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

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).


Deputy Presidents

Ms N W Climer FREng 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


Professor W T Webb FREng BEng MBA PhD Professor W T Webb FREng BEng MBA PhD

William is CEO of the Weightless SIG, the standards body developing a new global M2M technology. He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011.

Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research across all areas of Ofcom’s regulatory remit. He also led some of the major reviews conducted by Ofcom including the Spectrum Framework Review, the development of Spectrum Usage Rights and most recently cognitive or white space policy. Previously, William worked for a range of communications consultancies in the UK in the fields of hardware design, computer simulation, propagation modelling, spectrum management and strategy development. William also spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago.

William has published 12 books, over 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey University, a member of Ofcom’s Spectrum Advisory Board (OSAB), other oversight Boards and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET where he is a Deputy President. His biography is included in multiple “Who’s Who” publications around the world. William has a first class honours degree in electronics, a PhD and an MBA. He can be contacted at william.webb@weightless.org.


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.


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.


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

Jeremy Watson is Director of Science  & Technology at Arup and Professor of Engineering Systems at University College London. Until November 2012, he was also Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG). He now has a 50% staff role as Professor in Engineering Sciences at UCL, where he serves as a Vice-Dean.

An engineer by training and practice, Jeremy has held research and technical management roles in industry and universities, plus voluntary service with BIS, research councils and HEFCE. His specialities include the creation of strategic research agendas, emerging technology identification, R&D and deployment, and innovation processes. Jeremy’s technical 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 engagement in cross-domain research, including how design, regulation and technology can influence the way people use energy.

Jeremy is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society for the Arts. He is 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, and a past board member of the Technology Strategy Board. He is a trustee of the Institute for Sustainability and the Ove Arup Foundation. He was awarded a CBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to engineering.

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


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.


Mr N P Winser CBE FREng BSc  Nick Winser

Nick is the Executive Director, UK of National Grid plc and is also a Non Executive Director of Kier Group plc where he Chairs the Safety, Health and Environment Committee.  Nick was appointed as a Director of Way Ahead Support Services, a local charity for the disabled in Warwickshire, in 2011 and has also held the rank of Major in the Engineer and Logistics Staff Corps (RE) V, providing advice to HM Forces and the Ministry of Defence, since 2011.

Nick joined the Board of National Grid in 2003 as Group Director responsible for UK and US transmission operations, previously holding the position of Chief Operating Officer of US Transmission since 2001.  Nick joined National Grid in 1993 holding a number of managerial roles before become Director of Engineering in 2001.  Nick originally started his career with the state owned Central Electricity Generating Board in 1983 undertaking a variety of technical and engineering posts including working at Heysham and Hinckley Point B nuclear power stations before working on the privatisation of the UK electricity industry in 1989 and, subsequently, joining PowerGen as a commercial negotiator in 1991.

In 2013, Nick was elected as President of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity and Vice President and Trustee to the Institution of Engineering and Technology Board of Trustees.  He was elected as Chairman of CIGRE UK , the International Council of Large Electric Systems, in 2012 and Chairman of the Power Academy, an initiative set up to encourage people into engineering careers, in 2006.

Nick holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers and The Energy Institute.

Nick was born in the UK on 6 September 1960 and lives in Leamington Spa with his wife and three sons where, in his spare time, he enjoys cycling and reading and spending time with his family.




Ordinary Members

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE FREng PhD Peter Bonfield OBE FREng PhD

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 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).


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.


Miss A K Delahunty BE MMgtSc  Alice Delahunty BE MMgtSc

Alice graduated with a BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Master in Management Science from University College Dublin. She started her career in E.ON as an electrical test engineer before moving into R&D, focusing on low-carbon technologies.  Subsequently she joined the asset management arm of E.ON and was responsible for implementing a new maintenance strategy across the UK generation fleet.  Alice is now Engineering Manager for a newly commissioned 400MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant in Slovakia.

As an active member of the IET since 2004, Alice has made a significant contribution to promoting the Institution and engineering as a career, especially to students facing choices about their future.  In 2006 she was seconded to the IET to present the Faraday Lecture in schools around the UK, Ireland and Asia.  She has written for E&T magazine and helped to establish the IET Member News video service.  In 2007 Alice was named the winner of  the IET Young Woman Engineer (YWE) of the Year Award in 2007 and has sat on the adjudication panel in more recent years.  


Dr S D 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  Virginia Hodge CEng 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.