Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE

Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering, innovation, and diversity and inclusion activities. In addition to her role at the QEPrize she is is CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She chairs the UK government’s Innovation Expert Group and the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, and co-chairs with Sir Lewis Hamilton his Commission on Black representation in UK motorsport. Hayaatun is a trustee of EngineeringUK and the Foundation for Science & Technology, a member of the Made Smarter Commission on Industry 4.0, a director of Festival*UK 2022 Ltd and an advisor to accelerateHER and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Hayaatun Sillem 2023

Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering, innovation, and diversity and inclusion activities. In addition to her role at the QEPrize she is is CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She chairs the UK government’s Innovation Expert Group and the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, and co-chairs with Sir Lewis Hamilton his Commission on Black representation in UK motorsport. Hayaatun is a trustee of EngineeringUK and the Foundation for Science & Technology, a member of the Made Smarter Commission on Industry 4.0, a director of Festival*UK 2022 Ltd and an advisor to accelerateHER and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Associate Director

Jonathan Narbett

As Associate Director, Jonathan is responsible for the design, development and implementation of policies that enhance the QEPrize’s global profile and embed its status as the world’s leading prize for engineers and engineering.

A humanities graduate, Jonathan has developed a fascination with engineering, particularly in its application to cycling and skiing.

Jonathan 1

As Associate Director, Jonathan is responsible for the design, development and implementation of policies that enhance the QEPrize’s global profile and embed its status as the world’s leading prize for engineers and engineering.

A humanities graduate, Jonathan has developed a fascination with engineering, particularly in its application to cycling and skiing.

Head of Media and Engagement

Jane Sutton

Jane helps to drive national and global publicity for the QEPrize and works with the team to develop unique, high-profile events to showcase the winners and their achievements.

Jane read chemistry at the University of York and is passionate about promoting science, engineering and technology.

Jane Sutton 2023

Jane helps to drive national and global publicity for the QEPrize and works with the team to develop unique, high-profile events to showcase the winners and their achievements.

Jane read chemistry at the University of York and is passionate about promoting science, engineering and technology.

Head of Programmes

Dr Sarah Rhodes

Sarah leads the QEPrize awards programmes to celebrate and nurture global engineering excellence. She oversees the operation and development of QEPrize events and activities to raise the public profile of engineering and inspire the young to consider a career in engineering.

Sarah has an applied research background in design for social innovation and is passionate about using diverse, inclusive co-design methods to address complex global challenges.

Sarah Rhodes 3

Sarah leads the QEPrize awards programmes to celebrate and nurture global engineering excellence. She oversees the operation and development of QEPrize events and activities to raise the public profile of engineering and inspire the young to consider a career in engineering.

Sarah has an applied research background in design for social innovation and is passionate about using diverse, inclusive co-design methods to address complex global challenges.

QEPrize Ambassador Network Coordinator

Jenny Pinta

Jenny implements an innovative, creative, and diverse programme of public engagement, training and outreach opportunities for the QEPrize Ambassador Network. She has support and facilitation experience with European student networks and has recently completed her MA in International Business. Jenny is a BA Modern Languages graduate with a first-class honour’s degree and over four years of language background experience, values connecting with other networks to exchange ideas, which promote the development of more objective perspectives and innovative thinking.

Jenny Pinta 2023

Jenny implements an innovative, creative, and diverse programme of public engagement, training and outreach opportunities for the QEPrize Ambassador Network. She has support and facilitation experience with European student networks and has recently completed her MA in International Business. Jenny is a BA Modern Languages graduate with a first-class honour’s degree and over four years of language background experience, values connecting with other networks to exchange ideas, which promote the development of more objective perspectives and innovative thinking.

Programme Manager

Comfort Musa

Comfort managers the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering's nominations and judging processes, as well as team logistics, events and activities to celebrate and nurture global engineering excellence. She has a banking and finance background and is an experienced project manager who has worked in the public and health sectors in various capacities. Comfort is passionate about making a difference in people's lives and is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Comfort Musa 2023

Comfort managers the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering's nominations and judging processes, as well as team logistics, events and activities to celebrate and nurture global engineering excellence. She has a banking and finance background and is an experienced project manager who has worked in the public and health sectors in various capacities. Comfort is passionate about making a difference in people's lives and is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.