New chair for EngineeringUK


EngineeringUK has announced the appointment of Iain Conn as its new Chair.

Iain, who will take over from Malcolm Brinded on 1 October 2023, said: “Engineers have a huge impact on all of our lives and are vital to our futures. If the UK is to benefit from what engineering and technology have to offer, enabling economic prosperity and helping to solve tomorrow’s challenges, including tackling climate change, we need a highly diverse workforce that boosts innovation, creativity and insight. I am passionate about engineering, education and supporting young people into fulfilling careers and am therefore delighted to be joining EngineeringUK at a time when its mission to inspire more young people from all backgrounds into engineering and technology is more important than ever. I am very much looking forward to working with the EngineeringUK team and the wider community to build on the excellent reach and impact the organisation has achieved under Malcolm Brinded’s leadership over the past seven years.”

A chemical engineer by training, Iain’s career includes 34 years’ executive experience in the energy sector at BP and Centrica, alongside non-executive roles in aerospace (Rolls-Royce plc) and telecommunications (BT). He was an external member of the Council of Imperial College London, a trustee at Movement to Work and was responsible for BP’s early role in Project Enthuse, which supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning across the UK, helping to improve young people’s attainment and engagement in STEM subjects.

Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive Officer at EngineeringUK, said: “I am delighted that Iain will be joining EngineeringUK as our new Chair. He brings a breadth of experience from across the engineering and technology sector, but more importantly, his passions and values align with ours, centring on helping more young people into engineering and technology careers, inclusively and with environmental sustainability as a key driver. I very much look forward to working with him, our trustees, staff and all of our members and partners to achieve our vision for engineering and technology to have the workforce needed to thrive.”