TechWorks, the UK’s industry association for deep tech connected communities, has announced the appointment of Alan Banks as CEO, with immediate effect.

TechWorks, which is the parent organisation to the NMI (semiconductors and electronic systems), Power Electronics UK, AESIN (automotive electronics innovation) and the IoT Security Foundation, was established to strengthen the UK’s leadership in deep tech.

Banks, who replaces Gary Travers, brings to the role a wealth of leadership, business and industry experience across automotive electronics, IT and telecommunications.

He has chaired AESIN since its inception in 2012, playing a significant role developing and implementing a vision and strategy for the UK automotive electronic systems sector and, in addition to this, has spent 17 years at tier 1 automotive supplier Visteon, where he was engineering director and developed / delivered vehicle cockpit electronics.

Commenting on his appointment Sir Hossein Yassaie, TechWorks’ chair said: “Advances in deep tech, underpinned by engineering excellence and scientific discoveries, are fuelling growth in many contemporary and emerging markets. The UK plays a leadership role in the research, development and application in this field and TechWorks is dedicated to supporting and helping to strengthen this vital role.

“Given the multidisciplinary and complex nature of modern systems it is crucial our new CEO has the experience, passion and vision to bring together the skills from across multiple technology and engineering communities and help shape advancements to further strengthen the UK’s position.”

Banks said: “We are facing a once-in-a-generation change in technology and the old models are being challenged. The only way to ensure UK companies can address the fundamental changes and come out stronger is through collaboration.

“TechWorks is an ideal model for this, acting as a catalyst and creating non-competitive connected communities where we can build successful partnerships and can lead innovation of exciting, emerging technology markets.”