IET president Barry Brooks.
Barry Brooks begins his term of office.
The IET gives a very warm welcome to its new president, Barry Brooks, who begins his term of office today.
Barry read Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, sponsored by the Royal Navy, with whom he had a successful and varied career. He worked as a submarine electrical and nuclear propulsion engineer, and also on R&D projects, with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Cabinet Office, and, unusually for an engineer, in an accountancy role.
As Commodore, working with industry, he helped to design and improve the MOD’s procurement and through-life support project management.
In the last decade, he has worked for IBM, Hitachi and his own company, Wychcote Ltd, through which he provides director-level support for, and assurance of, complex, high-risk, high-value engineering, procurement and change programmes.
Also during this period, his voluntary contribution to the IET’s activities has grown. Barry has chaired an IET Local Network and a number of boards, and has also been a member of Council, a vice-president, and a deputy president from 2011 to 2013. He also makes time to be an assessor / interviewer for IET professional registration and fellowship, and an IET Connect local representative.
As IET president, Barry wishes to build on his commitment as a trustee and deputy president and to encourage more members to contribute some of their time. He is keen to see the IET working closely with other professional engineering institutions at the forefront of leading the engineering profession, providing encouragement and support for today's and future engineers and technicians to develop their careers.
Barry will make his President’s Address on 3 October at the Royal Institution in London. The lecture will highlight how engineers have made a difference to the world, and how their example needs to be followed by today’s engineers and technicians. The event will be broadcast live on IET.tv.
An in-depth interview with Barry will be featured in the November print edition of Member News magazine. He will also be the first IET president to have an official Twitter account.
Please join us in welcoming Barry as president of the IET and wishing him the very best for the year ahead.