Katy is Head of Professional Standards at the Engineering Council, the regulatory body for the UK engineering profession. She leads the work to maintain and enhance the UK-Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment (UK-SPEC), the standards for recognition of engineering education – Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) and Approval and Accreditation of Qualifications and Apprenticeships (AAQA), together with the Regulations for Registration and supporting guidance. These standards were most recently revised in 2020, in consultation with employers, educators and professional engineering institutions.
Katy is the staff lead for the Engineering Council’s work as part of the industry response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy. This includes overseeing the development of a contextualised version of UK-SPEC for engineers and technicians working on higher-risk buildings.
Katy also has strategic oversight of the Engineering Council’s international relationships. She is Chair of the International Engineering Technologists Agreement which establishes an international benchmark of competence for independent practice in engineering technology. She is a member of the Governing Group of the International Engineering Alliance which provides a framework for the recognition of substantial equivalence of graduate attributes and professional competences.