Jo Webb is the new President of the the IOA. Aged 51, she is an Acoustics Associate with Arup in Manchester, where she has worked for the past 16 years and now manages teams working on large infrastructure, environmental and building projects.
Among her main priorities are education and member professional development. "The IOA's current project to develop an online learning platform for students and members is very important to me, and something that I will be driving forward," she said. "We have built a solid foundation in formal education and established good relationships with higher education providers. The challenge we now face is to build on what we have achieved and to see how we can assist members further with their professional development, complementing formal education with career-orientated material."
In taking over as President, she has succeeded William Egan who has stepped down after serving his two-year term. Taking over as President Elect is Professor Barry Gibbs of the University of Liverpool.