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    Jul 6, 1943 (Age: 74)
    West London
    Vice-Chairman, Member of Council

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    Colin Ledsome

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      Jul 6, 1943 (Age: 74)
      West London
      Vice-Chairman, Member of Council
      United Kingdom
      Company Name:
      Institution of Engineering Designers
      Started in industry:
      Design, Innovation, Design and Project Management, Technical Communication and Education.
      I started out with a BEng in Civil Engineering, but for my first graduate job I worked on Blue Streak, the first stage of the first European satellite launcher, then on a small satellite, ESRO 2. I went back to the University of Liverpool to get an MEng by research into the structure of space vehicle fuel tanks. I then worked for Teledyne-Brown at the Marshall Spaceflight Centre in Alabama on contract to NASA on Apollo Skylab. This was the late 60s when the first moon landings were taking place.

      I came back to the UK in 1970 to work for British Rail in Derby on all three versions of the Advanced Passenger Train. In 1980 I moved to London to work for the Design Council as their Engineering Education Co-ordinator. I was responsible for the Council's work in engineering education and training beyond school level. I edited a magazine, ran a national engineering design competition for final year projects, produced teaching resources, organised conferences and exhibitions, sat on committees of professional bodies and did lots of other things. Perhaps the most important was to instigate and be secretary of a Joint Design Council/Engineering Council Working Party to define the design content of engineering formation. Its 1991 report, Attaining Competence in Engineering Design, was the ECUK's original policy document on design.

      In 1994 the Design Council was drastically cut (from 210 to 30 having been 350 a few years earlier) and I got early retirement at 51. After a break to build a conservatory and fit a new central heating boiler I joined the then National Council for Vocational Qualifications to help manage a survey of the NVQ system. In 1996, I was invited to join the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London to look after students on deferred and sandwich years and to help with design teaching. In 2004, my post was made redundant, and I got early retirement again. Since then I have been a part time lecturer in several universities and colleges. Although I am retired, I am a Vice-Chairman of the Institution of Engineering Designers, am on several BSI committees Technical Product realization and continue to be active in professional bodies and contribute papers to conferences.

      In his spare time, he is an archer and archery coach.

      I am an archer and have been an archery coach.

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