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INCOSE UK Council Appointment

The INCOSE UK Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Kirsty Akroyd-Wallis as President Elect of INCOSE UK.

Kirsty is a Systems Engineer with over 20 years of experience in Engineering and is an active member of INCOSE UK. She is a former chair of the INCOSE UK Advisory Board, has led a number of working groups and been an active participant in others. Kirsty is active in encouraging INCOSE UK Members to pursue their careers in Systems Engineering by mentoring individuals who are looking to gain professional registration status and certification as a Systems Engineer.

In her personal statement, Kirsty said "In taking on the role of President Elect, I will be looking to help the development of stronger membership engagement and encourage greater diversity with INCOSE UK, with the goal of delivering a high standard of benefits to all".

Dr Paul Hacker, Head of Systems Capability MBDA UK says: "MBDA are delighted that Kirsty has been appointed as President Elect for INCOSE UK. Kirsty’s many years of support to various INCOSE UK working groups and publications, coupled with her role as an experienced Systems Technical Expert within MBDA provide an excellent opportunity for the continued development of world-class Systems Engineering practice within both of our organisations."

Ivan Mactaggart, President of INCOSE UK stated that the Council were looking forward to welcoming Kirsty to her first Council meeting as President Elect and working with her going forward.

The remaining members of the INCOSE UK Council are:

President Ivan Mactaggart
Finance Director Philip Savvides
Technical Director Jon Holt
Immediate Past President Richard Beasley
Professional Development Director Ian Presland
Events Director Ian Gibson
Academic & Education Director Duncan Kemp
Communications Director Hazel Woodcock
UK Advisory Board Chair David Venn
Company Secretary Emma Jane Taylor

For more information contact:
Emma Jane Taylor
INCOSE UK Secretariat
Tel: 01460 298217
Fax: 0845 2805304
Email: enquiries@incoseonline.org.uk
Web: www.incoseonline.org.uk

INCOSE UK Ltd, Unit 1, First Floor, 21 Silver Street, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0DH

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Dated: 04 January 2017

 


 

INCOSE UK Council Appointments

INCOSE UK announced its Council membership for the coming year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 15 November 2016, along with election results and confirmation of the appointment of Officers.

New appointments are:

President Ivan Mactaggart
Finance Director Philip Savvides
Technical Director Jon Holt
Immediate Past President Richard Beasley

The AGM was an opportunity for Richard Beasley (the outgoing INCOSE UK President) to wish Ivan Mactaggart every success as he takes over as President, welcome Philip Savvides on to the Council in his role as Finance Director and congratulate Prof Jon Holt on his re-election as the Technical Director.

The AGM also recognised the contribution of Peter Lister, the outgoing Finance Director, for his work during the last fifteen years on behalf of the Council.

Our New President Ivan Mactaggart stated ”As I step into the role of President, I am enthused and excited about the challenges and opportunities facing INCOSE UK. As the largest Chapter in the INCOSE global family, we are not only growing a strong membership base but also robust technical and member support programmes and I have no doubt there is much we can achieve for the Systems Engineering profession”.

The remaining members of the INCOSE UK Council are:

Professional Development Director Ian Presland
Events Director Ian Gibson
Academic & Education Director Duncan Kemp
Communications Director Hazel Woodcock
UK Advisory Board Chair David Venn
Company Secretary Emma Jane Taylor

For more information contact:

Emma Jane Taylor
INCOSE UK Secretariat
Tel: 01460 298 217
Email: enquiries@incoseonline.org.uk

INCOSE UK Ltd, The Dyers Building, 21 Silver Street, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0DH

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Dated: 18 November 2016

 


 

INCOSE UK welcomes publication of Systems Engineering Apprenticeship Standard

INCOSE UK welcomes the announcement today of the publication of the standard for a trailblazer apprenticeship in Systems Engineering, as part of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP). Good Systems Engineering is critical to delivering effective military capability, on time and to budget. As the global professional body for Systems Engineering, INCOSE has been involved in setting the standard for practice to improve the delivery of major programmes across a range of sectors, including defence, aerospace, infrastructure and transport.

In the announcement today:
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The apprentice agenda is not simply a numbers game, it is about quality as much as quantity. Degree apprenticeships bring together the very best of higher and vocational education, and allow apprentices to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree, whilst training on the job. The initiative sees employers, universities and professional bodies joining forces to develop the highly skilled workers our economy needs.”

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “I congratulate INCOSE UK and members of the Systems Engineering Trailblazer on their involvement in designing the new apprenticeships for a Systems Engineer, which we have published today.”

Richard Beasley, President of INCOSE UK welcomed the approval and publication of the Systems Engineering Apprenticeship Standard by saying “This is a significant step for UK Systems Engineering. INCOSE UK has supported the development of the standard, and believes that the apprenticeship will make a significant contribution to advancing professional Systems Engineering in the UK.”

Further details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-rolls-out-flagship-degree-apprenticeships

Date: 12 March 2015

For more information contact:
Emma Jane Taylor
INCOSE UK Secretariat
Tel: 01460 298217
Fax: 0845 2805304
Email: enquiries@incoseonline.org.uk
Web: www.incoseonline.org.uk

INCOSE UK Ltd, Unit 1, First Floor, 21 Silver Street, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0DH

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Dated: 23rd March 2015

 


 

INCOSE UK Council Appointments

INCOSE UK announced its Council membership for the coming year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 18 November 2014, including election results and confirmation of the appointment of Officers.

Election Results and New Appointments are:

President Richard Beasley
President-Elect Ivan Mactaggart
Events Director Ian Gibson
Communications Director Hazel Woodcock
Immediate Past President Alan Harding

The AGM was an opportunity for Alan Harding (the outgoing INCOSE UK President) to wish Richard Beasley every success as he takes over as President, welcome Ivan Mactaggart on to the Council in his role as President-Elect and Hazel Woodcock as the new Communications Director. Also thank Robbie Forder, the outgoing Communications Director, for his work during the last two years on behalf of the council.

As we come to the end of our 20th year the newly appointed President of INCOSE UK, Richard Beasley, is looking forward with the aim of ensuring Systems Engineering is truly embedded in every aspect of our lives.

President Elect Ivan’s campaign vision for INCOSE UK which he was elected on has four pillars (DIGS)

  • Develop professional status of systems engineers through growth of professional development programmes and by advancing and showcasing best practice
  • Identify areas of opportunity to develop INCOSE members’ Systems Engineering practice and highlighting their contributions
  • Growth of Systems Engineering best practice, influence, contribution and INCOSE UK membership through addressing the needs as voiced by the membership.
  • Sustain good governance and strong financial controls by working with the INCOSE UK Council and UKAB and the strategy to ensure INCOSE UK is recognised and respected as the UK SE authority.

Hazel Woodcock aims to develop further the communications outreach of the Chapter, with a focus on member engagement and social media.

Ian Gibson has been re-elected as the INCOSE UK Events Director. Ian has ensured INCOSE UK has gained a reputation for holding high quality events and no doubt that will continue.

The remaining members of the INCOSE UK Council are:

Finance Director Pete Lister
Professional Development Director Ian Presland
Technical Director Prof Jon Holt
Academic & Education Director Prof Mike Wilkinson
UK Advisory Board Chair Kirsty Akroyd-Wallis
Company Secretary Emma Jane Taylor

Dated: 25 November 2014

 


 

INCOSE UK recognised as the Leading Chapter in the International Council on Systems Engineering

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INCOSE UK (The UK Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering) has been awarded the highest accolade in INCOSE’s chapter awards programme – the President's Award for outstanding achievement. This recognises a wide range of activities including events, technical working groups, professional development, outreach, and contribution to INCOSE globally. As well as the President’s award, INCOSE UK received a Gold Circle Award and was also inducted into the INCOSE Hall of Fame.

Alan Harding, President of INCOSE UK, accepting the awards on behalf of the chapter at the INCOSE International Symposium in Henderson, Nevada said “I am delighted to receive these awards on behalf of all of INCOSE UK – both volunteers and staff. The entry into INCOSE’s Hall of Fame is also much appreciated as it acknowledges a significant global contribution from the UK”.

These awards recognise the achievements of INCOSE UK over recent years. Our UK members have held key leadership positions within INCOSE, including President, Technical Director and Treasurer, and regularly lead in international working groups and initiatives. At a national level the INCOSE SE competencies framework, recognised by the Hall of Fame award, is now the de facto standard for developing Systems Engineering capability in the UK, and is an INCOSE Product.

Our Memorandum of Understanding with the IET and our Professional Affiliate status with The Engineering Council means that INCOSE UK has become the first-choice professional body for Systems Engineering, and has assisted a growing number of individuals to become Chartered and Incorporated Engineers. Over the coming months we will be developing our professional development services further by offering Systems Engineering Certification within the UK.

Date: 24 July 2014


INCOSE UK supports the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP)

INCOSE is delighted that the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, has announced the creation of a trailblazer apprenticeship in Systems Engineering. As the global professional body for systems engineers, INCOSE has been involved in improving the delivery of major programmes across defence, aerospace, infrastructure and transport.

Good systems engineering is critical to delivering effective military capability, on time and to budget. Systems engineers make sure we build the right systems, and make sure that the systems work effectively.

Alan Harding, president of INCOSE UK and president elect of INCOSE international welcomed the announcement. "This is a significant investment in UK defence systems engineering, which will have a major impact over the coming decades. We are particularly pleased that these trailblazer apprenticeships will cover both academic and practical elements. We expect these apprenticeships will make a significant contribution to advancing professional systems engineering across the UK."

Professor Patrick Godfrey, Director of the Systems Centre at Bristol University, also welcomed the announcement. "Systems engineering is critical to the effectiveness of our defence equipment and armed forces. Increasing the number, and skills, of defence systems engineers is critical to building a strong and effective defence sector."

Date: 14 July 2014


INCOSE UK Celebrating 20 years

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2014 is the 20th anniversary of the foundation of INCOSE UK, the UK Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). During this year we will be celebrating past achievements, recognizing the volunteer effort on which we depend, and looking forward to the future. We are working on a number of exciting projects to mark this achievement which we will publicize soon.

In 1994, around 35 Systems Engineers met in the Lefroy lecture theatre at Shrivenham and decided to form the first Chapter of NCOSE (the US National Council on Systems Engineering) to be established outside North America. In doing so we put the ‘I’ into INCOSE, and became the model for national chapters throughout the world.

The last twenty years have seen the UK Chapter mature and become influential both within INCOSE and in the UK. Our UK members have held key leadership positions within INCOSE, including President, Technical Director and Treasurer, and regularly lead in international working groups and initiatives. At a national level the INCOSE SE competencies framework is now the de facto standard for developing systems engineering capability in the UK.

The INCOSE UK Advisory Board (UKAB) which has 33 corporate members from some of the UK’s leading Government, Industry and Academic organisations has assisted in the development of Strategy and in ensuring we have developed professional services and technical products which benefit our 800 plus members.

Our memorandum of understanding with the IET and our Professional Affiliate status with The Engineering Council in recent years means we have become the first-choice professional body for Systems Engineering, and has assisted a growing number of individuals to become Chartered and Incorporated Engineers. Over the coming months we will be developing our professional development services further by offering Systems Engineering Certification within the UK.

Over the last 20 years INCOSE UK has developed a series of technical publications that have helped to demystify the world of Systems Engineering, in particular the working on the Systems Engineering Competencies Framework, (the creation of which was led by the UKAB and has been used by many leading UK organisations), and our Z Guide series.

Dated: 1 March 2014


Post-nominal Letters for INCOSE UK

INCOSE UK members may now use the post-nominal designation MINCOSE (pronounced "Em INCOSE") to denote their membership of INCOSE's UK Chapter.

This designation has been established so that members who have achieved Professional Registration in the UK via the INCOSE UK / IET scheme can now use the designation as follows:

  • Chartered Engineer - CEng MINCOSE
  • Incorporated Engineer - IEng MINCOSE
  • Engineering Technician - EngTech MINCOSE

In line with guidance from The Engineering Council, MINCOSE may also be used in conjunction with INCOSE SE Certification designations (ASEP, CSEP, ESEP) between any academic qualifications and the professional registration information. For example a Chartered Engineer who is also a certified SE Practitioner may use CSEP CEng MINCOSE.

Additionally INCOSE UK members who are professionally registered with other licensed bodies may use the MINCOSE post-nominal letters to show their membership thus: CEng MIET MINCOSE.

INCOSE UK encourages all professionally registered and certified members to use the MINCOSE post-nominal on business cards, emails, presentations and other documents from now on.

Dated: 13 January 2014


INCOSE UK Council Appointments

INCOSE UK announced its Council membership for the coming year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 12 November 2013, including election results and confirmation of the appointment of Officers.

The new appointments are:

  • Technical Director Prof Jon Holt
  • Academic & Education Director Prof Mike Wilkinson

The AGM was an opportunity for Alan Harding (INCOSE UK President) and his fellow Council Members to thank Andrew Farncombe, the outgoing Technical Director, for leading the technical development of INCOSE UK and its Working Groups during the last eight years. The Council is looking forward to working with Jon Holt to develop further the technical work of the Chapter.

Last year Prof Kate Gill was elected as the Academic & Education Director. She has had to stand down due to an overseas posting earlier this year. Prof Mike Wilkinson has been appointed by the Council into the role for the remaining 2 years of the current term, in line with INCOSE UK‘s articles of association.

Peter Lister has been re-elected as the INCOSE UK Finance Director. Peter has ensured INCOSE UK has been on a stable footing for the last 11 years and it is good to know he will continue to oversee the finances.

The remaining members of the INCOSE UK Council are:

  • President Alan Harding
  • President-Elect Richard Beasley
  • Immediate Past-President Prof Michael Wilkinson
  • Communications Director Robbie Forder
  • Professional Development Director Ian Presland
  • Events Director Ian Gibson
  • UK Advisory Board Chair Ivan MacTaggart
  • Company Secretary Emma Jane Taylor

Dated: 25 November 2013


New initiative aims to improve the delivery of complex projects

Two leading organisations have come together to enhance the successful delivery of complex projects.

The Association for Project Management (APM) and the UK Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE UK) have combined forces to create a Joint Working Group (JWG) on Systems Engineering and Project Management (SEPM). The JWG aims to help organisations avoid some of the costliest problems associated with complex projects, such as delays and cost overruns, by describing and promoting good practice in the fusion of systems engineering and project management.

The JWG brings together leading experts and practitioners from industry, academia and government to support the development of guidance on getting the best from SEPM. This includes the apportioning of roles and responsibilities, the competencies required from the two disciplines and education and training needs, all within the context of harmonised processes and lifecycles. The JWG is also documenting the value to be obtained from combining the two disciplines together, and is illustrating this value through a range of real-world case studies.

The various JWG workstreams are being enthusiastically supported by APM and INCOSE UK members. The guidance provided by the JWG will be promoted through various communications channels so that SEPM good practice is available to and exploited by commercial and public organisations across the UK. The initial results were briefed at INCOSE UK's Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) on 12th and 13th November. Further briefings, guidance material and other products will be delivered over the following months.

Prof Mike Wilkinson, immediate past-president of INCOSE UK and one of the founders of the JWG, said: "This is a superb example of cooperation between professional bodies in the UK, and it has the potential to deliver significant and long-lasting benefits. I have been truly impressed by the levels of support for this initiative from INCOSE UK and APM, as well as by the energy and professionalism of individual members contributing to the work."

Another founder of the Group, Mary Mckinlay, Trustee and Board Member of APM commented: "The APM vision is to create a world in which all projects succeed, this initiative can only assist us to achieve our aims. We were delighted to have the support of our Chairman, Mike Nichols at the first meeting."

Dated: 14 November 2013


18 INCOSE UK Members receive their Chartered Engineer status through a new agreement recognising Systems Engineers’ professional experience.

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We are pleased to announce that the first group of INCOSE UK systems engineers has been professionally registered as Chartered Engineers (CEng) through the agreement signed between INCOSE UK and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on the 3rd October 2011.

Since then INCOSE UK and the IET have been working with seven of the UK’s leading technology and engineering organisations, who become known as the “1st Movers in Systems Engineering Professional Pathways”. The organisations are: Ultra Electronics, General Dynamics UK, QinetiQ, ATKINS, BAE Systems, Purple Secure Systems, and Thales.

The 1st Movers’ nominated candidates for Professional Registration through INCOSE UK and The IET route as a pilot cohort, enabling us to test that the mechanisms put in place delivered the support required to INCOSE UK members wishing to become professionally registered.

The result has been that 18 individuals have already been awarded Chartered Engineer status, with registration certificates being presented at INCOSE UK’s Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 7th November.

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Mr Ian Presland, Professional Development Director for INCOSE UK commented “This initiative has been a fantastic success, raising awareness of the new route to Professional Registration offered by INCOSE UK together with the IET. Apart from the cost benefits to individuals, it is clear that Systems Engineers appreciate the chance to have their Systems Engineering professional experience formally recognised through the scheme.“

Michelle Richmond, IET Director of Membership and Professional Development, said: “We are delighted to be working with INCOSE UK to offer its members a cost-effective route to Professional Registration.”

David Hogan, Deputy CEO at the Engineering Council, said “This is a great example of collaboration between a Licensed Professional Engineering Institution (The IET), a Professional Affiliate (INCOSE UK), and seven Industry partners. Many congratulations to the 18 newly registered engineers.”

Approaching 20 more individuals continue to be supported through the process towards registration by INCOSE UK and the IET.

Dated 30 November 2012