IOM3 welcomes new President Mike Hicks
IOM3 Fellow Mike Hicks was Global Head of Materials Engineering at Rolls-Royce, looking after around 450 staff all over the world. He retired at the end of 2014, allowing him to concentrate on the role of IOM3 President from 1 January 2015.
Mike is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Viki Taylor, Communications Manager, spoke to him about taking on the role of President.
How do you feel about being appointed President?
It’s a great honour to take on the role and I am excited by the opportunity to do this. I don't like to take on jobs if I can't do them properly, so now is the perfect time as I am retiring, and I still have a current network of contacts.
Do you have any primary aims?
Membership is one thing we have concentrated on in Jon Binner’s presidency and this needs to continue. We need to drive up membership numbers and there are a number of good initiatives already under way. If we provide members with what they want, that will ultimately lead to growth, so I want to listen to as many views as possible. In particular I want to encourage greater engagement and influence from younger members and increase female membership. I would also like to work towards strengthening the influence and visibility of the Institute in major Government policy and initiatives.
What will you bring from your experience at Rolls-Royce?
One of the key things is a business approach and change management. There’s a lot of change going on at the moment. The concept of continuous improvement is ingrained in us in business, and I think that culture of improvement is something I can bring. A focus on cost and delivery is also important.
How do you feel about IOM3 moving premises?
I think it’s a great opportunity. We’ve got the assurance that it’s our property, which gives us a sound financial platform to build on. It will also provide a more user-friendly and modern environment.
What can people expect from you as President?
The key thing I will be doing is listening to the views of people, both members and key stakeholders. I want to make sure that IOM3 governance is efficient and transparent. At Rolls-Royce, we have a saying that you need to put the customer at the heart of everything you do. I think you can use the same approach with the membership - put the members at the heart of everything.