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11:45 - 12:30 9 June 2017

How to Change the World Seminar Series: Engineering in the Industrial Strategy – The Fundamental Facilitator


County Hall | County Hall
Riverside Building, Belvedere Road | London | London | SE1 7PB | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Gordon Masterton, Chair of Future Infrastructure, University of Edinburgh, Professor Gordon Masterton, is a civil and structural engineer with international experience in the design and programme management of civil engineering infrastructure. He was appointed to the Chair of Future Infrastructure at the University of Edinburgh in September 2015. Gordon was until his first retirement in early 2015 a Vice President of Jacobs, and was the UK Government’s Project Representative for Crossrail (2009-13), the biggest construction project in Europe. He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (2005-06) where he introduced the “President’s Apprentice” concept which is still thriving and has been adopted by other organisations.
John Perkins, Former Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Professor John Perkins was the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills until 2015. Prior to this he was Provost at the MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, and has held posts at the University of Manchester, Imperial College London, University of Sydney, and University of Cambridge. He has served as President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and as Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has worked in industry for ICI and Shell, and, with colleagues, he was involved in the start-up of two companies (PSE Ltd, ParOS) spun out of Imperial College London. In 2006 he was awarded a CBE for services to science and engineering.
Hayaatun Sillem (chair), Deputy CEO and Director of Strategy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Dr Hayaatun Sillem is the Deputy CEO & Director of Strategy at the Royal Academy of Engineering, which brings together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

The seminar will look at the proposed Industrial Strategy which was published in January, and how a new government might use industrial policy to create wealth through the engineering sector. The Industrial Strategy presents an unprecedented opportunity for government to examine the systems in which UK industry operates, and the enabling forces which are necessary for its success. A new Industrial Strategy has the potential to light the touchpaper for UK growth and global success, but only if all the elements form a coherent whole. Panellists will consider the part to be played by innovation, infrastructure, skills, and inclusion & fairness.

This seminar is co-hosted by The Royal Academy of Engineering *Please note, UCL students taking part in HtCtW are not eligible to attend the seminar series* This seminar series is running in parallel with How to Change the World, a two-week design and problem-solving programme run by STEaPP for 750 UCL UG engineers. A drinks reception will follow.


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