Business must innovate says new SMF president

New Sainsbury Management Fellow’s Society president sets out his vision

The incoming president laid out his vision for SMF over the next few years: “Engineers at senior level in businesses can help to lead innovation, change and make companies more resilient in this increasingly changing global environment. During my tenure, I would like to establish better links with UK industry and leading corporate bodies to raise the profile of the outstanding work of SMFs.

He went on to say that the SMF has been developing excellence in engineers for over 20 years and many of the fellows have a wealth of experience behind them. “They are a knowledgeable source of mentoring and I am keen to create more opportunities in this area. I would like to encourage more SMFs to take on non-executive directorships of both profit and non-profit organisations, leveraging their learning on the IoD’s Chartered Director course which many fellows have recently completed.”

With a successful career and a genuine passion for the engineering industry, Poku is well qualified to lead SMF in these objectives. After completing his BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University he did an MBA at the Rotterdam School of Management in 1999. He is currently CEO and Founder of Crescent Diagnostics, a university spin-out developing a novel test for osteoporosis.

Commenting on Poku’s appointment, former president Dan Mutadich said: “Ernie’s successes in the field of engineering and influence within SMF make him a major asset to the organisation. With the enthusiasm that he brings to the position I have every confidence that he will continue to grow SMF’s influence within the engineering industry and UK business.”

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