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Meet the volunteers

Volunteers are the powerhouse of the IET – leading, sharing, discussing, presenting, steering, assessing, editing and being ambassadors to deliver our vision and mission all around the world.

Volunteer roles at the IET come in an array of shapes and sizes – from being a member of a board or committee to helping out at local events, and from influencing policy to assisting members on their way to becoming professionally registered, and inspiring the next generation of engineers. You can meet some of our volunteers by browsing through their case studies below.

You may also be interested in looking at case studies from our members across the different membership and registration categories, or our 'one-team' working case studies showcasing how IET volunteers and staff are working together to achieve the Institution's goals.


Case studies - spotlight

Image of Jeffrey Utley MBE  

Meet Jeffrey Utley

Jeffrey, one of the West Yorkshire Network volunteers, has recently been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to engineering in Yorkshire. Find out what makes Jeff tick, what engineering means to him and what advice he’d give to young people coming into engineering.

Case studies

Peter Bannister

Meet Peter Bannister

“I derive a considerable amount of pride from being able to represent the IET through my role as chair of the HTN committee; it is consistent with my overall aim to excel in all aspects of my career as a healthcare engineering professional. I get a lot of satisfaction and also tangible benefits from being involved in this committee and I truly believe it’s a great thing to be part of.”

Image of Virginia Hodge.

Meet Virginia Hodge

IET trustee Virginia Hodge highlights how volunteering for the IET has shaped her own career, having given her the chance to network, hone new skills and gain experience in different roles.



Image of Tom Hlaing.

Meet Tom Hlaing

As an IET volunteer, Tom’s made a difference to how the organisation is run at both a local and international level and has had the opportunity to get involved with managerial and structural changes.



Image of David Whale.

Meet David Whale

As an IET volunteer David hopes to inspire the engineers of tomorrow. He builds relationships between the IET and schools, supporting STEM-focused afterschool clubs and talking to pupils about what it means to be an engineer.



Image of Edwin Morton

Meet Edwin Morton

A long-time active IET member, Edwin has dedicated over 30 years to promoting engineering and supporting his professional community across North America and beyond.



Image of Richard Fong

Meet Richard Fong

Richard first became an active IET member when a local branch was established in Singapore. Since retiring from his full-time engineering role, he’s held many volunteering positions at both local and international level.



Rhys Phillips IET Volunteer

Meet Rhys Phillips

Award winning Rhys works closely with the South Wales Local Networks in planning events and finding speakers. He’s most proud of developing his Pythagorean Cabaret nights, now an annual event on the network’s calendar.



Image of David Parr.

Meet David Parr

Through his IET volunteer roles David has helped hundreds of engineers attain professional registration. By mentoring and working as a PRA he’s also gained skills that have helped him in his own career.