The Royal Academy of Engineering has appointed a Policy Director to head up its new Policy Centre - an expansion of the Academy's well-established policy function that will enhance its ability to provide government with expert advice from the profession on national challenges that involve engineering or have an engineering dimension.

Dr Nick Starkey joins the Academy in January 2018 from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where he was Deputy Director, Science & Research. Previous positions include Deputy Director, Office for Civil Society and Innovation at the Cabinet Office, and policy adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Policy Centre represents a significant increase in the capacity of the Academy to work with partners including the professional engineering institutions, industry and other learned societies to provide a coordinated voice; and to expand and deepen its relationships with government. It will define and develop workstreams on the biggest issues that engineering can address, for the benefit of both the profession, and society as a whole.


Dr Starkey commented:

“Engineering makes an enormous contribution to society and I am excited by the chance to work with engineers and government to help develop good policy to maximise that benefit.”


Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

“Nick was an outstanding candidate for the role of Policy Director and has a wealth of relevant expertise and experience. We are delighted that he will be joining us in January to take forward the work on the Engineering Policy Centre and drive a step-change in the visibility and influence of the profession as a whole at the highest levels of government.”


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

For more information please contact: Victoria Runcie at the Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0620; email: