The government said Lewis brings with him a “wealth of industry knowledge” and expertise to the new role. He will advise the PM and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on both immediate improvements and any “necessary long term changes” to UK supply chains for goods, and will work with government officials to “quickly resolve” acute, short term issues.
The government added this includes both identifying the causes of current blockages and pre-empting potential future ones, and advising on resolutions either through direct government action or through industry with Government support.
He is set to work closely with the industry to improve government access to data and build the “most effective methods” into future responses to blockages.
Lewis will also co-chair the new Supply Chain Advisory Group, consisting of external experts in the field, and the new Industry Taskforce, to ensure those on the ground have the opportunity to voice their concerns and advise on the most efficient resolutions.
The news comes as businesses have faced a range of challenges over recent months as they recover from the global pandemic which has impacted supply chains across Europe and around the world.
Based in the cabinet office, Lewis has been appointed until the end of the year, beginning in the role from Monday 11 October.
Boris Johnson said: “I’m pleased that Sir David Lewis is joining the team who have been working on future proofing our supply chains across the United Kingdom as we recover from the pandemic.
“There are currently global supply issues which we are working with industry to mitigate and Dave brings a wealth of experience which will help us continue to protect our businesses and supply chains.”