How we are governed

The Management Group Committee governs and sets the direction of the group.

Management Group Committee

Ian Joesbury - Chair

President, Meggitt Polymers and Composites

Ian has been a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the IMechE for 25 years, becoming a Fellow in 2011.

Having graduated in engineering from Imperial College, London in 1986 his early career spanned Automotive and Process Industries with Ford Motor Company and then Imperial Chemical Industries.

Following an MBA at Warwick Business School Ian returned to automotive with Lucas Aftermarket but soon moved onto Aerospace where he has spent the last 17 years.

During his career in Aerospace Ian has carried out a number of senior Operations and Programme roles within Lucas Aerospace, Smiths Aerospace and Meggitt plc. Having joined Meggitt initially to create the Operations Excellence group function and embed Strategic Sourcing into the business he is now President of Meggitt Polymers & Composites, a division with facilities in the UK and US and a broad customer base.

John Bullock - Vice Chair

Executive vice President, Global Fuels Retail, Royal Dutch Shell

Involved with the IMechE since a student at Coventry University and a Chartered Engineer since 1984, John became a Fellow in 2009.  Served an engineering apprenticeship at Jaguar Cars and was awarded a BSc Mech Eng at Coventry University, before completing a research-based MPhil whilst employed as a Research Engineer at BL Technology.  Joined Shell in 1981 as a Research Scientist but since 1989 has followed an international managerial career leading businesses in which technology plays an important, but not necessarily predominant, role.

John has held senior roles in sales and marketing, strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and supply chain in businesses with a global footprint. He has held Board roles in the UK and several other countries, particularly in Africa, Latin America and India. Chief interests include encouraging wider diversity in the engineering profession and encouraging more students in UK Universities into STEM courses.


Christopher Simpson - Immediate Past Chair

Managing Director, Simpson Associates

Christopher Simpson is Managing Director of Simpson Associates, an international engineering consultancy providing advice and support to companies in the UK, USA, Germany and other European countries on strategy, new product and process introduction, performance improvement, project management, acquisitions and other business development. 

He has held directorships with major manufacturing corporations in the UK and Germany and has wide experience of working in the USA and Europe.  He has in depth knowledge of Germany and is fluent in the language.  His specialist areas are advanced manufacturing and financial management.  He has a first degree in engineering and is a Sloan Fellow at the London Business School. 

Apart from his direct business activities, he is Chairman of the UK Manufacturing Excellence Awards (MX), a Member of the Board of MX Germany, Past Chairman and current Board Member of the Manufacturing Division and of the Management Group at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers and a Freeman of the City of London.

Rod Macdonald

Divisional Managing Director, Arlington Aerospace

Rod joined the IMechE as a student member in 1983 and eventually progressed to become a Fellow of the Institution 28 years later in 2011. 

Having graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1986, Rod started his engineering life as an R&D Engineer in high-speed packaging machinery and with a patent under his belt, moved into the project management field that then opened up global travel and a whole plethora of engineering issues in highly commercial roles for the next 8 years. 

Following an MBA in 1994, moved back into mainstream engineering and held a number of senior General Manager and Director level positions in pharmaceutical, process related industries and machine tools, with the emphasis being on capital goods design and supply.

Rod moved to Arlington Aerospace, a division of Arlington Industries Group Ltd, in mid-2014 as divisional Managing Director with the remit of consolidating the recent acquisitions and strategically building the division through growth and further acquisition to ensure that they are the supplier of choice for all aircraft tooling, jigs and parts supply to enable the leading global aerospace corporations to meet their targets.

Rod has throughout his career been passionately involved within manufacturing, driving innovation in highly complex solution environments that require sound engineering insight coupled with a high degree of commercial realism. 

Michael O’Sullivan

J P Kenny Regional Manager – North Sea, Wood Group

Michael O’Sullivan, CEng FIMechE, graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin in 1988 and a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1993.  He also holds a Bachelor of Law degree from National University of Ireland, Galway.

Since 1993 he has worked in the offshore oil and gas industry, initially as a software engineer developing finite element analysis tools for offshore structures.  Since then he has held a range of Senior Management positions in Ireland, Norway and the UK and is currently North Sea Regional Manager for Wood Group Kenny in Aberdeen.  He is an acknowledged expert in unbonded flexible pipe technology, having led industry initiatives to develop the standards for their design and manufacture.  

Dr Colin Brown CEng FIMechE FIMMM

Director of Engineering - Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Colin Brown joined Rolls-Royce in 1980 after completing his first degree and PhD at Cambridge.  His research topic was fatigue crack growth in titanium alloys.  He worked in Derby for five years on life assessment techniques for turbine and compressor discs, steel bearings and latterly nuclear power plant.  He qualified as a Chartered Engineer through the Institute of Metals in 1983

In 1985 he joined BP and took the first steps on a journey that would take him around the world and transform him from a technical specialist into a business generalist.  Always keeping a strong link with engineering and manufacturing he has worked in four continents in businesses linked to composite materials, dynamic seals, metal refining and ultrasonic inspection.  He also had a spell running the T&N Research Centre at Cawston subsequent to its acquisition by Federal Mogul.

In May 2005 he joined the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to support their work in tackling the key issues of this and subsequent generations.  He has a strong belief in the ability of engineers to add value and to improve living standards especially through sharing best practice and by displaying professional competence.

Chris Barbary

Business Development Manager - Jacobs Engineering

Carol Burke

Managing Director, Unipart Manufacturing Group