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The IET President’s Address

'A new future for engineers...' will be presented by Dr Peter Bonfield OBE FREng BSc MSc PhD CEng FIET

A new future for engineers...

Engineering is transforming in a way that arguably hasn’t taken place since the invention of electronics. New global challenges, disruptive technology and recently-emerging sectors such as AI, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things make engineering an exciting place to be.

But innovation and new ways of working means a certain amount of risk-taking – which makes it more important than ever that our core values, ethics and competencies are supported in line with new technologies.

That’s why Peter Bonfield has worked with our business partners to produce a Concordat to help organisations show their commitment to valuing their engineers.

The Concordat will help organisations to:

  • Give greater purpose to professional registration and recognise the quality mark it brings
  • Ensure the profession is relevant and welcoming to engineers and technologists in all sectors
  • Demonstrate competency to society and eliminate bad practice caused by incompetence
  • Gain a more diverse and inclusive way of being

The IET has been engineering’s professional home for almost 150 years, and in this changing world, it has even more need to remain so. And will do so.

The world is changing: what’s our future?


About the speaker

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE FREng BSc MSc PhD CEng FIET joined The University of Westminster as Vice-Chancellor and President in May 2018. He joins a University with a proud and distinctive reputation which dates back to 1838, which has focussed on teaching and research for students from diverse backgrounds. Prior to this he worked Chief Executive of the BRE Group of companies who conduct multi-disciplinary research, training and education in the built environment sectors in the UK and around the world. Prior to this he was a Research Officer at the University of Bath on wind energy.  Read more >

Enjoy dinner with the President

The President’s Dinner is an extremely popular part of the President’s Address so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The night will start with relaxing pre-dinner drinks and will be followed by a delicious three course meal in the Riverside Room on the top floor of Savoy Place with access to the Roof Terrace.

The Riverside Room and Roof Terrace have some of the best views over the Thames and South Bank in London and provide an amazing backdrop to one the IET’s most enjoyable evening’s in the calendar. Dine with industry and academia leaders, friends, colleagues and peers.

Whether you are attending as an individual, couple or company with clients, you are assured of a good evening!

More details will be available soon. Check out our other EngTalks.

  • London
  • EngTalk

23 Oct 2019

Add to Calendar 10/23/2019 10:01 10/23/2019 10:01 The IET President’s Address Hear from Dr Peter Bonfield, whose career has included four independent government reviews, the Grenfell Expert Panel and responsibility for sustainability at the London Olympics. And meet Peter and other industry leaders at the President’s Dinner. Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK


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Registration Information

The IET President's Address is free to attend but all delegates must register in advance.

Register now >


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.


6:00pm - Registration
6:30pm - The IET President's Address
8:00pm - The IET President's Dinner
10:00pm - Close

About the speaker (continued)

From 2006 until 2012 he was on part-time secondment to the Olympic Delivery Authority where he co-created the sustainable development strategy and took the lead on the sustainable procurement of construction products.

Peter has conducted 4 Independent Reviews for UK Government since 2012. These include UK Forests and Woodlands (Grown in Britain), Public Sector Food Procurement, Flood Resilience, and Consumer Protection on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (Each Home Counts). He has also served on the Government’s Grenfell Expert Panel focussed on broader UK people fire safety. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Defra from 2015 and 2018 and the Talent Advisory Group which focuses on development, retention and recruitment of civil servants.

OBE for services to research and innovation in the construction industry. Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Bath Univ. and Hertfordshire Univ. Honorary Doctor of Science, Loughborough Univ. And Napier Univ. Fellow; Royal Academy of Engineering; Institution of Civil Engineers; Institution of Engineering and Technology; Institute of Materials. Deputy President and Trustee IET. Honorary Fellow, Institution of Structural Engineers and Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

Peter is a former National Cycling Champion. He has coached many cyclists and triathletes including the Women’s 2004 Olympic Triathlon Team. He is a former sports journalist. 


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Talk and dinner


£95.00 (inc VAT)


Talk and dinner


£130.00 (inc VAT)


Talk and dinner

Student / retired

£95.00 (inc VAT)


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Booking form - Talk and Dinner [PDF, 607KB]


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