Meet the volunteers

Volunteers are the powerhouse of the IET – leading, sharing, discussing, presenting, steering, assessing, editing and being ambassadors to deliver our vision and mission all around the world.

Volunteer roles at the IET come in an array of shapes and sizes – from being a member of a board or committee to helping out at local events, and from influencing policy to assisting members on their way to becoming professionally registered, and inspiring the next generation of engineers. You can meet some of our volunteers by browsing through their case studies below.

You may also be interested in looking at case studies from our members across the different membership and registration categories, or our 'one-team' working case studies showcasing how IET volunteers and staff are working together to achieve the Institution's goals.


Case studies - spotlight


Derrick Willer

On 14 June 2018, IET Schools Liaison Officer Derrick Willer received an MBE (Member of the British Empire) award at Buckingham Palace, London, for services to education. We spoke to him to find out more.

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(From left) son Mark, wife Zary, Derrick with his award, daughter Elizabeth and her partner, Myles

Video case studies

Tom Hlaing

Tom shares how his volunteering has enabled him to see how the Institution is run at both a local and international level, and gives an insight into his journey from student to IET Honorary Treasurer.


Virginia Hodge

Past IET trustee Virginia Hodge's new animated video case study highlights how volunteering for the IET has shaped her own career, having given her the chance to network, hone new skills and gain experience in different roles.

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Case studies

Dr John Tan  

Dr John Tan

Find out what motivates John to volunteer for the IET, and how he supports others to succeed.

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Mike Hadfield

Mike Hadfield has been volunteering for the IET since 2010. We spoke to him, to find out what it involves and what he gets out of it.

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Yew Kee Lim

Yew-Kee Lim is based in Malaysia and works as an engineering consultant in the area of manufacturing. He is a committee member of the IET Manufacturing Network, but many of his volunteering activities go beyond the scope of this role. Here we will highlight how he became involved in volunteering, how he is benefiting from his involvement, his thoughts on volunteering, and some of his recent activities.

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Jeffrey Utley

Jeffrey, one of the West Yorkshire Network volunteers, has recently been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to engineering in Yorkshire. Find out what makes Jeff tick, what engineering means to him and what advice he’d give to young people coming into engineering.

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Stephen Powley

Stephen and his volunteer colleagues designed an electronics activity for a Scouts’ and Guides’ jamboree that is now being turned into a resource pack that can be rolled-out UK-wide.



Cameron Steel

Cameron Steel is an active IET member who recently volunteered for the Savoy Place Benefits Project team.



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Amy Longo

Italian expat Amy Longo heads up the IET Surrey Local Network (LN), where, as chair, she’s involved in planning future events, directing committees, communicating with IET staff and public speaking.



Peter Bannister

Peter Bannister

“I derive a considerable amount of pride from being able to represent the IET through my role as chair of the HTN committee; it is consistent with my overall aim to excel in all aspects of my career as a healthcare engineering professional. I get a lot of satisfaction and also tangible benefits from being involved in this committee and I truly believe it’s a great thing to be part of.”



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Tom Hlaing

As an IET volunteer, Tom’s made a difference to how the organisation is run at both a local and international level and has had the opportunity to get involved with managerial and structural changes.


Past case studies

Catch up with some of our past volunteers to find out more about why they volunteer for the IET