Press release

Edinburgh engineer appointed to lead influential panel

27 June 2012

Derek Elder A leading businessman and professional engineer has been appointed head of a regional group within a respected industry organisation which provides independent advice to government.

Derek Elder, from Edinburgh, is the new Chairman of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Scotland Policy Panel. The IET is Europe’s largest professional engineering society, sharing and advancing knowledge to promote science, engineering and technology across the world.  

The Policy Panel acts as a two-way link between the profession and government in Scotland.  Its main tasks are to provide feedback into government thinking and to proactively raise matters of concern with government.  The Policy Panel comprises senior members from Scottish industry, academia and professional science and engineering organisations engaged with Scottish policy issues.

Derek said: “I have always been passionate about engineering and the enormous contribution it makes to the quality of life and prosperity in Scotland and to our economy.  So I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Policy Panel, which is at the forefront of ensuring Scotland’s policy makers have the best engineering advice when formulating policy.”

From an early career in construction design and implementation, Derek moved to economic development, policy and strategy, advocacy, public affairs and parliamentary lobbying.  He has held senior management roles in organisations including Scottish Enterprise, Confederation of British Industry Scotland, Community Business Environment Training & Audit Ltd and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Media enquiries to:

Robert Beahan
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7595 400912
Email: rbeahan@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

The IET Scotland Policy Panel operates under the title "Engineering Policy Group Scotland".

Mr Elder was appointed to the role of Chairman by the IET trustees following recommendations by the IET Nominations Committee.

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