Senior steel industry executives have been appointed as members of the Materials Processing Institute Council.

Chris Vaughn, technical director of British Steel, Eric Vitse, global chief technology officer for Liberty House Group and Dr. Martin Brunnock, Hub director of Tata Steel UK have all been appointed to the UK's steel and metals innovation centre.

Vaughn has worked in the steel industry for more than 20 years, while Vitse possesses more than 30 years' industry experience. Dr. Brunnock has more than 25 years' experience.

All three men represent their respective companies: British Steel, Liberty House Group and Tata Steel UK.

Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute, commented: "I am delighted with these appointments to our Council, which will enable the Institute to draw upon each members' years of experience to support the development of our governance and future growth strategies."

McDonald said that the Materials Processing Institute had enjoyed 'longstanding, successful partnerships' with Liberty House Group, Tata Steel and British Steel and had supported each organisations' research activities and helped to develop 'advanced and greener manufacturing processes'.

Liberty's Eric Vitse said: "The work of the Institute is crucial to the progress and future wellbeing of the metals industries in the UK."

Tata Steel UK's Dr. Martin Brunnock commented: "The Institute plays an important part in researching and developing the steels and processes which allow this incredible material to be a vital part of the solution for all our futures."

British Steel's Chris Vaughan said he was honoured to be taking up his new role and looked forward to 'working with our partners to further drive innovation in our industry'.