The Royal Academy of Engineering is delighted to announce that Dr Hayaatun Sillem has been appointed as its new Chief Executive, with effect from 1 January 2018. She succeeds Philip Greenish CBE, who has led the Academy’s staff since 2003, during a period of sustained growth for the Academy, including its relocation in 2007 to its present headquarters in Carlton House Terrace.

Hayaatun has worked for the Academy since 2006 and held the post of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Strategy until her appointment as CEO. She previously served as Committee Specialist and later Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee.

Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering and innovation policy and programmes. She is also a trustee of the London Transport Museum and Semta, and a trustee and judge for the St Andrew’s Prize for the Environment.

Hayaatun has a Masters in Biochemistry (MBiochem) from the University of Oxford and a PhD in signal transduction from University College London.  She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Academy President Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS says:

"Dr Sillem is widely respected within the Fellowship and the engineering community, particularly for her work in leading policy work across the profession and championing the Academy's Enterprise Hub. As Chief Executive, she will continue to drive forward the Academy’s work, including a rapidly expanding international programme and creating a diverse and inclusive profession."

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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Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering

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