15 July 2015
The Editor-in-Chief of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s E&T magazine has become the Chair of the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME).
Dickon Ross is an award-winning journalist and becomes the first BSME Chair from the business and professional magazine sector since the position was held by the Editor of Autocar in 1981. The Chair is usually from the consumer magazine sector. Previous Chairs have included the editors of Radio Times, Cosmopolitan and Top Gear magazine.
Dickon said: “It is a great honour to become Chair of such a prestigious organisation. I am particularly proud to be the first business-to-business editor for such a long time to hold the post. I want to attract more members from business-to-business magazines and to build on the great work that the BSME does to celebrate editorial excellence.
“The IET provides a range of publications and information services and being elected to the position of BSME Chair is recognition of this award-winning publishing output and particularly reflects our magazine team.”
Dickon Ross has been a science and technology journalist for over 25 years in both consumer and trade magazines, ranging from the weekly Electronics Times to Focus magazine (now BBC Focus). He joined the IET in 2002, where he launched the Flipside magazine for young teenagers, which ran for nearly ten years up to 2014 and in that time was enjoyed by millions. He became Editor-in-Chief for the IET’s magazines in 2004. In 2008 he won BSME Editor of the Year (Business and Professional) for E&T and again in 2011, as well as 2011 Editor of the Year (Youth magazines) for Flipside.
The BSME is the UK’s only society for the country’s most prestigious magazine and website editors and its two annual awards ceremonies are the single most important dates for editors across the UK.
E&T magazine is the membership magazine for the IET, published 11 times a year in print and in tablet edition. The magazine website is at www.eandtmagazine.com and its jobs board at http://engineering-jobs.theiet.org/.