Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Phipson is the Chief Executive of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation. Make UK is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales.
Stephen previously held the position of Head of the Defence and Security Organisation within the Department for International trade delivering support to UK defence and security businesses seeking to export and develop joint ventures and partnerships overseas, as well as to overseas defence and security businesses seeking to invest in the UK. Prior to this Stephen held the position of Director for Security Industry Engagement within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office where he was the Senior Responsible Owner within Government for the UK security industry and had responsibility for securing a new generation of G2G security agreements with priority overseas partner nations.
In addition to senior roles within the UK Government, Stephen has spent 35 years in Industry and has held senior roles within the Electronics, Defence and Security industries. He was Chief Executive of Stadium Group plc and prior to this spent 15 years with Smiths Group plc latterly as President of Smiths Detection, one of the world’s leading threat detection businesses, exporting to more than 100 Government agencies around the World. This followed several years as Group Managing Director of Smiths Interconnect, manufacturing electronics subsystems and components for the Global Defence, Communications and Security markets. Stephen has also held senior management positions with Radiall, Philips and Plessey. Stephen served as the inaugural Chairman of RISC, VP Security for ADS and Chairman of the Security Commission of ASD.