IChemE selects Sir William as new President

IChemE selects Sir William as new President

3:20 PM, 4th July 2011
IChemE selects Sir William as new President
Sir William Wakeham, 70th President of IChemE.


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Sir William Wakeham, former Vice Chancellor of Southampton University, UK has been appointed as the 70th President of IChemE (the Institution of Chemical Engineers). He succeeds Desmond King in the post and used his presidential address in London to highlight the impact that an increasingly diverse membership base will have on the future of IChemE.

Sir William explained to an audience of IChemE members and invited guests that as the location, industry sector and education background of the membership changes, the institution must evolve: “IChemE is a global organisation with members in 120 countries. But those members are working in a wider range of sectors than ever before and not all of them have what might be called a ‘traditional chemical engineering’ background.

”This trend is going to become increasingly frequent and it’s important that the services, support structure and governance of IChemE meets the needs of a diverse and wide-ranging membership base,” said Sir William.

The presidential address, Thinking outside the pipe – unlocking potential, delivering chemical engineering futures highlighted IChemE’s significant recent growth in China, India, Malaysia, Singapore and North America as well as its established bases in both the UK and Australia.

Sir William has previously served at Imperial College London for over 30 years. Sir William was knighted in 2009 for services to chemical engineering and higher education. A physicist by training who was educated at Exeter University, Sir William has spent much of his career in chemical engineering.

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