Advisory Council

Clare Porter

Clare Porter

Clare has led the cross-cutting manufacturing policy team for the Department for Business & Trade since 2015. Priorities include developing the UK’s position as a leader of the 4th Industrial Revolution through Made Smarter-the UK’s Industrial Digitalisation programme; Strengthening UK Supply Chain Capability and leading international engagement to identify opportunities for collaboration.


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. This includes delivery of Made Smarter adoption support for manufacturing SMEs and the Made Smarter Commission.


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


Clare has 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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