UK’s Materials Processing Institute has appointed two industry experts as non-executive directors to further strengthen its position as a national centre for research and innovation. Ms Janice Munday CBE, an authority in innovation planning, and Mr David Pummell, a business leader in technology development and commercialization, have joined the board of the Middlesbrough-based Institute to support the implementation of its new commercial growth strategy.Ms Munday previously served as Director of Advanced Manufacturing for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and was responsible for working with a range of companies across multiple sectors and with local areas to encourage growth and productivity. Working in partnership with business, she participated in the creation and implementation of strategies on skills development, including the See Inside Manufacturing campaign, and championed the appointment of more female executives to senior positions in business. She has been non-executive director of Inogesis, formerly VTC, for six years, working to bring disruptive technology into businesses, and a non-executive director of Sheffield Forgemasters since October 2016. She was previously Principal Fellow at the Warwick Manufacturing Group, helping teams working on research on technologies to support manufacturing growth.Mr Pummell has extensive business leadership experience in renewable conversion technologies for the production of biofuels, and fuel cell technologies for the power and energy sectors. He spent 22 years working at BP, primarily as a commercial executive, after graduating as a chemical engineer, before becoming chief executive of four innovative technology companies where he drove forward the commercialization of products and services into various markets around the world. Mr Pummell has a wealth of experience of conducting business in Europe, the US, Middle East, China, and Asia Pacific, through his tenure at BP, ACAL Energy, Ceres Power, MAPS Technology and Velocys, where he gained extensive experience of working with the UK Government and US administration securing grant funding and with institutional, private equity and venture capital investors. He has an in depth understanding of the structures and trends in energy markets and is experienced in restructuring assets, monetizing technologies and the development and implementation of commercialization strategies.The Materials Processing Institute is a research centre serving organizations that work in advanced materials, low-carbon energy and the circular economy. The Institute is based in Tees Valley in the northeast of England.