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AWE engineer Giles Hartill, 35, from Twickenham, has been appointed Vice President on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Trustee Board to lead the digital marketing and communications committee - a privileged and vital role for the charity.
Giles is one of four Vice Presidents on the Trustee Board, and his focus will be developing the IMechE's digital infrastructure globally as well as sitting on the audit and risk committee -ensuring effective and efficient administration of the charity.
Also a fellow of the IMechE, Giles said:
"As a trustee I'm legally accountable for ensuring theinstitution complies with charity and company law and am responsible, along with the other trustees, for giving strategic direction to the institution, setting overall policy, defining goals and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
"Being involved with the IMechE with AWE's support has always given a great sense of the wider world of science and engineering - keeping me updated with industry developments and giving me the chance to network with a broad spectrum of engineers. I've also always been passionate about promoting science and engineering to the next generation and this is at the forefront of IMechE's strategy as well as AWE's mission. AWE already has a strong relationship with several science and engineering
institutions and I hope in doing my role that our important work in supporting national security becomes even more widely appreciated in both industry and academia."
Giles's appointment is expected to enhance AWE's links with professional institutions to promote rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
President of the IMechE Jon Hilton said:
"I am delighted to welcome Giles on to the Trustee Board as a Vice President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. It is particularly nice to see a previous representative of the Young Members Board coming back on to the Trustee Board in his own right; I am sure that Giles will help to strengthen links between AWE and the wider defence industry."