The new President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Sir John Parker FREng, has set out his vision for a strong and unified engineering profession speaking with one voice for the benefit of the country and the future of the profession.

Making his inaugural speech as President to senior figures from the engineering profession, Sir John said: “We must, with the institutions and other partners, promote engineering and the role of the professional engineer vigorously in public life.

“We must also foster better education and skills such that the needs of the country are met and the aspirations of our young people are satisfied. If we are to have an economy with more technocratic horsepower, then we need more young people to set their sights on becoming engineers”.

Sir John, who is Chairman of both National Grid and Anglo American, was speaking at the final event to be held at the Academy before it undergoes a eight-month, £6.5m makeover to transform it into a national Forum for Engineering.

He added: “When we re-open next April, we will have created a high quality Forum in which we will debate the issues that matter and celebrate the achievements of engineers, showing what engineering is and what it is to be an engineer today. The Forum will allow the Academy to do more - for and with our partners. We see it as a national asset for engineering.”

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