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Ploughshare Non-Executive Director Mike Carr appointed as Deputy President of the IET

01 September 2016

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that Professor Jeremy Watson will become its next President, taking up the position on 1 October.

Jeremy is Professor of Engineering Systems and Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London. He is also Chief Scientist and Engineer at BRE. Previously, Jeremy was Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities and Local Government and Arup's Global Research Director. Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2013 Birthday honours for services to engineering.

Other appointments taking effect from 1 October include Mike Carr who becomes IET Deputy President.

Until November 2008 Mike was BT’s Chief Science Officer, and responsible for the company’s world leading research labs and commercial exploitation unit. More recently he has been a Council Member of the EPSRC, a Board member of Innovate UK and a previous Vice President of the IET. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Ordnance Survey and for Ploughshare Innovations Ltd.

Meanwhile, Andy Bevington and Virginia Hodge both become IET Vice Presidents.

Bevington has spent his career in the energy sector in a range of engineering, commercial and management roles. He is currently Operated Assets Director for Centrica’s exploration and production business in the UK and the Netherlands, overseeing oil and gas fields in both the North Sea and Morecambe Bay.

Hodge has spent the majority of her career in defence and air traffic management, and has been working at NATS for the last 10 years. She is currently a Senior Project Safety Manager responsible for ensuring that high value projects are operationally safe prior to deployment.

There are also two new Trustees: Professor Alison Noble and Air Marshal Julian Young. All these new appointments form part of the 16 member IET Board of Trustees, the governing body of the organisation.

Notes to editors:

Ploughshare Innovations was formed in 2005 to commercialise and exploit Dstl’s intellectual property generated from its research. Since its establishment, Ploughshare has commercialised more than 124 technologies and launched twelve spin-out companies, principally for civilian applications. Ploughshare, has also negotiated licences in the defence field resulting in research being pulled through into defence products to meet defence requirements.

For more information contact Ploughshare Innovations on 01794 301052



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