Isobel Pollock-Hulf

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Isobel Pollock-Hulf
Isobel Anne Pollock

(1954-11-10) 10 November 1954 (age 68)
Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
  • Graham Ramsden
    (m. 1980; died 1997)
  • Robin Hulf
    (m. 2015; died 2015)
Academic background
Alma materImperial College, London
Academic work
DisciplineEngineering management

Isobel Anne Pollock-Hulf OBE FIMechE (born 10 November 1954) is Visiting Professor in Engineering and Design at the University of Leeds.

Early life[edit]

Pollock is the daughter of Wilson and Margaret Pollock, she was educated at Dalriada School, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland and then attended Imperial College in London graduating in 1976.[1] Subsequently she became a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in 1981.[1]

Industrial career[edit]

Pollock worked for ICI in Huddersfield for 10 years before moving to Leeds company DuPont Howson and then Rotherham company Beatson Clark[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

A long time member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Pollock has held several roles within the institute and was elected as a Fellow of the Institution (FIMechE) in 1991 before becoming President of the Institution in 2012–2013.[4] Pollock was chair of the Institution's Heritage Committee when it was founded in 2007 and was responsible for relaunching the Engineering Heritage Awards.[5]

Since 2006 Pollock has been the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting professor in Engineering and Design at the University of Leeds.[6]

Pollock has been a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Council which provides independent strategic advice, challenge and support to the National Physical Laboratory since 2015.[7]

Pollock is a patron of the Women's Engineering Society[8] and was Master of the Worshipful Company of Engineers for 2016–17[9]


For services to mechanical engineering Pollock was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours.[10]

As well as being a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Pollock is also a Fellow of City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI) and has been a Freeman of the City of London since 2002.[4]

Pollock has been awarded Honorary doctorates from the University of Huddersfield in 2004[11] and the University of Leeds in 2016.[12] She was awarded the Sir Harold Hartley medal by the Institute of Measurement and Control in 2013.[13] Pollock was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2016.[14]


  1. ^ a b "POLLOCK, Isobel Anne". Who's Who 2016. A & C Black. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Family and Health: Why women should choose engineering as a career". Huddersfield Examiner. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Engineers' leader returns to Rotherham". Sheffield Star. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Professor Isobel Pollock OBE BSc(Eng) CEng Hon DSc FIMechE FCGI". National Physical Laboratory. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Professor Isobel Pollock". Women's Engineering Society. 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Presidential hat-trick". Imperial College. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Professor Isobel Pollock-Hulf OBE BSc(Eng) CEng Hon DSc Hon FIET FIMechE FCGI". National Physical Laboratory. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Patrons". Women's Engineering Society. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  9. ^ "The Worshipful Company of Engineers". Livery Companies of the City of London. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Queen's birthday honours list 2014: OBE". The Guardian. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Honorary Graduates". University of Huddersfield. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Engineering professors awarded honorary degrees". University of Leeds. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  13. ^ "President's Gallery 2012: Professor Isobel Pollock". Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Honorary Fellows list". Institution of Engineering and Technology. 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.