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Board of Trustees biographies 2020-2021

IET President

Professor D A George MBE BSc MSc PhD CEng FIET

Danielle George is a Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering and Associate Vice President 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’s 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 Kilometer Array (SKA), is the UK lead for amplifiers for the $1B Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope, and has worked with NASA and ESA on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang.

Her passion for raising public awareness of the 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, 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

Past President 

Dr P W Bonfield OBE FREng BSc MSc PhD CEng FIET

Peter Bonfield is Vice-Chancellor of Westminster University. As Vice-Chancellor, he has responsibility for directing all university activities and developments and statutory reporting duties on behalf of the University to the Office for Students.

His previous role was as Chief Executive Officer at BRE Group, where he positioned the company as an international leader in building research, including forging a number of high profile research and teaching partnerships with global universities, and ensuring that the organisation operates on a sustainable business model independent of government funding.

Dr Bonfield has worked across many government departments as a non-executive and expert on a wide range of briefs, including chairing four independent reviews for the Government, on Forests and Woodlands, Public Sector Food Procurement, Property Flood Resilience, and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies.

He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of UK Government in 2015 assigned to the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, and to the Talent Advisory Group which looks at the development, recruitment and retention of Civil Servants across England.

Between 2006 and 2012 he was part-time seconded into the Olympic Delivery Authority where he co-created and delivered the Sustainability Strategy and lead on the procurement of construction products.

Deputy Presidents

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 Queen’s Anniversary Prize and the Times Higher Education University of the Year Award. He holds six degrees including two first class honours (engineering, mathematics), an MBA and two doctorates. He is the recipient of the inaugural Guardian Inspiring University Leader of the Year Award and the Daily Telegraph Educate North Leadership Award. 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. In addition to engineering, Bob is interested in leadership and entrepreneurship and sits on the Board of the Chartered Management Institute, the Peter Jones Foundation and iDEA, an initiative that aims to engage one million young people in digital enterprise.

Air Marshal Sir Julian Young KBE CB FREng CEng FIET

Air Marshal Sir Julian Young retired recently from the Royal Air Force (RAF) after 40 years of service as an Engineer Officer. 

In his last post, he was Director-General Air within the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization in the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

In this role, he led some 2,265 military and civilian specialists and was responsible for putting to work some £3.7 billion annually on equipping and supporting all of the MOD’s fixed-wing aircraft. 

In this role, he concurrently was a member of the Air Force Board and the RAF’s Chief Engineer. He also had a MOD-wide role as the Defence Engineering Champion.

Throughout his long career, Julian held a variety of in-command, manpower policy, operational, engineering, training, logistics and staff appointments, including Project Team Leader for the Harrier GR7/T10 fleet and on the Support Helicopter Force (Falkland Islands, Cold War Germany and Gulf War I).

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 a Trustee of the RAF Charitable Trust.  He was awarded a KBE in 2020, and a CB in 2013.

Vice Presidents


Dr Bicky Bhangu is President South East Asia, Pacific and South Korea at Rolls-Royce, based in Singapore.  He is responsible for the regional strategy, external relations, and governance of the operational activities across the company’s key business sectors – Civil Aerospace, Defence and Power Systems.  Bicky joined Rolls-Royce in the UK in an engineering role overseeing research & development of advanced power and propulsion systems and moved to Singapore in 2009 to set up and grow R&D capability.

Bicky has been actively involved in the advancement of aerospace, marine and high-value manufacturing industries, and is a member of the Singapore Ministry of Trade & Industry’s Future Economy Council — Manufacturing Sub-committee.  He is Council Member for the Singapore National Employers Federation, Deputy President of the Singapore Manufacturing Federation and Board Member of Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC).  In supporting regional growth, Bicky serves on the Board of Directors of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology, and the Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre.  Until November 2019, Bicky served as President of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore over several terms and as Vice President for the Euro Chambers of Commerce Singapore.  He was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 New Year Honours List for service to international trade, investment and export.

Bicky is currently serving as Advisory Committee member to Republic Polytechnic, School of Applied Science; serving as Department Consultative Committee for NUS Electrical & Computational Engineering; and serving on the Industrial Advisory Board for Newcastle University, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Degree in Singapore. Bicky is also serving the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) as Board Member.

Bicky is a certified International Director of Corporate Governance with INSEAD.  Bicky is an Adjunct Professor at the Singapore Nanyang Technological University.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society.  Bicky has published over 30 technical journals and is author of 12 global patents. Bicky is married to Jennie and has two children Caitlin and George.

Professor P T Blythe FREng BSc(Eng) CEng FIET

Phil Blythe is Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at Newcastle University and he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Transport from 2015-2021.

Phil's academic focus has been on bringing new technology solutions to transport and was part of the team that invented the first non-stop multi-lane tolling technology in the mid 1990’s. 

Phil was seconded to the EU during the 3rd and 4th Framework research programmes to lead the research area on transport demand management and automatic debiting. 

During this time he also installed the first road pricing demo in the UK in Cambridge and led the feasibility team that developed the concept of camera-based road charging for London. 

Phil’s more recent research has been in the areas of electromobility, automation, and future intelligent infrastructure with major projects running in these areas and feeding into policy. 

As Chief Scientific Adviser Phil was responsible for all science, engineering, and technology in the Department and ensuring such evidence was used in policymaking. 

During this time he was also Head of Profession for Science and Engineering for the DfT and their arms-length bodies and made the case for DfT to become a Corporate Member of the IET.  

Phil led the Governments and Departments science response to the Volkswagen emissions issue, and other key emergencies such as the Zika Virus, Novichok Poisoning, Volcanic Ash, and Drone Intrusions. 

He participated in SAGE throughout the Covid Pandemic and led on the science for the restart and recovery of all transport modes. 

Among many other highlights, he has recently published the Science Plan for the Department and has established the Transport Research and Innovation Board and led on supporting hydrogen as a future transport fuel as well as securing funding for the Teesside Hydrogen Transport Hub in the 2021 Spending Review. 

Prior to election to IET Trustee and Vice President, Phil had been Chair of the IET’s Transport Policy Panel for 13 years and had also served on the PNARTS and Prestigious Lectures Committee. 

He also developed the business case for the IET Journal on Intelligent Transport Systems.  

In 2012 he was awarded the Reece-Hills Medal for a lifetime personal contribution to ITS. 

Phil was elected Fellow of the RAEng in 2020 and serves on several committees and task forces.


Andy Harter is an innovator and entrepreneur. He is responsible for VNC software which allows remote control of one computer screen from another. The technology is on billions of devices, is on more different kinds of computer than any other application and is an official part of the internet. In 2002 he founded RealVNC which received three Queen’s Award for Enterprise in three years.

Andy was previously Director of Research and Engineering at the influential AT&T Cambridge Laboratory.

In 2010 he received the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal, and in 2013 he led the team that won the Academy’s MacRobert Award.  He was awarded the Faraday Medal of the IET in 2016 and gave the IET Turing Lecture in 2018.  He has an MA and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he is a Fellow of the Department of Computer Science and Technology and a Fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School.  He is Chairman of the Cambridge Network.

He was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to engineering. He was the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire 2018/19 and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 2019.

Ms R Hurst FREng MSc FIET

Rachel Hurst began her career in manufacturing in 1991 at Domino Printing Sciences and whilst working achieved an MSc in Engineering Business Management at Warwick Business School graduating in 1996. She progressed to Manufacturing Engineer and then Product Manager gaining valuable commercial experience in many diverse global markets and sectors that Domino serves.  Rachel next took the role of Manufacturing Director in the award-winning UK factory, progressing to Group Operations Director in 2006 with responsibility for all the manufacturing operations within the group. Domino has a strong history of market-leading products which are developed in house, her teams had responsibility design for manufacture and assembly for mass customised products serving many of the multinational consumer brands.

During the 2000s Rachel and her team either developed or integrated 7 technology acquisitions which included designing and implementing complex global supply chain networks, product developments and people plans to support their global growth and resilience.  In 2014 Rachel was awarded an Executive Board position, the first female board member for Domino. During 2015 Domino Printing Sciences was acquired by Brother Industries.  Post-acquisition, Domino has been heavily invested in as part of Brother, which has given Rachel and her team the opportunity to lead the development of new ink processing technology, global IT transformations and significant investment in new factory capacity to underpin the long term strategy for the business.

In 2016 Rachel was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Domino.  During this year she also was awarded IET Fellowship, and a year later Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Fellowship of the Judge Business School in Cambridge in 2018. In 2019 she became Governor of a local primary and secondary school with an aim of supporting the head teachers in their progress towards developing children for the future.

Dr G Katragadda BE MS PhD FIET

Gopi Katragadda is the Founder and CEO of Myelin Foundry, an AI company with a vision to transform human experiences and outcomes in wellness and media & entertainment. He is also an Independent Director of Bosch India Limited.

Until January 2019, Gopi was the Group Chief Technology Officer and Innovation Head of Tata Sons. At Tata Sons, he facilitated the development of pioneering products and services, strategic technology collaboration, and innovation across the $100 Billion Tata Group. Previously, as the Chairman and Managing Director of GE India Technology Centre, he helped grow GE’s largest R&D Centre – the John F. Welch Technology Centre – to be amongst the world's leaders in intellectual property generation.

Gopi is the immediate past Chairman of the CII National Technology Committee and the CII Western Region Innovation Taskforce. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is a GE Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Gopi helped establish the Advanced Materials CoE at IIT-Madras and the Advanced Manufacturing CoE at IIT-Kharagpur. He has framed the CII-Tata Communications Digital Transformation CoE. Gopi also set up and managed the ongoing Tata research collaborations with Harvard and Yale.

Gopi has authored a book on innovation titled “SMASH,” currently in its second edition.  He has over 30 journal publications, five patents, several invited presentations and citations of his research work.  Gopi holds a BE degree in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University and MS, PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Iowa State University.

Ms D E Ohlson MEng CEng FIET

Dawn Ohlson is the Technical Director for Northrop Grumman National Security Services with responsibility for the technical strategy and the leadership and development of capability of a multi-site engineering team.

Previously, she joined Racal Avionics (to become Thales) as an engineer on graduation from Oxford, spending her early career working as both Hardware and Software Engineer, eventually becoming an accomplished Systems Engineer in the field of navigation systems.

Dawn worked for almost 30 years in Thales, becoming the UK Systems Engineering Director and latterly the Engineering Director for Thales Avionics UK, the company she joined as a graduate.

Her career has taken her to many different countries including a 6 year period working with the SVP, Chief Technical Officer in Thales HQ in Paris.

Dawn’s passion for developing younger engineers led her to present the IET Faraday lecture to promote engineering and technology to 14 to 16-year-olds, touring the UK, Ireland, and Asia.

She went on to transform graduate development and STEM Corporate Social Responsibility activities in Thales and received the WISE excellence award for her work in promoting the role of Women in Science and Engineering.

Dawn was also the 2015 winner of the First Women Award for Engineering and in 2019 she was included in the prestigious directory Who’s Who.

Dawn is well known for her determination to make a difference.

She is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

She is a Professional Registration Interviewer, former chair of Professional Development Operations Committee, Professional Registration Scheme assessor, and Fellow assessor.

Ordinary Members

Miss Y Akinola MBE BEng MSc CEng FIET

Yewande Akinola is an Engineer within Laing O’ Rourke’s Engineering Excellence Group where her current role spans across design for manufacture and assembly for construction, project engineering and innovation management.

She is a chartered engineer, an innovator, and holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology from the University of Warwick and a Masters in Innovation and Design for Sustainability from Cranfield University.

Over the last decade her engineering experience and responsibilities have included the design of sustainable water supply systems and the engineering design coordination of large projects in the built environment.
She has worked on projects in the UK, Africa, Middle East and in East Asia. She has won several awards including the UK 35 Under 35 (Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 ) and UK Outstanding Woman in STEM (PRECIOUS Award 20) and the AFBE-UK Exceptional Talent Awards.

She was named the Institution’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2012 and has continued to fly the IET flag at events with varied audiences around the world, staying committed to engaging with wider audiences and has presented engineering television programmes for Yesterday TV, The Science Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Channel 4 and CBBC.

Dr C M Arthur BEng PhD MIET

Colin Arthur is an R&D programme manager at Keysight Technologies, with responsibility for managing hardware and software teams in Scotland and the United States (Atlanta and the Bay Area), developing next-generation electronics measurement technology.

At the company’s advanced research lab, Colin drives multiple R&D programmes from initial research concept through to product delivery, often collaborating across industry and academia. His current focus is on products related to 5G telecommunications, Industry 4.0 manufacturing, machine learning and data analytics.

Colin has been an active IET volunteer since 2002. He chaired the IET’s Communities Resourcing Committee 2014-2017, during a period of unprecedented growth, and implemented strategic initiatives which increased the number of attendees at IET events and strengthened the recruitment, leadership and effectiveness of volunteers.

Colin was winner of the 2010 IET Paul Fletcher Award, and has previously served on the IET Young Professionals Board, the IET GB&I Regional Board, IET Council, and IET Knowledge Services and Solutions Board.

Colin is passionate about promoting STEM and meeting the skills gap faced by industry, by facilitating networking and sharing of knowledge.

Colin believes our Institution’s greatest strength is its Members and volunteers, and their desire to share knowledge, network, and build community, which has motivated his own IET involvement.

Dr I S Belger BSc PhD CEng FIET

Ian Belger is the Chief Electrical Engineer at Sellafield Ltd, one of the biggest and most complex nuclear sites in the world. Ian has held this role for over 9 years and ensures that all of the Electrical, Control & Instrumentation design work at the site is carried out safely, legally and in line with the necessary standards and procedures.

Ian is the Head of Profession for the two hundred strong staff, apprentices and graduates that make up the CE&I design community and also performs a quite separate role as the Business Leader of a 500 strong Alumni of Leadership Practitioners.

Ian is an active IET volunteer and has a number of years of volunteering experience with the IET as a Professional Registration Advisor (PRA) and a Professional Review Interviewer (PRI).

Ian has previously supported the assessment of CEng, IEng and EngTech / ICTTech at all stages of the assessment process, being also Chair for the Volunteer Support Working Group and a member of the Volunteer Engagement Board, representing volunteer interests in groups that are at the forefront of one-team working and a culture shift within the IET.

Ian received the IET Medal for Volunteering in November 2016.

Mr J Dunn BSc CEng MIET

Joe Dunn is a 2007 Computer Science graduate of Cardiff University and has been an active IET volunteer with the Solent Local Network since 2008, holding many positions including Young Professionals Team Leader and Local Network Chair.

Joe won the IET’s Paul Fletcher Young Professional Award in 2015 and joined the IET Council and Volunteer Engagement Board in 2016.

In his career since joining BAE Systems in 2008 as a Software Engineer, Joe has delivered many engineering and managerial roles, with a recent focus on underwater autonomy and future technologies.

A mentor for young professionals, Joe is enthusiastic about the development of future engineers and has written and delivered several lectures and interactive workshops at his local (Hampshire) universities.

Outside of volunteering and work Joe is a keen photographer and a fitness enthusiast. With his first-hand Local Network experience of the IET and his career working in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, Joe brings a logical and delivery-focused mindset to the Board of Trustees.

Professor P M Needham PhD CEng FIET

Paul Needham is the Head of Engineering Capability, Air & Space Products at BAE Systems, and he has over 30 years’ experience in Aerospace Design and Manufacture Engineering at BAE Systems. He has worked in both the UK and in the United States, working on the design and development of the F-35 Lighting II aircraft where he was Head of Engineering

Paul is a Chartered Engineer, Global Engineering Fellow of BAE Systems, a Fellow of the IET and in 2008 was awarded a PhD in Aerospace Design for Manufacture, which achieved an IET Innovation Award. He has also been awarded the title of Visiting Professor within the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield, where he chairs the industrial advisory board.

He has been a member of external industrial and academic committees identifying key engineering capabilities and was also on the Council of the IET and a member of the Membership and Professional Development Board.  Paul has a unique experience of both industrial and academic fields, he has established strong links with both academia and industry and has delivered lectures at leading universities and conferences. He mentors many engineers in their career and on their journey to professional registration both within BAE Systems and in his role as a professional registration advisor within the IET.

Professor K Sugden BSc MSc PhD MIET

Kate Sugden is currently Deputy Dean, Enterprise and International, in the School of Engineering and Applied Physics at Aston University.  After completing a PhD on Fibre Bragg gratings in 1996 and spending two years as a research fellow in the Aston Institute of Photonics Technologies she worked in industry for six years in the fibre optics industry.  Since returning to academia she has taught electronics, electronic product design, entrepreneurship and team work within the electrical and electronic engineering department.  Course design, placements, accreditation and employability have all been an important focus over the years.

More recently, Kate has also gained experience in the area of work-based learning and degree apprenticeships and is increasingly working internationally supporting recruitment and partnerships.  She has experience of strategic planning and evaluating performance in commercial and non-profit organisations – developed through working in SMEs, higher education and with voluntary groups.

Kate has previously worked with the IET as an Academic Partner, membership of the Membership of the Professional Development Board and Council. She has recently joined the Board of Trustees for Foothold as one of the IET representatives.