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.

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.

Associate Director, Operations

Jonathan Narbett

As Associate Director of Operations, 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.

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As Associate Director of Operations, 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.

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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.

Senior Programmes Manager

Dr Sarah Rhodes

Sarah manages the QEPrize awards programmes, judging processes, events and activities to celebrate and nurture global engineering excellence.

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.

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Sarah manages the QEPrize awards programmes, judging processes, events and activities to celebrate and nurture global engineering excellence.

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.

Digital Communications Manager

Imogen Ruddock

As Digital Communications Manager, Imogen is on a mission to spread the word about engineering to a global audience through the QEPrize website and social media channels.

Imogen has a background in neuroscience, and is also a musician and aerial dance enthusiast in her spare time.

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As Digital Communications Manager, Imogen is on a mission to spread the word about engineering to a global audience through the QEPrize website and social media channels.

Imogen has a background in neuroscience, and is also a musician and aerial dance enthusiast in her spare time.

Digital Communications Officer

Daniel Thomas

Daniel produces the Create the Future podcast and is responsible for the creation of inclusive and engaging communications materials for the QEPrize website, outreach, and social media channels.

Daniel read Geography at the University of Durham where—alongside a passion for music—he developed a keen appreciation for the role of sustainable engineering and ecosystem management.

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Daniel produces the Create the Future podcast and is responsible for the creation of inclusive and engaging communications materials for the QEPrize website, outreach, and social media channels.

Daniel read Geography at the University of Durham where—alongside a passion for music—he developed a keen appreciation for the role of sustainable engineering and ecosystem management.

Ambassador Network Coordinator

Katie Leefe

Katie coordinates the QEPrize Ambassador Network, a group of engineering influencers dedicated to inspiring the next generation to enter the profession.

Outside of work, Katie enjoys baking (with mixed success) and her collections of plants and figurines are slowly taking over the QEPrize office.

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Katie coordinates the QEPrize Ambassador Network, a group of engineering influencers dedicated to inspiring the next generation to enter the profession.

Outside of work, Katie enjoys baking (with mixed success) and her collections of plants and figurines are slowly taking over the QEPrize office.