Engineering Council announce appointment of new CEO

Apr 28, 2023

EngineeringUK welcomes the appointment of Paul Bailey as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Engineering Council.

Paul will be taking up the role in May following the retirement of Alasdair Coates. Paul has been the Deputy CEO & Operations Director at the Engineering Council for over eight years, prior to which he was Deputy CEO at the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, comments “We are delighted to hear of Paul Bailey’s appointment as CEO of the Engineering Council. We have worked with Paul for many years and look forward to continuing our relationship with him and with the Engineering Council as we work alongside each other to grow, strengthen and diversify the engineering profession.”

On his appointment, Paul Bailey said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to lead the Engineering Council and I look forward to continuing work with all our stakeholders, particularly our registrants and the professional engineering institutions, to position professional registration as a cornerstone of an innovative and forward-looking industry.

“I am dedicated to continuing our focus on key societal matters, such as diversity and inclusion, ethics and sustainability, as we continue to ensure there are no barriers to professional recognition. In a rapidly changing and increasingly innovative industry, it is vital we can provide the means for engineers and technicians to demonstrate their competence and commitment as they constantly develop and improve their skills.

“The Engineering Council plays a very important role in regulating and promoting the engineering profession and I will be focused on working with the Board of Trustees, volunteers, stakeholders, and our excellent staff team to help deliver our strategic objectives and build on our many achievements.”  

In a statement that was echoed by incoming Chair, Prof John Chudley CEng FIMarEST, the current Chair of the Engineering Council, Prof Chris Atkin CEng FRAeS FREng, commented:

“After a detailed and thorough selection process, Paul’s understanding of the engineering profession’s key issues, including diversity and inclusion, sustainability, digital innovation and governance, coupled with the role the regulator can play in helping address these, really stood out. Paul’s experience working in a number of previous roles within a professional engineering institution and the Engineering Council will provide the understanding and leadership required to work collaboratively with stakeholders to help to continually develop the profession.”

Alasdair Coates BEng(Hons) MSc CEng FICE MCIHT CMIOSH, who will be retiring from his role as the current Chief Executive, said: 

“Paul brings to the role a great depth of knowledge with respect to regulation and the professional engineering landscape, and I have confidence that his appointment will ensure the successful delivery the Engineering Council’s strategy for stakeholders, registrants, and the professional engineering community. I wish him all the very best.”

Find out more on The Engineering Council website.

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