Board of Trustees biographies 2012-13

Members of the Board of Trustees for 2012/13


Professor A Hopper CBE FREng FRS Professor Andy Hopper CBE FRS FREng BSc PhD

Andy Hopper is Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge and Head of the Computer Laboratory. His research interests include networking, pervasive and sentient computing, and using computers for assuring the sustainability of the planet. He is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

Andy Hopper has pursued academic and industrial careers in parallel. In the academic career he has worked in the Computer Laboratory and the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. In the industrial career he has co-founded a dozen companies, two of which floated on stock markets. He is currently chairman of RealVNC and Ubisense. He has been an IET Ordinary Trustee (2003-2006) and a member of the IT Sector Panel (2002-2007).

Professor Hopper received the BSc degree from the University of Wales Swansea (1974) and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (1978). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1996) and of the Royal Society (2006). He was made a CBE for services to the computer industry (2007).


Deputy Presidents

Mr B P S Brooks BSc(Eng) FCGI Mr Barry Brooks FIET

Barry Brooks (Electrical Engineering, Imperial College) had a successful Royal Navy career – submarine electrical and nuclear propulsion engineer, R&D projects, and Whitehall (MOD strategy, resources and planning, and Cabinet Office (working with government departments)). As Commodore, working with industry, he helped to design and improve MOD’s Smart Acquisition project management. Now in his second career, he provides director-level support to make complex, high-risk, high-value engineering, procurement and change programmes successful, gaining an extensive range of contacts and invaluable insights into engineering issues faced by global industry.

As Chairman of GB&I Regional Board, Barry chaired regional consultation conferences with active member communities and helped Global Operations and Regional Boards to become more effective. He is a Professional Registration Assessor/Interviewer and IET Connect Local Representative.

Barry chaired Somerset & West Wiltshire Committee. He helped to strengthen Council’s role in advising the Board of Trustees. As Trustee/Vice-President (2005-09), chaired Membership & Regions Board, sponsored LN Support Project, led new IET Governance implementation, championed embedding Young Professionals into member-staff Boards, applying the “one-team working together” approach to deliver IET’s Plan. He is active in Worshipful Company of Engineers (administering Environmental Engineering Award), City & Guilds College Association (building closer alumni/student links).

Ms N W Climer BSc Naomi Climer

Naomi Climer is Deputy President and Fellow of the IET and President of Sony’s new global division – Media Cloud Services, based in Los Angeles, USA with a mission to develop cloud based services for all parts of the media industry worldwide.

Previously, Naomi was heading Sony’s B2B organisation in Europe (Sony Professional) providing R&D, Sales and Marketing, Systems Integration and Service covering diverse markets including media, broadcast, cinema, sports, security and healthcare.

After studying at Imperial College, London, Naomi trained as an Engineer at the BBC and has worked in technical roles in BBC Radio, BBC World Service and BBC News as well as at ITV and in local radio.

Naomi has a strong interest in diversity issues and has been an active campaigner for gender diversity within Sony and within the engineering profession in the UK. As a result of this, Naomi was short listed for a WISE Women of Outstanding Achievement Award For Leadership and Inspiration in 2012.

Naomi has been an active contributor to the IET through the Communications Policy Panel and more recently as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2010. Now as a Deputy President based in the USA, Naomi plans to use the international nature of her position to strengthen the IET’s international presence and bring more international representation to IET HQ in the UK.



Vice Presidents

Mr S R Burgin BSc DMS Steve Burgin Honorary Treasurer

Steve currently holds the position of Alstom UK Country President and Director. Alstom, a global and world leading engineering company, employs 7000 people in the UK serving the power generation, transmission grid and rail transport sectors. "I started my career as a student apprentice with GEC whilst studying a degree in Electrical Engineering and then gained my professional experience in technical, operational, commercial and general management roles, both in UK and internationally. I have, in my current role, sat on various commissions concerning the long-term development of UK infrastructure, addressing engineering skills, the low carbon economy and engineering construction. I chair the Alstom Defined Contribution Pension Trust."

Experience from outside the private sector has been gained as Chair of the Board of Governors of Staffordshire University, Deputy Chair of Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and sitting on the Audit Committee of the IET.


Mr M D Carr FREng BSc(Eng) HonDTech Mike Carr

Until November 2008 Mike was BT’s Chief Science Officer, and 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 has a first class honours degree in Communication Engineering 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 to maximize inter-operability of 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. He is currently a Non Executive Director of Ordnance Survey and a Council Member of the EPSRC.

Dr S C A Harrison BSc PhD Dr Simon C A Harrison BSc PhD

Simon is a director of Mott MacDonald's global energy business, currently leading activities across all renewable energy technologies, energy environmental issues and energy policy, finance and regulation, but with previous background in transmission planning and the development of privately financed fossil fuel generation projects. His work is highly international and has included projects in Europe, South and South-east Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. Simon holds BSc and PhD degrees from Southampton University, UK, at which he is also a visiting professor.

Simon is Chairman of the IET's Energy Policy Panel, leading the IET's relationship with the UK government in the energy sector and working to ensure that energy policy decisions take proper account of engineering and project delivery issues. He is also chair of the IET's Energy Sector, bringing together and developing all IET activities in energy under a single umbrella to allow members and others to benefit from a more holistic view.

Eur Ing Professor B E Jones BSc(Eng) MSc PhD DSc Barry Jones

As the recent Chairman of the Awards and Prizes Committee Barry has introduced and developed the new IET Programme of Achievement Certificates for award to outstanding individual engineers, technologists and technicians in any discipline, to be awarded by the Local Networks with a start planned from January 2011.

His other recent IET activities include membership of the Prestige Lectures Committee and the Knowledge Management Board. Barry is a past member of Council, past Chairman of the Measurements TPN and past Vice-Chairman of the IEE Science, Education and Technology Divisional Board. Barry started his engineering career at GCHQ, Cheltenham. In his academic career he has held engineering posts in measurement science, sensors and instrumentation at Manchester University, UMIST and Brunel University, and has worked for the Open University.

In 1986 he became the first person in the UK to hold a Hewlett Packard Professorship. He founded and then directed the Brunel Centre for Manufacturing Metrology at Brunel University for 21 years, during which time his research work was strongly supported by government and over 30 industrial companies and international organisations. Barry was founder and is a director of two engineering start-up companies in the UK. He is now Emeritus Professor of Manufacturing Metrology at Brunel University.

Barry has supervised some 100 successful research theses and dissertations. Publications include 350 papers and patents, 5 books, senior editorship of the Sensors Series (over 20 books published by the Institute of Physics and now CRC-Taylor & Francis Press). In 1995 he was presented with the UK Metrology for World Class Manufacturing Award.

In 2001 Barry was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He has held five professional body fellowships. He is a previous Council member and Journal associate editor for the Institute of Measurement and Control. Barry was honorary editor of the Journal Measurement Science and Technology and founded the Instrument Science and Technology Group of the Institute of Physics.


Sir James McDonald FREng FRSE BSc MSc PhD

Professor Sir James McDonald is responsible for the day-to-day management of the University of Strathclyde and is also responsible to the University Court for the finances of the University. He was appointed Principal in November 2008 and took up his post in March 2009. Professor McDonald leads specifically on Strategy and Planning; Research and Knowledge and Exchange and External Affairs and Development.

He started his Strathclyde career as an undergraduate, before studying for an MSc and PhD in Power Engineering and Power System Economic. Sir Jim returned to the University in 1984 after eight years in industry and held several academic positions in the department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering including Head of Department, ultimately taking up the post of Rolls Royce Professor of Electrical Power Systems in 1994.

Under his leadership it has grown into the largest group of its kind in Europe with a £30m research portfolio. He has also been involved in the creation of six University spin-out companies, one of which was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise. He was promoted to Deputy Principal in August 2006 with a focus on research enhancement and business development. In October 2006 he was appointed Director of the Glasgow Research Partnership in Engineering (GRPE), part of an £80m collaborative pooling funded by the Scottish Funding Council. As part of the Scottish Engineering research pool, he acts as Chairman of the Energy Technology Partnership.

He is actively involved in advising government, industry and commerce and holds a number of public posts including: Main Board Director - Scottish Enterprise; Member - Scottish Science Advisory Committee (SSAC); Member - UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) - Energy Excellence Board;Co-Chair (with the First Minister) of the Energy Advisory Board in Scotland; Chairman - Saltire Prize Technical Advisory Board; Member - Scottish Enterprise Aerospace, Marine and Defence Industrial Advisory Board. Sir Jim has also been responsible for overseeing the organisation of Strathclyde 100, a network of successful entrepreneurs, and the development of the new centre for sports & health, as well as being one of the driving forces behind the Excellence Agenda.

He has a strong personal commitment to supporting gifted young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter Higher Education. He is an Adviser to the Robertson Trust, which allocates scholarships, and has played a leading role in the Careers Scotland/NASA Space School and the IET Power Academy, which have similar aims. He was awarded a knighthood in The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours for his services to education, engineering and the economy.


Mr A J Watts BSc Mr Alan Watts BSC FIET

Having graduated with first class honours, Alan Watts founded a company manufacturing automatic test equipment. After growing the company with venture capital, Alan then spearheaded the aggressive re-branding as Yelo Ltd leading to the successful acquisition by the Canadian Mindready group.

Alan has been VP Marketing+Sales and General Manager of the acquired business unit employing a team of 50. After a period in a university spin-out developing innovative wireless medical devices, he restarted the moribund business angel network in Northern Ireland. Within 2 years angel investment reached £2m pa and Halo was voted the British Business Angels Association Business Angel Network of Year.

Alan has always been active in the profession. For the IEE he has been Northern Ireland Branch Chairman and IEE National Younger Members Chairman. In the IET he has been a Trustee and Vice President as well as chairing the Membership and Professional Development Board.


Ordinary Members

Ms J K Bryant FREng Jayne Bryant FREng FIET

Jayne 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 35 years experience in engineering, working for various parts of BAE Systems and its former companies.

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 BAESYSTEMS 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 is now the Engineering and Technology Director for Defence Information Solutions & Services (DISS), BAE Systems.


Ms A S K Chan BE Alice Chan

Alice graduated with a BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronics, and Master in Engineering Management from the University of Canterbury New Zealand. Her past work experience includes electrical engineering planning, design and implementation. In recent years, Alice has diversified into IT, specialising in SAP.

Alice has been an active IET volunteer since 2001. She was Chair of the Auckland Younger Member Section for 4 years. She was previously Honorary Secretary for the Auckland Local Network and remained a Committee member until recently. She served on the Membership and Regions Board from 2004 to 2007 and was elected to Council last year. She also served on the Asia Pacific Regional Board when it was first formed in 2009.

Alice’s aspirations for the IET are to strengthen the support for the volunteer networks and communities globally; ensure the right programmes are formulated to engage with students and young professionals; and build a solid foundation that will enable the institution to meet the future needs of the membership as well as the engineering and technical professions.


Dr Simon Hart MEng PhD Dr Simon Hart MEng PhD CEng MIET

Dr Hart specialises in motor and converter control and leads an international team as Principal Development Engineer with Control Techniques, a variable speed motor drive manufacturer. He has been a member of the next generation flagship products team for 11 years, is a Chartered Engineer, company Mentor and member of the Control and Automation TPN executive.

Simon brings a wealth of experience of leading IET member activities at local, technical and board levels. An active member for 18 years, he chairs the West Midlands Area Forum (a collaboration of five Local Networks) and is a member of the UK Communities Committee charged with encouraging and supporting UK Local and Professional communities and members. As a STEM Ambassador, he has managed the design and delivery of stands at several large schools fairs (>3,000 students over three days).

He is former chairman of the IET Council (the largest advisory body) and the Shropshire Local Network and former member of the Membership and Global Operations Boards and the Audit Committee. He strengthens links between Local and Technical Networks.


Mrs V M Hodge BSc MSc Mrs Virginia Hodge BSc MSc FIET

Virginia is a Senior Technology Strategist at NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services) and is currently defining the Technology Strategy for the company out to 2025-2030. This work is being driven by the European Commission instigated "Single European Sky" programme to transform Air Traffic Operations in Europe over the next fifteen to twenty years. As such she works closely with her operational colleagues since the solution is a combination of technology, operational and people change. Prior to this she has worked as a Software Architect, Project Manager and in a management role mentoring 60 younger engineers in the defence industry 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 and WES activities.


Dr H M Sykulska-Lawrence MEng PhD Hanna Sykulska-Lawrence

A graduate of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, with a degree in Engineering and Material Science, Hanna completed a PhD at Imperial College London while designing and controlling instrumentation for the 2007 Phoenix NASA mission to Mars. In 2005, Hanna won the IEE ‘Write Around the World’ competition and visited many branches around the world with which she has maintained links.

In 2008, Hanna received two NASA Special Group Achievement Awards for outstanding contributions to the Phoenix mission. She won the IET Young Woman Engineer (YWE) of the Year Award, 2008 and was selected British Female Inventor and Innovator in Industry, 2009 by the British Female Inventors and Innovators Network. Currently at the Physics Department at Oxford University, she continues to design space instrumentation for planetary missions.

In the ambassadorial role of YWE, Hanna promoted the IET by giving many talks and encouraging young people to choose engineering as a career. Hanna believes it is crucial that students and young professionals are actively involved in the IET, so they benefit from career and networking opportunities whilst helping the IET to grow internationally and be supported by its younger members.


Professor J D M Watson CBE FREng FRSA MSc DPhil Professor Jeremy Watson FREng FIET

Jeremy Watson is Arup’s Global Research Director, and is responsible for Group research strategy. Independently, he holds the position of Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Communities and Local Government. Jeremy has wide professional experience, having undertaken research and technical management roles in industry and academe plus service with government and research councils. His specialities include technology identification, development and transfer, research management and innovation processes. Technically, his expertise includes sensors, control, and power electronics. Current research interests span renewable energy, control for energy efficiency and low carbon buildings. He also has a developing interest in cross-domain research, including how design, regulation and technology can influence the way people use energy.

Jeremy is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society for the Arts. He is also a Fellow of the IET and ICE, and a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Southampton and Sussex. Jeremy is a member of EPSRC Council, a past board member of the Technology Strategy Board, and a member of HEFCE’s Research & Innovation Committee.

Jeremy has served the IET for many years, most recently as the founder chair of the Innovation and Emerging Technologies Advisory Panel.