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Dame Judith Hackitt receives prestigious engineering accolade

15 November 2018


Esteemed chemical engineer, Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng has been rewarded for her outstanding contribution to the engineering profession, with an Honorary Fellowship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Dame Judith was appointed as Chair of EEF in April 2016 and has held previous roles as Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (2007-2016) and served as a Commissioner (2002-2005).

Dame Judith is a chemical engineer and graduated from Imperial College in 1975. She worked in the chemicals manufacturing industry for 23 years before joining the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) in 1998.
She led the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety commissioned by the Government following the Grenfell Tower fire and is now Chairing the steering group which will hold industry to account for delivery of the required culture change.
On receiving her Honorary Fellowship, Dame Judith said: “I feel very privileged to receive this Honorary Fellowship from the IET. I strongly support the work the IET is doing to change perceptions of engineering in today’s world and look forward to being engaged with this work.”

Mike Carr, IET President, said: “I am delighted that we are able to mark the outstanding achievements of Dame Judith Hackitt, with one of the IET’s highest honours, Honorary Fellowship. She is a highly distinguished engineer and has made a significant contribution to the industry as well as her impact on advancing the health and safety of the engineering profession.”

Dame Judith was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2010 and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees. Dame Judith is also a Fellow of IChemE and served as President in 2013/14.
She is also Chair of SEMTA and a senior Non Exec Director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.


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Detailed biography for Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng

Dame Judith Hackitt was appointed as Chair of EEF, in April 2016. She is currently the Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which was commissioned by the Government following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Dame Judith was Chair of the Health and Safety Executive from October 2007 to March 2016. She previously served as a Commissioner between 2002 and 2005. She was made a Dame in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to health and safety and engineering in particular for being a role model for young women. She was awarded a CBE in 2006.

Dame Judith is a chemical engineer and graduated from Imperial College in 1975. She worked in the chemicals manufacturing industry for 23 years before joining the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) in 1998. She became Director General of CIA (from 2002-2005) and then worked in Brussels for the European Chemical Industry Association (CEFIC).

She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2010 and currently chairs its External Affairs Committee. Dame Judith is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a member of Council. She was President of the IChemE in 2013/14.

Dame Judith is also a senior non-executive director and trustee of the Energy Saving Trust, a non-Exec director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and a trustee of the City & Guilds Group.


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