Martin Temple, vice-president for sales and distribution with steel firm Avesta Sheffield, becomes director-general of the Engineering Employers’ Federation from 1 May.
Like his predecessor, Graham Mackenzie, 49-year-old Temple is steeped in the steel industry, fulfilling the EEF’s aim of finding a candidate with a strong industrial background.
EEF president Bruce Ralph said: `Martin brings a wealth of understanding along with a strong commercial awareness and a clear appreciation of the UK and European political institutions.’
Temple joined BSC in Consett in marketing and sales after a degree in geography at Hull. Later appointments included sales and marketing manager of British Steel Stainless,1987-92.
Temple has been left a strong legacy by Mackenzie, who became president when the EEF narrowly avoided being swallowed by the CBI, and turned it into a respected lobbying machine.