Deborah Seddon, Head of Policy and Standards, Engineering Council
Deborah Seddon is Head of Policy and Standards at the Engineering Council, the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession. Within ‘standards’, her main area of responsibilities include the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and the Information and Communications Technology Technician (ICT Tech) Standard. These set out the standards of professional competence and commitment that govern the award and retention of professional technician and engineer titles.
More broadly, in collaboration with Professional Engineering Institutions, Deborah’s responsibilities include: individual and standard routes to registration, and the regulations governing these; ensuring that the standards remain appropriate; degree accreditation; approval of technician and apprenticeship qualifications; and the development of guidance to support the professional institutions in meeting their responsibilities under licence from the Engineering Council.
Prior to joining the Engineering Council, Deborah led the Education and Learning team at the Institution of Civil Engineers, covering all levels from students to professional members. She previously held positions at the Architects Registration Board, the sustainability think-tank Forum for the Future, and the Medical Research Council, all concerned with education or practice.
Deborah has an honours degree in Biological Sciences and an MA in Higher and Professional Education. From 2004 to 2014, she was a governor and then Chair of governors at a primary school in SW London.