The Royal Academy of Engineering has appointed Dr Richard Wilson to the post of Director of Communications. Richard, who is currently Head of Business Policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD), will take up his new post in October 2006. At the IoD Richard has responsibility for issues relating to the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department for Education and Skills, the Home Office and employment policy. He has authored a number of key policy documents for the IoD and has been a regular media spokesperson.

Prior to joining the IoD, Richard worked at the Conservative Research Department (1996 – 1998), providing support for Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Ministers and MPs.

Richard comments "It is a privilege to have been appointed Director of Communications at the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Academy plays a crucial role in strengthening national capabilities, recognising excellence, lighting the flame of inspiration in the next generation of engineers and leading the debate on engineering related issues. I am looking forward to contributing to the vital work of The Royal Academy of Engineering in all these areas. Engineering is crucially important in many different areas of life: medicine, industry, transport, energy, defence, security and many others. It is an exciting time to be joining the Academy, especially following the appointment of Lord Browne of Madingley FREng as President of The Royal Academy of Engineering."

Richard was educated at Reading University, where he gained a PhD in political theory. He is an independent director of the board of ‘Improve’, the Sector Skills Council that aims to raise the level of skills and training in the food and drink industry and is also a non-executive director of the Adult Learning Inspectorate.

Philip Greenish, Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Engineering comments, “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Richard Wilson to the post of Director of Communications. His remit will be to increase awareness of the Academy and our key functions to a wider mainstream audience through creating stronger links with the media and developing a range of public engagement activities.”

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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Tonia Page at The Royal Academy of Engineering