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E&T magazine chief takes helm at prestigious magazine society

15 July 2015


The Editor-in-Chief of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s E&T magazine has become the Chair of the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME).

Dickon Ross is an award-winning journalist and becomes the first BSME Chair from the business and professional magazine sector since the position was held by the Editor of Autocar in 1981. The Chair is usually from the consumer magazine sector. Previous Chairs have included the editors of Radio Times, Cosmopolitan and Top Gear magazine.

Dickon said: “It is a great honour to become Chair of such a prestigious organisation. I am particularly proud to be the first business-to-business editor for such a long time to hold the post.  I want to attract more members from business-to-business magazines and to build on the great work that the BSME does to celebrate editorial excellence.

“The IET provides a range of publications and information services and being elected to the position of BSME Chair is recognition of this award-winning publishing output and particularly reflects our magazine team.”

Dickon Ross has been a science and technology journalist for over 25 years in both consumer and trade magazines, ranging from the weekly Electronics Times to Focus magazine (now BBC Focus). He joined the IET in 2002, where he launched the Flipside magazine for young teenagers, which ran for nearly ten years up to 2014 and in that time was enjoyed by millions. He became Editor-in-Chief for the IET’s magazines in 2004. In 2008 he won BSME Editor of the Year (Business and Professional) for E&T and again in 2011, as well as 2011 Editor of the Year (Youth magazines) for Flipside.

The BSME is the UK’s only society for the country’s most prestigious magazine and website editors and its two annual awards ceremonies are the single most important dates for editors across the UK.

E&T magazine is the membership magazine for the IET, published 11 times a year in print and in tablet edition. The magazine website is at www.eandtmagazine.com and its jobs board at http://engineering-jobs.theiet.org/.

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 163, 000 members in 127 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.