1771 - 1780 THOMAS YEOMAN
1781 - 1782 CHRISTOPHER PINCHBECK
1783 - 1792 JOSEPH NICKALLS
In 1793 the Society was reconstituted without a President, but with a Treasurer; in 1841 it was resolved ‘that it is expedient that the Society do annually elect a President’
Presidents are elected annually at the AGM in and serve from January 1st to December 31st
HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL KG KT GCVO GCSTJ QSO CD FRENG
President of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers 2021
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is the President of the Smeatonian Society in 2021, the 250th Anniversary of the formation of the Society in 1771. She has been an Honorary Member since 2017, and regularly attends the Society’s events: at our January 2019 dinner, she introduced our discussion on the Future Contribution of Engineers to Disaster Relief.
Her father HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh is also an Honorary Member, having been elected in 1953 and serving as the Society’s President in 1971, our 200th Anniversary year. He too has been a regular attender at Society events, most recently in 2017.
Her Royal Highness has a long close association with engineering. She became a Royal Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in 2010 and is Patron of more than 300 organisations, including several in the engineering sphere. She is Royal Patron of Women into Science and Engineering (WISE), President of RedR (Engineers for Disaster Relief) and a Fellow of the Royal Society.
As Patron of WISE, Her Royal Highness has done much to support and encourage more women to take up engineering as a career. When asked in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine what alternative career she might have considered, she said she would have been an engineer, having enjoyed being part of trying to encourage more girls to look at engineering as a realistic career.
The Princess Royal supports a wide variety of RAEng events and activities, notably the annual Awards Dinner, where she has presented the MacRobert Award for UK engineering innovation several times. She has also supported the work of the Academy’s Enterprise Hub, which facilitates innovative new UK businesses. Her Royal Highness also supports the RAEng’s international work, including the Global Grand Challenges series of international summits and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, a £1 million global prize for engineering innovation first awarded in 2013 and named after Her Majesty The Queen.
She is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers which she joined in 2014 and has keenly followed the work of the Company in promoting engineering to younger people.
DOUGLAS OAKERVEE CBE FRENG
Past President of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers 2020