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Colin Whitehouse becomes Chair of Compound Semiconductor Centre

Expert in advanced compound semiconductors and nano-devices to guide centre through set up and early growth phase

The Compound Semiconductor Centre, a joint venture between IQE and Cardiff University has appointed Colin Whitehouse FREng, FInstP, FIMMM, as Chair.

A world-renowned expert in advanced compound semiconductor materials, nano-devices and nanotechnology, Whitehouse brings a wealth of experience in both managing and directing research as well as the commercial exploitation of research. 

Colin was, until recently, deputy chief executive of The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which is one of the UK's Research Councils. He was also Director of the STFC Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and was also responsible for initiating the formation of the National Science and Innovation Campuses at Daresbury and Harwell.

Whitehouse's previous roles include Board membership of Sheffield Innovations Ltd (the commercialisation arm of the University of Sheffield), STFC Innovations (STFC's very successful commercial exploitation company), the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), STEMNET, and chair of the UK's R&D Society. He is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Materials, Mining and Mineralogy.

On his appointment, Whitehouse said: "The rapidly growing dependence on compound semiconductors that enable all key technology markets will create exciting opportunities for the recently formed Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), IQE and Cardiff University. I have been a very long-standing strong supporter of the UK building such genuinely international-class critical-mass R&D activities via high-quality collaboration.

"The CSC is uniquely positioned to perform the extremely important intermediate role between university-based research, particularly through Cardiff University's Institute of Compound Semiconductors (ICS), and the very recently announced CS Applications Catapult Centre, also to be based in South Wales. I am truly delighted therefore to become the Chair of the CSC, and am really looking forward to working closely with all of the CSC team."

Wyn Meredith, director of Compound Semiconductor Centre commented:"I am delighted that Colin has agreed to join the CSC. His unparalleled reputation and experience coupled with his extensive network within industry, academia and government  will be absolutely invaluable in guiding the development of the centre through its set up and early growth phase."

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