He has been the Engineering Council’s Deputy CEO & Operations Director for over eight years, before which he was Deputy CEO at the Royal Aeronautical Society. On his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to lead the Engineering Council, and I look forward to continuing work with all our stakeholders, particularly our registrants and the professional engineering institutions, to position professional registration as a cornerstone of an innovative and forward-looking industry.
“I am dedicated to continuing our focus on key societal matters, such as diversity and inclusion, ethics, and sustainability, as we continue to ensure there are no barriers to professional recognition. In a rapidly changing and increasingly innovative industry, it is vital that we can provide the means for engineers and technicians to demonstrate their competence and commitment as they constantly develop and improve their skills.
“The Engineering Council plays a very important role in regulating and promoting the engineering profession, and I will be focused on working with the Board of Trustees, volunteers, stakeholders, and our excellent staff team, to help deliver our strategic objectives and build on our many achievements”.
In a statement echoed by incoming Chair, Prof John Chudley CEng FIMarEST, the current Chair of the Engineering Council, Prof Chris Atkin CEng FRAeS FREng, said: “After a detailed and thorough selection process, Paul’s understanding of the engineering profession’s key issues – including diversity and inclusion, sustainability, digital innovation, and governance, coupled with the role the regulator can play in helping address these, really stood out. Paul’s experience working in a number of previous roles within a professional engineering institution and the Engineering Council will provide the understanding and leadership required to work collaboratively with stakeholders to help to continually develop the profession.”