Media release – 23/4/2009

David Brown and Louise Kingham to Chair New Professional Panel

Dr David Brown and Louise Kingham FEI, Chief Executives of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Energy Institute (EI), have today been elected as the Chair and Vice Chair of the ETB’s new Professional Panel.

The Professional Panel is composed of the Chief Executives of the 36 Professional Engineering Institutions and will work in the same way as the ETB’s Education and Skills Panel and Business and Industry Panel. The Professional Panel’s purpose is to advise the ETB on issues relevant to the development of the engineering Profession in order to inform ETB activities.

The panel will also provide the 36 Institutions with a forum in which to debate and implement matters of common interest and benefit to the Profession and society at large.

Voting took place at a plenary session this morning, to which all 36 panel members were invited. The Panel will meet in plenary once a year and in committee quarterly. As Chair and Vice Chair, David Brown and Louise Kingham will also replace ETB Board Members Stephen Matthews and Keith Read when they come to the end of their tenure in June, subject to ratification at the ETB’s AGM.

In particular, the Professional Panel will:
• Advise the ETB on matters related to the Profession.
• Provide insight, advice and future strategic options to the ETB on the development of the Profession and the delivery of policy advice to Government.
• Act as ambassadors and advocates on behalf of the ETB within the Profession and to the wider national and international community.
• Support the activities and receive relevant updates and reports on ETB projects.
• Help access potential partnership funding and/ or support for relevant future ETB activity.
• Provide an Institutional forum for information exchange and the promotion of good practice.
• Discuss pan-engineering issues of joint concern and where appropriate provide a focus for promotion and the dissemination of a collective view.
• Provide a platform for organisations and individuals to present topics of common interest.
• Identify and implement opportunities for co-operation between Institutions for mutual benefit and the public good.

Sir Anthony Cleaver, Chairman of the ETB, said: “The ETB is delighted to welcome David Brown and Louise Kingham as Chair and Vice Chair of our new Professional Panel. I look forward to working with them both to ensure the best possible promotion and advocacy on behalf of the engineering profession. I have no doubt that, under their leadership, the Professional Panel will come up with some excellent ideas for working together to improve the supply and perception of engineers and engineering. “

Dr David Brown, Panel Chair and Chief Executive of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, said: “I am delighted to be offered this excellent opportunity to work with the professional engineering organisations, the ETB and the Royal Academy of Engineering in promoting engineering as a fulfilling career choice and a way to help solve the challenges facing society. I look forward to working with Sir Anthony and the Panel members to increase our effectiveness and attract even more top talent into engineering “

Louise Kingham, Panel Vice Chair and Chief Executive of the Energy Institute, said: “The ETB’s new Professional Panel is a great step forward and provides an inclusive and wide-ranging forum through which the institutions can work together to inspire future generations of engineers. I look forward to working with all its members to maximise our collective impact.”

Notes to Editors
1) About David Brown
Dr David Brown is Chief Executive of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Brown joined IChemE in October 2006 and was formerly Head of the UK Technology and Innovation Management practice at Arthur D Little Ltd.

After achieving a double first in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, Brown spent ten years at ICI plc where he held a series of positions in chemicals, materials and biotechnology businesses.

He subsequently joined the University of Warwick in 1992 to run a business unit. During this time, he collaborated closely with commerce and Government on innovation, environment and international economic development, before moving to Arthur D. Little in 1997.

He has been instrumental in the design, creation, business planning and appraisal of a variety of R&D and knowledge transfer organisations, and devised the concept of regional Science and Technology Councils, now rolled out across the UK at the instigation of the Minister for Science and Innovation.

David is recognized for his expertise on innovation alliances and partnerships between public and private sectors. He has over 20 years experience of linking research with commerce. rown is a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics.

2) About Louise Kingham
Louise Kingham is Chief Executive of the Energy Institute (EI). Incorporated by Royal Charter in July 2003, the EI is the leading professional body for the energy industries supporting over 14,000 professionals and 300 organisations internationally. Louise led the merger of the founding Institutes to create the EI in 2003.

Prior to this, in 2002, Louise was Director General of the Institute of Petroleum. Louise joined the IP having spent ten years at the Institute of Energy, where she held a number of management positions including CEO from 1999-2002.

Louise is a professional member of the EI, a full member of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, Vice President of the Energy Industries Club and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In addition, Louise holds a number of advisory and committee posts within external energy organisations, including the University of Birmingham’s Advisory Board for the Institute of Energy Research and Policy. In 2006 Louise won a Global Women in Energy Award in recognition of her achievements in leadership.

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