Libby Meyrick said: "The launch of the Chartership for Technological Product Designers illustrates our ongoing commitment to supporting all those working in the field of engineering and product design. This is the fastest growing sector within our industry and it is only right that there is a professional qualification that recognises the achievements of those working within it. It is a fitting way to celebrate the IED's 70 years of commitment to supporting those responsible for helping to shape the future of our world.
The IED is the UK's only professional body representing those working in the many fields of engineering and product design. The creation of the new Chartership reflects and acknowledges the vast numbers of professionals working in the growing field of technology.
The reception also marked the appointment of Dr Tania Humphries-Smith, head of Design and Engineering at Bournemouth University, as the new Chair of the IED. The appointment of Dr Humphries-Smith means that the three most senior positions at the IED are held by women. Dr Humphries-Smith joins broadcaster Maggie Philbin, who became president in 2014, and Meyrick who has been ceo of the Institution since 2001.
"I'm honoured to accept the position of Chair of the IED. I have been an active member of the organisation since joining as a student and am looking forward to having the opportunity to support and shape the development of the Institution as we head into our next decade," Dr Humphries-Smith said. "I am also of course delighted that the leadership of the IED now reflects the growing diversity within the industry – something that I, and the rest of the Council, is committed to promoting and supporting."