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Aimee Welch

Employer Support Manager, London

Aimee Welch

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Alex Haxton

Head of Finance

Alex Haxton

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Amy Lawrence

Competitions Assistant

Amy Lawrence

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Andrew Grazebrook

Head of Business Development

Andrew Grazebrook

What I do

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. 

Background

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!

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Annette Valentine

Employer Support Manager, Yorkshire and the Humber

Annette Valentine

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Arran Goodchild

Product Development Manager

Arran Goodchild

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Beth Elgood

Director, Communications

Beth Elgood

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Bistra Assenova

Assistant Accountant & HR

Bistra Assenova

What I do

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.

Background

Before joining the EngineeringUK I worked in other finance roles in the commercial sector.

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Brian Edwards

Digital Communications and Marketing Executive

Brian Edwards

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Bronagh Liddicoat

Employer Support Manager, South East

Bronagh Liddicoat

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Charlotte Gage

Product Development Assistant

Charlotte Gage

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Chris Boyle

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Chris Boyle

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Dana Kilicsoglu

Data Management and IT Services Officer

Dana Kilicsoglu

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Eleanor Eyre

Head of Careers

Eleanor Eyre

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Elena Laguna

Volunteer Manager

Elena Laguna

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Emmanuelle Chazarin

Marketing Communications Officer

Emmanuelle Chazarin

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Erika Smallridge

Product Development Manager

Erika Smallridge

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Eva Fryc

Employer Support Manager, Midlands

Eva Fryc

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Fiona Doughton

Employer Support Manager, South West

Fiona Doughton

What I do

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.

Background

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!

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Gemma Samlal

Account Manager

Gemma Samlal

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Gemma Wood

Head of Public Affairs

Gemma Wood

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Jenny Karlsson

Marketing Communications Manager

Jenny Karlsson

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Jo Hill

Product Development Manager

Jo Hill

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Joanna Henderson Abraham

Business Development Manager

Joanna Henderson Abraham

What I do

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. 

Background

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.

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John Halton

Director, Business & Industry

John Halton

What I do

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. 

Background

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.

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John Nahar

Membership Development Manager

John Nahar

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Karen Garner

Employer Support Manager, South East

Karen Garner

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Laura Mwangi

Product Development Manager

Laura Mwangi

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Lena Bhimani

Regional Engagement Manager

Lena Bhimani

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Lisa Gadd

PA to Mark Titterington, Chief Executive

Lisa Gadd

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Mark Titterington

Chief Executive

Mark Titterington

Background

Mark Titterington is the Chief Executive Officer for Engineering UK, which he joined in October 2017. Before that, Mark was Head of Corporate Affairs for Syngenta AG and a Member of the Executive Team. During his time at Syngenta, he led the cross-functional effort to secure the company’s Freedom to Operate and was part of the team which developed the sustainability strategy – the Good Growth Plan. Between 1998 and 2006, he was a Partner at the Advocacy and Communications consulting company, Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn, where he led the transport, housing and infrastructure practice. Prior to that, he worked at the United Nations in New York where he was a political adviser. Mark is also a co-founder of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture, a Fellow of the Transatlantic Policy Network, and an elected local councillor in Chiltern District.

Mark Wood

Employer Support Manager, North West

Mark Wood

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Martina Tortis

Senior Research Analyst

Martina Tortis

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Melanie Washington

Head of Tomorrow's Engineers

Melanie Washington

Background

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.

Before joining STEMNET I was a senior member of the education team at the Royal Academy of Engineering and worked in the industry and education teams at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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.

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Moira Shaftoe

Employer Support Manager, North East

Moira Shaftoe

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Mollie Bourne

Research and Impact Manager

Mollie Bourne

What I do

As Research and Impact Manager, my role focuses on the development, analysis and delivery of research and evaluation initiatives to support and evidence EngineeringUK’s educational programmes.

Background

My background is in education research, where I have previously focused on identifying and explaining the determinants of educational performance and choice in the UK.

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Naomi Franklin

Event Manager, The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair

Naomi Franklin

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Phillip McShane

Head of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair

Phillip McShane

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Rachel Pan

Corporate Governance Manager

Rachel Pan

What I do

I support the Director of Finance and Services on matters relating to corporate governance, including providing secretariat for Board and Committee meetings.

Background

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.

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Rosie Shimell

Head of People

Rosie Shimell

Background

I started my career at the BBC and then a  digital marketing agency in Brighton, having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Sussex. After a few years I realised I was passionate about working with people and helping organisations create positive workplaces where employees are able to thrive. I undertook a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources Management, becoming a Chartered Member of the CIPD in 2013. Since then I have occupied senior HR positions in the media/tech industries, joining EngineeringUK as their first Head of People in June 2018. 

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Ryan Richardson

Head of Business Services

Ryan Richardson

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Sandra Wonisch

Head of Digital

Sandra Wonisch

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Sarah Devonport

Regional Engagement Manager

Sarah Devonport

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Shujah Rehman

Software Developer

Shujah Rehman

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Steph Neave

Head of Research

Steph Neave

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Tamzin Caffrey

Head of Communications

Tamzin Caffrey

What I do

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.

Background

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.

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Abigail Appleton

Board Appointee

Abigail Appleton

What I do

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.

Background

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

David Loosley

IMarEST nominee

David Loosley

What I do

David Loosley joined as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in 2011. The Institute has a strong international presence and non-governmental status across the UN system, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO). David currently holds a number of non-executive and voluntary positions including Trustee and Honorary Secretary of the Guild of Benevolence, Non-Executive Chairman of MAREST Pte Ltd, and Non-Executive Director of Marine Learning Alliance Ltd. David was recently appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport to the Maritime 2050 Experts Panel to look strategically at the issues that will be of critical importance to the maritime industry, and all the industries it sustains, up to 2050.

Background

David joined the Royal Navy in 1988 as a University Cadet Entrant, completing his basic training at Britannia Royal Naval College and in HMS BRISTOL before attending Southampton University to study Oceanography. Prior to joining the IMarEST, David’s professional career has included Director of Operations for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), where he was responsible for the operational delivery of maritime safety information to the British Government and the world-wide maritime community and Divisional Managing Director at Williams Lea, a business process outsourcing (BPO) company specialising in corporate information. David was a Non-Executive Director of the Bath and North East Somerset Primary Care Trust where he chaired the Community Health and Social Care Committee, relinquishing this responsibility following the successful establishment of Sirona Care & Health, a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation.

Dr Toby King

Board Appointee

Dr Toby King

What I do

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

Background

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

Board Appointee

Elaine Roberts

What I do

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. 

Background

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.

Hayaatun Sillem

RAEng Nominee

Hayaatun Sillem

What I do

Hayaatun Sillem became Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering in January 2018, having previously held the post of  Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Strategy since 2006. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, it brings together the most successful and talented engineers 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.

Background

Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering and innovation policy and programmes. She is a trustee of the London Transport Museum and Semta, and a trustee and judge for the St Andrew’s Prize for the Environment.

Hayaatun has a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a PhD in signal transduction from University College London.  She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Jacqui Ferguson

Board Appointee

Jacqui Ferguson

Background

Jacqui Ferguson is an experienced CEO from the technology industry.  Jacqui is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services UK, Ireland, Middle East Mediterranean and Africa, a $3bn P&L and 10,000 people business serving large corporate and mid-sized companies with transformational digital, technology and business process solutions

Jacqui has extensive global experience including living and working in Silicon Valley, California for 3 years with Meg Whitman, Chairman and CEO Hewlett Packard as Chief of Staff focused on a new company strategy and transformation. Prior to Hewlett Packard she worked for Electronic Data Systems, acquired by HP in 2008 and KPMG.

Jacqui is Non-Executive Director Wood PLC, Tesco Bank and Croda PLC.  In 2018 she won the NED to watch award in honour of Dame Helen Alexander in the Sunday times NED Awards for her contribution as a NED.

Jacqui is a member of the Scottish First Ministers Advisory Board for Women and Girls aimed at tackling Gender Equality.  Jacqui is passionate about what technology can enable, getting young people interested in STEM and advancing more women into executive careers.

Jacqui chaired the public services strategy board for the Confederation of Business and Industry and was a member of the Tech Partnership, the industry body aimed at UK technology skills.

Malcolm Brinded

Chairman

Malcolm Brinded

What I do

Malcolm Brinded was appointed Chairman of EngineeringUK in October 2016.

Background

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

ICE Nominee

Nick Baveystock

What I do

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.

Background

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

IET Nominee

Nigel Fine

What I do

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.

Background

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.

Prof Sarah Spurgeon OBE

Board Appointee

Prof Sarah Spurgeon OBE

What I do

Sarah Spurgeon is currently the Head of the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department at University College London.

 

Background

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. 

Professor Chris Atkin

Chairman Engineering Council

Professor Chris Atkin

What I do

Chris Atkin is a professional research engineer turned academic. Chris was President of the Royal Aeronautical Society from 2016-2017 and is presently chairman of the Engineering Council.

Background

Chris read Engineering at Cambridge, staying on to study for a PhD in transonic aerodynamics before joining British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Ltd at Hatfield. Chris relocated to Woodford a year later before joining the Defence Research Agency at Farnborough in 1994. He was appointed Principal Scientific Officer in 1997 and, following the formation of QinetiQ plc, became a QinetiQ Fellow in 2003, eventually being appointed Technical Manager for Aerodynamics and Aeromechanical Systems. In 2008 Chris took up the chair in Aeronautical Engineering at City University and, over the next five years, served first as department head and then interim Head of School. 

Chris’s research interests include aircraft fuel efficiency and he has a number of active projects in both the experimental and theoretical domains, with support from UK industry, the Aerospace Technology Institute, the UK Research Councils and the European Union. Chris has recently returned to academic leadership, taking on the role of Head of Engineering at City.

Rachel White

Business and Industry College

Rachel White

What I do

Rachel White serves as Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for Arcadis Europe, Middle East, UK as well as CEO for Europe South. In this newly created role, Rachel’s focus is to develop and lead a comprehensive strategy and transformation plan to evolve the business into the digital age. Rachel will take into consideration the impacts and plan for each area of the business and work with the COO to operationalise the change(s).

Her role as CEO for Europe South is to progress a growth plan for developing Countries including targets and acquisitions as well as encouraging collaboration across the whole region to align thinking and share best practices.

Robin Gisby

Board Appointee

Robin Gisby

What I do

Robin Gisby has a number of non executive and advisory role in engineering and infrastructure. He is a NED of the MOD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation; Chairman of Navigator, the UK’s largest independent bulk storage operator, and an Advisor to SNC-Lavalin the Canadian infrastructure and engineering group. He was recently on the board of Leeds Bradford International Airport.

 

Background

He had a number of engineering and operational roles in the UK and overseas with GKN plc before joining Railtrack. He was appointed to the Board of Network Rail in October 2008 and took up the position of Managing Director, Network Operations in June 2011.

His key areas of experience:

Engineering: A first degree in Engineering Science and an MBA, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and 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.

Terry Fuller

CIWEM Nominee

Terry Fuller

What I do

Terry is the Chief Executive of CIWEM, and is responsible for the delivery of the Institution’s strategic aims and its services to members and the public interest.

Background

Terry has nearly 30 years’ experience as a River and Coastal flood risk manager having delivered major projects in some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging locations. Previously, Terry managed the rivers and coastal business for Jacobs Engineering and worked in their global business development group.

He is a member of CIWEM and has served the Institution on the committee of CIWEM's Rivers and Coastal Group between 2004 and 2011 and was chair during its 60th anniversary year in 2009. He has also served as a Board Trustee.

Terry has always been active in helping to influence policy and research in flood risk management, exemplified through representing CIWEM and the Institution of Civil Engineers at a number of conferences including an international conference on adaptation to climate change, held in China and a joint conference with The American Society for Civil Engineers held in Canada.

He firmly believes that water should be managed by considering the entire water cycle and all of the demands placed on water.

Victor Chavez

Business & Industry College

Victor Chavez

What I do

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.

Background

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.