IGEM PRESS RELEASE: 17.01.11
IGEM APPOINTS CLAIRE CURTIS-THOMAS AS NEW CHIEF
The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) is pleased to announce the
appointment of Claire Curtis-Thomas as its new Chief Executive Officer. Claire, a
qualified engineer and former MP, started in her new role on 4 January 2011.
IGEM President Jeremy Bending said: “After undergoing a thorough recruitment process
we are delighted to appoint Claire Curtis-Thomas as IGEM’s Chief Executive Officer. We
are confident that Claire is the right person to lead IGEM through our current strategic
review and to achieve our key objectives.”
Claire Curtis-Thomas said: “I am pleased to join IGEM and look forward to taking the
Claire succeeds Interim Chief Executive Officer Andy Wagg who held the post for 16
months and finished in December 2010.
Jeremy said: “I would like to thank Andy, on behalf of IGEM, for all of his hard work over
the past 16 months and wish him all the best for the future.”
Claire Curtis-Thomas career profile:
Claire studied at University College, Cardiff where she was awarded a BSc degree in
Mechanical Engineering, and at Aston University, where she obtained a MBA. She was
awarded an honorary PhD in Technology in 1999.
She became a researcher at University College of Wales in Cardiff in 1984, before joining
Shell Chemicals, initially as a Site Mechanical Engineer, moving internally in 1988 as the
Head of UK Supply and Distribution, and after 1990 was Head of Environmental Strategy
until leaving Shell in 1992.
She became research head and development laboratory at with the Birmingham City
Council in 1992, before moving internally to be the strategy and business planning head
in 1993, leaving the council in 1995.
In 1996 she was appointed as a Business and Engineering Dean at the University of
Wales, Newport, and remained there until the following year, when she was elected to
Westminster. She was elected as a councillor to the Crewe and Nantwich Borough
Council in 1995, stepping down in 1997. Also in 1995, she was elected the secretary of
the Eddisbury Constituency Labour Party.
She was elected to the House of Commons at her first attempt at the 1997 general
election for the parliamentary constituency of Crosby.
After her election she became a member of the Science and Technology Select
Committee, on which she sat for the entirety of her first parliament. In 2003 she became
a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, and after the 2005 General Election
she was a member of the Trade and Industry Committee.
Her Crosby constituency disappeared under constituency boundary changes and was
succeeded by a Sefton Central seat that is a Labour - Conservative marginal, which was
won by Labour in the general election.
Claire stood down as an MP at the 2010 general election.
Claire is an ardent supporter of the engineering sector and is committed to promoting
the profession to young people and the public at large.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
IGEM is the professional engineering membership body for individuals and companies
working in the international gas industry. It has in the region of 4000 individual
members and 160 Industrial Affiliates. IGEM also produces a range of technical
Standards, a monthly journal and holds a variety of events.
Photo 1 – Claire Curtis-Thomas
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