Stephen TetlowStephen Tetlow MBE

Chief Executive

CEng FIMechE

Stephen is the Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution.

He began his career as an engineering apprentice with Smiths Industries Ltd working as a design engineer in the motor and aerospace divisions. He moved on to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) running engineering and logistics operations around the world on vehicle fleets, communications, aircraft and weapon systems. He also ran an international Defence team of engineers and scientists to lead NATO’s agenda for scientific research. After a spell as Director of Operations at the Defence Logistic Organisation, he became the head of REME and Director of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering for the British Army.

On leaving the Defence Sector, he became Chief Executive of the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA), responsible for national licensing and testing of commercial vehicles, as well as running the British MoT Scheme. At VOSA, he campaigned to transform its customer services, winning national awards for Business-to-Business services and a Government Award for Operational Delivery.

Stephen holds an MSc, an MBA and an honorary Doctorate in Engineering. He is also a Non Executive Director of Engineering UK and has been a leading campaigner to encourage young people into exciting careers in engineering.

He lives in Devon in a highly unusual eco-house on a County Wildlife Site and led an expedition to South Georgia across the Southern Ocean to retrace Shackleton’s famous Antarctic rescue.


Stephen’s top three

Favourite engineering innovation: Whisky still.
Person I most admire: Brunel.
Greatest challenge facing engineering: Nuclear fusion.

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