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Welcome to the website of The Worshipful Company of Engineers, one of the 31 ‘modern’ livery companies in the City of London formed in the last 80 years.

We are a fellowship of leading engineers (and partners) who meet, socialise and exchange cross-disciplinary thinking at prestigious city venues and support the Engineers Trust in its educational, engineering excellence, and charitable objectives.

Our members are all Chartered Engineers or Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and are from all the professional disciplines of engineering, technology and business. Liverymen of the Company are Fellows at least one of the Professional Engineering Institutions.

The Company works to promote and develop all aspects of the science, art and practice of engineering within a social and charitable ethos which is at the core of the Livery movement. This website should provide you with information about our activities. For any further information or for comments on the website content, please do not hesitate to contact the Engineers’ Office.

Colonel David Swann, Clerk

Latest News


New Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering

30 September 2019

Amongst 50 new Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering announced today is Freeman Professor Kelvin Higgins FREng.

The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants warmly congratulate him on this great achievement.

Kelvin is a senior partner with the Geotechnical Consulting Group LLP.  He made his Freeman’s declaration on 18th July this year and will be clothed in the Livery of the Company following the next Court meeting on Tuesday 8th October.

An Amazing Night of Celebration

7 September 2019

The annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner of the Engineers Trust took place on Thursday 5tth September at the IET’s impressive London Headquarters, 2 Savoy Place, overlooking the River Thames.  The occasion recognised outstanding engineers and inspiring achievement.  Nineteen award winners were presented with medals, certificates and in some cases cheques, celebrating their achievements.   Three members from the Bombardier team that were announced as the winners of the 50th MacRobert Award (the premier prize for UK innovation in engineering) in July, came over from Northern Ireland.  Full details of the awards and their winners will be published on the Engineers Trust website shortly.

The MacRobert Award Winner 2019

17 July 2019

On 11 July 2019 at the Banqueting House in London, Bombardier were announced as winners of the MacRobert Award in the Prize’s 50th anniversary year.  The Belfast-based company received the UK’s premier award for engineering innovation in recognition of their resin-infused advanced composite wing that minimises an aircraft’s environmental impact by reducing both weight and fuel burn in flight, and waste during manufacture – see

The other three finalists for the 50th anniversary MacRobert Award, announced in June 2019, were
Darktrace (Cambridge) for Antigena, an AI-powered ‘self-healing’ cybersecurity system that can both identify and neutralise cyberattacks.
M Squared (Glasgow), whose SolsTiS Titanium:Sapphire laser produces the world’s purest light and can be tuned across the spectrum – it is enabling new scientific discoveries and bringing about radical transformations in quantum computing, healthcare, navigation and climate change technology.
OrganOx (Oxford) for creating the metra, a world-first device that can keep a human donor liver functioning outside the body for up to 24 hours prior to transplant.

Originally founded by the MacRobert Trust, the Award is now presented and run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

Visit to The RRS Sir David Attenborough

4-5 July 2019

A party of 27 members and guests, led by the Master, visited the Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead 4-5 July.  The purpose was to visit the Royal Research Ship, Sir David Attenborough (scurrilously referred to by some as Boaty Mcboatface) as she approaches the final stages of her build.  It was a fascinating trip; and the image below shows the size and scale of the vessel in comparison with an oil rig and an RFA Tanker.

The Top 50 Women in Engineering 2019

24 June 2019

Following on from International Women in Engineering Day, today the winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) 2019 have been publicly announced.  The Master and Wardens would like to offer their sincere congratulations to:

Freeman Heather Clarke

who is one of the lucky winners.  This year recognises female apprentices, past and present.  Heather is an apprentice twice over as well as being a graduate engineer.  The full list of winners can be found at: http://www.inwed.org.uk/we50-2019.html