Phil Peel, President, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Phil has been a member of the IMechE since 1981, becoming a Fellow in 2007.
His engineering career began as a student trainee with the UK Ministry of Defence in 1981. Having graduated in engineering from University College, Durham in 1985 with a B.Sc. in Engineering Science, he continued his studies to obtain a Masters in Turbomachinery in 1986.
He has over 35 years of experience in the global power generation business. His career has focused on the development and design of large steam turbines, being based initially in Rugby, UK with GEC Turbine Generators and subsequently Alstom Power. Relocating to Switzerland in 2001, he led the development of new steam turbine technologies, advancing to the position of Chief Engineer in 2012, which he now holds with the current company owner, General Electric.
His journey as IMechE volunteer started as a UK school liaison officer in the 1990s through the Engineering Council Neighbourhood Engineers Scheme.
He was instrumental in launching the IMechE Switzerland Group in 2010, taking the position of country Chair from 2011 to 2016, and was a member of both the International Strategy Board from 2013 to 2016 and the Strategic Advisory Board in 2016.
He has been a Trustee since 2016, initially as the International Ordinary Member and subsequently as a Vice President from 2018.
As Trustee, he has acted as Chair of the Technical Strategy Board (2018-2019) and Legal Committee (2020-2021) as well as Co-Chair of the Qualifications and Membership Board (2016-2017), Audit and Risk Committee (2017-2019) and Commercial and Investment Board (2018-2019).
In 2018, he was appointed as the Institution’s Honorary Treasurer and has been Chair of the Finance Board since its inauguration in 2019.
In addition to his IMechE activities, he is a committee member of the VDMA (German Engineering Association) and has acted as presenter, panel speaker and session chair at several international power generation conferences