Giles joined the Institution as a Young Member in 1999, gaining a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from University College London in 2002. Giles has worked in the UK defence industry for 13 years in product design management and is currently Chief Engineer for a major UK defence contractor, responsible for the safety and performance of defence hardware throughout its entire product life cycle. Giles obtained an MSc in Industrial Materials from Loughborough University in 2008 and also became a Chartered Engineer the same year.
Giles has been volunteering for the Institution since 2004, focusing on supporting career development for members and promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to schools via various initiatives. Giles started as a Publicity Officer promoting activities and events to Young Members in the Greater London Region (GLR) and was then elected GLR Young Member Panel Chairman, where he greatly expanded the size and diversity of the panel, winning the Young Member Panel of the Year award in the process. Following this Giles represented Young Members on the Institution’s Young Members Board, Council and Trustee Board.
In 2008, Giles joined the GLR Committee, starting as Publicity Officer and was then elected Hon. Secretary for four years. Giles became a Fellow of the Institution in 2014 and was elected GLR Chairman as well as representing members on the IMechE Council and Regional Strategy Board.
Giles served as a Trustee and Vice President (casual vacancy) in 2016-2017, and during this time sponsored the Institution’s Digital Transformation Programme, as well as serving on the Audit & Risk Committee. Giles was elected as Vice President in 2018 and is currently the Chair of the Education and Skills Strategy Board, providing leadership to the profession and society at large by facilitating the inspiration and retention of young people in engineering.
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