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LIVE: The IET President's Address: Engineers who make a difference.

Barry Brooks

From: The IET President's Address, 3rd October 2013, London

03 October 2013  News

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Continuing a tradition that began in 1871 when the Society of Telegraph Engineer's first President, Charles William Siemens, gave the inaugural speech, the President's Address remains the first official responsibility of the incoming IET President when taking on the post in October of each year.

Barry Brooks, the new President of the IET, will use his Inaugural Lecture at the world-renowned Royal Institution building to remind us of some of the many engineers who have been the leaders and innovators who have made a difference to the world, and how their example needs to be followed by today's engineers and technicians.

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BSc(Eng) FCGI CEng FInstLM FIMarEST FIET

A message from the new President of the IET, Barry Brooks:
'I never cease to be amazed and impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers and staff, and what we achieve together for the benefit of the profession and for others.'

'Volunteering for the IET is enjoyable, satisfying and effective. It is a way to put something back into the profession, to make friends across the world, to share knowledge and experience, and to take a lead in inspiring others to advance their careers – from school students to Fellows.'

'This is all part of what makes the IET respected and trusted for its advice and provides opportunities for members to fulfill the leadership responsibilities that are part of being an engineer.'

'The challenge now is: what do we need to do to make the collective efforts of staff and volunteers more effective in meeting the IET’s vision of improving peoples' lives?'


Barry Brooks read Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, sponsored by the Royal Navy, with whom he had a successful and varied career – submarine electrical and nuclear propulsion engineer, R&D projects, Whitehall (MOD strategy, resources and long-term planning, and Cabinet Office), pan-MOD organisational change, and, unusually for an engineer, an accountancy role.

As Commodore, working with industry, he helped to design and improve MOD’s procurement and through-life support project management.

In the last decade, he has worked for IBM, Hitachi and his own company. Through his company, Wychcote Ltd, he provides director-level support for, and assurance of, complex, high-risk, high-value engineering, procurement and change programmes.

Also in the last decade, his voluntary contribution to the IET's activities has grown: chairing a Local Network, a member of Council, a Vice-President and chairman of Membership and Regions Board, Governance Implementation Project Board, GBandI Regional Board and, from 2011 to 2013, as Deputy President.

He also makes time to be a Professional Registration and Fellowship Assessor / Interviewer and IET Connect Local Representative, and, as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, he co-ordinates the prestigious Hawley Award 'Engineering Innovation for a better Environment'.

As IET President, Barry wishes to build on his commitment as a trustee and Deputy President and to encourage more members to contribute some of their time. He is keen to see the IET working closely with other professional engineering institutions at the forefront of leading the engineering profession, providing encouragement and support for today's and future engineers and technologists to develop their careers.

There are important roles for members to share their knowledge and judgement via the IET's publishing and conference activities, and the Sectors and Policy Panels, from which authoritative and objective advice is provided to improve decision-making in government and in industry.

By combining the resources of the IET’s specialist, dedicated staff with a larger active volunteer base, the IET can achieve so much more – making that positive difference for the benefit of society.

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