Martin Powell: Chief Executive

An honours graduate in Earth Sciences, Martin developed his career in the quarrying extractive industry, initially with Australian corporation Pioneer Concrete where he worked in a number of roles over a 10 year period.

On joining Redland, one of the UK’s leading building materials producers, his subsequent roles were involved with business acquisitions, mergers and restructuring until Redland itself was acquired by Lafarge, a French multinational heavy materials group. There he joined a world-wide business performance team supporting knowledge transfer and best practice across Lafarge’s international concrete businesses.

After a seven year period as Chief Executive of the UK’s Concrete Society, he joined The Institution of Structural Engineers as Chief Executive in 2009.

Darren Byrne: Deputy Chief Executive, Membership & Education Services Director

Darren joined the Institution of Structural Engineers in November 1999, following a period of almost five years employment with the Institution of Civil Engineers.

During his extensive involvement with professional engineering institutions Darren has gained experience in all aspects of the professional membership qualifying process from academic qualifications, through to Initial Professional Development (IPD) and finally the Professional Review. 

During his time at the Institution of Structural Engineers Darren has overseen the drafting of the IPD regulations, the introduction of the new Professional Review Interview and the development of new routes to membership. 

He was appointed Director of Membership & Education in February 2008, and Deputy Chief Executive in January 2017. Darren, with his team, continues to develop resources and initiatives to better support members, throughout the world, through the qualifying process.

Vipan Narang: Corporate Services Director

Vipan joined the Institution from his role as the Director of Finance & Resources at the Churches Conservation Trust, England's third largest building conservation and regeneration charity. During his 5 years, the Trust experienced rapid change, with the Finance & Resources team providing professional support, reporting and delivery to an increasingly devolved organisation.
He’s been a Chartered Accountant for the past 16 years, and built his experience in audit and risk roles in commerce and industry.

Vipans remit at the Institution includes directorial responsibilities for finance; human resources; IT; facilities and internal administration.

Dr Susan Doran: Company Secretary and Director of Regulations

Susan gained an honours degree in Civil Engineering at King’s College London after which she remained at the College undertaking research which led to the award of a PhD in 1985.

Following a short period as a university lecturer in Scotland, she joined Arup in 1987 where she spent eight years working with multidisciplinary teams on the structural design of major building engineering projects. During this time she became a Chartered Civil Engineer.

Susan joined the Institution of Structural Engineers in April 1995 as Manager, Technical Activities - promoted to Technical Director in 2000 - and was responsible for the Institution’s technical work until taking up her current post of Company Secretary and Director of Regulations in July 2009. Whilst working at the Institution she qualified as a Chartered Secretary.

In addition Susan is Company Secretary for Structural Engineers Registration Limited (SER) a wholly owned subsidiary company of the Institution currently operating in Scotland and Jersey.

Tina Cardy: Director of Communications

Tina joined the Institution in 2012 as Director of Communications following two years with a sister engineering institution. Tina’s commercial and marketing experience has taken her through both profit and non-profit environments including pharmacy and engineering for the past nine years. Prior to this her career spanned more than a decade in the media industry working within a number of markets developing both off and online publishing products and national events and exhibitions in both consumer and B2B environments.

Tina has an MSc Marketing specialising in marketing research and digital development. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and has also lectured at post graduate level for the CIM. She is a member of the CIMCIG (construction industry committee) with a remit to further the scope of marketing and communications in the construction industry.

Combining her significant experience in PR, events and digital marketing, Tina’s passion today is the growing convergence of all marketing communication activities and the drive to share knowledge digitally at a global level.

Peter Welland: Commercial Director

Peter joined The Institution of Structural Engineers in May 2014 after two years as Managing Director of a market research company.

He is an honours graduate from the University of Leicester, from where he developed a career in magazine and online publishing. From 2001 until December 2011 Peter was the Managing Director of Haymarket Medical Media, a division of the Haymarket Media Group. Throughout his publishing career, he has published some well-known publishing brands including: International Management, Management Today, SME, Human Resources, Horticulture Week, GP, MIMS, Independent Nurse and Medeconomics. During his time running Haymarket Medical Media, Peter also directed a medical education business, producing around 200 CPD projects per year for use by doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

Peter is married and lives in Berkshire. He has two daughters.

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