The Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering to take the highly successful new prize into its second phase. Caroline Evans, previously Deputy Director of the Prize team, will take over as Director with effect from 1 August.

Former QE Prize Director Anji Hunter is to join Edelman UK, one of the country’s largest public relations agencies, as a senior advisor.

Prior to joining the Academy in 2012, Caroline Evans was Chief Executive of the Teaching Awards Trust. After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences, she worked as an educational publisher at Hodder (now Hodder Headline) and Macmillan. After a period working in consultancy she was a founding director of the educational consultancy EdComs.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, an international award with a £1 million prize for the winner, was awarded for the first time this year to the team of engineers who led the development of the Internet and the World Wide Web: Robert Kahn, Vint Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen. Her Majesty the Queen presented the prize at Buckingham Palace on 25 June in the presence of the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Academy Chief Executive Philip Greenish says: “I am delighted that Caroline will be taking forward the development of the Queen Elizabeth Prize as Director. This prize represents a wonderful new opportunity to engage with young people about the excitement of engineering and Caroline and her team have broken new ground in establishing the reputation of the prize in its first phase.

“We wish Anji the very best for her future work with Edelman and acknowledge the enormous contribution she has made to the character and stature of the Queen Elizabeth Prize.”

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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