Phil Peel elected as 137th President of IMechE

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Phil Peel, who is a Fellow of the Institution, has been elected as 137th President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, as IMechE celebrates the 175th anniversary of its foundation in 1847.

The theme of Phil’s Presidential year is “Our Institution: Building the Future” as he and our leadership team look to strengthen the Institution, so it is well placed for the challenges ahead and to deliver our vision of improving the world through engineering.

Phil Peel said, “I am proud to take office in such a momentous anniversary year, in which we aim to celebrate and honour our past whilst looking confidently towards the future. As President, I want to focus on how we can build for the future and support our members to tackle the many global challenges we face.”

Phil, who lives in Switzerland, will be the Institution’s first non-UK resident President and one of his priorities in office will be to extend our global reach. He will also be looking to develop the Institution’s new long-term strategy and support our diversity and inclusion work.

After attending the University of Durham, his engineering career began in Rugby, where he joined GEC Turbine Generators Ltd. as a graduate engineer working on steam turbine blading design.

He has stayed in the power generation sector throughout his career and relocated to Switzerland in 2001, where he currently works as Chief Engineer Steam Turbines with General Electric.

Phil was instrumental in launching IMechE’s Switzerland Group, has been a Trustee since 2016 and Chair of the Finance Board since its launch in 2019.