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IET and IMechE appoint PA Consulting

16 December 2013
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Representatives of the IET and IMechE

The signing of the IET and IMechE's Memorandum of Understanding in January 2013.

A message from IET president Barry Brooks.

The IET and the IMechE have jointly commissioned PA Consulting, specialists in management consulting, technology and innovation, to produce an independent report on whether there is a case for closer collaboration between the IET and the IMechE.

Over the next few weeks they will interview staff and members from both Institutions, together with academics, employers and other prominent voices in the engineering community, to assess whether further collaboration is desirable and practical. The report findings will be available from Q1 2014.

The commitment of the IET and IMechE Boards of Trustees to finding opportunities for more collaboration where possible was formalised, in January 2013, by a Memorandum of Understanding with the IMechE, outlining our commitment to develop a closer working partnership. One of the drivers for this was the stronger voice that we can have together. With over a quarter of a million professional engineers and technicians globally, the feeling was that by working together we can make a real difference to the future of the engineering profession. There are already many examples of our Institutions working together, at local levels and via co-sponsorship of events, such as the very successful Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture and the UK Manufacturing Summit.

More recently, we have carried out some initial research with IET and IMechE members. The results have enabled the two Institutions’ Trustee Boards to determine that there is broad support among members for exploring further collaboration in order to raise the status and impact of the engineering profession. Our Trustees acknowledged this support and have decided to undertake more detailed research by speaking to a wider group of stakeholders to find out how closer collaboration would work in reality.

PA Consulting’s report will give us a much clearer idea of how, and to what extent, we pursue closer collaboration with the IMechE – and the two Boards will use this research to assess what the next steps should be.

In the meantime, while the Savoy Place refurbishment continues, we have been warmly welcomed by our IMechE colleagues to share the use of their HQ at One Birdcage Walk. This is working well, so do come along and use the Members’ Lounge, Library and other facilities here. You can monitor progress on the Savoy Place project via regular updates.

Barry Brooks CEng FIET FCGI
President, IET