Neil Atkinson MIGEM was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in May 2018. A Chartered Chemical Engineer, he has extensive experience within the Professional Engineering Institution sector. Prior to joining IGEM, Neil was Executive Director at IChemE, responsible for membership, qualifications and international development.
During this time, he oversaw an expansion of the Institution's professional qualifications suite whilst also developing interest from chemical engineers in sectors and countries beyond the traditional UK-based oil, gas and chemicals sectors.
As a result, IChemE saw a near doubling of its membership, with a significant shift towards a global membership, through driving closer ties to industry and partner engineering organisations.
Before this, Neil enjoyed an extensive international career with P&G, during which he was responsible for technology commercialisation of several well-known consumer products.
Neil has a passion for driving the engineering skills agenda and has been supportive of many initiatives aimed to expand the provision of high quality qualifications, drive uptake of competence based professional registrations and expanding opportunities for undertaking quality continuing professional development.
Neil's work has extended well beyond the field of chemical engineering, and he has held non-executive director and trustee roles in a number of pan-profession bodies.
Neil is an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment.
When asked why he was attracted to IGEM, Neil said:
"The gas industry will continue to go through significant change as it addresses major challenges to meet decarbonisation targets and the requirements for secure, sustainable gas, delivered at affordable prices to end users. This will require innovation and the development of new standards to help train a competent workforce capable of delivering against these needs. IGEM is in the exciting position to be at the forefront of facilitating such necessary changes."