Council

The Council is responsible for the day-to-day running and decision-making of the society. It meets on a monthly basis to discuss any topical issues and to perform longer-term strategic planning for the society's future.

Our younger members run our schools programme – including the Engineering and Technology Competition and Engineering Our Future – under the Future Engineers and Scientists (FES) brand, and organise social events.

All members have a local connection to Chelmsford, either by living, working or having been brought up here, and we all work in the engineering and technology or STEM outreach sectors. Chelmsford is of course famous for its engineering industrial heritage, and this is something about which we are all very passionate.

We would love to hear any suggestions, comments or questions you may have. If your enquiry can't be dealt with specifically on the contact us page, then please do get in touch.

Professor David Humber

President

President

Since completing his doctorate at UCL, David has worked for over 30 years as a researcher, lecturer and senior university manager. His principal research interest is the immuno-biology of intracellular infections. He worked for over 12 years in Kenya and Ethiopia before joining the university sector in the UK. David moved to the Chelmsford Campus of Anglia Ruskin University in 2007 as Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, developing a faculty with over 10,000 students across 3 campuses with a research and tuition income of over £40 million a year. David is now the Provost of Anglia Ruskin's Chelmsford Campus and is responsible for driving the development and expansion of all activities across the campus including the built environment, engineering, computing, health, social care, education, business and finance.

David has science in his genes and is a strong advocate for STEM, helping to support its development and profile in schools, colleges and universities as well as the community at large.

 

Roger Pittock

Secretary

Secretary

Roger is a qualified engineer with 36 years' experience in disciplines including electronics, software, mechanical, electrical, process engineering, and safety. In early 2014, he was appointed Outreach Engineer at e2v, with top-level remits of staff engagement and retention – managing expectations of both employer and employee. This altruistic appointment also formalises much of what he has done informally over the years.

He also is an avid supporter of the Consumers' Association. His pet love is astronomical photography, and his pet hate is speed cameras, which are based on bad science and have cost lives thanks to their overzealous deployment having had subtle, but deep-seated detrimental paradoxical effects.

 

Roy Hilsley

Treasurer

Treasurer

Roy has over 40 years' experience in the IT Industry. Latterly he ran a small IT Consultancy, and prior to that was IT Director of a Government Department for 15 years. Roy started his career at AEI, followed by a seven-year spell at Marconi Communications and then on to an IT Consultancy which was subsequently bought by IBM. He has seen many IT projects through their lifecycle and has advised Government and trade bodies, technology suppliers and business customers.

Roy is interested in the restoration of vintage motorcycles and cars, hi-fidelity audio and sport. He actively promotes the renewal and growth of STEM in schools, Apprenticeships, and local hi-tech design and manufacturing activities.

He broadened and revived the CSES Annual Schools' competition to include software and STEM Club projects, and is now focusing on Schools' and STEM liaison and outreach work on behalf CSES. Roy also works with disadvantaged young people to help them gain a good start in life and work.

 

Marten Cieluch

Membership Secretary

Membership Secretary

Marten works at BAE Systems in Great Baddow and joined the Council in 2015 as Membership Secretary.

 

Roy Hilsley

Schools and STEM Liaison Officer

Schools and STEM Liaison Officer

Roy has over 40 years' experience in the IT Industry. Latterly he ran a small IT Consultancy, and prior to that was IT Director of a Government Department for 15 years. Roy started his career at AEI, followed by a seven-year spell at Marconi Communications and then on to an IT Consultancy which was subsequently bought by IBM. He has seen many IT projects through their lifecycle and has advised Government and trade bodies, technology suppliers and business customers.

Roy is interested in the restoration of vintage motorcycles and cars, hi-fidelity audio and sport. He actively promotes the renewal and growth of STEM in schools, Apprenticeships, and local hi-tech design and manufacturing activities.

He broadened and revived the CSES Annual Schools' competition to include software and STEM Club projects, and is now focusing on Schools' and STEM liaison and outreach work on behalf CSES. Roy also works with disadvantaged young people to help them gain a good start in life and work.

 

Adam Wood

Schools' Competition Chair

Schools' Competition Chair

Born in Chelmsford and an Old Chelmsfordian, Adam is a Senior Hardware Engineer at Leonardo in Basildon, and a Chartered Engineer. He joined Leonardo in 2011 as a graduate, having completed summer placements there whilst studying Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Adam specialises in model-based design: he develops and simulates systems and algorithms using mathematical models, and from these generates auto-coded firmware and software designs. He is currently working on an Anglo-French precision-guided weapon programme, and previously worked on high-performance thermal imaging systems.

Alongside his day job, Adam does a lot of education outreach work, and mentoring, and can be found at many STEM events organised or attended by CSES.

 

Chris Neale

Programme Manager

Programme Manager

Chris has lived and worked in Chelmsford for much of his life and was a pupil of Chelmsford Technical High School. Before obtaining an honours degree in Physics from Surrey University, he worked for a year at Marconi Research Laboratories on lasers and holography. Following university he joined VSO and taught science in West Africa for a year before joining EEV (now e2v) as an Engineer where, over 32 years, he progressed through many different senior management and technical roles with 11 years as a board director. Subsequently he joined BAe (now Selex ES) where over 10 years he held a series of senior roles before retiring in 2012.

He now devotes his time to CSES and also to two sailing clubs where he holds committee positions. He has a passion for understanding and celebrating our industrial heritage and promoting the benefits of a career in science and engineering. He is a Fellow of the IET.

Chris was President of the Society from 2012 until 2014.

 

Jack Bolton

Publicity Officer

Publicity Officer

Jack works at Leonardo, whom he joined before starting University. He graduated in 2012 with a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey.

Jack likes to cook and is interested in running, cycling and water polo; although he hasn't played in a while!

 

John Macmorland

Outreach Officer

Outreach Officer

John started his engineering career by competing in the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society Schools' Competition. This led to him gaining an award at the Young Engineer for Britain. John then graduated from the University of Surrey in 2007 having studied Mechanical Engineering. During his course he took a placement year at Case New Holland tractor plant working within a large production team. For the last five years, John has worked for BAE Systems in Great Baddow, Chelmsford, practising in the defence industry where he is an Incorporated Engineer with the IMechE.

 

Vic Leverett

Vice President

Vice President

Since graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Physics from Imperial College London, Vic has had over 40 years' experience in Defence, Security and electronics. He has held director-level positions at GEC, Marconi, BAE Systems and currently Finmeccanica. He led the consolidation of the Marconi Defence and Security businesses and their acquisition by BAe, where he developed the sector to a $3bn business and led the transfer to Finmeccanica.

Vic leads a joint UK MoD and Industry R&D Strategy Group, which shapes UK investment in core technologies. He is Chairman of Niteworks, a unique MoD/Industry Partnership developing network-enabled capability.

Vic is President of the Regional Science & Engineering Council which, together with Academia and Industry, promotes STEM – and the UK economy's need for them – in secondary schools.

Vic was President of the Society from 2009 until 2012.

 

Dr Habtom Mebrahtu

Anglia Ruskin University Liaison

Anglia Ruskin University Liaison

Habtom is Deputy Head of the Department of Engineering and the Built Environment (part of the Faculty of Science and Technology) at Anglia Ruskin University. He has extensive experience of both working and teaching in the engineering industry.

Habtom holds a PhD in manufacturing simulation and performance optimisation from the University of Bath. He is a fully chartered engineer and member of the UK Engineering Council. Habtom's research interests include manufacturing simulation and rapid prototyping. He has also worked as a consultant for Ford Motors, Selex ES and Wilkin & Sons.

Adam Wood

Webmaster

Webmaster

Born in Chelmsford and an Old Chelmsfordian, Adam is a Senior Hardware Engineer at Leonardo in Basildon, and a Chartered Engineer. He joined Leonardo in 2011 as a graduate, having completed summer placements there whilst studying Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Adam specialises in model-based design: he develops and simulates systems and algorithms using mathematical models, and from these generates auto-coded firmware and software designs. He is currently working on an Anglo-French precision-guided weapon programme, and previously worked on high-performance thermal imaging systems.

Alongside his day job, Adam does a lot of education outreach work, and mentoring, and can be found at many STEM events organised or attended by CSES.

 

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