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 and Education Services Director

Darren joined the Institution in November 1999, following almost five years 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. 

He was appointed Director of Membership and Education in February 2008, and Deputy Chief Executive in January 2017. During this time Darren has overseen the operation of the Membership and Education Directorate, from careers and accreditation activities to the Professional Review and CPD. Darren has supported the Chief Executive in the development of membership and education policies and specifically the introduction of new, more accessible and inclusive, routes to membership

Darren, with his team, continues to develop resources and initiatives to better support members, throughout the world, in developing competence.   


Vipan Narang: Corporate Services Director

Vipan joined the Institution from his role as the Director of Finance and Resources at the Churches Conservation Trust, England's third largest building conservation and regeneration charity. During his five years, the Trust experienced rapid change, with the Finance and Resources team providing professional support, reporting and delivery to an increasingly devolved organisation.
He’s been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years, having built his experience in change and revenue generation, audit and risk roles in commerce and industry. Vipan’s remit at the Institution includes directorial responsibilities for Finance, Facilities, Records Management and IT. With his team, he seeks to provide the organisation with professional support to both better support its members and achieve its strategic goals.


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

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

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.

Silvia Pilotto

Silvia Pilotto - Digital and Data Director

Silvia is an experienced digital strategist committed to putting digital transformation at the heart of the Institution’s corporate strategy. She is passionate about the appliance of technology to improve people’s lives and the good of the environment, believing in its transformative power to make a difference daily. 

Silvia has ten years’ experience working as a senior digital strategist in the not-for profit sector, after previous roles at World Animal Protection (where she lead a global team based in 15 countries) and at Barnardo’s (whose website ranked among the eight most successful in the community-humanitarian industry during her tenure). Originally from Italy, Silvia has lived and worked for many years in Ireland and Portugal before settling in the UK with her husband, Paul.

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