News from the Sector team

19 April 2012

2012 started well as the permanent Sector Committees were established with a mix of IET staff and volunteers from industry and academia.

Early 2012 was dedicated to increasing the sectors’ profile; building key partnerships and engaging with the global engineering community.

With the Olympics coming up soon, one of the key partnerships established was with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) where opportunities to work closer together especially during the event and on UKTI British Business Embassy days were agreed by both parties.

Good progress has been made on activities, developing partnerships and new initiatives. Here are some of the highlights:

Built Environment

As part of the ODA Learning Legacy Programme, the Built Environment Sector in partnership with the BETNET community delivered four activities between January and March covering technology for the Olympic park; lighting the games; utilities for the Olympic park – green venues; environmental management of the park. The full spectrum of Olympic Learning Legacy events are available online.

Sector partnership with the CIBSE Lighting Group and the CIBSE CHP District Heating Group strengthened. The Sector also organised an event on five new Lift and Escalator standards at IET London: Savoy Place in March working with CIBSE.

Another new initiative in development is the IBM partnership; IBM will represent IET interests in the Smart City engineering challenges with a proposed conference in 2013 working with IET China.

Lastly, the Built Environment Sector was present at Ecobuild 2012 in Excel London promoting IET products and services related to the sector.  Other activities included panel discussions on skill shortages; knowledge sharing between professional Institutions (partner CIBSE); and new proposals for the Wiring Regulations.

There were also four technical seminars which the IET contributed toward putting together the programme covering energy and innovation in buildings; energy efficiency; smarter supply and smart technology for homes.  

In addition, five industry Interviews with various CTO’s and Directors of industry key players and with students from Leigh Academy giving feedback on a pilot competition for schools in Environmental Design.


 Design and Production

Morgan David has been appointed as the new Chair of the Design and Production Committee. Morgan is from Sony Europe and is joined by seven recent appointees to the Committee from both industry and academia.

The sector has formed strategic partnerships with organisations such as GAMBICA, the Design Council, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (the Project Director, John Baragwanath is joining the Sector Committee), and the Lead Technologist for Manufacturing at the TSB and by extension the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult. It is also looking to develop key partnerships with the Institute for Manufacturing and other Sector related organisations.

Collaborations with trade associations, industry and the Government on ESCO (Electronic Systems – Challenges and Opportunities) have progressed and in particular, the Sector is contributing to the work stream on supply chain for the UK electronics systems industry.

The Sector will be hosting an evening lecture and drinks reception on ‘Enhancing the supply chain for growth’ on 30 May 2012 at Cranfield University following the National Manufacturing Debate, which is also supported by the Sector.

Design and Production supported and attended two key manufacturing conferences; Automated Britain and the Manufacturing Summit 2012. It has been agreed that the IET will host the Manufacturing Summit in 2013.  



New members have been recruited for the Executive Committee; Davy Thielens, PA Consulting and Paul Hopewell, Rolls Royce joining others from industry and academia.

The sector made good progress with the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) looking at opportunities on how both parties can work closer together. Steve Perry is now on the National Power Electronics Forum having joined a meeting in Coventry to discuss potential joint ventures.

The Sector represented the IET at the Flexible Plug and Play Project with a UKPN meeting to progress partnership initiatives.  Other key conferences the Energy Sector attended to raise its profile included the Midlands Engineering Conference and the PEMD Conference.

The membership team is leading on a LinkedIn campaign targeting engineering professionals with an interest in energy. This is a pilot campaign with the aim of presenting Energy Sector content to professionals to promote the IET and grow engagement.


 Information and Communications

The sector collaborated with the Built Environment Sector on one of the ODA Technology for the Olympic park events, as part of the official Olympics Learning Legacy programme.

The Sector has agreed to support and sponsor the EPSRC competition ICT Pioneers, following successful engagement in 2011. Seminars at Mobile World Congress and the Digital London Tradeshow were jointly delivered with UKTI and ICT KTN, based on papers from the publication “Delivering London 2012: ICT Enabling the Games”.

Members of the RTS local group were invited to the Midlands Engineering Dinner with a view to build relationships and collaborate on projects. The Sector also met with the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals to explore collaboration between both institutions.



Various meetings were held with organisations such as with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Transport KTN to discuss collaborative working on intelligent mobility and the Olympics; a programme of activity on transport systems strategy was developed.

The sector attended the AAD KTN event on Challenges in the Marine Sector meeting representatives of the TSB, Southampton University Marine Institute and the Treasurer of IMarEST and was also present at the Midlands Engineering Dinner to raise awareness of Sector. The Transport and Energy Sectors collaborated at PEMD 2012 to raise the profile of Sectors and IET engagement with low carbon projects such as Greenpower and TTXGP.

Following the electric vehicles lecture series of 2011, these lectures are continuing throughout 2012 with the first Electric Vehicles - from power station to wheel in Newcastle on 2 May. Planning has also commenced for lectures on electric vehicles to be held in Ireland and France and presenting at the latter are representatives from EDF, Cenex and Avere present.


Steve Perry says, “I am delighted with the progress made this year, though there is a lot of work to do to develop sectors further. However, I am confident that with the permanent sector teams in place; a mix of staff and volunteers from industry and academia, the sectors will deliver on activity to raise the profile of the IET”.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of these Sector activities, please feel free to contact Steve Perry.




Head of sector

Built EnvironmentCameron Steel
Director , BK Design
Bruce McLelland
Design and ProductionMorgan David
Divisional Director, R&D, Sony Europe Ltd
Gareth Turpin
EnergyDr. Phill Cartwright
Strategy Director, Laing O’Rourke
Cigil Tisdale
Information and CommunicationsProf. Will Stewart
Professor at UCL and Southampton
Simon Yarwood
TransportPeter Sheppard
Chief Engineer, Bombardier
Paula-Marie Brown
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