Board of Trustees biographies 2017-2018


Mr N P Winser CBE FREng BSc CEng FIET

Nick Winser's career within the energy sector spans over 30 years, culminating in his recent appointment as Chairman of Energy Systems Catapult. Catapult is the UK's technology and innovation centre set by Innovate UK to support companies and the Government in developing products and services to address the new commercial opportunities created by the transformation of UK and global energy systems.

Prior to this, Nick served on the Board of the National Grid becoming its UK and European CEO in 2011. His extensive experience of the sector resulted in his election as President of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (2013-2015) and his Chairmanship of CIGRE UK, the International Council on Large Electric Systems.

Currently Chair of the Power Academy, he previously chaired the Membership and Professional Development Board.

Although the main focus of Nick's career has been within the energy sector, he also has a professional interest in the construction sector. A non-executive Director of Kier Group since 2009, he chairs the Safety, Health and Environment sub-committee of the Board.

Nick holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and the Energy Institute. Since 2011 he has also held the rank of Major in the Engineer and Logistics Staff Corps (RE) V, thereby providing advice to HM Forces and the Ministry of Defence. Nick was awarded a CBE in 2014.

Past President

Professor J D M Watson CBE FREng MSc DPhil CEng FIET FICE  

Jeremy Watson is Past President and Fellow of the IET and Professor of Engineering Systems and Vice-Dean (Mission) in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, based in the Department of Science Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London. He is also Chief Scientist and Engineer at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Until November 2012, Jeremy was Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG). He worked as Arup's Global Research Director between 2006 and 2013. Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2013 Birthday honours for services to engineering.

An engineer by training, Jeremy has experience as a practitioner and director of pure and applied research and development in industry, the public sector and academia. He has held research and technical management roles in industry and universities plus voluntary service with the DTI and BIS. His interests include interactions in, and the design of, socio-technical systems, emerging technology identification, development and deployment, and strategic innovation processes.

Jeremy is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Jeremy is a former Board member of the UK Government Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK), and a founding trustee and Chair-elect of the Institute for Sustainability. He chairs the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Innovation Advisory Board and BuildingSMART UK, and until recently, served on the Council of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Deputy Presidents

Dr P W Bonfield OBE FREng BSc MSc PhD CEng FIET

Peter Bonfield is Chief Executive of the BRE Group. A materials engineer with a PhD in wind energy and the design of turbine blades, Peter joined BRE in 1992 as a Senior Scientific Officer progressing to Director of the Timber Division and then Managing Director of BRE's Construction Division. Peter became Chief Executive of BRE in January 2007 and in January 2012 he took up the role of Chief Executive of the BRE Group of companies.

Peter was on part-time secondment to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) from 2006 until 2012, where he co-created the sustainable development strategy for the Olympics and supported its delivery. From November 2006 he led for ODA on construction products, playing a key role in ensuring that the significant quantities of materials required to construct the games were sustainably procured and delivered and performed as required.

He is a Visiting Professor at Bath University, where he has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering. He is a Fellow of several engineering institutions and has been a Chartered Engineer for over 20 years. Peter is Chairman of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee of the Association for Independent Research and Technology Organisations (AIRTO).

Mr M D Carr OBE FREng BSc(Eng) HonDTech CEng FIET 

Until November 2008 Mike Carr was BT’s Chief Science Officer responsible for the company’s world-leading Research Labs and Commercial Exploitation Unit, including Patent Licensing and Corporate Venturing activities globally. Mike joined BT as a Technician Apprentice in 1972. He studied Communication Engineering at Plymouth and joined the Visual Communication Research Division at BT Labs in 1980. During his first 15 years with BT’s Labs his career has focused on the research, development and practical design of real-time audio/visual and multimedia communications systems.

He has several patents to his name in the field of video compression and is the holder of two prestigious BT awards; the Martlesham Medal for R&D (1992) and the BT Gold medal (1994) for leading multimedia product developments. In 1998 he was elected President of the Digital Audio-Visual Council (DAVIC) a non-profit association based in Switzerland and representing over 200 companies in more than 25 countries, focused on developing specifications for audiovisual systems.

From 1999 Mike was based in Silicon Valley, California, USA where he established BT’s US Technology office and Corporate Venturing activity. He returned to the UK in 2001 to lead BT’s Research & Venturing division. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the University of Plymouth in September 2009. Since leaving BT he has been a Council Member of the EPSRC, a Board member of Innovate UK and a previous Vice President of the IET. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Ordnance Survey and for Ploughshare Innovations Ltd. He is also Chairman of Astigan Ltd (a start-up based in Wells) and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Committee.

Vice Presidents

Mr A R Bevington BSc MSc CEng FIET FIOD  

With more than 25 years of hands-on engineering experience, Andy Bevington is now the Director of Operated Assets for Centrica in the UK. His career has spanned continents, from Africa, Asia to Europe where he has managed or provided governance of projects valued at over £8bn. It has also spanned exploration, engineering, operations and production of oil and gas to a decade spent delivering alternatives to hydrocarbon energy, overseeing Centrica’s Offshore Renewables projects. Highly regarded for his open, honest and ethical approach, Andy has also recently been selected for the role of Business Manager for Centrica’s involvement with Cuadrilla and Shale Gas in Bowland.

Personally and actively committed to improving the safety record not only of Centrica but of the oil and gas industry, Andy sits on the Leadership Team for Step Change in Safety, also co-chairing its Competency and Human Factors subcommittee.

Andy holds a BSc in Physics and Solid State Electronics from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Reliability Engineering and Safety Management from Heriot Watt University.

Ms J K Bryant FREng CEng FIET

Jayne Bryant is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. She has over 40 years’ experience in engineering, working for various parts of BAE Systems and its former companies.  In 2016 she was also named as one of the top 50 most influential women engineers in the UK by the Daily Telegraph and Women's Engineering Society (WES).

Jayne began her career as a Software Engineer and quickly worked her way into software management, becoming responsible for a major software development with over 300 engineers before she reached 30.  From that point on, her scope increased beyond software and took a more general Engineering and Project Management direction. 

As Chief Engineer at GEC-Marconi Avionics Maritime Aircraft Systems Division Jayne was responsible for a wide variety of disciplines producing complex Sonar systems and, following this, led a team responsible for a major multi-billion pound Systems bid. 

In 2005 Jayne was working in the Head Offices of Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems as Head of Engineering Strategy and CMMI. In early 2006, Jayne returned to BAE Systems as Engineering Director for BAE Systems, Platform Solutions at Rochester and in mid-2009, moved to BAE Systems Performance Excellence and took over as chair of the EPWG (Engineering Process Working Group), where she was heavily involved in the development and release of the new BAE Systems Engineering and Product Safety Policies. 

Jayne now heads up a team of over 600 engineers as Engineering Director BAE Systems, Defence Information. She is married to Gary, and has grown-up triplets! 

Professor R A Cryan CBE DL FREng MBA DSc CEng FIET

Bob Cryan is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, an institution of 22,000 students from 120 countries and the recipient of the Times Higher Education University of the Year Award 2013/14 and the Daily Telegraph new University of the Year Award 2015. He holds six degrees including two first class honours (engineering, mathematics), an MBA and two doctorates. He is the recipient of inaugural Guardian Inspiring University Leader of the Year Award 2013 and the Daily Telegraph Educate North Leadership Award 2015. Bob was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2014 Birthday honours for services to higher education and later that year invited to become a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

Bob is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. His subject area is Telecommunications and he has co-authored over 200 journal and conference publications. He is interested in entrepreneurship and sits on the Board of the Peter Jones Foundation and the Board of iDEA, an initiative that is brainchild of The Duke of York that aims to engage one million young people in digital enterprise. Regionally, Bob sits on the Board of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Professor D A George MBE BSc MSc PhD FIET

Danielle George is a Professor Radio Frequency Engineering and Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Manchester. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s honours list for services to engineering through public engagement. In 2016 she received the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal for services to engineering and in 2017 received the Harold Hartley Medal for outstanding contribution to the field of Measurement and Control.

Danielle research is dedicated to solving one the 14 world engineering grand challenges of the 21st century; engineering the tools for scientific discovery. Her research is delivering class-leading ultra-low noise receivers for Space and Aerospace applications. She is involved in the $1B astronomical instrument, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is the UK lead for amplifiers for the $1B Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) telescope and has worked with NASA and ESA on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang.

Prof George is passionate for raising public awareness, in such ways as how positive impact engineering and science has on all aspects of our everyday lives, as well as highlighting to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in science and engineering can offer. This has led to Danielle’s numerous current high-profile Ambassadorial roles.  She presented the 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and has delivered a number of TED and TEDx talks. Her hometown of Newcastle recognised her as a ‘Great North Contemporary Great’ in the 2015 Great North Culture Exhibition.

Her recent television programmes include BBC Four ‘Rise of the Robots’, BBC Two ‘Search for a New Earth’ with Professor Stephen Hawking, BBC One North West ‘Nation of Inventors’. All three series are part of the BBC Tomorrow’s World season.

Dr S C A Harrison BSc PhD CEng FIET

Simon Harrison is a director with responsibility for strategic development at global engineering, management and development consultant Mott MacDonald, and takes a strong interest in strategic change in markets, technologies and end user expectations. He also chairs the IET’s Energy Policy Panel and leads its Future Power Systems Architecture Project activity, which is supporting the government in developing an underlying engineering strategy for the future decarbonised electricity system in GB.  

An electrical engineer, Simon has played a key role in developing Mott MacDonald’s renewable, thermal and nuclear power businesses, including opening a number of new geographic and sector markets.   He also has an interest in energy policy, and has directed a number of key studies in the UK.   During his career Simon has played key roles in the development and financing of numerous privately financed infrastructure projects in sectors including power, water, transport, telecommunications and the built environment, in most corners of the world.  

He has taken a leading role in many privately financed infrastructure projects around the world as well as privatisations and acquisitions.  Prior to this he undertook planning of major electricity transmission and distribution systems.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Fellow of the Energy Institute and the Royal Society for Arts, Commerce and Manufactures.

Mrs V M Hodge BSc MSc CEng FIET

Virginia Hodge is a self-employed consultant specialising in aviation having previously been Principal Engineer at Snowflake Software where she provided formal systems engineering experience in support of their expertise in agile software development. Her experience prior to Snowflake Software encompassed working as a Senior Project Safety Manager and Senior Technology Strategist at NATS; and working in the Defence industry as a Software Architect, Project Manager and in a management role mentoring 60 younger engineers having started out her professional career as a software engineer.

The IET has been her Professional Home for the whole of her career, starting with Solent Younger Members and then as Local Network Chairman. She has served on the National Younger Members Committee; Council and on the Membership and Professional Development Board. Virginia has been a role model for other Women Engineers and has supported WISE (Women Into Science and Engineering) and WES (Women’s Engineering Society) activities. Virginia is the inaugural chair of the Volunteer Engagement Board, created as part of the Governance for the Future changes.

Ordinary Members

Eur Ing T T Hlaing MEng CEng MIET

Tom Hlaing is a graduate of Nottingham University, training as a manufacturing engineer. Over the past decade he has held a number of engineering and business improvement positions, which have enabled him to live and work throughout the UK , South East Asia and Nordic countries.

Currently Tom is a programme manager in Rolls-Royce’s Marine Services division, responsible for the global delivery of the field service transformation programme. This programme will increase customer satisfaction through improvements in operational performance, service delivery and process improvements The programme involves a global team of over 850 field service engineers and a further 100 back office staff, with an aim to give all employees a “fair chance to do the right thing”.

Since his time at university, the IET has been his Professional Home for Life, and he has been an active member at all levels of the institution. Firstly as a university representative, Local Network Chair, Younger Members Board, Global Operations Board and most recently serving on the Membership and Professional Development Board. He has also been an active member of his TPN, Manufacturing.

Tom’s professional experience working across the world, and the various volunteering roles he has had, has given him a solid understanding and exposure to the issues, challenges and concerns facing the wider membership.

Eur Ing G N Hobbs FREng BSc MSc CEng FIET

Graeme Hobbs has recently established his own consultancy company, Graeme Hobbs Associates Ltd specialising in Business Development and Government Affairs primarily for the mobile communications industry. Until July 2015, Graeme was the Chairman of Motorola Solutions UK Ltd, the Country Manager for Motorola Solutions UK and the Government Affairs lead and regional director for Europe and Africa.

Graeme has been active in supporting the telecommunications industry and served on the techUK board, the Electronic Systems Council, the CBI’s president’s committee and the CEO Group of the Parliamentary ICT forum.

Joining Motorola in 1994, he has held a number of leadership positions including roles in product management, sales, project management and operations. His role as Chairman focused on building relationships with key Government bodies, ensuring the appropriate country and fiducial management and enabling business opportunities across the region. Graeme has specialised in executing major mobile communication projects such as the nationwide system for UK public safety and the transit system for London Underground. The success of these systems and the resulting best practice helped facilitate the rollout of similar systems across Europe and Africa. Before joining Motorola, he was the Managing Director of Ascom Radiocom Ltd, a mobile communication systems company for UK public utilities and emergency services, having previously been a Divisional Manager at Marconi Communications Systems Ltd.

Graeme holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Radio Communication Systems from the University of Birmingham and a DMS in Management Studies. 

Graeme is a visiting professor at the University of Bristol and is keen on promoting Engineering to young people most notably via the Royal Academy’s Engineering Leadership Advanced Award scheme.

Miss S E Hubbard BEng IEng MIET

An active IET volunteer since 1999, Sam Hubbard has served 15 years on main boards and recently represented the IET as a Trustee for the Engineering Council.

Sam stepped out of university to take up an apprenticeship, experiencing the practical side of engineering and finding her true career call. Returning to university life part-time later, she has now worked in the industry for 24 years with paper manufacture. Her experience includes 21 years’ as the Lead Control Engineer and the Lead C,E&I Engineer at Urenco. Recently, Sam has moved to a new System Engineering department and is enjoying the diversity of an engineering career, learning about Uranium Enrichment.

Passionate about promoting STEM, Sam has been doing this since she was an apprentice herself. In 2000, Sam won the Young Woman Engineer of the Year and later the WISE Excellence Award, this afforded her many more opportunities to speak to young people, particularly other females about the exciting prospects engineering holds. Countless school visits, recruitment events, competitions, national press and television coverage helped to get the message out.

Having held numerous roles with the IET including the Qualifications Board, the Membership and Professional Development Board, Council, the Communities Resourcing Committee and various Local Network roles, she also was on the advisory group for the Professional Home for Life Programme and Apprentice Trailblazer pilot, ensuring that the voice of IEng and EngTech are well represented in all forums.

Sam’s main aim is to utilise her governance experience from the Engineering Council and her wealth of IET knowledge from board involvement to contribute to the IET strategy.

Professor J A Noble OBE FRS FREng MA DPhil CEng FIET

Alison Noble is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she studied Engineering Science followed by a doctoral research degree in Computer Vision. She subsequently worked as a research scientist at what is now called the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, USA before returning to the UK to take up a lectureship at the University of Oxford in 1995. Since then she has played a leadership role in Oxford to set up biomedical engineering programmes at the undergraduate, taught graduate and doctoral training educational levels. Her university research group is internationally known for its work on biomedical image analysis, and in particular ultrasound image analysis and its application in the developed and developing world. In 2012 she co-founded an image analytics spinout company, Intelligent Ultrasound Ltd, which develops ultrasound auditing and analytics services and products.

Alison was the President of the MICCAI Society, the international society in her field, from 2013-16, and remains on its Executive as Past-President for 2016-17. She is currently or has been a member of a large number RCUK, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society strategic and policy-making committees and grant awarding panels. She is also a Trustee of the Oxford Trust, which promotes enterprise as well as communication of SET to schools and the public, in the Oxfordshire region. She received an OBE for services to science and engineering in 2013.

Miss A Randall BEng MSc MBA MIET

Alyssa Randall trained as a biomedical engineer, completing a MSc in engineering in 2012. She worked as a Research and Development Engineer for minimally invasive surgical tools before returning to school in 2014 to complete her MBA. After business school, Alyssa worked at a machine learning start-up leveraging computer vision to deliver security and safety system applications. Six months ago, Alyssa began an exciting new role in business and data analytics at Capital One.

Alyssa has been an active member of the IET since joining as world finalist for the 2009 Present Around the World (PATW) competition. She helped grow the PATW competition in the Americas, including initiating competitions in Calgary and Edmonton Canada. In 2013 Alyssa was presented the IET Paul Fletcher Medal for Volunteerism. She has served on the Toronto LN, Communities Committee-Americas, and Knowledge Services Board, before joining the Board of Trustees.

Air Marshal Sir Julian Young KBE CB OBE FREng CEng FIET

Air Marshal Julian Young is Chief of Materiel (Air) within the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization in the Ministry of Defence (MOD). In this role he leads an organization of some 2,200 military and civilian staff with the responsibility of spending an annual budget of around £3.5 billion on equipping and supporting all of the MOD’s fixed-wing aircraft. He also is a Member of the Air Force Board and Chief Engineer (RAF), and has an MOD-wide role as the Defence Engineering Champion.

Previously, he was DE&S’s Director Helicopters and responsible for equipping and supporting Defence’s rotorcraft. Previously, he was DE&S’s Technical Director and Chief Information Officer. He was also the MOD’s first Defence Authority for Technical & Quality Assurance. Before this spell in DE&S, he was triple-hatted at HQ Air Command as Executive Officer, Chief Engineer and Chief of Staff Support.

Julian’s first degree was in Air Transport Engineering and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also a Governor of Bath College and President of the Minerva Society of RAF Engineer Officers. He was awarded a CB in 2013 and an OBE in 2000.