HONORARY FELLOWS 2001 - to date

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2001-Trevor O Jones

Trevor O Jones was born in 1932 in Maidstone, Kent.  He was trained in electrical engineering at Aston Technical College, Birmingham, leaving in 1952 to attend Liverpool Technical College for training in mechanical engineering.

In 1958 he moved to the USA to work for General Motors. Until 1970 he was involved with the Delco Electronics division, working, amongst other things, on the bombing navigational system for the B52 bombers and the Apollo lunar and command module computers, before moving into the automotive field, where, from 1974 until 1978, he was Director of General Motors Proving Grounds.

In 1978 he joined TRW, Inc. as Vice President, Engineering, and in 1979 he formed TRW’s Transportation Electronics Group, becoming Group Vice President and General Manager. In 1987 he was elected Chairman of the Board of the Libby-Owens-Ford Company (LOF), becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 1993. He remained on the Board of LOF until 1997. In 1998 he founded BIOMEC, Inc to develop and market engineered biomedical devices and systems, and he was Chairman until the company was acquired by Greatbatch, Inc, in 2007. Since 2007 he has been chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ElectroSonics Medical, Inc., a company of which he was co-founder.

In 1982 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, in 2008 becoming a member of its Einstein Society. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the Institution of Engineering and Technology), having received their Hooper Memorial Prize in 1950. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Engineering Society of Detroit, as well as a life member of the Cleveland Engineering Society. He was Vice-Chairman of the National Motor Vehicle Safety Advisory Council, and recipient of the US Department of Transportation for Safety Award for Engineering Excellence in 1978. He was Chairman Emeritus of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, and of the Convergence Education Foundation. He was Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University, from which he has an honorary Doctor of Science degree.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2001 was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

He lives with his wife, Jennie, in Bratenahi, Ohio, and Naples, Florida.

2002-Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn was born on 23 November 1954 in Manchester.  He attended Reading School in Berkshire. In the early 1970s he became a trainee engineer working on instrumentation with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell in Oxfordshire.

In 1976 he was taken on by March Engineering, a motorsport engineering firm in Bicester.  He initially operated a milling machine, but quickly moved to become a mechanic on their Formula 3 racing team. In 1978 he moved as a machinist to the Williams Formula 1 racing team, progressing quickly to work on research and development and as an aerodynamicist.

From Williams he moved to the Haas Lola and Arrows F1 racing teams, and then in 1989 he was taken on by Jaguar to bring his F1 experience to their sports racing division. Here he was instrumental in the design of the Jaguar XJR-14 cars, which won the 1991 World Sportscar Championship. Later in 1991 he returned to F1 as Technical Director of the Benetton racing team, which won the World Driver’s Championship in 1994 (with Michael Schumacher) and both the Driver’s Championship (again with Michael Schumacher) and the World Constructor’s Championship in 1995.

In 1996 he moved to the Ferrari F1 team, making Ferrari once again a serious challenger to the superior Williams and McLaren cars in 1997 and 1998. In 1999 Ferrari won the World Constructor’s Championship, the first of six consecutive wins, also winning the World Driver’s Championship five times in succession, from 2000 to 2004.

In 2005 and 2006 Ferrari lost form, and in 2007 Brawn moved to become Team Principal with the British-based Honda F1 team. However, with the withdrawal of Honda from F1 racing towards the end of 2008 he was left with a potentially race-winning car, but no racing team, and in March 2009 he completed a buy-out of the Honda F1 team, entering the new Brawn GP racing team into the 2009 World Championship. Retaining the former Honda drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, he sourced engines from Mercedes-Benz, and during the first season managed to get sponsorship from Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson and the brokers MIG Investments. This proved to be a successful combination, and Brawn GP won the 2009 Constructor’s Championship, and Jensen Button won the Driver’s Championship. The Brawn GP team was bought by Mercedes-Benz at the end of 2009, although he remains as Team Principal.  Brawn was cited as the reason that Michael Schumacher decided to return to F1 racing with the Mercedes team in 2010.  In the same year he was appointed CBE.

Among other honours, Brawn received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Brunel University in 2006.  He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2002.

2002-Malcolm Brinded

Malcolm Brinded was born on 18 March 1953 in the UK.  He graduated from Cambridge University in 1974 with an engineering degree.

In the same year that he graduated, 1974, he joined Shell.  He worked for them in The Hague initially, and subsequently worked for Shell group companies in Brunei, Oman, the Netherlands, and in the UK. After a long, varied, and successful career with Shell companies he became Managing Director of Shell UK Exploration  and Production in 1998.  This made him responsible for more than 20 per cent of the UK’s total offshore oil and gas production business. The following year, in 1999, he was made Shell Country Chairman in the UK, a position that he was to hold until 2002, when he was made a Managing Director of Royal Dutch Shell. After two years in this position, in 2004, he was made managing Director of Shell Transport, and later in 2004 he became, upon its formation, Executive Director and Board Member of Royal Dutch Shell plc, with responsibility for exploration and production, a position he retains.

He is also the Executive Director for Upstream International, a leading supplier of professional oilfield consultants to the oil industry, based in Texas.  In this role he has responsibility, among other things, for exploration, new business, and sustainable development, in Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, the Middle East, Nigeria, North Africa, and the UK. Late in 2010 he was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail.

He was created CBE in 2002 for services to the UK oil and gas industry. He is Chairman of the Shell Foundation, a global charity established by Shell in 2000 to identify and develop sustainable solutions to global challenges linked to the impact of energy usage. He is a member of the Nigerian President’s Honorary International Investor Council, and a Trustee of the Emirates Foundation and of the International Business Leaders Forum. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2002.

He and his wife, Carola, have three sons.

2003-David John Sainsbury, Lord Sainsbury of Turville

David John Sainsbury was born on 24 October 1940.  He is the son of Sir Robert Sainsbury, and the great grandson of John James Sainsbury and Mary Ann Staples, who in 1869 established the grocer’s shop at 173 Drury Lane which was to become the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s. He was educated at Eton College, and graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, with a degree in history and psychology. He also has an MBA from Columbia University, New York.

He joined J Sainsbury Ltd in 1963, becoming a director in 1966, and he was Financial Controller from 1971 until the company’s flotation in 1973, when he became Finance Director. He was Chairman of Savacentre, the hypermarket business, from 1984 to 1993, and he was Deputy Chairman of J Sainsbury plc from 1988 to 1992, when he succeeded his cousin, John Davan Sainsbury, as Chairman and Chief Executive. He gave up the position of Chief Executive Officer in 1996, becoming Non-Executive Chairman, retiring from this position in 1998 to pursue a political career.

He had been a member of the Labour party from the 1960s, and was a major financial supporter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) from its formation in the 1980s, remaining a trustee until 1990. Returning to support of the Labour Party following the SDP’s failure to make any significant headway, he was a major donor to the party throughout the 1990s and 2000s. He has been closely associated with the left-leaning Institute for Public Policy Research and Progress (IPPR). From 1998 until 2006 he held the position of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry, with responsibility for science and innovation, in the House of Lords. In 2006 he resigned from this position, stating that he wanted to focus on business and charity work. He continued to be a supporter of the Labour party, donating a further £2million in 2007, saying that he believed “that Labour is the only party which is committed to delivering both social justice and economic prosperity”. In 2009 he created, through the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Institute for Government, established to enable government and opposition politicians to prepare for political transition and government.

He had founded the Gatsby Charitable Foundation in 1967, and in 1993 he donated £200 million of his Sainsbury’s shares to its assets. He allocated a further £465 million to the foundation in 2009, making him the first British donor of more than £1 billion to charity. The Foundation has given more than £660 million to a range of causes. In 1987 he established the Sainsbury Management Fellowship scheme to develop UK engineers into industrial leaders.

He was created Baron Sainsbury of Turville, in the County of Buckinghamshire, in 1997, the same year in which he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cambridge. In 2003 he was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the same year in which he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.
He is married to Suzi, a former teacher, and they have three daughters. He lives in Turville Park, in Buckinghamshire.

2003-Professor Sir Alec Nigel Broers

Alec Nigel Broers was born on 17 September 1938 in Calcutta.  He attended Geelong Grammar School in Australia, going on to gain a degree in physics from Melbourne University in 1959. In 1962 he was awarded a masters degree in electrical sciences at Cambridge University, going on to gain his PhD there in 1965.

He began a 19-year career with IBM in 1965 as a researcher at the Thomas J Watson Research Centre in New York.  He also worked at the East Fishkill Development Laboratory, and at Corporate Headquarters.  He became an IBM Fellow in 1977 and served on the Corporate Technical Committee.

He returned to Cambridge in 1984 to become Professor of Electrical Engineering and a Fellow of Trinity College (1985–90), where he set up a nano-fabrication laboratory to develop the technology of miniaturization to the atomic scale.  In 1990 he became Master of Churchill College, Cambridge, and occupied this position until 1996. He was appointed Head of Cambridge University Engineering Department in 1993, and in 1996 was made Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, a position he held until 2003.

In 1998 he founded the Cambridge Network, a body established to link like- minded people from business and academia to each other and to the global high technology community.  Since 2008 he has been Chairman of the Board of Diamond Light Source, the national synchrotron facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.  This opened in 2007 and is the UKs largest new scientific facility for thirty years.

He was knighted in 1998, and was created Baron Broers of Cambridge, in the County of Cambridgeshire, in 2004. He was President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2001 to 2006, and since 2004 has been Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. In 2005 he presented the Reith Lectures for the BBC.

He has received many awards and honours, including the American Institute of Physics Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics (1982), the Cledo Brunetti Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (1985), and the Prince Philip Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2000). He has honorary degrees from, amongst others, the universities of Cambridge, Warwick, Glasgow, Greenwich, Melbourne, Durham, and Sheffield. He is a Fellow of Imperial College London, and an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius, Trinity, and St Edmund’s Colleges, Cambridge, of Cardiff University, and of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is a Foreign Associate of the American National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Petroleum, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now IET), and in 2004 was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

In 1964 he married Mary Therese Phelan, and they have one daughter and two sons.

2004-Professor Dr Ing Lu Yongxiang

Lu Yongxiang was born on 28 April 1942 in Cixi, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China.  He studied mechanical engineering at Zhejiang University, graduating in 1964 and becoming a lecturer in the mechanical engineering department. In 1979 he moved to Germany to study at the Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule, Aachen, as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow.  He obtained his doctorate here in 1981.

He returned to Zheijiang University in 1981, resuming his position as a lecturer there. He was soon promoted to Associate Professor and was Research Group Leader of the Laboratory of Fluid Power Transmission and Control. In 1983 he became a Professor and the Director of the Institute of Fluid Power Transmission and Control. From 1985 to 1987 he was Vice-President of Zheijiang University, and President from 1988 to 1995. He is also a Professor at Tsinghua University.

From 1986 to 1996 he was Vice-President of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology. He was Chairman of the Higher Education Consultative Committee of the State Education Commission from 1990 to 1994, and in 1995 became Director-General of the Chinese Society for the History of Science and Technology. He was assigned Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in November 1993, and was Executive Vice-President from 1994 to 1997. He has been Executive Chairman of the Presidential Committee of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and also President, since 1997. Between 1998 and 2006 he was Vice-President of the Third World Academy of Sciences, and since 2001 he has been Director-General of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society.

He has received many international honours and awards, including the Rudolf-Diesel Medal (1997), the Alexander von Humboldt Medal (1998), the Werner Heisenberg Medal (2001), and the Abdus Salam Medal and the Harnack Medal (2006). He holds the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is an Academician of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and is a Foreign Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences, and the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Sciences, and in 2004 was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

2004-Sir Charles Masefield

Charles Masefield was born on 7 January 1940 in Surrey.  He was the son of Sir Peter Masefield and his wife, Lady Patricia. He was educated at Eastbourne College and at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he obtained his Master’s degree.

He began his career as a test pilot and sales executive for Beagle Aircraft Ltd in 1964, remaining with the company until 1970 when he moved to Hawker Siddeley Aviation as a test pilot, flying Nimrods, Victors, and Vulcan bombers. From 1976 to 1980 he was first Deputy Chief, and then Chief Test Pilot for British Aerospace in Manchester, becoming Project Director in 1980–81, Production Director at Chadderton from 1981 to 1984, and General Manager at Manchester from 1984 to 1986. From 1986 to 1990 he was Managing Director of British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Ltd, and from 1990 to 1993 was President of the company.

In 1993 and 1994 he was Senior Vice President (Commercial) of Airbus Industries in Toulouse, with responsibility for all Airbus Marketing, Contracts, and Sales Finance. In 1994 he was appointed by John Major, then Prime Minister, as the head of the Defence Export Services Organization of the Ministry of Defence, responsible on behalf of the British Government for interfacing with rulers and heads of government from around the world. Moving from this role, he became Vice Chairman of GEC plc in 1998–99, and then Group Marketing Director (2001–02), Vice Chairman (2002) and finally President of BAE Systems (2003–07).

He was also Chairman of Microsulis Medical Ltd from 2003 to 2007, and he has been Chairman of Helvetica Wealth Management since 2004. He was a member of the Board of Bank Piguet Geneva from 2003 to 2005, and he has been a Member of the Qatar Foundation since 2003. He is a former European Chairman of Transatlantic Business Development, a body which seeks to maximize transatlantic trade.

Throughout his life he has been a very enthusiastic pilot, and he has a number of achievements in this area. He is the holder, since 1964, of the London–New York record for bi-planes (flying a 1935 De Havilland Dragonfly); he was the winner of the 1967 King’s Cup Air Race, flying a P51-D Mustang; and he was the 1968 British Air Racing Champion. He was knighted in 1997. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and was their President in 1994–95. A Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 1986, he was elected to Honorary Fellowship in 2005.

He and his wife, Fiona Anne, married in 1970, and they have two sons.

2004 - Sir John Rose

John Rose was born in Blantyre, Malawi.  He gained his Master’s degree in psychology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 1975. Initially he worked in the banking industry, with the First National Bank of Chicago and Security Pacific. 

He made the move to Rolls-Royce in 1984, at a time when it was still a state-owned company in difficulties. He held a number of management roles, becoming Director of Corporate Development in 1989, serving in this role for five years. In 1993 he was made President and Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Inc, with responsibility for Rolls-Royce activities in North America. At the beginning of 1995 he became Managing Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace Group, and was finally made Chief Executive of the Company in 1996, four years after joining the Board of Directors. He announced his decision to retire from Rolls-Royce in September 2010, leaving the Company in the spring of 2011.

He was knighted in 2003 and is a recipient of the Singapore Public Service Star, as well as being a Commander of the French Legion of Honour (2008).

In 2010 he was awarded an honorary degree in engineering by the University of Exeter. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and he is a Past-President of the European Association of Aerospace Industries (AECMA), as well as being a Past-President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies. He was Chairman of the Prince’s Trust, serving also on the Council of that body.  Additionally, he is a member of the JP Morgan International Council, the Confederation of British Industry’s International Advisory Board, and the Advisory Council of the Economic Development Board of Singapore. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Englefield Capital, an investment group, and on the European Round Table of Industrialists, an informal forum bringing together around 45 chief executives and chairmen of major multinational companies of European origin, to advocate policies which help improve the prospects for European growth and jobs

He is married, and has three children.

2005-Sir Digby Marritt Jones

Digby Marritt Jones was born on 28 October 1955 in Alvechurch, Birmingham.  He attended Alvechurch Primary School, from which he won a scholarship at age eleven to Bromsgrove School. On leaving Bromsgrove School in 1974 he was awarded a University Cadetship in the Royal Navy, going to University College London where he gained an honours degree in law.

After graduating he took articles with the Birmingham law firm Edge and Elliston, becoming a solicitor there in 1980. He became a partner in the firm in 1984, working in corporate finance and client development. He was responsible for the expansion of the firm into London and also into many European countries and the USA. He was made Deputy Senior Partner in the firm in 1990, becoming Senior Partner in 1995. He left Edge and Elliston in 1998 to become Vice Chairman of Corporate Finance for KPMG. In January 2000 he became Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).  During his six years in this role he was responsible for expanding the organization overseas, opening offices in Washington DC and in Beijing.

After leaving the CBI in 2006 he held a number of senior corporate positions, including Senior Advisor at Deloitte, at Barclays Capital, and at JCB, Corporate and Government Affairs Advisor to Ford of Europe.  He was also Special Advisor to His Royal Highness the Duke of York.

In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment, and was made a Life Peer, taking the title Lord Jones of Birmingham. He left the Government towards the end of 2008, remaining an active Cross-Bencher in the House of Lords. He also serves as Chairman of the International Business Advisory Board of HSBC, is Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, and is Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar Cars and for JCB.

He was joint Founder of Enterprise Insight, now the Make Your Mark Organization, and he was a Commissioner for Racial Equality from 2001 to 2007. He has served in many important roles, including as an Ambassador for Investors in People from 2004 to 2007, during which time he was also President of the Diversity Works Initiative of SCOPE. Between 2005 and 2007 he was Deputy President of the Institute of Export, and President of the Friends of the British Library.

He is a fellow of University College London, and an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University.  He has honorary degrees from many universities, including Birmingham, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Aston, Hull, Warwick, Bradford, Loughborough, Nottingham, and UMIST. He is a Corporate Ambassador for Cancer Research UK, and a Fellow of UNICEF. He was knighted in 2005, and he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the same year.

He and his wife, Patricia, live in Marylebone, Warwickshire.

2006-Brian Kent

Brian Kent was born in Hyde, in Cheshire, in 1931.  He was educated at Hyde Grammar School, and left after achieving his Higher School Certificates.  He applied to take the Civil Service Examination, leading to a possible engineering apprenticeship at the ‘Atomic City’ at ERE Harwell.  Instead, in 1949 Kent entered the full time Mechanical Engineering course at Salford Technical College for an External Honours Degree from London University.   He graduated in 1952 with a 2:1 Hons Degree, and the Board of Governors Prize in Mechanical Engineering.

At the age of 21 he joined Mather & Platt Ltd in Manchester as a graduate apprentice.  He also lectured in the evenings at Salford, in both Mathematics and Strength of Materials. 

Between June 1948 and March 1958, five international tours for young people took place.  They were sponsored by the South African Aid to Britain fund, and were to provide tours for young people who had been deprived of overseas travel in the United Kingdom because of the Second World War.  As Senior Apprentice, Kent was selected to compete for a place, and spent six weeks touring selected islands of the West Indies and British Guyana on the mainland of South American.

From 1954 to 1957, Kent served in the Royal Navy, initially as part of his National Service requirement.  After a year he joined the electrical training staff for the Electrical Research Association.

On his return to civilian life, he rejoined Mather & Platt as a service engineer in the rotating machinery division, involved in the commissioning of high speed centrifugal pumps and motors in the many Central Electricity Generating Board power stations then under construction.  His role also involved trouble-shooting on breakdowns, and Kent was involved following the Windscale major gas leak in 1958.

Kent left Mather & Platt in 1964, and began working for Morganite Carbon, where he remained for five years.  During this time he was selected to engage in a CPD experience, and was sent to study at IMEDE, the Nestle funded business school at Lausanne, Switzerland, to be trained in international marketing. 

From 1969 to 1978, Kent worked for Alfa Laval Ltd., a British subsidiary of the Swedish multinational, as Managing Director. 

Between 1978 and 1994, Kent took on the restructuring of Staveley Industries.  This was an old company, a conglomerate of British heavy mechanical engineering industries, which was restructured into an international company with interests in light engineering such as weighing and non-destructive testing.

Kent was President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1994.

2006-Sir Michael Antony Claes Moore

Michael Antony Claes Moore was born on 6 January 1942.  He was the son of Lieutenant A D W Moore RN and Ebba Agneta née Wachtmeister. He was educated at Wellington College, and on leaving there in 1960, he joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman.  He attended Royal Naval College Dartmouth, where he was awarded a Queen’s Telescope.

He was appointed Flag Lieutenant to the Commander Far East Fleet in Singapore in 1966, and was subsequently given command of the Bahrain-based minesweeper HMS Beachampton. Following completion of the Royal Navy Staff Course he was appointed First Lieutenant of the frigates HMS Brighton and HMS Plymouth. In 1975 he was promoted to Commander, taking charge of the Tribal Class frigate HMS Tartar until 1978, when he was moved to the Directorate of Naval Operations and Trade in the Ministry of Defence. In 1980 he became the Executive Officer of the Royal Yacht, HMY Britannia, subsequently being appointed Lieutenant of the Victoria Order. On promotion to Captain he became Naval Assistant to the Chief of Fleet Support, and was later given command of the Leander Class frigate HMS Andromeda and the 8th Frigate Squadron. In 1986 he was given responsibility for maritime operations on the staff of Commander-in-Chief Fleet, before returning to the Ministry of Defence as Director of Naval Warfare. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1990 when he took up the NATO appointment of Maritime Advisor to The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, in Belgium.  In January 1994 he was promoted to Vice Admiral, again being given a NATO appointment as the Chief of Staff to Commander Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe, in Italy

He was appointed Director General of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in October 1998. He skilfully led the Institution during a period of rapid change, overseeing the changes made to its governance in 2001, and culminating in the successful modernization of its decision-making process. He was a tireless ambassador for the Institution both in the UK and around the world, and worked closely with the other engineering institutions to promote the status of the engineering profession in general.

He is a qualified interpreter in Swedish/English, and an Honorary Fellow of the Swedish Institute of Military Sciences. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, Chairman of the Forces’ Pension Society, and a Trustee of the Maudsley Scholarship Foundation. He was knighted in 1997, and was appointed to the United States Legion of Merit the same year. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2006.

He is married to Penelope, née Lawson, and they have one son and three daughters. They live in Portchester, Hampshire.

2008 - Anthony Firzhardinge Gueterbock, Lord Tony Berkeley

Anthony Firzhardinge Gueterbock was born on 20 September 1939.  He is the only son of Brigadier Ernest Adolphus Leopold Gueterbock and the Honourable Cynthia Ella Foley. He attended Eton College, going on to Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a Master’s degree.

He began his career in 1961, working in engineering, construction, and planning for Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners, an engineering consultancy based in Westminster. He remained there until 1967 when he moved to a position with George Wimpey plc, where he was involved in construction and planning, and in business development.

He stayed with Wimpeys until 1985, when he was appointed Public Affairs Manager of Eurotunnel plc, a post he held until 1995. From 1993 to 1999 he was Chairman of the newly-formed Piggyback Consortium, an organization formed with the aim of securing an increase in the railway loading gauge so that four-metre high semi-trailers could be carried by train at least between the Channel Tunnel and Scotland. In 1996 he joined Rail Freight Group Ltd, a body with over 150 members which promotes cost effective rail freight. Between 1995 and 2001 he was an adviser to ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation (later DaimlerChrysler Rail Systems), known under its brand Adtranz, a multi-national rail transport equipment manufacturer with facilities in Europe and the USA. He has been a Board Member of the European Rail Freight Association since 2007, and President since 2009. He has been a harbour commissioner for the Port of Fowey in Cornwall since 2007.

He succeeded his aunt, Mary Lallé Foley Berkeley, to become Eighteenth Baron Berkeley in 1992, and he was created Baron Gueterbock, of Cranford, in the London Borough of Hillingdon in 2000. He sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords, was Labour Whip and spokesman on transport in 1996 and 1997, a Member of the European Select Committee in 1998 and 1999, and is secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group

He was made OBE in 1989, and he has an honorary DSc from the University of Brighton. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2008.

He married Diana Christine Townsend on 10 July 1965 and they had two sons and a daughter. The marriage was dissolved in 1998. On 8 May 1999 he married Julia Clarke.

2008 - William Edgar

William Edgar was born in 1938.  He started work with Colvilles Steel Makers, as an office boy at their Hallside Steel Works near Glasgow.  In 1955 he started work as an apprentice fitter/turner/draftsman at Hallside Steel Works.  Colvilles supported him as he attended five years of evening classes, culminating in an HNC in Mechanical Engineering and an HNC Endorsement in Electrical Engineering.  They also sponsored him through university, enabling him to study Mechanical Engineering at the Royal College of Science and Technology. 

After gaining an MSc in Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at the University of Birmingham, Edgar went to work as a Development Engineer at Ravenscraig Strip Mill in Lancashire, then a state of the art steel mill designed and constructed by Davy United. 

The following year, in 1963, Edgar went to British Aircraft Corporation at Warton, Lancashire, as an Aeromechanical Engineer.  He remained with the company for four years, working on high altitude military aircraft design. 

He moved to Weir Pumps, Glasgow in 1967, initially as Chief Development Engineer and then as General Manufacturing Manager at the Cathcart Plant.  After seven years he joined Vickers Marine Engineering Division, and two years later was appointed Executive Chairman of Cochrane Shipbuilders.

In 1990 he became Chief Executive of the National Engineering Laboratory.  At the time, this was an Executive Agency of the Department of Trade and Industry.  Edgar's remit was to prepare the establishment for privatization, which was successfully completed with the sale of NEL in 1995.

Following the sale of the NEL, he joined the John Wood Group as Group Director responsible for Engineering and Production Facilities Division.  He retired from this position in 2004, just prior to becoming President of the IMechE.

Edgar was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1999, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2003.

2008 - Sir Peter Michael Williams

Peter Michael Williams was born on 22 March 1945 in Warrington, Lancashire.  He completed both his MA and his PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he also began his academic career, in Selwyn College. In 1970 he moved to become a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology at Imperial College London, where he was to remain until 1975.

When he left Imperial College in 1975 he joined the scientific instrument manufacturer, VG Instruments, based in Guildford, where over the course of the next seven years he became Deputy Group Managing Director. He moved from this position in 1982 to join Oxford Instruments, the first spin-off company of Oxford University.  He became Chief Executive and, from 1991, Chairman, the position from which he retired in 1999.

On his retirement from Oxford Instruments he returned to academia, becoming, from 2000, the Master of St Catherine’s College, Oxford.  He was to hold this post for the next two years. During the same period, from 2000 to 2002, he was President of the Institute of Physics, and in 2002–03 he was President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. From 2001 to 2006 he was also Chairman of the UK Engineering and Technology Board, and he was Chairman of the Advisory Council on Mathematical Education and of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. He is Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society, Chancellor of the University of Leicester, a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care, and also a non-executive Director of GKN plc and W S Atkins plc.

He has received many honours and awards, and in 1986 won the Guardian Young Businessman of the Year Award. He was appointed CBE in 1992 and was knighted in 1995. He has honorary degrees from a number of universities, amongst them Leicester, Hull, Nottingham Trent, Loughborough, Wales, Sheffield, Brunel, Warwick, and Salford. He is a recipient of the Duncan Davies Medal (1995) and the Glazebrook Medal of the Institute of Physics (2006). He is an Honorary Fellow of University College London, of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and of the Institute of Physics, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the IET) and of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2008 was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

He is married, and has one son.

2009 - Paul Rudd Drayson, Lord Drayson of Kensington

Paul Rudd Drayson was born on 5 March 1960.  He was educated at St Dunstan’s College in Catford, South London and then at Aston University, in Birmingham, where he was sponsored by BL Cars.  He graduated with an honours degree in production engineering in 1982, and went on to do a PhD in robotics in 1986.

After completing his PhD he became Managing Director of the Lambourn Food Company Ltd, now a part of Butterkist Ltd. In 1993 he was co-founder of Powderject Pharmaceuticals plc, Oxford, which specialised in the production of vaccines and pioneered the development of needle-free powder injection of drugs and vaccines. Powderject was floated in 1997, and he remained Chief Executive until 2003, by which time the company had become one of the world’s leading vaccine producers, with operations in the USA and Scandinavia, as well as in the UK. The company was bought by the Chiron Corporation of Emeryville, California, itself acquired by Novartis International AG of Basel, Switzerland, in 2006.

In 2004 he was created Baron Drayson of Kensington, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and in 2005 he was appointed by Tony Blair to succeed Lord Bach as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Equipment and Support. In early 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support, where he oversaw the new Defence Equipment and Support Organization. Later in 2007 he was also appointed Minister of State in the newly-created Department for Business, Enterprise, and Regulatory Reform.

He stood down from his ministerial responsibilities in late 2007 in order to compete in the American Le Mans race series in the United States, and was succeeded by Baroness Taylor of Bolton, the former MP for Dewsbury and government whip, Ann Taylor. He returned to the Government in 2008, being appointed Minister of State for Science and Innovation under Gordon Brown, and taking a seat in the cabinet and becoming a member of the Privy Council. In June of the following year, 2009, he was also appointed Minister of State for Strategic Defence Acquisition Reform, a post he held until the General Election of 2010. Since leaving office he has devoted himself full-time to his motorsports company, Drayson Racing.  He has been a motor racing enthusiast since he began racing historic single-seater racing carts and sports cars in 2004.

Between 2001 and 2002 Drayson was Chairman of the Bioindustry Association, and from 2002 to 2005 he was Chairman of the Oxford Children’s Hospital Fundraising Campaign, which led to the opening of the Children’s Hospital at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford in 2007. From 2003 to 2005 he was Science Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Said Business School at Oxford University, where he was involved with the teaching of entrepreneurship to MBA students. In June 2007 he became a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Council.

He is married with five children, and he has homes in London and at Nether Lypiatt Manor, near Stroud, in Gloucestershire.

2009 - Vincent de Rivaz

Vincent de Rivaz was born on 4 October 1953.  He is the son of François de Rivaz and Isabelle de Buttet. He completed his education at the Ecole National Supérieure d’Hydraulique et de Mécanique de Grenoble, from which he graduated as an engineer in 1976.

In 1977, he joined Electricité de France (EDF), working as a hydroelectric engineer for the External Engineering Centre, where he was involved with the building of dams for hydroelectric schemes in Africa, Guyana (formerly British Guiana), and New Caledonia, in the South West Pacific Ocean. In 1985 he was appointed Manager of the EDF Group’s Far East division, looking after the development of nuclear, thermal, and hydroelectric generation and transmission projects, and focusing primarily on China.

In 1991 he was appointed Managing Director of EDF’s hydro power department.  He held this position for the next three years, until 1995, when he was appointed to the position of Deputy Head of the International Division and Manager of the New Projects Department. In 1999 he was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer of EDF, and the following year he became Head of Strategy and Finance. EDF had bought the privatized electricity companies London Electricity, SeeBoard, and SWEB Energy in 1998, renaming them the London Electricity Group, and he became Chief Executive of this Group in 2003, after it had again had a name change – to EDF Energy. He is now Chief Executive, Executive Director, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of EDF Energy (UK) Ltd, as well as being a director of EDF Energy Networks plc.

In 2006 he was awarded the Melchett Medal of the Energy Institute, the Chartered professional body formed in 2003 from merger of the Institute of Petroleum with the Institute of Energy. In 2009 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

In May 1980 he married Anne de Valence de Minardière, and they have three children. His home is in Chelsea.

2010 - Professor Dr Robert William Ernest Shannon

Professor R W Ernest Shannon was born in Belfast in 1937.  He was educated at Belfast College of Technology and The Queen’s University of Belfast, where he gained a BSc (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

He began his career as a Laboratory Technician with James Mackie & Sons Ltd., responsible for product testing in the Plastics Division.  In 1956 he undertook an aircraft apprenticeship with Short Brothers.  After gaining his degree, he also lectured in aeronautical engineering at Queen’s University. 

It was a Queen’s that Shannon met Professor Bernard Crossland, who persuaded him to become a research fellow in mechanical engineering, working on the fracture of ultra-high pressure vehicles, then used for making polythene.  He received a PhD for this work, and as a result was recruited by British Gas in 1970.

At this time, there had been some massive gas pipeline ruptures, particularly in the US, with fractures running at speeds up to 2000m/sec and up to 16km in length.  Shannon developed standards for the design, operation and repair of high pressure pipelines, and went on to lead the 350-strong team that developed British Gas’s world-beating intelligent ‘pig’ system for investigating pipelines.  This received the Queen’s awards for both technology and exports and led to Shannon and his team winning the MacRobert Award for engineering excellence, one of the engineering profession’s highest honours.

Shannon retired from British Gas in 1995, and subsequently worked as a Consultant and a Professorial Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast.

He was awarded the CBE in 2001 for services to economic development.

He was President of the Institution of Gas Engineers in 1994, and President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1996.

2011 - Professor Dame Ann Dowling

Ann Dowling is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences.  She has an Honorary ScD degree from Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Dowling has served on a number industry and government advisory committees and and chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering study on nanotechnology. She is currently Chair of Main Panel B: Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics in the Research Excellence Framework.

Professor Dowling has held visiting posts at MIT (Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor, 1999) and at Caltech (Moore Distinguished Scholar, 2001).

She was  appointed CBE by the Queen for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002 and DBE for services to Science in 2007.

2011 - Dr H Peter Jost

Dr Jost studied in Liverpool and Manchester and at the age of 29 was appointed general manager and then director of an international lubricants firm in London.  He was responsible for the development of several innovative products, including a system of oil-free steam cylinder lubrication.  He quickly established himself as a pioneer and leading authority in the new field of study, known as tribology.

Five decades later, his work continues to be recognised and celebrated throughout the world.  He has been active in professional bodies and has been a highly influential figure on many government committees in the UK dealing with science and technology applications to industry.

Before his retirement in 2006, Peter Jost was Chairman of several industrial technology companies.

He is President of the International Tribology Council, the world organisation of tribology societies.

Dr Jost has received honours from the Heads of State of five European countries (UK, Austria, Germany, France and Poland) as well as the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan.  He has received professional awards from 14 countries, including the first Achievement for Tribology Gold Medal to be awarded by the Chinese Tribology Institution to a non-Chinese recipient.

Dr Jost joined the Institution in 1943, becoming a  Fellow in 1957 and was Vice-President in 1987.  He retired from Council service in 1992 after a total of 18 years.

2012 - Sir Thomas John Parker

Sir John Parker GBE is Chairman of Anglo American plc, Vice Chairman of DP World (Dubai) (since 2006), Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation (since 2003) and Airbus Group (since 2007). 

Born into a farming family in County Down, he studied Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering at the College of Technology and Queens University, Belfast and then joined the ship design team at Harland & Wolff, 1964. After extensive ship design and research experience at Lloyds Register and NPL, he held a number of senior management positions in technical, production and ship sales.

He was appointed Managing Director of Austin & Pickersgill (Shipbuilders) Sunderland in 1974. Following nationalisation of the shipbuilding industry, he was appointed to the Board of British Shipbuilders Corporation (1978), later becoming Deputy Chief Executive. He returned to Harland & Wolff (1983-1993) as Chairman and Chief Executive to lead a turn around and transfer from Public to Private Sector.

Sir John joined Babcock International plc as CEO in 1993 and Chairman and CEO (1994-2000) - during a period of significant Group turn around and transformation. In 1997 he became a Non-Executive Director of British Gas which led to his becoming Chairman of the Lattice Group on its demerger from BG Group in 2000. Lattice then merged with National Grid in 2002, with Sir John becoming Chairman of the combined Gas and Electricity company, National Grid Transco. 

He has also been Non-Executive Director of: the Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland 1983-1986; British Coal Corporation 1986-1993; GKN plc 1993-2002; BG plc 1997-2000; Brambles Industries plc 2001-2003; and Non-Executive Director and subsequently Deputy Chairman of P&O Princess Cruises plc 2000-2003. Sir John was also Chairman of Firth Rixson plc 1999-2003. From 2002, as Chairman RMC Group he led their transformation and agreed sale to Cemex of Mexico in 2005. He was appointed Chairman of P&O in 2005 and led the Groups agreed sale to DP World (Dubai) in 2006.

Sir John was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1983. Other honours/posts include: election as an Elder Brother of Trinity House 2010; President of Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers 2010; being a member of the General Committee of Lloyds Register of  Shipping; Vice President of The Royal Navy and Marines Charity; Governor of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution; President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects 1996-1999; Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights 2000-2001; and an Honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and the Tallow Chandlers Livery Company. He led ‘Young Offenders into Work’ program from 2000-2011.

Sir John is a Visiting Fellow of University of Oxford, he is the recipient of honorary doctorates from a number of universities in the UK and Ireland. He has served on the Defence Academy Advisory Board, was a Member of the Government's Asia Task Force and was Deputy Chairman of the White Ensign Association (2008/9). He was knighted in 2001 for Services to the Defence and Shipbuilding Industries and was appointed GBE in 2012 for Services to Industry and the Voluntary Sectors. 

Sir John's recreational pursuits include reading, music and sailing (being a Member of the Royal Yacht Squadron).

2012 - Professor Dr Zhou Ji

Zhou Ji was born on 26 August 1946 in Hubei Province. He graduated from
Tsinghua University in 1970 and received PhD degree from State
University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.

He is a professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). Dr. Zhou
successively served the posts as President of HUST, Director-General
of the Hubei Provincial Department of Science and Technology,Mayor of Wuhan city, and Minister of Education. He was elected Member of CAE in 1999.

During his professional career, Dr. Zhou was actively involved in research and development of Optimal Design, Computer Aided Design, and Numerical Control technology. He advanced the algorithm of direct interpolation for NC machining and the algorithm of monotonism analysis for optimization. He and his team developed
a series of NC equipments and software packages on mechanical CAD, which has been widely used in various industries like machinery, aeronautics, astronautics and energy. Dr. Zhou has got 11 books and over 200 papers published and
was honored several times with theState Award for Science and Technology Progress.

2013 - Ratan Naval Tata

Ratan Tata joined the family business in 1962, working on the Tata Steel shopfloor at Jamshedpur, just one of several thousand employees. In 1991 he was appointed as the chairman of the Tata group. Under his stewardship, Tata Tea acquired Tetley; Tata motors acquired Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel acquired Corus; which have turned Tata from a largely India-centric company into a global business, with 65% revenues coming from abroad. He also pushed the development of the Tata Indica and the Tata Nano.

Tata is chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, Tata Motors, Tata Steel and a few other group companies. He is also the chairman of the main two Tata trusts Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts and Sir Ratan Tata Trust which together hold 66% of shares in the group holding company Tata Sons.

He is also associated with various organisations in India and overseas. He is the chairman of two of the largest private-sector-promoted philanthropic trusts in India. He is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry. He is the president of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science and chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also serves on the board of trustees of Cornell University and the University of Southern California. Tata serves on the board of directors of Alcoa, and is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

He received the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008 and Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by Rockefeller Foundation in 2012.  In 2009, Tata was given an honorary knighthood, the Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).

He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities in India and overseas.

2013 - Pamela Liversidge

Liversidge was the first female president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, in 1997. She was born in 1949.

In the late 1960s, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in engineering, then an unusual career for a woman.  She embarked on a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Aston, in Birmingham.  At this time it was usual for engineering students to receive sponsorship, but this proved difficult to obtain as a female engineering student.  After graduating, she obtained a position as Graduate Trainee with GKN, based in the West Midlands.

In 1976, she moved to George William Thornton, a small forging company based in Sheffield.  Starting as Assistant Technical Manager, she progressed to Sales Director.  In 1987 she moved to East Midlands Electricity as Strategic Planning Manager.  She was eventually promoted to Divisional Director of East Midland Electricity’s trading businesses.

In 1993 Liversidge set up a company to manufacture specialist metal powders.  The company came about through her interest in Medical Engineering.  This interest also saw her promote the formation of a Medical Engineering Division in the IMechE during her time as President.  She also facilitated the formation of AIME – the Association of Institutions in Medical Engineering.  The manufacturing company was sold in 1996, and she is now Managing Director of a holding company, Quest Investments Ltd.

During her time as President, Liversidge initiated the ‘Moving Forward’ programme.  It included a wide-ranging review of the Institution’s activities, allowing it to respond to changes in the Mechanical Engineering profession.  Education and Qualification procedures relating accreditation were also reviewed.  She also opposed the SARTOR regulations.

She was awarded an OBE in 1999 in recognition of her services to the Institution and Engineering.  She is also a member of the WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) National Co-ordinating Committee, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the City and Guilds Institute and of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  She is also a Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire and of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. Liversidge has received honorary doctorates from Central England, Aston, Bradford and Sheffield Hallam, Huddersfield and Sheffield  Universities.  

2014 - Lord Bamford

Lord Bamford, formerly Sir Anthony Bamford, has been Chairman of JCB since the end of 1975, succeeding his father, the late Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE, HonFIMechE, who founded the company on the day his son was born on 23 October 1945.

Under Lord Bamford’s leadership, JCB has grown to become one of the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturers.

Based on his belief in the importance of product he has built an engineering-driven organisation and culture which prizes innovation, and has become one of the powerhouses of R&D in the UK.

JCB is a highly vertically-integrated operation, manufacturing the cabs, chassis, hydraulic rams, manual and automatic transmissions, axles and engines for most of its machines – all engineered in house.

JCB entered into diesel engine production in 2004 and the JCB Dieselmax engine is the only engine that meets the stringent European Stage 3b emissions norms without exhaust after-treatment making it the cleanest in the industry. The engine is manufactured both in the UK and India.

Lord Bamford personally inspired the project that resulted in the JCB Dieselmax car, powered by two JCB engines, setting the current world land speed record for a diesel-powered car at 350mph set on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA in August 2006. The Institution was heavily  engaged in the promotion of engineering linked to this unique vehicle.

JCB exports more than 75% of its UK-built machines to 150 countries around the world. The group has a global manufacturing footprint comprising eleven plants in the UK, five in India where JCB is market leader, and single plants in USA, Brazil and China.

An independent report by Oxford Economics recently concluded that JCB provides indirect employment worth 18,000 jobs in the UK, in addition to the 6,000 directly employed by JCB itself.

JCB has won more than 50 premier awards for exports, marketing, design, technology and for its care for the environment, among them 27 Queen’s Awards for Technological and Export achievement

Lord Bamford spearheaded the establishment of The JCB Academy in Rocester, which opened in September 2010, a £22 million project to create the next generation of young engineers and businesspeople.

His maiden speech in the House of Lords (2014) started with the words: ”My Lords, I am an engineer and a manufacturer – a manufacturer of construction and agricultural machinery. I have spent my whole life making things – that that enable other people to make still more things."

During his career through personal leadership and engagement with engineers of all disciplines Lord Bamford has built the success story that is JCB, and has been one of the strongest ambassadors for British engineering. He is also a champion for manufacturing and education.

Lord Bamford’s career began with a two year engineering apprenticeship at Massey Ferguson in France before he started at the JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, in 1964. 

Lord Bamford himself has been recipient of Young Exporter of the Year (1972), Young Businessman of the Year (1979) and Top Exporter of the Year (1995). He was appointed a UK Trade & Industry Business ambassador in 2011.

He was knighted in 1990, was a former High Sheriff and is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (2003) and an Honorary Fellow of The City and Guilds Institute (1993) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (2008).  He is a Chevalier, l’Ordre National du Mérite (France 1989) and Commendatore al merito della Repubblica Italiana (Italy 1995).

Lord Bamford was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

He is active in charitable work through the Bamford Charitable Foundation, established in 1979 to support charities and needy causes, particularly in Staffordshire. The Foundation gives quietly and generously to many organisations.

2015 - Dame Sue Ion

As one of the UK’s foremost nuclear engineers, Dame Sue Ion was appointed Chair of the Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board by the Government in January 2014.

She also represents the UK on the European Commission EURATOM Science and Technology Committee (which she now Chairs) and is an international member of the US Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee.

Dame Sue was appointed Visiting Professor at Imperial College in 2006 and of London Southbank University in 2011 and has been a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Manchester since 2004. She has held an Honorary Professorship at the University of Central Lancashire since the beginning of 2007.

Sue's background is in materials science/metallurgy. She gained a first class honours from Imperial College in 1976 and a PhD in 1979 before joining British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) as a technical officer. She was promoted to Executive Group Director of Technology of BNFL in 1992 and served in this capacity until 2006. From 1997 she assumed functional accountability for the whole of the Group's Technology portfolio including Westinghouse, during a period of tremendous change for the company and the nuclear sector generally.

She has been involved in energy matters since 2004 and chaired the steering group which oversaw the Research Councils’ International Review of Energy Research 2010-2011. Earlier this year she completed her term of office as the representative of the Royal Academy of Engineering on the UK Government’s Energy Research Partnership.

Dame Sue was the UK’s representative on the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy 2000-2006;a member of the UK Council for Science and Technology from 2004-2011; a member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 1994-2001; a member of Council of EPSRC between 2005-2010 and Chaired the Fusion Advisory Board for the Research Councils between 2006-2012.

She received an OBE in 2002 for services to the nuclear industry and a DBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours for services to Science and Engineering.

Dame Sue was elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1996 and has Chaired the Awards Committee, the Engineering Policy Committee, the Energy Policy Sub-Committee, served as a Vice-President and Member of Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2002-2008 and remains Chair of the MacRobert Award Judging Panel.

Dame Sue was the first woman to be awarded the President’s Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014. She is also a Fellow of The Royal Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining; a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute; and an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management.

Dame Sue Ion has remained at the forefront of government decisions, helping to advise on long-term strategic policies and is internationally recognised as a global expert in nuclear engineering.

2016 - Professor William Steen

Professor William Steen founded the world’s first laser material-processing research group at Imperial College in 1968 and pioneered scientific research in this field. This developed into a major manufacturing field    including laser cutting, drilling, welding, surface hardening, surface cladding, material surface modification and additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3D printing). He is commonly referred to as the ‘Father of Laser Materials Processing’ within the laser processing community.

Professor Steen invented the process of laser chemical vapour deposition. The process is now widely used worldwide for thin film deposition, and the production of nano-materials.

Professor Steen invented and patented laser arc hybrid welding in 1975. The technology is now used in many industrial sectors worldwide, generating £millions for the economy.

He and his research group invented the process of blown powder laser cladding in 1983, a process that is now used worldwide for component repairs, and surface modifications.

They also invented the laser direct casting process, i.e. additive manufacturing of 3D metal components in 1997. The process is the foundation of laser additive manufacturing for metallic materials – commonly known as 3D printing.

Professor Steen pioneered methods for measuring high power laser beam characteristics by scanning metallic wires in 1982, an instrument known as the Laser Beam Analyser (LBA) that has been successfully commercialised.

He co-founded the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU) and was its President for the first eight years. The Association has played a very important role in driving the innovations in laser processing technologies and industrial take-ups in the UK.

Professor Steen’s book “Laser Material Processing” is the          first textbook on the subject and has been the “Bible” for   students, researchers and engineers learning laser material processing and has inspired many generations   of researchers and engineers in the field.

He has over 280 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and 15 patents.

2016 - Sir Terry Morgan (Inducted April 2018)

Sir Terry Morgan CBE took over the role of Chairman of Crossrail on 1 June 2009.  Crossrail is a £14.9bn project, sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London, to deliver a world class affordable railway that links Maidenhead and Heathrow west of London with the West End, the City and Canary Wharf, to Stratford and Shenfield north east of London and Woolwich and Abbey Wood to the south east.

Prior to this, Sir Terry was Chief Executive of Tube Lines, a PPP company that was contracted to maintain and upgrade the infrastructure of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Sir Terry has also held the positions of:

  • Group Managing Director, Operations, BAE Systems
  • Group HR Director, BAE Systems
  • Managing Director, Royal Ordnance
  • Managing Director (Land Rover), Rover Group; and
  • Operations Director, Rover Group.

Sir Terry is Chairman of Ricardo plc and in February 2017 was appointed Chairman of London City Airport. More recently he has taken on the role of Chair of Crossrail International.  He is past Chairman of the HS2 College Governing Body and past Non-Executive Chairman of the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.

Sir Terry is a Member of the University of Birmingham Council, a Heart of the City Council Member and a Member of the HS2 Growth Delivery Board.

He is also a Trustee of the Crossrail Art Foundation.  In addition, Sir Terry led a skills review for the transport sector in support of the Government’s commitment to 30,000 apprentices by 2020.

Sir Terry is the past President of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  He has an MSc in Engineering Production & Management.

2017 - Frank Chan Fan JP

Frank Chan Fan (born 4 February 1958) is a Hong Kong engineer and government official, he is currently appointed as the Secretary for Transport and Housing since 2017 of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Mr. Chan received his Bachelor Degree in Engineering from the University of Hong Kong, Master degree in Medical Physics from University of Aberdeen, UK, and Master Degree in Business Management from the University of Hong Kong. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School as well as an alumnus of the Tsing Hua University, the Chinese Academy of Governance and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

He joined the Government as an Assistant Electronics Engineer in August 1982. He was then promoted to Chief Electronics Engineer in February 2001. In 2005, he was appointed as Government Electrical and Mechanical Engineer.

In January 2009, he was appointed as Deputy Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) of Hong Kong and then promoted to Director of the same Department in 2011. EMSD consisted of over 420 engineers and 4,000 skilled technicians, forming a team of professionals that is unique in Hong Kong and one of the finest in Asia. When Mr. Chan was the Director of EMSD, he overseen the safety regulation of electricity, gas, lift and escalator, amusement ride, ropeway, tramway and railway, as well as energy efficiency in Hong Kong. Besides, he also managed an E&M engineering service portfolio with an annual turnover exceeding $4 billion in the capacity of the General Manager of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Trading Fund.  During that period, he supported all mechanical engineering activities, particular for IMechE in Hong Kong. Majority of employees in EMSD are members of IMechE, under his pushing.  As the Director of EMSD, he enhanced the governance for Lifts and Escalators Ordinance in Hong Kong and launched the new Code of Practice (CoP) with the requirement for the Registered Lifts Engineers (RLE) and Registered Escalators Engineer (REE) practicing in Hong Kong, should be a Chartered Engineer, Member of the IMechE; that brought in almost 120 Members and Associate Members in 2014. 

As the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Mr. Chan is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, Hong Kong Logistics Development Council and Aviation Development and Three-runway System Advisory Committee.

He is also appointed as a board member of

  • MTR Corporation Limited
  • Airport Authority Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation as well as
  • Council for Sustainable Development and Economic Development Commission.

Mr. Chan is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Chartered Engineer as well as a Registered Professional Engineer.

He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Engineers Registration Board.  Mr Chan’s community service record spans over 30 years, being Founding Chairman of the Association for Engineering and Medical Volunteer Services. He served as Vice Chairman of the Community Chest’s Admission, Budget and Allocations Committee and Steering Committee Chairman of the Growing Partners Project. 

Mr. Chan is recognised as the most influential person in the engineering community in Hong Kong and China. 

2017 - Dr Pawan Goenka (inducted 2019)

Dr. Pawan Goenka earned his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.T., Kanpur and Ph.D. from Cornell University, U.S.A. He is also a Graduate of Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

He worked at General Motors R&D Centre in Detroit, U.S.A. from 1979 to 1993. Thereafter, he joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., as General Manager (R&D). During his R&D tenure he led the development of the hugely successful and game changing Scorpio SUV. He was appointed COO (Automotive Sector) in April 2003, President (Automotive Sector) in September 2005, President (Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors) in April 2010, Executive Director and Group President (AFS) in April 2015, and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., in November 2016. Dr. Goenka is also a member of the Group Executive Board of Mahindra Group.

Dr. Goenka received the Extraordinary Accomplishment Award from General Motors in 1986, the Burt L. Newkirk Award for the year 1987, the Charles L. McCuen Achievement Award from General Motors for the years 1985 & 1991, an Outstanding International Advisor Award from SAE in 1997, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from I.I.T., Kanpur in 2004. He received the Engineering Excellence Award 2012 from SAE India Foundation. He is a Fellow of SAE International and of The Indian National Academy of Engineers.

In January 2011, Dr. Pawan Goenka was honoured with the Automotive Man of the Year award at the NDTV Car & Bike Awards. In December 2011, Dr. Goenka featured as Autocar Professional’s Man of the Year 2011. He was conferred the ‘CV Man of the Year’ award at the annual Apollo CV Awards 2012 in recognition of his extensive contribution within the automotive industry in India and globally. Dr. Goenka was conferred with the Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by I.I.T., Kanpur in 2015. Dr. Goenka was awarded the 2016 FISITA Medal of Honour, which is bestowed for his ‘particularly distinguished achievement and leadership in the global automotive industry’ and is the first Indian to receive this prestigious recognition.

Dr. Goenka is past President of SIAM, of the Society of Automotive Engineers India, the ARAI Governing Council, and also served as a Board Member of National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC). He is currently a National Council Member of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of I.I.T., Madras.

Under Dr Goenka’s leadership and direction, M&M, has taken a keen interest in Indian societal projects in the areas of Agricultural Productivity, Watershed Management, Skill Development, Road Safety (including the ‘Zero Fatality Corridor Project’ on the Mumbai to Pune Expressway) and Rural Health & Wellness. Numerous successful projects have been completed to improve the lives of the many who live in the rural areas of India, something which Dr Goenka is very passionate about.

2018: Sir Michael Gregory (Inducted 2022)

Following an early career in industry, Mike Gregory was the founder member of the team which established the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at Cambridge University in 1998. Linking science, engineering, management and policy and integrating education, research and practice the IfM now has over 230 staff and research students and a further 100 undergraduate and Masters students.

Mike retired as Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the University of Cambridge's Department of Engineering and of the Institute for Manufacturing in 2015.

Mike Gregory's work is closely linked with industry and government and he has published in the areas of manufacturing strategy, technology management, international manufacturing and manufacturing policy.

External activities have included membership of various government and institutional committees. He served as Executive Director of the Cambridge MIT Institute from 2005-2008, Springer Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2008/9, Acting Director of the Institute for Continuing Education in 2015/16 and has been a Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) since 2017.

He has recently completed a term on the Supervisory Board of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult where he was one of the founding directors. He chairs the Babbage International Policy Forum and is President of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR).

He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, where he was a trustee. 

2018: Professor Sir Saeed Zahedi (Inducted 2019)

Professor Sir Saeed Zahedi is Technical Director at Blatchford, has been a pioneer in lower-limb prosthetics, an advocate for people without limbs and a leader in engineering for nearly four decades. He led the creation of the world’s first integrated, biomimetic prosthesis for lower-limb amputees, which uses micro-processor-controlled ankle and knee joints acting in synergy to mimic the movement and response of a human limb. He also works closely with the UK Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre and with Help for Heroes to ensure that injured military personnel can access the best prosthetics services.

Having previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Strathclyde, Zahedi was employed as a medical physicist in charge of a prosthetic clinic in the National Health Service (NHS) during his early career. In 1988, Zahedi began working at Chas A Blatchford & Sons as a project manager. He later moved to become Head of Technology at PDD (Pankhurst Design and Development Group Ltd) in 1999.

In 2003, Zahedi returned to Chas A Blatchford & Sons in the research and development unit and was later appointed as Technical Director in 2006.  He is a visiting professor at Bournemouth University's Design Simulation Research Centre and previously, the University of Surrey.

Professor Zahedi is a multi-award winning author and presenter of over 125 papers, books and scientific publications, 35 patents and plays a leading role in a number of industry and professional regulatory bodies, particularly those pertaining to patient safety.

Along with four other colleagues, Zahedi won the 2016 MacRobert Award for their development of Linx, the first prosthetic limb system with integrated robotic control of the knee and foot, thought to be the world's most intelligent prosthetic limb.

In the 2000 New Year Honours, Zahedi was awarded an OBE for "services to the Prosthetics Industry" and received a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017 "for services to Engineering and Innovation”.

As a trusted and dedicated ambassador for improving prosthetic care, Professor Zahedi has succeeded in creating outstanding and lasting results for many thousands of amputees around the world, giving them back the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.

He has also been a strong supporter of the IMechE and STEM education.

2019 - Christopher J Rea

Chris Rea CBE is the Chairman of Yorkshire-based AES Engineering Ltd, a leading global manufacturing group.

Forty years ago, Chris Rea took over a small seals design and manufacturing business in Rotherham and has grown it to operate in 230 locations worldwide, with 1,700 employees and annual sales of £191m.

Starting with a staff of just five in 1979, Chris’s investment and innovation has seen the company become a global design, production, and customer service leader. The main manufacturing business is AESSEAL plc, which was overall winner in The Manufacturer MX Awards in 2006 and 2011.

Chris has a degree in economics from Queen’s University Belfast. He later qualified as a Chartered Engineer with the Institution and is now one of a very elite group of people who were already Fellows prior to becoming an Honorary Fellow. 

Chris is a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire and in the New Year’s Honours for 2020 was awarded a CBE for services to business, innovation and exports.

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