Following the recent ballot, the UK and Ireland Section has appointment Matthew Gream to succeed Professor Nick Wright as Treasurer.
I have been a Member of the IEEE since joining in Sydney Australia in 1995. I was briefly a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia before relocating to the United Kingdom in 1998. I have been a Member of the IET since joining in 2003. Memberships help me to remain aware of my profession in general and competent in the fields relevant to my practice, but importantly they help support an organisation that promotes and advances the profession of engineering. In 2004, I revised the Competition Law chapter in Vivien Irish’s IET’s Intellectual Property Rights for Engineers (see https://goo.gl/3CXoA7 ).
I completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) from the University of Technology Sydney in 1996 with First Class Honours, then a Certificate of Higher Education (History of Art) from the University of Cambridge in 2000, and a Master of Science (Management of Intellectual Property) from the University of London in 2004. Since 2014, I have focused on regular completion of a significant number of short courses in Finance and Leadership, such as with Coursera (e.g. Introduction to Finance, Financial Markets, Financial Accounting, New Venture Finance, Communicating Strategically, International Leadership & Organizational Behaviour) or my employer (e.g. Leadership Presence & Impact, Communicate to Influence, Adaptive Leadership).
I have been employed in a variety of handson software engineering roles in Sydney, Cambridge and London, including a position with Cambridge Consultants Ltd, all focused on commercially oriented embedded systems. I progressed in seniority through these roles, and joined Google in London in 2007 initially as a Technical Contract Manager, and since 2011 as the EMEA head of a global technical delivery function with line management responsibility for up to 15 senior technical staff located across markets. My key contribution was to develop regional strategy in concert with key regional and global crossfunctional stakeholders, and execute on that strategy to deliver business value through globally applicable technical innovations. I left that position in February 2016 and am now taking time out to work on personal publication and project efforts.
In addition to my professional roles, and while raising a family of three children, I have also since 2008 acted as the volunteer director of my residential building freehold company, taking lead on strategy, budget, accounts, litigation and so forth. In 2014 I became the founding treasurer of my children’s primary school parents association, where I established the role and developed the funding model that is now in operation.
In summary, I have over 20 years of continuous development, achievement, experience and contribution in academic, employment and volunteer activities, demonstrating strong personal initiative, leadership and execution capabilities.