"I'm back off to my sponsor company as a full time engineer in September, so thanks to everyone at the UKESF for running the scheme because it's really helped me!"

UKESF Scholar, 2016–20


The UKESF is governed by a Steering Board, who are supported by a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) of representatives from the UKESF’s stakeholder community.

The Steering Board determines and monitors the UKESF’s objectives and, as its trustees, account for charitable activities.

The SAG influences the direction of the organisation through discussion and by making recommendations to the Steering Board.



Terms of Reference


Steering Board members

Indro Mukerjee

Chair, UKESF Steering Board
Chairman, FlexEnable Ltd

Indro Mukerjee is Chairman of FlexEnable Ltd, which was launched following the transformation of Plastic Logic. He was appointed as the CEO of Watchstone in September 2015. He has Board-level leadership experience in corporate multinational, new venture and private equity backed fast moving technology and industrial companies. Prior to joining Plastic Logic as CEO, Indro was Chairman and CEO of C-MAC MicroTechnology.

Indro previously worked for Philips Semiconductors in several executive board positions, including Executive Vice President – Global Marketing & Sales, and Chief Marketing Officer and CEO of the strategic Automotive and Identification Business Unit. His earlier career included being Commercial Director within the leadership team, which took VideoLogic through an IPO as well as senior management positions within Hitachi’s European semiconductor division.

Indro is a member of the Board of Sector Skills Council for UK science, engineering and manufacturing technologies and is the founding Chairman of the UKESF. Indro has a degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University, is a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program and speaks several European languages.

Stew Edmondson


Stew Edmondson is CEO of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation. Stew read for a degree for Electronics at the University of Salford and went on to serve almost 24 years in the Royal Air Force, as an Engineering Officer, first specialising in operational communications-electronics systems, and later assuming senior positions responsible for ICT policy and maintenance regulations. During his service, Stew studied for a MBA and completed a MA in Defence Studies at King’s College, London. His military career culminated as the Commanding Officer of Number 1 Radio School, delivering training and education for all of the RAF’s ICT specialists.

Subsequent to leaving the RAF, Stew pursued his interest in training and technology with a role at QinetiQ, before gaining further commercial experience through management roles in HR services at Xchanging and then BAE Systems. At BAE he focused on the development and delivery of early careers programmes for graduates and apprentices. He has been a Chartered Engineer for over 20 years and was elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2009.

Derek Boyd

Trustee & Steering Board Member

Derek graduated in 1984 with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and completed a Master of Business Administration in 1994. He spent 16 years at Techworks (formerly NMI), firstly in a Business Consultant role from 2001, then as Chief Executive from 2003 to 2017. Derek has broad experience in the electronics and semiconductor industries, coming from a background in Compaq, National Semiconductor and NEC. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow in recognition of his contribution to engineering.

Lynn Tomkins

Trustee & Steering Board Member

Chair, Skills4

Lynn is a highly experienced operator in the skills environment. She is Chair of Skills4, the UK’s leading provider of the accredited Career Advancement and Progression programme for women as well as other specialist programmes which deliver measurable business improvements for high performing companies by addressing gender and diversity balance within business.

Lynn, who was operations director for Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing is also one of Skills 4’s leading executive coaches.

She works with companies such as Rolls Royce, Atkins, BAE Systems, and Bombardier, delivering training and coaching to senior executives.

In addition to being a founding member of the UKESF, Lynn is also a Board member of Policy Connect, the leading network of Parliamentary groups, research commissions, forums and campaigns working to inform and improve UK public policy and of Hexham Race Course.

She was the first ever woman Vice President of the Ship Building, Ship Repair Association and Lynn is the current Vice Chair of Northumberland College.

Bashir M. Al-Hashimi CBE FREng

Trustee & Steering Board Member

Professor of Computer Engineering and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, King’s College London

Bashir is a world-renowned leading computer engineer, who has made significant theoretical and experimental contributions to understanding the interactions between hardware and software of energy-constrained computing and its application in industrial designs. He is acknowledged internationally in energy-efficient computing and systems engineering and his research has won numerous academic awards and external recognition. He has played a prominent role in the development of battery-free computing that underpins a broad range of digital technologies such as the internet of things. He was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to engineering and industry, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013 and as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2011.

Bashir has successfully led a number of large-scale interdisciplinary research programmes funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry. He has published 400 technical papers and authored or co-authored 7 books. He served on the Research Excellence Framework 2014 Panel and will serve again in 2021 as a member of the Engineering Panel. In 2008 he founded the Arm-ECS industry-academia centre of research excellence – a collaboration between researchers at the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton and Arm Research, Cambridge.

Prior to joining King’s, Bashir served at the University of Southampton as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and prior as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

Bashir is a passionate advocate of equality and inclusion and championing diversity in both higher education and within the Engineering profession.

Neil Dickins

Trustee & Steering Board Member

Founder / Director, IC Resources

Intellectual Capital Resources is the recruitment partner to the technology community. Each of IC Resources’ 60+ consultants specialise in a niche technical or commercial discipline within the technology sector. Therefore, IC Resources can offer comprehensive and authoritative recruitment solutions to companies ranging from pure starts up to international blue chips.

Neil feels that a recruitment company wishing to contribute to the greater good has a responsibility to be part of the ‘glue’ that binds our industry together. The level of collaboration and idea sharing is very high within the technology community, which is what makes it such a rewarding and enjoyable world to be part of.

One of Neil and IC Resources’ steadfast commitments is the annual support of UKESF, both in terms of sponsorship and making introductions to potential scholarship companies. Their work is exemplary in encouraging younger students to undertake electronics degrees and supporting top students throughout their degrees.

UKESF’s team goes above and beyond the call of duty every single day, working hard to ensure a successful future for ‘UK Deep Tech’. Neil is only too happy to support their efforts in any small way he can.

Graeme Philp

Trustee & Steering Board Member

Chief Executive, GAMBICA

After gaining his PhD in fibre-optic sensors in 1985 Dr Philp worked for ABB until 1991 when he joined the intrinsic safety specialist, MTL Instruments, based in Luton, UK. He became Managing Director in 1992 and then Chief Executive in 1995, a post which he retained until MTL was acquired by the US multinational, Cooper Industries in 2008.  By that time, MTL had annual sales of over £100m and sold its products in 70 countries around the world. In December 2010 Dr Philp was appointed Chief Executive of GAMBICA, the UK trade body representing the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology sectors of UK industry.

Darren Race

Trustee & Steering Board Member

Co-Founder / Managing Director, Think Eleven Ltd

Darren has always been passionate about effective training, development and lifelong learning, borne out of his early career experience as an apprentice maintenance technician within the NHS from 1983. Since then, Darren has worked for Nissan, Fujitsu, Black & Decker DeWalt, Filtronic plc and Semta before setting up Think Eleven Ltd.

Think Eleven are experts in defining and assessing the training, skills and competencies required to optimise the performance of any organisation through its most important and valuable assets, its people. Working with organisations like Siemens, Argos, Nifco and Daewoo, we help ensure that organisations are playing their people in their best positions. We do this through SkillStation, our on-line training, competency, compliance and performance management system.

Darren was involved in the early design stages of the UKESF whilst working for Semta and remains actively engaged in the planning and delivery of the annual Scholar Workshop, acting as the lead facilitator.