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Senior government advisor takes leadership position at the IET

10 December 2010

Tony Whitehead will be joining the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on January 4 2011 as director of governance and policy. Dr Whitehead previously held the post of Joint Head of the Science in Government Unit where he worked for the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser. He was also Joint Chair of the Science and Trust Expert Group and a member of the DCMS Science and Research Advisory Committee.

Commenting on his new appointment, Dr Whitehead said “I have always been passionate about engineering and the enormous contribution it makes to the quality life and prosperity in the UK and Overseas.  Consequently I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to join the IET, an organisation that is clearly at the forefront of promoting the importance of engineering.”

Dr Whitehead is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute. Other posts he has held include Director of Science and Society in the Office of Science and Innovation, Head of the Home Office Science Policy Unit and Deputy Director of the National Measurement System.

He studied and researched nuclear engineering at Queen Mary College, London and pursued research into civil power generation before joining the Civil Service to work on military oceanography at the Admiralty Research Laboratory. He then managed submarine research and procurement projects in the MoD before moving to the Department of Energy to direct nuclear research and decommissioning programmes.

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