Education & Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee meets four times per year and has oversight of the Academy’s education programmes and activities such as the Visiting Professor scheme.  Its members and their interests in education are shown here.

Professor Peter Goodhew CBE FREng
Chair of Visiting Professors Management Group & Deputy Chair of the Committee 

Peter Goodhew FREng is Emeritus Professor of Engineering at The University of Liverpool, having served as Dean of Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor.  He is a member of the Academy’s ESC. He chairs the steering group for the Academy’s Visiting Professors scheme.  He has written the book Teaching Engineering and is currently heavily involved in the formation …

Professor Tim Ibell FREng
Committee Member 

Professor Tim Ibell received his BSc (Civil Engineering) from the University of Cape Town and his PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Cambridge.  After 5 years in industry and as a post-doctoral fellow, Tim joined the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, UK, where he was subsequently promoted …

Professor Mary Ryan FREng
Committee Member 

Professor Ryan is pre-eminent in the area of electrochemistry. This encompasses the stability of materials, electrochemical deposition and the formation of metal and oxide nanostructures. This is of paramount importance to the field of engineering as the area encompasses corrosion of metallic structures. Her work on corrosion is outstanding and her seminal paper on ‘Why …

Bernard Looney FREng
Committee Member 

Chief Executive, Upstream, BP plc. Bernard Looney is responsible for BP’s Upstream segment which includes exploration, development and production. He joined BP in 1991 as a Drilling Engineer, and has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, having worked in a variety of locations, including the North Sea, Vietnam, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.  …

Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones OBE FREng
Committee Member 

Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones was appointed to the Royal Academy of Engineering-Bombardier Chair in Composites Engineering at Ulster University in 2014. Prior to her current role, she held the Boxmore Chair of Polymer Processing at Queen’s University Belfast. Before joining the academic world she worked in the plastics industry as a Research & Development engineer. Eileen …

Professor Tony Ridley CBE FREng
Committee Member 

Emeritus Professor of Transport Engineering, Imperial College London Professor Ridley was the Professor of Transport Engineering at Imperial College (1991–1999) and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1997– 1999). He has held Managing Director/ Chairman/ Board Member positions with the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation, …

Professor Claire Adjiman FREng
Committee Member 

Co-director, Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering; Professor of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London; Director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering Claire Adjiman has made outstanding contributions as one of the main architects of the new discipline of molecular systems engineering, developing novel approaches for the integrated design and optimisation of processes, molecules and …

Colin Matthews CBE FREng
Committee Member 

Chairman, Highways England and Shanks PLC   A Cambridge engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding engineering and corporate leadership in a range of large companies (British Airways; Lattice Group; Severn Trent, Heathrow and currently Highways England)  This is coupled with a passion for safety management and driving through necessary strategic reform.  A true role model …

Howard Mathers CBE FREng
Chair of Engineering Leaders Scholarships Steering Group 

Howard Mathers is a former Technical Director of the Ministry of Defence, with early roles in education and training of civilian and Naval engineers. He was the MoD lead on Engineering Skills, bore responsibility for the apprenticeship and graduate engineer programmes, and sponsored a range of educational programmes at Cranfield University and University College London. A …

Dr Rhys Morgan
Director of Education 

Rhys is the Director of Engineering and Education at the Royal Academy of Engineering. Rhys has responsibility for the diversity work of the Academy, it’s education policy and research activity and all education programmes, teacher CPD and curriculum resource materials. Rhys also oversees the collaborative education alliances which the Academy hosts; Education for Engineering (E4E), …

Chris Allam FReng
Committee Member 

Chris is the Engineering and Programme Management Director, BAE Systems, Military Air and Information. He has had a career in engineering spanning the aerodynamics specialism, creating and leading the UK’s unmanned combat air vehicle flagship programme, Taranis, and the creation of world-beating manufacturing facilities. He is now the Engineering Authority for all Military Aircraft within …

Dr Jean Venables CBE FREng
Committee Member 

Jean Venables CBE FREng is currently Chair of the Nuclear Liabilities Fund, Non Executive Director at HR Wallingford, Director of Venables Consultancy and Council Member, RNLI. She has many years lecturing experience in Civil Engineering and is a member of university advisory boards. Jean is also a Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Dr Stephen Huntington OBE FREng
Chair of Panasonic Trust Trustee Board 

Stephen has been awarded an OBE for services to engineering and environmental hydraulics during a career at HR Wallingford that spans more than 40 years.  He has a distinguished career in a world-leading research establishment with particular contribution to technology promotion and industrial relevance. Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution …

Chris Earnshaw OBE FREng
Chair of Sainsbury Management Fellowships Steering Group 

Chris is the Chairman of Cranfield Aerospace Limited and he has extensive experience as an executive and non-executive director in high technology and service businesses. Previously, he was a member of the BT plc Group Executive Management Board and was Group Engineering Director with responsibility for engineering and technology matters across the company worldwide. He …

Professor Nick Tyler CBE FREng
Committee Member 

Nick is the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and Director of the Accessibility Research Group. He has pioneered an innovative transdisciplinary agenda in teaching and research at UCL for Civil Engineering as a catalyst for change in the real world and for accessibility design in mobility …

Dr Paul Holbourn FREng
Committee Member 

Paul has a distinguished background in system design for airborne radar – a recognised technical authority in the UK and Europe. He has demonstrated strong and effective leadership of a major engineering organisation resulting in Selex Galileo being positioned as the European leader for airborne radar and electrooptic systems. He has comprehensive experience in European …

Professor Graham J Davies FREng
Committee Member 

Graham is Emeritus Professor of Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Previously, he was the Head of School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham. In 2008 he was awarded the Platinum Medal from the Institute of Materials for “his outstanding contribution to Materials Science and in particular, Nanotechnology” Distinguished for his novel …