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Warm congratulations to Caroline Hamilton

Caroline Hamilton, Chief Executive at the Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) and Chair of our own Policy Advisory Forum and Council, has been awarded an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2023 for services to business and engineering.

Caroline is a mechanical engineer by discipline and spent 13 years working in the nuclear industry as a consultant, and five years in the manufacturing and green power sector. She joined SAFed, the trade association that represents the UK independent engineering testing, inspection and certification (TIC) industry, in 2020 and has played a key role steering the sector through the turbulent times of the Covid-19 pandemic and Britain’s exit from the EU.

In her role as Chair of UKAS’s Policy Advisory Forum, Caroline brings together a team of experts from a wide range of TIC stakeholders to advise on UKAS’s strategic priorities and raise any general policy issues. The Policy Advisory Council is drawn from the Forum and meets more frequently to provide advice to UKAS on more detailed policy issues. Caroline  is also involved in two international working groups reviewing ISO standards ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17024.

Caroline lives in Cumbria and is an advocate for aspiring engineers both locally and nationally, highlighting the wide range of roles available in the sector and the problem-solving, mathematical and people skills needed. She is also passionate about ensuring that young people have the equality of opportunity to pursue their interest in the engineering sector.

Caroline will be presented with her MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) medal by a senior royal at one of the royal residences.