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St Paul’s Engineering Network

23 NOVEMBER 2021


Zoom Webinar

The St Paul’s Professional Groups were first launched in 2016 in collaboration with the Old Pauline Club. Their aim is to connect those working in specific professional fields and to support current pupils and young OPs in their career journey.

Following the success of the Engineering Launch in 2018, we are pleased to welcome members of the St Paul’s community working in, or with an interest in engineering, to our latest meeting.  You will hear from a panel of Engineers who will be discussing their careers, the landscape of the world of Engineering, and the scope and breadth of opportunity within different fields. They will be giving their top tips on how to start your career in the Engineering, how to thrive and how to work out your specialism within the sector. There will also be a chance to ask questions through the webinar Q&A.

This will be held virtually as a panel discussion hosted by Katie Douglass, Director of Engineering and ICT at St Paul’s School.  She will be joined by Dr Alex Alliston (OP 1975-80), chartered engineer and consultant with a focus on renewable energy, sustainability and STEM engagement; Giles Thomas (OP 1979-83), BMT Chair of Maritime Engineering; and other engineers from within the St Paul’s community.

While face to face networking is not possible, we will be sharing a list of the names and email details of all attendees that have consented to this, so that you can still get in contact with one another following the event.

Find out more about St Paul’s Careers and Networking events here.

It is free to register for any of our virtual events. However, if you wish to express your appreciation for the programme, please make a donation to the Shaping our Future bursary fund, and help talented boys benefit from a St Paul’s education.

Suggested donation – £10 per household


Dr Alex Alliston OP, 1975-80 – Dr. Alex Alliston is a chartered engineer and consultant with a focus on renewable energy, sustainability and STEM engagement. Alex has a master’s and doctorate in engineering tribology from the University of Cambridge. His first career was as a product manager and director in a company designing tribology and materials test equipment. His second career was as a house parent, bringing up his two sons (whilst his professional engineer wife continued working). His third career was in renewable power generation, holding senior management positions in the renewable energy businesses of Rolls-Royce, Alstom Power and Ecotricity. His final full-time position was as senior product manager for Spirax Sarco Steam Specialities.  His current, fourth (or is it fifth?!) career is as a consultant and investor in renewable energy and renewable heat technologies. Alex is also STEM Ambassador and engages with primary age students at workshops and Science Fairs as well as supporting his wife, Caroline, in the development of primary STEM projects and activities (her second career!).

Giles Thomas OP, 1979-1983 – Giles Thomas originally studied naval architecture & shipbuilding at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Following 25 years working in Australia, predominantly in research and development for the high speed craft industry, he joined UCL in 2014 as the BMT Chair of Maritime Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Neel Le Penru OP, 2011-2016 – After leaving St Paul’s in 2016, Neel joined the new, interdisciplinary MEng in Design Engineering at Imperial College London, which synthesises design methodologies and engineering knowledge within a culture of innovation and enterprise. During his undergraduate degree, he interned for 6 months in New Product Development at Dyson and eventually honed his studies around interests in audio technology and sustainability. After graduating in 2020, he became the first engineer at a start-up working on ‘smart’ face masks. In October 2021, he returned to Imperial to start a PhD in ‘EcoAcoustic Monitoring’, supervised by Dr. Lorenzo Picinali (Dyson School of Design Engineering) and Prof. Robert Ewers (Department of Life Sciences). His doctorate is part of the SAFE Acoustics Project ( and will focus on analysing the soundscape of the tropical rainforest in Malaysian Borneo to understand its response to human activity and climate change.

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