Strategies and Plans

Article by Alasdair Coates

Nearly a year into the job, the Engineering Council’s CEO reflects on aims and ambitions

WHEN I became a Chartered Engineer in 1987, I never imagined I would be doing this job. Having spent my whole career in engineering, I’ve always appreciated the benefits registration gave me and the way it’s opened up my career. I’m really pleased to be in a position now to take the Engineering Council forward for other registrants and society
at large.

I joined the Engineering Council in March, at a great time, because of the opportunities available and the way the professional engineering landscape is ready for change and development. For me, one of the most important areas is the ability to work in partnership with our many key stakeholders and to create a collaborative atmosphere to promote the Register and the benefits of engineering registration.

I’ve also joined at a time when I’ve been able to input into the new 2018–2020 Strategic Plan, which we launched in June.  This plan demonstrates the Engineering Council’s commitment to being forward-thinking, activity-oriented and ensuring what we do is relevant for professional engineering institutions (PEIs), professional affiliates and, most importantly, registrants. All this will result in us continuing to provide benefit to society, which is crucial. It’s also an interesting time to join given the recent publication of the Uff Report, which provided an overarching review of the professional engineering community – again, something we should take and build on for the future.

Going forward, it’s of great importance that the Engineering Council is able to focus on key areas that will make a real difference

Article by Alasdair Coates

CEO, Engineering Council

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