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Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes 72 new Fellows

03 October 2022

At its AGM on 20 September 2022, the Royal Academy of Engineering elected 72 leading figures in the field of engineering and technology to its Fellowship.

Brian Holliday, Siemens
Brian Holliday, Siemens

The group consists of 60 Fellows, seven International Fellows and five Honorary Fellows, each of whom has made exceptional contributions to their own sector, pioneering innovations, leading progress in business or academia, providing high-level advice to government, or promoting a wider understanding of engineering and technology.

This year’s new Fellows reflect the Academy’s ongoing Fellowship Fit for the Future initiative announced in July 2020, to drive more nominations of outstanding engineers from underrepresented groups ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2026. 

This initiative sees the Academy striving for increased representation from women, disabled and LGBTQ+ engineers, those from minority ethnic backgrounds, non-traditional education pathways and emerging industries, and those who have achieved excellence at an earlier career stage than normal.

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a special ceremony in London on 8 November, when each Fellow will sign the roll book. In joining the Fellowship, they will add their unique capabilities to the Academy’s mission to harness the power of engineering to create a sustainable society and an inclusive economy for all.

Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says: “I am delighted to welcome such an array of enormously talented people to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. From industry and enterprise to education and government – both national and international – these are some of our most pioneering and distinguished engineers and technologists.

“In an uncertain world, one thing is certain – engineering skills, vision and leadership will play a crucial part in addressing the escalating domestic and global challenges that we face today. The combined connectivity, professionalism, experience and wisdom of the new Fellows who join us today will greatly enrich the expertise and support we can provide to the government and to society in general.”

Among the 72 new Fellows is Brian Holliday, Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries (pictured). A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Brian is a member of the Executive Management Board of Siemens plc and Managing Director for Siemens Digital Industries, which serves the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, and is Chairman of Siemens Industry Software UK.

He is also a supervisory board member for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult in addition to being a main board member for Make UK, the Manufacturers’ Organisation. In 2022, he was appointed Co-Chair of Made Smarter, the national digitalisation movement to drive productivity, growth and sustainability in manufacturing.

Brian says: “Engineers have a huge role to play in the future success of our world, from production and helping underpin stable economic growth to decarbonisation. The Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the best of our profession, championing engineering careers, engineering contribution and engineering diversity. 

"I’m genuinely delighted to be elected a fellow at this time to play my part with the support of Siemens, whose goals are aligned in many ways to those of the Royal Academy of Engineering.”

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