Dr Malcolm Kennedy, executive chairman of consulting engineer Merz & McLellan and chairman of PB Power International, has become president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He will hold the presidency for one year.
Kennedy was born in Tyneside in 1935. He served a five-year apprenticeship at CA Parsons, qualifying as an electrical draughtsman in 1956.
He took a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Durham in 1961, followed by a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1964. He joined Merz & McLellan in the same year where he specialised in thedesign of electricity supply systems and high-voltage direct current systems. He became a partner in the consultancy in 1981 and senior partner in 1988.
During his career Kennedy has been a government advisor on technical aspects of electricity privatisation. Between 1992 and 1998 he served as a member of the electricity panel of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and is now an advisor to the electricity regulator, Offer.
Kennedy, who has published 15 papers in his field, has worked on rail, defence, power generation and transmission projects in Iraq, Singapore, Argentina and Canada.
He succeeds Dr John Taylor, director general of research councils at the Department of Trade and Industry’s Office of Science and Technology.