EPC people


President: Professor Mike Sutcliffe:

Professor Mike Sutcliffe is the Deputy Dean of TEDI-London – an innovative new engineering higher education provider – with wide-ranging strategic and operational responsibilities for shaping and facilitating TEDI-London’s student-facing portfolios.  More broadly, he plays a leading role in the New Approaches to Engineering Higher Education programme formed by the Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) and the Institution of Engineering Technology.  He also led on a high profile policy paper for successful engineering degree apprenticeships.

Mike was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University, where he led the revitalising of learning and teaching across engineering, computer science and mathematics – focussing on ‘learning through doing’.  Prior to this, as Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and AnalyticaI Science at the University of Manchester, he attained and sustained global top 25 status (QS World Rankings), a top 3 position in the UK in REF 2014 and an Athena SWAN Silver Award.  He also led on establishing strategic collaborative partnerships with industry, as well as establishing a UK-wide academic chemical engineering community.

He is a chartered engineer as well as a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Vice President

Vice President (Past President): Professor Colin Turner:

Professor Turner is Head of the School of Engineering at Ulster University, having taken up that role in 2010, and Professor of Engineering Education since 2013. He obtained his Joint Honours degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics and his PhD in Mathematics from Queen’s University Belfast in 1993 and 1997. He joined Ulster University in 1998 to take up a post as lecturer in Mathematics, Computing and Statistics and undertaking Cardio Vascular research with the Royal Victoria Hospital and NIBEC (Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre).

His areas of teaching expertise are in Mathematics and Software Development for Engineering. He also has interests in the developments of technology to assist Learning and Teaching. He has a particular interest in technologies that impact upon Employability and Curriculum Development both within the University environment and outside. He has developed and released several of these systems with Free Software licenses and they have been used by Higher Education Providers in the UK and Beyond.

Professor Turner is a Fellow of the Institution of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and has served as a board member for the EPC since April 2013.

He is a member of the advisory group of Learned Societies and Professional Bodies for the All Party Group for Science and Technology at the Northern Ireland Assembly and an Executive Committee member and Trustee for ASET, the UK body for placement professionals.

Follow Colin on Twitter at @ProfCTurner or on LinkedIn.

Hon Treasurer

Honorary Treasurer: Professor Stephanie Haywood:
Prof Stephanie Haywood, CEng, FIET, FIoP
is Emeritus Professor of Optoelectronic Engineering at the University of Hull. From 2010-2015, she was Director of the Centre for Adaptive Science and Sustainability (CASS), an industry-focussed research centre, with a broad remit, working on renewable energy and low carbon projects including offshore wind and energy from waste. In this role, she worked with the Spencer Group through a Royal Academy of Engineering secondment, to develop links between industry and academia in both research and teaching.  Prior to the role with CASS, Stephanie was Head of Engineering and Deputy Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at Hull and served on the board of HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association), which trains apprentices for major companies.
Stephanie’s own research expertise is in the physics and design of optical detectors, modulators and solar cells particularly in the mid IR. She has experience of working in a broad range of academic institutions in the UK and Europe (including UCL, University of Oxford, Middlesex University, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and IMEC, Belgium). She has also worked in industry for Lucas Advanced Engineering (now TRW). Stephanie was a member of the REF2014 Sub Panel UoA 15 for General Engineering. A former Chair of PHEE for several years, she was EPC President from 2015-2017.

Hon Secretary

Honorary Secretary: Professor David Harrison:  Professor Harrison began his career as an Apprentice Engineer with Fodens Limited, the Sandbach based manufacturer of commercial vehicles. He went on to complete a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering which included a 15 month secondment with Ernest Scragg & Sons Ltd, manufacturers of Textile Machinery where he led a large factory layout rationalisation scheme. Upon graduation he completed an MSc in Manufacturing Technology during which time he delivered a novel instrument for aiding machine tool investment decisions. He then joined the Microwave Division of Ferranti Ltd as the Production Engineering Manager and was involved with the packaging of electronic communication devices for military air, sea and land applications. He next received an invitation to undertake a fully funded industry based PhD with SIMON-Vicars Ltd which was concerned with the implementation and optimisation of CADCAM within the company. David gained his PhD from the University of Manchester and also joined the Staff at UMIST from where he transferred to Staffordshire University. In 1994 he was promoted to Professor when he joined the Staff of the Department of Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University where he has held a number of roles. He is currently Head of Research & Knowledge Transfer within the School of Engineering and Computing.

Chief Executive

Johnny RichChief Executive: Johnny Rich:  As well as his role with the EPC, Johnny Rich is well known across the higher education sector as a high-profile commentator on policy issues as well as the chief executive of student advice and outreach organisation Push, as a consultant working in education and careers, and as an author.

Before joining the EPC, Johnny has already worked on many issues of concern to our members. Over the past 25 years, he led Push’s research – such as on drop-out rates and student debt – which has had direct impacts on policy.

Johnny’s thought leadership, such as his papers for a graduate levy and a national access fund (2018) and on employability (2015) for the Higher Education Policy Institute, have been influential throughout the sector. Policy issues are also a significant part of his consultancy work, along with communications. His clients have included the European Commission, HEFCE, U-Multirank, as well as many universities, recruiters and charities.

He’s a regular speaker at conferences, awards and in schools. In 2013, his novel A Human Script was published.

Follow Johnny on Twitter at @JohnnySRich or on LinkedIn.