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New Fellows 2021 - Elspeth Finch FREng

IAND celebrates our CEO on her election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

A huge congratulations to our CEO Elspeth Finch MBE who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering alongside industry leaders including Alison Atkinson, CEO of AWE, Professor Penelope Endersby, Chief Executive of The Meteorological Office, and Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of National Highways.

Elspeth will be admitted to the Royal Academy of Engineering, which comprises nearly 1,700 distinguished engineers, at its Annual General Meeting on 22 September.

Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says: “Our Fellows represent the best of the best in the engineering world, and we welcome these 69 excellent and talented professionals to our community of business people, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics.”

In joining the Fellowship, she will add her capabilities to the Academy’s mission to create a sustainable society and an inclusive economy for all. Elspeth says: “I am delighted and feel hugely privileged to become a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering - joining a community of Fellows who have shaped what engineering is now, and those who are shaping its future. I am especially proud to be a part of FREng’s most diverse new fellowship class in its history and the inaugural year of its Fellowship Fit for a Future initiative.”

Elspeth’s career has focused on how technology can drive impact. Her first business, Intelligent Space founded in 2000, used data insights to create liveable and vibrant places to live and work, including the transformation of Oxford Circus in central London. At IAND, we give companies visibility on their suppliers, so that they can unlock the innovation potential of the great companies they work with, meet Net Zero targets and support local SMEs.

She is passionate about supporting SMEs & creating the business environment that enables innovation to thrive and this is her focus in industry groups including the IET Innovation and Technology Policy Panel, the BEIS Innovation Expert Group and as chief judge of the Launchpad competition at the Royal Academy of Engineering for young entrepreneurs.

More information on Elspeth can be found here.


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