the LEP and associated Local Authorities.
Chris is an accomplished writer and speaker on many subjects, and has recently written papers on Industrial Strategy and Social Value in collaboration with King’s College London and Social Enterprise UK respectively. He also co-authored a report on the future of UK Industrial Strategy with Dr Benedict Wilkinson, which was published by the Policy Institute at King’s in November 2017.