TWI is pleased to announce that Christoph Wiesner took up the reins as the new Chief Executive on 1 July. He succeeds Bob John who, for the past six years, has presided over the expansion of TWI both in the UK and overseas.
Christoph joined TWI in 1991 after obtaining his materials engineering degree in Germany and his doctorate at the Swiss Institute of Technology. He worked for twelve years in TWI's Structural Integrity Group, first as Senior Project Leader and later in Section and Group management roles, before being appointed TWI Research & Technology Director in 2003.
Much of his early research and consulting work has been in the application and development of structural assessment and test methods. More recently his focus has been on people, business and innovation management as a key member of TWI's Executive Board team.
He oversaw the growth in TWI's Technology Programme value through publicly funded programmes, both from the UK and EU and took a leading role in the TWI's externally accredited management systems.
Experiences and networking activities include contributions to, and chairmanship of, BSI and CEN standardisation committees and the UK Technical Advisory Group on the Structural Integrity of High Integrity Plant (TAGSI); membership of the Board of Directors and chairmanship of the Technical Management Board of the International Institute of Welding (IIW).
Responding to the announcement of his appointment, Christoph commented that he is very much looking forward to the new role as well as the challenges it holds: 'I feel honoured to have been selected and will do my utmost to lead TWI into a promising future in order to serve the members, customers and staff of this great organisation.'