"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

Lynn Tomkins

Chair & Director, UKESF

Special Advisor to CEO, Skills 4 Ltd

Lynn was formerly the Chair of Skills 4 Ltd, one of the UK’s leading Equality, Diversity & Inclusion training providers specialising in the STEM sector, and is now a Special Advisor to the CEO and one of their leading trainers and coaches.

With over 25 years’ experience and a significant network in education and skills in the science, engineering and manufacturing sectors, she previously led all UK Operations for SEMTA, the UK’s preeminent industrial skills organisations (now Enginuity).

Lynn is a board member of Policy Connect, a significant public policy think tank organisation.

She is chair and a founding Trustee of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), a charity which encourages young people to take up careers in Electronics.

Lynn was previously a Director of Hexham Racecourse and is a Committee Member of Women in Racing, leading on their Bursary awards to support career progression.

She was the first ever woman Vice President of the Ship Building, Ship Repair Association.

Stew Edmondson

CEO & Executive Director, UKESF

Stew Edmondson is CEO of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation. He 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, During his service, Stew studied for an MBA and completed an 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 technology training with a role at QinetiQ, before gaining further commercial experience through management roles 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. He is now the chair of the IET’s Professional Development Advisor Committee. In 2020, he was appointed as Visiting Professor by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Bashir M. Al-Hashimi CBE FREng

Trustee & Director, UKESF

Professor of Computer Engineering and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering 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.

Rupert Baines

Trustee & Director, UKESF

Former CEO, UltraSoC

Rupert is a 30-year veteran of the global semiconductor industry and experienced deep-tech entrepreneur. Most recently he was CEO of UltraSoC, which he took from troubled academic spinout to success, with an exit to Siemens last year. He previously held senior roles in both start-ups and prominent trans-national companies in the UK, USA and Europe. Before joining UltraSoC he was VP of Strategic Marketing at Mindspeed following that company’s acquisition of Picochip (now part of Intel), where he had been CMO and pioneered the launch of Small Cells.

He has also worked at first:telecom (acquired by Atlantic Telecom), Pond Ventures (a leading early stage VC fund), Arthur D Little and Analog Devices, where he played a key role in the development and mass-market adoption of DSL.

Rupert has a BSc and Diploma in Electronic Engineering from Hull University, an MBA from IESE, is a Charted Engineer and a Fellow of the IET.

Derek Boyd

Trustee & Director, UKESF

Industry Partnership Development, University of Strathclyde

Vice President Of Business Development, UK, Micon Global

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.

Neil Dickins

Trustee & Director, UKESF

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 start ups 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.

Heather Macdonald

Trustee & Director, UKESF

Founder / CEO, WHY Communications

Heather has been working in the Electronics industry for 20 years. She has held marketing and communications roles in both SME and corporate semiconductor companies, supported the growth of early stage start-ups in raising their profiles and building their teams, and has ‘front line’ experience of M&A activity. She is a passionate believer that the UK Electronics industry could be better celebrated and attract more young talent, but also that the challenges of diversity (and inclusion) in the industry can and should be overcome. Heather is also a Trustee of Digilocal, a charity which runs a series of community led coding clubs where she supports its Governance and PR efforts. She held marketing positions at UK/US comms chip company, Phyworks, for almost a decade, before moving as it was acquired to chip goliath, Maxim, in 2010.  She went on to become a member of the founding team of UltraLeap (formerly Ultrahaptics) a 150+ person, well-funded haptic technology company. She has been invited to represent UK technology at events from San Jose, to Brussels, to Downing Street. She now runs her own communications consultancy supporting SMEs in a range of tech fields.

Heather holds a Masters in Marketing from the University of the West of England, and a BA Hons in English Literature from Queen Mary, University of London.

Graeme Philp

Trustee & Director, UKESF

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 & Director, UKESF

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.



Indro Mukerjee

Co-Founder and Chair (2010–2021), UKESF
CEO, Innovate UK

Indro Mukerjee is an experienced CEO with board-level leadership experience in publicly listed, corporate multinational, new venture and private equity backed fast-moving technology and industrial companies.  He was recently appointed as the CEO of Innovate UK.

Previously CEO of Watchstone Group plc – brought in by institutions to stabilise and reshape a high-profile company operating in insurance, telematics and healthcare software and services; Plastic Logic plc – restructured major venture capital-backed disruptive electronics company and created FlexEnable Ltd. spin out; C-MAC MicroTechnology Ltd – private equity backed LBO from which he built and sold three successful high technology companies operating in aerospace/defence, automotive and communications markets.

Indro’s main corporate leadership experience was based in the Netherlands with Philips (now NXP) Semiconductors BV, where he held several global board positions, including Executive Vice President – Global Marketing & Sales, Chief Marketing Officer and CEO of the Automotive and Contactless ID/Smart Card Businesses. Most of his time was spent in Asia and the US.  His earlier career included being Commercial Director within the leadership team which took VideoLogic (now Imagination Technologies) through an IPO, as well as senior management positions within Hitachi’s European semiconductor division.

He also served on the SEMTA (now Enginuity) board for nine years, where he was also Chairman of the committee managing their investment fund. Indro has a degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University, is a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program and speaks several European languages.