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I am responsible for developing the Tomorrow’s Engineers Programme across London. I work with engineering employers and partner organisations to facilitate and support employer engagement with schools in a collective drive to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Since graduating from Durham University in 2010 my experience has primarily been in the charity sector, and I have worked for a number of organisations that support young people. Prior to joining EngineeringUK I worked for STEMNET where I managed the delivery of the STEM Ambassadors Programme in north London, working closely with schools, employers and volunteers to inspire young people in STEM. I am passionate about bringing together business and education and look forward to growing the Tomorrow’s Engineers Programme in London.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0464 Contact Aimee Welch here
My job is to find new companies (and some charities) to engage with us and support our programmes, either through Big Bang (national and regional), Tomorrow’s Engineers, or membership. I am particularly tasked with finding companies from new sectors that we haven’t engaged with so much previously, to add to the strong connections we have, for example in the Engineering sector.
I’ve worked in the charity sector for about 10 years, initially in Business Development for a Professional Fundraising Organisation promoting Payroll Giving in the workplace, and then 6 years with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) as an Account Manager and Team Leader, where I also had strategic responsibility for corporate consultancy services. I am really excited to be working to promote STEM for young people in the UK and want to encourage as many companies and charities as possible to get involved in this area with us!
tel: +44 (0) 20 3206 0418 Contact Andrew Grazebrook here
I am the Employer Support Manager for the Yorkshire and Humber Region working on the Tomorrow’s Engineers Programme. My aim is to establish new collaborative partnerships and networks of employers locally who will work with us to inspire young people about science and engineering and create the next generation of engineers.
By joining forces with others to deliver against this shared ambition, I’m hoping that we will create a wave of change that helps employers secure a pipeline of skilled young people coming into the industry and helps young people secure fulfilling and exciting careers.
Before joining EngineeringUK, I was the Business Development Manager and Government Account Holder for the Nuclear AMRC which is part of the University of Sheffield. My role involved helping companies win new contracts and grow their business in the nuclear sector by working with them to develop their manufacturing capability and sectoral knowledge.
Collaborating with national government, local enterprise partnerships and other relevant organisations featured heavily in my role to maximise the impact of the Nuclear AMRC’s programmes and services.
Prior to this, I worked for the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward for 9 years, leading, developing and delivering a range of projects and programmes across the region; many of which were focused on the development of workforce skills in key sectors like engineering.
tel: +44 (0)7714 139 305 Contact Annette Valentine here
I manage the Communications Team, which has responsibility for all aspects of communication for EngineeringUK and its two programmes, The Big Bang and Tomorrow’s Engineers, including media relations, digital communications, marketing and public affairs. The team produces the annual Engineering UK report, our flagship publication into the state of engineering, as well as the engineering careers material which is core to the delivery of our programmes. Our IT developers make sure all of our communications activity works with the digital channels to which our audiences increasingly turn.
I joined EngineeringUK in January 2010 from London Metropolitan University where I had responsibility for all aspects of marketing, communications and fundraising. I spent the first 15 years of my career at BT. Having worked in a range of procurement roles there, I moved into marketing and communications, working with a wide range of Government customers, including spending a period on secondment at the Department of Health. Following that, as the first Director of Membership and Communications at the College of Optometrists, I promoted the importance of maintaining good eye health and raised the profile of the role of optometrists in delivering eye health care via a series of award winning campaigns.
tel: +44 (0)203 206 0434 Contact Beth Elgood here
I am responsible for the payroll of the company, management accounts for The Big Bang CIC, VAT returns and other statutory reporting. I also provide HR and pension administration.
Before joining the EngineeringUK I worked in other finance roles in the commercial sector.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0406 Contact Bistra Assenova here
I am pleased to be supporting engineering employers and partner organisations in the South East, in a collective drive to build the future generation of engineers required by industry.
I studied Civil Engineering at the University of Edinburgh before working in the construction industry in the maritime and airfield sectors both in the UK and abroad.
As Head of STEM Sussex at the University of Brighton since its inception in 2001, I have been responsible for the delivery of national and regional STEM enrichment initiatives in Sussex and South East England, including the popular Big Bang Fair South East.
Linking science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) employers to their future workforce and setting the STEM curricula in context, has been a priority for me throughout this time. The employer involvement in this process is crucial in providing the enthusiasm and passion which inspires young people to consider an engineering career path.
I am a chartered engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
tel: +44 (0) 1273 642023 Contact Bronagh Liddicoat here
After a career as an aircraft engineering technician, Bryan taught physics, maths and science in a technology college. He went on to become director of At-Bristol’s Science Learning Centre and was the founding principal at the Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0467 Contact Bryan Berry here
I have overall responsibility for Finance, Governance, and HR across the organisation. My job is to help my team deliver excellent service and results across these vital support functions.
I completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accountancy at Otago University in New Zealand. I then moved to the UK and spent a few years doing temporary accounting roles that allowed me to spend time travelling across Europe and South America. After this I spent four years working for an events company as Financial Controller for Europe and North America. From 1998 to 2012 I worked for Pirtek in the roles of UK Finance Director, Australian Finance Director, and Global CFO. Immediately prior to working for EngineeringUK I was Finance and Operations Director for Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd, a company that provides life skills to children via the performing arts.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0405 Contact Chris Boyle here
I help develop the careers content for EngineeringUK’s programmes, including Tomorrow’s Engineers, The Big Bang UK Fair and Big Bang Near Me. In collaboration with colleagues from the wider engineering community, I develop engaging careers resource materials for our target audiences, as well as extending the reach of positive messaging about engineering careers and opportunities. I oversee the careers information that is hosted on our websites and respond to requests for further information and advice. It is important to me that we work with teachers and students to ensure that our programmes and resources are having an impact and achieving their aims.
I joined EngineeringUK in 2013. Prior to this I worked for several years as a careers adviser in various secondary schools across London and the surrounding areas. I have also worked as a Connexions Adviser in a community setting, as a primary school learning mentor and as a Maths and English tutor. I really enjoy working with and on behalf of young people, helping them identify and embrace their skills so that they can make informed decisions about their futures and make a positive contribution to society.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0414 Contact Eleanor Eyre here
I support the Tomorrow’s Engineers Programme and am responsible for delivering the EEP LEGO Schools Challenge. I oversee school recruitment, training, challenge events and volunteer management.
Before joining EngineeringUK I worked for LEGO Education, Pearson and Young Enterprise delivering education programmes that link employers with schools. My roles have primarily focused on inspiring young people to consider opportunities in the world of work through engaging hands on experiences.
tel: +44 (0)203 206 0438 Contact Erika Smallridge here
I’m responsible for supporting employers across the Midlands as they engage with our Tomorrow’s Engineers Programme. I’m proud to say the Midlands is a fantastic area with a strong engineering history. I’m looking forward to getting more companies on-board and supporting them with their work engaging with schools.
Before coming to EngineeringUK I worked for some of the UK’s leading charities including; Prince’s Trust, Media Trust and UnLtd. My roles have always been around supporting young people to access new opportunities to develop themselves and supporting organisations in the sector to do the same.
tel: +44 (0)7734 605 567 Contact Eva Fryc here
My job is to support employers across the South West, helping and enabling them to engage with 11 - 14 years olds as part of the Tomorrow's Engineers programme.
Before starting with EngineeringUK I have been working for a charity called Adviza as part of the National Careers Service, liaising with employers and schools to encourage more employer engagement with schools. My background is as a careers adviser, so the more information young people have, the better equipped they are to make decisions about their future. Awareness of the incredibly diverse roles in engineering definitely fits with this!
Contact Fiona Doughton here
My main responsibility is developing and managing EngineeringUK’s Corporate Membership programme, which engages various business and industry organisations within the science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) sector. I’m also actively involved in the Business and Industry Panel and managing the House of Commons events.
After completing my masters at University College London in Environmental Geoscience, my career developed in the R&D sector - mainly across governmental bodies and independent organisations. My most recent role involved managing sustainable projects across the construction industry, focussing on sharing good practice on nuclear and defence sites in the UK, and sustainable decommissioning of waste and materials. I have also been responsible for a network which delivered a series of events across UK for the nuclear and defence supply chain, as well as project managing low-carbon initiatives across the built environment and managing a learning network for sustainable healthcare buildings, in partnership with other organisations. I am currently a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a committee member of their Thames Valley Regional Group.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0427 Contact Gemma Samlal here
As Head of Public Affairs, my role is to take the amazing work going on across EngineeringUK’s activities and bring it to the attention of parliamentarians, policy makers and influencers. That could mean ensuring that senior representatives from Government come and support the Big Bang Fair, or making sure that the recommendations from our State of Engineeringreport influence policy debates about the supply of future engineers.
I have been working in public affairs, policy and engagement for 11 years working for a variety of charities and public bodies. My previous roles have included work to have age discrimination recognised in law and sharing policy with politicians before the 2005, 2010 and 2015 general elections to help inform manifesto development. Most recently I led on stakeholder engagement and public affairs across all four countries of the UK for the world’s largest professional regulator.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0441 Contact Gemma Wood here
It’s my job to make sure that we’re using IT as well as possible. This involves making the best use of current technology as well as researching and planning for all future developments in hardware and software. Central to what I do is an understanding of where the organisation is going…wherever that is, it can’t get there without robust, cost-effective and creative IT planning.
My job can entail everything from project managing major IT infrastructure changes to liaising with design agencies about web standards. I’m also closely tied in to all our projects, for example managing data transfer as part of the registration process for The Big Bang Fair to providing technical advice on hosting for Tomorrow’s Engineers.
I started my career in the media industry providing IT support to staff. I progressed from there to managing systems and the rest – as they say – is history.
tel: +44 (0)203 206 0424 Contact James Miller here
My role is Product Development Manager responsible for the Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest programme, building on the work already underway, whilst facilitating the support from the Tomorrow’s Engineers delivery partners.
I began my career as a teacher specialising in early year’s education. After a brief break from the sector to see if there was more to life than school, I returned and have managed a variety of different education projects over the last 10 years. I spent three years as Sustainable Schools Manager for Westminster Council, delivering environmental projects, recruiting and training volunteers from large Businesses, such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Barclays, and assisting schools gain Eco-schools accreditation. Most recently I worked as Programme Manager, Education & Health for sustainable transport charity Sustrans. In this role I developed and expanded the schools programme in London, managed the delivery officers and worked with many stakeholders and funders, most notably Transport for London.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0439 Contact Jo Hill here
My role at EngineeringUK is to identify, research and engage with organisations we can collaborate with on our programmes Big Bang, Corporate membership and Tomorrows Engineers. I promote the importance of paying forward and investing in young people’s careers education sooner rather than later to help address industry skills shortages.
Before joining EngineeringUK I worked at the British Chambers of Commerce for over three years securing sponsorship for local and national events, publications and digital channels. Prior to this I worked at the Royal College of General Practitioners leading on event sponsorship, and have held various roles in the commercial sector. I’m really pleased to be in a position to be able to utilise the skills I have acquired during my career on a really important issue.
Contact Joanna Henderson Abraham here
I manage the Business & Industry team whose role is to encourage companies from all sectors including Aerospace, Energy, Information Technology, Automotive, Food & Drink, Telecommunications, Construction, Transport etc. to provide their support, both ‘in-kind’ and through their representation on our Business & Industry Panel as a Corporate Member of EngineeringUK; and through sponsorship of our two key programmes, namely The Big Bang Fair and Tomorrow’s Engineers.
I studied Aeronautical Engineering Science at the University of Salford before joining BAE Systems as a Graduate Engineer. I worked on both military and civil programmes including Tornado, Typhoon and Airbus A320. Then, I joined Lucas Engineering & Systems (LE&S), the consulting arm of Lucas Industries, developing Knowledge-Based Systems and Product Introduction related software. I was sponsored by LE&S to undertake a Masters in Business Management Systems at the Warwick Business School and also for a Diploma in Marketing.
After this, I joined Computer Sciences Corporation as part of an outsourcing deal with Lucas Industries and took charge of Marketing and Strategic Planning for the Manufacturing, Aerospace and Automotive sectors. I then joined the Management Consultants A.T. Kearney and managed the Marketing functions at a European level for the Aerospace & Defence, Automotive and Operations Practices. As part of this, I developed and managed a major marketing campaign at a global level for A.T. Kearney’s Global Excellence in Operations (GEO) programme, collaborating with the Financial Times and Fortune.
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Directors.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0436 Contact John Halton here
I oversee the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme, building on the work already underway with our Business & Industry partners, whilst facilitating the support from the Tomorrow’s Engineers delivery partners. This involves helping to grow the Business & Industry engagement within the UK and increasing learner engagement for the Tomorrow’s Engineers Programme.
For the past five years I have worked in education, specifically promoting STEM. Between 2007 and 2011 I worked for the London Engineering Project as Industry and Outreach Liaison Officer. In this role I worked with businesses and education providers to develop and deliver a menu of STEM activities for young people in schools across South and East London. Following this, I worked for the Schools and Colleges Team at London South Bank University (LSBU) where I supported the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment to recruit students from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the Faculty. Prior to working, I studied at LSBU in the Faculty of Arts and Human Science; I have always been an advocator of education and whilst completing my degree I worked as a student ambassador for the University and I was a mentor to young female students in South East London.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0432 Contact Laura Mwangi here
I am responsible for the CEO’s Office. A big part of my role is diary and document management. I also support EngineeringUK’s Executive Team, and work closely with the Chairman’s Personal Assistants from his other employments.
I joined EngineeringUK in July 2011. Previously I was PA to the Director of Resources and Corporate Governance for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Prior to Cabe I have worked in a variety of PA roles within the private sector for surveying, planning and architectural practices.
tel: +44 (0)203 206 0417 Contact Lisa Gadd here
My role is working with employers and stakeholders on the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme, supporting them in effective outreach to make sure the young people they engage get the most out of it that they can.
I worked for 12 years at the Engineering Development Trust, managing the Engineering Education Scheme and Go4SET for the North of England and I was the National Champion of Go4SET for 6 years.
tel: +44 (0)7540 106 002 Contact Mark Wood here
As Head of Careers I lead all careers-related activities and provide expertise in the area of careers education, information, advice and guidance in support of EngineeringUK’s core programmes and decision making.
For over 10 years I've been working in educational project management, working on a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) projects over that time. Before starting at EngineeringUK I was Director of Programme Development at STEMNET, overseeing the management of STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs programmes and providing strategic direction for the organisation.
After graduating with a Medicinal Chemistry degree I joined the graduate scheme at GSK where I worked as a Research Scientist for 5 years, developing new drugs in the respiratory therapeutic area. I believe that a career in science, technology, engineering or maths is one of the most rewarding careers you can have and I want to help others to access the opportunities a STEM careers can offer.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0414 Contact Melanie Washington here
I am the local representative of the Tomorrow’s Engineers Programme. I work collaboratively with employers and various industry organisations within the STEM sector to facilitate, develop and grow greater employer engagement activity in schools across the region to deliver the next generation of engineers.
For the past 20 years I have been working in educational project management on a variety of exciting initiatives including Sunderland Echo’s Newspapers in Education Programme, the Chamber of Commerce network’s Young Chamber initiative linked to North East Chamber of Commerce and Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, Tyneside Economic Development Company’s Enterprise Education Programme and, in more recent times, managing Engineering/Manufacturing focused programmes including South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum’s ‘Made in South Tyneside’ Education Initiative and TDR Trust’s STEM Education Outreach Programme. In that time, I have also been an active member of a number of strategic sub-regional/regional skills groups including South Tyneside’s Learning and Skills Partnership and Curriculum Group, SEMTA’s Apprenticeship Working Group and EEF’s North East Skills Group. The role of Employer Support Manager, presents an exciting opportunity to drive the Tomorrow’s Engineers Programme forward in the NE region in partnership with local employers and other industry/STEM/Skills focused organisations.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0468 Contact Moira Shaftoe here
I support the Director of Finance and Services on matters relating to corporate governance, including providing secretariat for Board and Committee meetings.
I joined EngineeringUK in May 2012. Prior to this I worked for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) for nine years, most recently as the Head of Governance where I was responsible for corporate governance, acted as a key point of contact for CABE’s funders and played a lead role in strategy and business planning. Prior to this my work at CABE involved managing a funding programme to advocate the value of well-designed buildings, places and spaces to young people, the public and decision makers. My first job after leaving university was working as a design and conservation officer at Westminster City Council. I have a Masters in Town Planning and a degree in Architecture from the University of Newcastle.
tel: +44 (0)203 206 0410 Contact Rachel Pan here
My role at EngineeringUK involves managing various business critical areas of the organisation. Our quality management system (which ensures that the organisation is running effectively), learning and development (to ensure that we have the support to manage and develop our people) and I also coordinate all business planning and project management activities within the organisation and provide guidance for individual project leaders.
I have a Masters in Architecture and worked within architecture and the construction industry before moving into the third sector. For nearly five years I worked as Quality Improvement Manager for the Stroke Association after that I moved to the construction industry’s charity CRASH as Projects and Resources Manager managing the charities construction development projects and relationships with construction companies across the UK.
tel: +44 (0)203 206 0409 Contact Ryan Richardson here
I currently lead a small team of Employer Support Managers (ESM's) which will increase over the next year or so. My role is to support our ESM's and help them to roll out the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme. Our goal is to build a national network of at least 600 employers, coordinating activity locally to enable delivery into every secondary school in the UK.
For the past 5 years I have been working with EngineeringUK and a range of delivery partners across the UK, to develop and deliver the Big Bang Near Me programme. Now successfully reaching in excess of 110,000 young people, it is one of the largest STEM inspiration programmes.
Prior to working with EngineeringUK I worked within a business to business environment consulting on complete marketing solutions across a range of business sectors.
My decision to move from the private sector into the not for profit was driven by my desire to make a difference. Using the knowledge and skills built over 20 years working in a business environment to develop and improve programmes that support young people, helping them make informed choices about their careers.
tel: +44 (0)203 206 0428 Contact Sarah Devonport here
As Head of Communications I work with colleagues from across the organisation to create and deliver our integrated marketing communications and public relations. I work across all our main programmes and activities, covering content marketing, media, print, social media and PR.
My marcomms career started in 2001 when I joined the Languages NTO in its mission to promote language skills and services to UK businesses. I went on to spend several years in languages advocacy and promotion, running national and international campaigns and projects targeting teachers, employers and learners. Before joining EngineeringUK in September 2014 I spent two years heading up the communications team at Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the creative industries, where I was responsible for developing and ensuring delivery of wide-reaching marketing, communications and PR strategies and campaigns.
tel: +44 (0)203 206 0444 Contact Tamzin Caffrey here
I work on, and provide a day to day lead on, the evaluations of the national Big Bang Fair and Tomorrows Engineers. I also research and draft chapters for the annual report.
My background is in education and training research working for government agencies. I’ve worked on national curriculum reviews and evaluation of A-level reforms. I’ve also worked on international comparisons (I have an MA in Comparative Education) between education and training systems and international tests; including PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) and TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). More recently, I’ve researched various topics in vocational education and assessment at City & Guilds.
tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0451 Contact Tom May here
Abigail Appleton is Principal and CEO of Hereford College of Arts.
Hereford College of Arts is a specialist institution focused on art, media, design, music and the performing arts and has a mission to provide outstanding education and employability. The College has ambitious plans to grow its higher and further education numbers together with making a significant contribution to the cultural, creative and economic landscape of the region.
Abigail’s former appointments include Creative Director of BBC Learning, Head of Commissioning for BBC Learning, Head of Speech Programmes for Radio 3, Editor of Night Waves and Chief Producer, Radio Arts Unit. She was educated at Stroud High School for girls before winning a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, where she read English Language and Literature, followed with a taught MPhil in English Literature
Dr Julie Maxton is the Executive Director of the Royal Society, whose current President is the Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse.
Before taking up her position at the Royal Society in 2011 Julie was Registrar at the University of Oxford where she is an Honorary Fellow of University College. Originally trained as a barrister at the Middle Temple Julie combined a career as a practising lawyer with that of an academic, holding a number of senior academic positions, including those of Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Julie is the author of numerous articles concerned with trusts, equity, commercial and property law. She is a Bencher at the Middle Temple, a governor of Haberdasher Aske’s Girls School and a member of the Oxford University Rugby Football Committee.
Toby King has spent his career building and working in small, hi-tech, engineering companies, predominantly in the medical devices and renewable energy sectors. He is currently CEO of Bowman Power, which develops and sells turbogenerators, which improve the efficiency of large engines by converting the exhaust gas into electricity
Passionate about education and engineering, Toby is often to be found promoting the benefits of a career in engineering to all who will listen, from the Finance department at Astra Zeneca to the cubs and scouts of Hampshire. He has just completed his third term as Chair of Governors of a local school.
Toby has a first degree and a PhD in Medical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. A chartered Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Elaine Roberts joined Lloyds Register in the role of Group Marketing Director in August 2016. As Group Marketing Director, Elaine is responsible for overseeing external marketing, communications and sales activity.
Elaine is a Trustee at Enham Trust, a charity that supports disabled people to live the lives they choose and EngineeringUK, a not for profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to promote the vital role of engineers and engineering to society.
Prior to joining Lloyds Register, Elaine was Chief Marketing Officer at BCA, Sales and Marketing Director at British Gas Business and Enterprise Marketing Director at Vodafone. She was an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for 12 years. The application of innovation to improve the customer and employee experience has been a constant theme across her career.
Elaine holds a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Defence Technology.
Libby has been the Chief Executive of the IED for 10 years and prior to this she worked as the Education, Training and Membership Officer. She has worked at the IED since 1997 and has a degree in Geology.
She is very interested in sustainable issues and is a vegetarian.
Malcolm Brinded was appointed Chairman of EngineeringUK in October 2016.
He was a main Board Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc for a decade until retirement in 2012. His last role was as Executive Director for Upstream International, having previously been Executive Director for global Exploration and Production from 2004, a Managing Director of Royal Dutch from 2002, and Shell UK Chairman from 1999. Prior to that he worked in the UK, Netherlands, Oman and Brunei.
Malcolm graduated in Engineering from Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the UK institutions of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the Energy Institute, and the Royal Academy of Engineering and has Honorary Doctorates from Aberdeen and Robert Gordon Universities. In 2002, he was awarded CBE for services to the UK oil and gas industry, and in 2011, HM the Sultan of Brunei appointed him Dato Seri Leila Jasa.
He is currently Chairman of the Shell Foundation, a non-executive Director of BHPBilliton plc, and a non-executive Director and Chair of the Governance Committee of CH2M. He is President-Elect of the Energy Institute, and Head Judge of the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa prize.
Nick Baveystock took up the post of Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011. Nick is a member of the Construction Industry Council, a non-executive director of Engineering UK, a member of both the Education for Engineering and Engineering the Future boards, and non-executive Vice Chairman of Thomas Telford Ltd.
From an engineering family, after schooling in England and France, Nick joined the British Army in 1985. His early career was spent in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Balkans. He worked for the Director of Military Operations, was personal staff officer to the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations), and then the Commander of NATO forces in Kosovo. He commanded Royal Engineer units at all ranks up to Brigadier; deploying on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, and Iraq where he commanded a Regiment, was Chief of Staff of coalition forces and Chief Engineer in Southern Iraq. Nick attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2007 before command of the Royal School of Military Engineering, leading the £3.2 Bn RSME Public Private Partnership.
He has, for the last 10 years, been increasingly involved in international post conflict reconstruction and development: roads and power stations in the Balkans; and the repair and management of regional utility infrastructure including water supply, irrigation, oil and gas, sewerage and transport in Iraq. His RCDS thesis, subsequently published, dealt with the challenges of post conflict reconstruction.
Married to Chris for nearly 20 years, he has a passion (but little talent) for golf, reads voraciously, shoots very badly a couple of times a year, and spends much of his limited spare time acting as deputy assistant under-groom to his wife’s horses, or walking his increasingly spoilt spaniel.
Nigel Fine was appointed Chief Executive of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in June 2009. The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technician community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.
Nigel graduated from UMIST in 1978 with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering and received his MBA from the London Business School in 1984. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the ICE and IET.
His professional career has included working for Experian Plc where he was Managing Director for EMEA and Asia Pacific and he was an Associate Partner at Andersen Consulting (Accenture). His early career was with John Laing and International Paint.
Nigel is a non-executive Director of EngineeringUK and Chairs the Professional Panel of CEO’s representing the licensed Professional Engineering Institutions in the UK, and Chairs the Audit Committee. He sits on the Strategy Board of Education for Engineers and the Technician Council.
Philip Greenish has been Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering since July 2003. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, it brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. It is active in policy formation, working with engineering bodies in the UK and abroad to influence public policy and encourage engagement in engineering issues. It leads a broad range of programmes across industry and academia to attract more people to a wider range of engineering careers and to enhance the UK’s innovation performance. The Academy receives funding from government, industry and some charitable foundations.
Philip Greenish read Engineering Science at Durham University, graduating in 1972. He served in the Royal Navy from 1969 until 2003 in roles ranging from front line service as an engineer in frigates and destroyers to defence planning in the MOD. He served for two years with the Canadian Navy in Halifax Nova Scotia. He retired as a Rear Admiral having had responsibility for engineering, personnel and logistic support for the front line of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies.
He sits on Southampton University Council, and is a Board member of Engineering UK, a Trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust and a Trustee of the Science Media Centre.
Sarah Spurgeon is currently the Head of the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department at University College London.
After gaining a doctorate in Electronics from the University of York, she held academic positions at the University of Loughborough,the University of Leicester and the University of Kent.. She was appointed as Professor of Engineering at the University of Leicester in 2002 and was Head of their Department of Engineering from 2006-2008. She was Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent from 2008-2016. Her research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation. Her research contributions were recognised by the award of the Honeywell International Medal in 2010 and the award of an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000.
A Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Mathematician, Professor Spurgeon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering where she chairs their Ingenious Panel which, supported by BIS, prioritises funding for public engagement projects which put engineering at the heart of society. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Sarah Spurgeon is President of the Institute of Measurement and Control and Vice President of the Engineering Professors Council. She is an independent member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) which provides independent advice to the UK Secretary of State for Defence on matters of concern to the Ministry of Defence in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology and Analysis (SETA).
Internationally, she is a member of Council of IFAC for the period 2014-2017 and is the UK representative on the General Assembly of the European Control Association.
Robin Gisby took up the new position of Managing Director, Network Operations in June 2011 and was appointed to the board of Network Rail in October 2008.
This was following many successful years in the company where he held a variety of roles which included Director Operations & Customer Services and with Railtrack as Director Network Development and Director of Freight.
Before joining Railtrack he had engineering and operational roles in both the UK and overseas mainly with GKN plc.
His key areas of experience:
• Engineering – A first degree in Engineering Science and an MBA, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport.
• Leadership – Executive Director of Network Rail with responsibility for a range of operational functions across diverse business activities relating to operations and customer service. Formerly held such positions in other industry sectors both in the UK and overseas.
• Project Management – Executive positions as well as senior management roles in the delivery of a range of major business activities requiring the leadership and management of major projects.
He was a Member of the British Transport Police Authority and sat on the Olympic and Paralympic Transport Board of the Olympic Development Authority.
Stephen is the Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution.
He began his career as an engineering apprentice with Smiths Industries Ltd working as a design engineer in the motor and aerospace divisions. He moved on to spend 25 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) running engineering and logistics operations around the world on vehicle fleets, communications, aircraft and weapon systems support. He also ran an international Defence team of engineers and scientists to lead NATO’s agenda for scientific research. After a spell as Director of Operations at the Defence Logistic Organisation, he rose to become the head of REME and Director of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering for the British Army.
On leaving the Defence Sector, he took a new appointment in the UK Transport Industry to become Chief Executive of the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA), responsible for the licensing and testing of commercial passenger and haulage vehicles in Great Britain, as well as running the national MoT Scheme. At VOSA, he campaigned to transform its customer services, winning national awards for Business-to-Business services and the 2008 National Government Award for Operational Delivery.
Stephen holds an MSc and an MBA. He is also a Non Executive Director of EngineeringUK and the National Skills Academy for Rail Engineering.
He lives in Devon on a designated County Wildlife Site and recently led an expedition to South Georgia across the Southern Ocean to retrace Shackleton’s famous Antarctic rescue.
Victor Chavez was appointed Chief Executive of Thales UK in January 2011, prior to which he had been Deputy Chief Executive for three years.
Thales UK has a turnover of circa £1.2bn and employs over 7,000 people across a range of sectors including defence, security, transport and aerospace.
Victor joined Thomson-CSF in 1999 as the Business Development Director responsible for UK defence programmes, a role which expanded substantially with the acquisition of Racal in 2000.
Victor is the President of techUK, the trade association for the IT Sector, and co-chairs the Digital Economy Council with Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. He is also a board member of EngineeringUK and a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Exeter’s Strategy & Security Institute. In the 2015 New Year’s Honours Victor was made a CBE in recognition of services to the Defence and Security industries.
Prior to joining Thomson-CSF, Victor fulfilled a number of roles within EDS Defence Ltd, working closely with the UK MoD in a wide range of technical, management consultancy and major programme management roles.
Victor graduated in Physics from the University of York in 1984, followed in 1993 by an MSc in Satellite Engineering & Telecommunications at the University of Surrey.
Victor is married and has two daughters.