The Royal Academy of Engineering has appointed its first Director of Strategy and Deputy CEO, a post created to increase the Academy’s capacity to deliver its ambitious five-year strategy.

Dr Hayaatun Sillem, formerly the Academy’s Director of Programmes and Fellowship, took up her post on 24 May 2016. The new role will involve overseeing the implementation of the five-year strategic plan and, alongside the CEO, leading cross-Academy change and modernisation projects.

Dr Sillem will continue to lead Academy Fellowship activities, award schemes and research policy and will take on a strategic oversight role across the Academy’s portfolio of programmes. A new Director of Programmes will be recruited to head up the research, international and enterprise teams.

Dr Sillem first joined the Academy in 2002 as an Engineering Policy Advisor, before moving into roles in government and Parliament, including at the Department for International Development and House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. She returned to the Academy to set up the International Activities team in 2006, before being promoted to Director, Programmes and Fellowship in 2011, a role which saw her co-found the Academy’s Enterprise Hub and lead the secretariat for the Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Philip Greenish CBE, Royal Academy of Engineering Chief Executive, said: “This new role creates the capacity that is essential for the Academy to deliver its ambitious strategy for the benefit of society through our leading role in the engineering profession. It will enable us to deliver an increasing number of programmes, both in the UK and internationally, to the very highest standard.”

Dr Hayaatun Sillem said: “I am looking forward to working with our Fellows, colleagues and partner organisations to increase the Academy’s leadership in addressing some of the major challenges and opportunities faced by the engineering profession, as identified in our five-year strategic plan. The Academy is at a very exciting point in its development, and there are huge opportunities to increase its impact and enhance the contribution that engineering makes to society, both within and beyond the UK.”

Notes for editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

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