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Energy CEO Elected Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

23 July 2012

Martin Grant, CEO of Atkins’ energy business, has been elected a ‘Fellow’ of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the energy sector”.

Election to the Academy is by invitation only, with no more than 60 Fellows elected each year from nominations made by existing Fellows. Martin will be distinguished by the title 'Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering' and the designation 'FREng'.

Martin said: "It’s a privilege for me to receive this recognition from my peers and the Academy. Our profession is at the heart of solving some of the most complex challenges that the world is facing, particularly in energy, and it is a real honour to be recognised in this way. There is no doubt that I owe this honour to the support that Atkins and my colleagues have given me over many years”.

Martin is an expert in safety and integrity management in high-hazard industries and has made a particular contribution to the energy sector. He joined Atkins in 1984 and his career has covered work in the oil and gas, nuclear, power, renewables, chemical and defence industries as well as an assignment to the Channel Tunnel project. He received a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 1998 for his achievements in innovation and industry, particularly his development of concept risk assessment methodology to evaluate safety risks on projects.

Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, added: "We welcome our new Fellows: the collective expertise and vision of the best engineers is what drives our ambitious agenda and makes so many good things possible. We are making progress in our aim to encourage a broader-based Fellowship that is more representative of the society we serve. But we cannot afford to be complacent and are continually reviewing our membership strategy to see how we might strengthen it."

The fellowship is a very prestigious honour as it provides the leadership and expertise for the Academy’s activities. The Academy promotes excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering. It aims to enhance the UK’s engineering capabilities; to celebrate excellence and inspire the next generation; and to lead debate by guiding informed thinking and influencing public policy.

View the complete list of new Fellows here.