OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Posted on 01/09/2014 by IED
There were many things to celebrate at this year’s AGM and Prizegiving – none more so than radio and TV presenter, and founder of TeenTech, Maggie Philbin, being elected as the new president of the IED.
Maggie stated that, back in 2013, she had been thrilled to receive the Promotion of Design Award and subsequently carried out some research on the IED, finding that there is a wide breadth of membership, and a relatively untapped source of exciting professionals and volunteers to help promote engineering and design to a young audience.
She revealed at the AGM that she was "astonished" to be asked to become president and deeply honoured to be able to accept. She feels that the key to developing the IED is to enable the membership to become engaged in spreading the word about the excellent work that they do, to give practical examples of how engineering and design positively influence people's lives, and how to work with projects like TeenTech to give engineering and design a wider audience.
She concluded by inviting all members of the Institution to approach her with ideas – for example, gatherings of members at events around the UK where discussions are held with parents and influencers about the importance, value and excitement of a career in engineering and design.