Tom OwenTom Owen

Membership and Business Development Manager

Tom Owen joined the Institution as International Business Development Manager in early 2015, and is part of the global business development team focused on membership development internationally.

Tom introduces new members from academia and industry, with engineers at all stages of their career, from the seven international regions of the Institution: Europe, Middle East and Africa, North East Asia, South East Asia, Southern Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

He promotes the benefits of membership and professional registration through relationships with key contacts, engineering companies and academic institution. He supports and advises engineers through the process of professional registration, and provides guidance and advice to candidates and their employers. This is possible through a suite of tailored workshops, presentations, and one2one support.

He enjoys travelling and building relationships with companies all over the world. He works closely with the Hong Kong office to provide membership support for new and existing members, working towards membership and professional registration.

Tom has a long running fascination with engineering, and when younger he was an air cadet. He loved flying and understanding the engineering behind the aeroplanes. He is particularly interested in how new technology from aerospace and materials is applied to sports; from Formula 1 racing cars to tennis racquets. This led him to do a degree in Sports Technology at the University of Bath, which gave him a well-rounded engineering background.

He went on to work at a water and environmental professional body, most recently working as the Head of Membership and Professional Development. He has extensive experience supporting engineers and scientists to gain membership and registration, whilst supporting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and training.

Meeting people who are passionate about what they do is an exciting part of his job. Tom strongly believes that university education is not an endpoint, and continuing to learn and professionally develop is vital to engineers and technicians.

Tom's top three

Favourite engineering innovation: Jet engine.
Person I most admire: Isambard Kingdom Brunel FRS.
Greatest challenge facing engineering: Population growth. Finding real solutions for feeding people, transporting them and supporting their lifestyles will require innovation from engineers and technicians.