NMI, the trade association for semiconductor, microelectronics and Electronic Systems communities in the UK& Ireland, has been asked by government to provide a strategic report on the UK Electronic Systems community and the key barriers to future growth. Due for publication in early 2013, the report will illustrate the opportunities for UK Electronic Systems innovation and identify ways in which policy can be adapted to promote and support future growth, developing critical insight to strengthen UK operations and businesses. Industry veteran Jamie Urquhart has agreed to chair the investigation and oversee the report's creation. He will head a representative group of leading executives in conducting and analysing independent research, generating data and identifying opportunities from work-streams, which will be identified by the executive group. Urquhart is ideally suited to lead this report, having spent time at Plessey's Caswell Research Centre, Acorn Computers and the founding team of ARM Ltd. In 2002 he became an angel investor and partner with Pond Ventures, investing significantly in the industry and developing a wealth of experience of early stage European companies in the semiconductor, communication, wireless and software sectors.