Executive team

The executive team is the senior staff team responsible for the day-to-day running of the IET.

Nigel Fine, Chief Executive and Secretary Nigel Fine      

Nigel Fine was appointed Chief Executive and Secretary of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in June 2009.  He graduated from UMIST in 1978 with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering and received his MBA from the London Business School in 1984. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the ICE and IET.

His professional career has been with Experian Plc where he was a member of the Global Operating Board and Managing Director for all operations in EMEA and Asia Pacific. Before joining Experian, he was an Associate Partner at Andersen Consulting (Accenture), responsible for setting up and running BPO operations in Procurement and Logistics. His early career was spent with John Laing and International Paint.

Nigel is a Board Member and Member of the Nominations Committee of EngineeringUK. He chairs the Professional Engineering Plenary Forum of the Chief Executives of all 36 licensed engineering institutions.


Stuart Allan, Interim Director of Human Resources

Stuart Allan joined the IET in November 2017 as Interim Director of Human Resources. His career has seen him work with organisations across a range of sectors in HR Director and interim roles, specialising in programme management, talent development, change management and performance improvement. Prior to joining the IET, Stuart had most recently worked with the Crown Estate in a similar role.

Stuart studied at both the University of Hull and Sheffield Hallam University and has BSc (Econ), Pg Dip (HRM) and MCIPD.  


Ed Almond, Director of Finance and Planning Ed Almond

Ed Almond joined the IET in 2001 as Head of Business Planning and Performance. Ed gained an MBA in 2004 before becoming Director of Corporate Strategy & Planning in 2005 and taking up his current role in 2006. Previously he worked within the John Sisk construction group and provided strategic support to the UK Board.

In 1989 Ed commenced training as an accountant with Ernst & Young working with a wide variety of clients including McDonnell Information Systems and Leica. He qualified in 1992 and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Ed trained in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter before completing a Masters in Applied Molecular Biology at University College London. With a particular interest in extremely thermophilic archaebacteria, Ed undertook postgraduate research within the Chemical Engineering departments of Cornell University and the University of California at Berkeley before returning to the UK and working for the SERC at Rothamstead Research Station in 1987.


Giles Grant, Director of Knowledge  Giles Grant Director of Knowledge Services  

Giles Grant joined the IET in 2018 with 28 years global experience of the information solutions industry. Latterly he was with Springer Nature, where he was Vice President Global Marketing for the Nature Research Group. Prior to Springer Nature he was with Pearson for 3 years, as Senior Vice President for the global English Language Teaching and Assessment business and Senior Vice President Pearson English Global Marketing promoting Pearson’s Global Scale of English, Pearson English Business Solutions & Wall Street English.

Giles came to Pearson from Thomson Reuters, where as Vice President Strategy & Corporate Development he worked on driving global acquisitions, business unit management and expansion into Asia, Africa & Latin America. Before this he was at Incisive Media, the BSI Group, Reed Elsevier, Laura Ashley and RAC Motoring Services.

Giles graduated with a joint honours degree in History & Geography, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He trained in accountancy (CIMA) and management (DMS), and was awarded an  MBA in Marketing and International Business from Bradford/NIMBAS. He holds Fellowships from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and the Institute of Directors.


Simon Edwards, Director of Governance and External Engagement  Simon Edwards  

Simon Edwards was appointed as Director of Governance and External Engagement at the IET in August 2018.

He has over 15 years’ experience of working in professional and membership organisations in the science and medical sectors. Prior to joining the IET, Simon worked at the Royal College of Surgeons for over 10 years in different roles, including Head of Policy, Director of Communications and, more recently, as Executive Director of External Affairs. Before then, Simon was the Bioscience Policy Manager at the Royal Society.

Simon is a scientist by background. Having graduated from King’s College London, he completed a PhD in protein structure and function at Birkbeck, University of London.


Hilary Lambert, Director of International, Strategic Marketing and Engagement Hilary Lambert Director of International, Strategic Marketing and Engagement  

Hilary Lambert was appointed Director of International, Strategic Marketing and Engagement in May 2015. Previously, Hilary was with Thomson Reuters as Vice President, Product Management for the UK Legal market, responsible for developing information and workflow solutions for the legal profession.

Hilary started her career in publishing before joining Thomson Reuters in 1995 working for Sweet & Maxwell as part of the Thomson Reuters global business. During her 20 years at Thomson Reuters Hilary held a number of roles across Marketing, Business Unit Management, and Product Development. She also led the strategic plans to enter the Indian market and build a legal information business there. She graduated from Nottingham University in 1985 with a BA (Hons) in Art History.


Michelle Richmond, Director of Membership and Professional Development Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond was appointed IET Director of Membership & Professional Development in 2006. Her career started in 1981 with Siemens Plessey Radar, Isle of Wight, as an apprentice and then microwave technician engineer.  On completion of her degree, Michelle became Principle Microwave Design Engineer.  She was then promoted to Development Manager working on AR327 Military Radar System.  Michelle joined Nokia Huntingdon in 1995 as base station Product Manager.

Michelle moved to Matra Marconi Space in Stevenage in 1996 as Antenna Project Manager and later Deputy Project Manager for the Skynet 5 Satellite System; in 2000 she joined Ubinetics, a PA Consulting Group technology spin off company, as Programme Manager, working on advanced 3G test platforms and then as Operations Manager.  Ubinetics was acquired by Aeroflex in 2005.  

Michelle also represents the IET on the Engineering Council Board of Trustees and was a member of the IET Council at the time of its formation by the IIE and IEE.  She was awarded Britain’s ‘Young Woman Engineer of the Year’ in 1990. She is a Chartered Engineer and has an electronics engineering degree from the Southampton Institute of Higher Education (part time) and was awarded Fellowship of the IET in 1999.


Richard Best, Director of IT and Digital Services Richard Best Head of IT and Digital Services  

Richard Best has over 15 years of experience working in a range of technology roles including project management, software development management and strategic leadership.