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.  

Nigel 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, specialisingin programme management, talent development, change management and performance improvement.Prior to joining the IET, Stuart had most recentlyworked 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.


Alison Carr, Director of Governance and Policy      Alison Carr  

Alison Carr was appointed as Director of Governance and Policy in March 2014.

Alison started her career with the Insurance Brokers Registration Council (IBRC) and was the Deputy Registrar at the time of the transfer of the organisation’s responsibilities owing to a change in legislation. During her time with the IBRC, Alison qualified as a Chartered Secretary.

Alison moved to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales where she worked in a number of areas, including investment business and insolvency policy.

Alison’s most recent position before joining the IET was Registrar and Chief Executive of the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The ARB is the UK regulator for architects and the UK competent authority for architects, helping to facilitate the movement of architects across Europe. Alison worked closely with the Department of Communities and Local Government, ARB’s sponsoring Government Department.

Alison is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


Stephen Hawthorne, Director of Knowledge Stephen Hawthorne Director of Knowledge  

Stephen Hawthorne was appointed Director of Knowledge at the IET in August 2017.  Previously, Stephen was Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry with responsibility for the RSC’s publishing programme, commercial activities and not-for-profit education initiatives.  

Stephen graduated from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1992 with a BSc (Hons) in Economics.  He has over 20 years of science, technical and medical publishing experience including holding the positions of Sales Director EMEA at Elsevier (Health Science Books) and Regional Sales Director N. Europe at ProQuest working with a range of international clients across all information sectors. 

Stephen serves as a Director and member of Council for the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, an international membership trade body that supports and represents not-for-profit organisations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content.

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.
Hilary 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.

Michelle 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, Head 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.