NMITE bolsters its board with five new trustees

New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) is pleased to announce the appointment of five new Board Trustees: Aimee Clark, Dr Wendy Finlay, Marc Leppard, Professor Nicholas Lieven and Dr Kierann Shah, bringing specific skills and breadth of knowledge to NMITE which is now delivering its promise to its students to “learn to be an engineer, rather than study engineering”.

They join existing Trustees, Jon Gorringe, Martin Hitchin, Rowena Innocent, and Chair, Terence Jagger CBE as well as President and Chief Executive Officer Elena Rodriguez- Falcon. 

Chair of the Board, Terence Jagger, CBE who joined in March 2021 commented on the appointments: “We are delighted with our new Trustees who together with our current members reflect the needs of an organisation that is now in full delivery mode with our next (second) cohort joining in January 2022. Their varied backgrounds in diversifying educational opportunities, energy and the environment, space, aircraft dynamics and their combined interest in achieving NMITE’s ambitions in engineering education will have an immediate impact.”  

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, added: “I am delighted to welcome our new Board Trustees, all of whom share our vision for providing a place for individual transformation and 21st century engineering. Their wide-ranging experience and expertise will help us to continue to lead the way with our innovative ways of learning and our forward-thinking approach to all that we do, helping to inspire the next generation of engineers.”

The new Trustees are:

Aimee Clark

With a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Management (Sheffield University), Aimee is now Head of Commercial at Octopus Energy Group, responsible for bringing new innovations to market to help decarbonise home heating and transport.  Alongside her business role she is also an advocate for social entrepreneurship and has spent several years supporting student social enterprise organisation Enactus. 

Dr Wendy Finlay

Wendy holds a PhD in Biochemistry and has nearly 20 years’ experience working in higher education at a range of providers including Russell Group Universities, a small and specialist HE provider, and an Ofsted Outstanding Further Education College. Since 2016 she has been Vice-Principal of the University College of Estate Management (UCEM) and has held the role of Independent Director/Trustee of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) since April 2017.

Marc Leppard

Marc has 30 years’ experience in risk, corporate governance and compliance and his last role was as Global Head of Business Integrity at BP plc.  He is now a management consultant, a trustee of Marches Counselling Services (a mental health charity) and Gwent Wildlife Trust (a conservation charity) and was recently appointed as a Lay Observer for the UK’s Ministry of Justice. Since joining NMITE , Marc has been appointed Chair of Audit & Risk Committee.

Professor Nick Lieven is Professor of Aircraft Dynamics at the University of Bristol.  Previously, he was the Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the University’s overall strategic development following on from the roles of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and International. Nick has recently been Chair of the UK Teaching Excellence Framework Panel in Engineering and Technology, is a visiting professor at the Los Alamos National Laboratories in the US and was the founding director of the Agusta Westland University Technology Centre in Rotorcraft Vibration.

Dr Kierann Shah is a freelance STEM Engagement Project Manager and Science Communicator. Kierann has a background in physics, nanotechnology, and the UK space sector.  For nine years she managed the National Space Academy, facilitating engagement with space and STEM for young people and teachers as well as working on skills development for the UK space sector.