Royal Academy of Engineering chief executive to receive honorary doctorate

Published:  13 October, 2017

The chief executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Philip Greenish CBE, will receive an honorary award from University of Huddersfield, which will be presented at the University’s November Award Ceremonies.

Philip Greenish has been chief executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering since July 2003.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1969 as he started an engineering science degree at Durham University. He graduated in 1972 and spent much of the next 15 years in destroyers and frigates or in design and support roles ashore, including a spell working for the Canadian Navy in Nova Scotia. Later jobs were mostly in the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. In his final role, as a Rear Admiral, he was responsible for engineering, personnel and logistic support for the front line of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

The Academy has grown significantly since 2003 with a vision to put engineering in the heart of society where it is in reality, if not yet in perception. The Academy’s elected Fellowship of outstanding engineers provides leadership across all fields of engineering. “With the UK facing a difficult future, its role, and the role of engineering, has never been more important,” said Greenish.

Philip Greenish sits on Southampton University Council, and is a Board member of EngineeringUK. He has served on two research councils, was a founding trustee of the Science Media Centre and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He was appointed CBE in 2003

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