Naomi Climer

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Naomi Wendy Climer
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Naomi Climer in the Institution of Engineering and Technology during her Presidency
Born(1964-12-18)18 December 1964
Scientific career

Naomi Wendy Climer CBE FREng, FIET (born 18 December 1964) is a British engineer who has worked in broadcast, media and communications technology chiefly at the BBC and Sony Professional Solutions, and was the first female President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Climer attended Gainsborough High School (now Queen Elizabeth High School) and Imperial College London, gaining a joint-degree in 1986 of Chemistry with Management Science.


Climer is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Engineering, is a Non Executive Director on the Boards of Focusrite plc and Oxford Metrics plc[4], chairs the Council of the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), is a non executive on the Board of Sony UK Technology Centre and is Co-Chair of the Institute for the Future of Work. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (elected 2013) and was a Trustee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology from 2009–2017, Deputy President from 2012, President from Sept 2015[6] and Immediate Past President from Sept 2016-Sept 2017. Climer was the subject of BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific[7] and promoted the importance of engineering and the need for diversity in engineering across numerous media appearances.[3][8][9][10][11]

From 2012, she moved to California to be President of Sony's Media Cloud Services start-up business, returning to the UK in 2015 to take up the Presidency of the IET.

Climer joined Sony Professional Solutions Europe in 2002 as Director of Professional Services and became Vice President running the whole business from 2006 – 2012. During this time, she oversaw the move to new markets, the acquisition of Hawk-Eye for sports business, pushed Sony's sustainability agenda and started the 50:50 campaign for gender diversity.

Climer was Director of Technical Operations from 2000-02 of ITV Digital. ITV Digital ceased in June 2002 with Freeview being created in October 2002.

Climer joined the BBC in 1987 as an engineer, training in the same cohort as Kate Bellingham. She worked in BBC Broadcasting House and BBC World Service at Bush House before becoming Controller of Technology at BBC News. From 1998 to 2000, she was also a Director of the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit.

From 2016–2017, Climer chaired the DCMS Future Communications Challenge Group,[4] and was a commissioner on the independent commission on the Future of Work.[5] She is currently on the UK Government's Science and Technology Awards Committee[5].

In 2020, Climer was Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[6] She is co-founder and co-Chair of the Institute for the Future of Work.[7]


Climer has been awarded honorary degrees from Huddersfield,[8] Southampton Solent[9], Bradford[10] and University of Wolverhampton .

In 2013, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[11]

In 2014 she won the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) Broadcast Industry's Woman of the Year Award.

She was also named as one of the Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering in the UK by the Daily Telegraph and Women's Engineering Society (WES) 2016[12] and one of the top 50 most influential women in IT in the UK by Computer Weekly in 2015 and 2016.[13]

In 2017 she presented the Higginson Lecture at Durham University.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to services to the engineering profession in the 2018 Birthday Honours List.[14]

Personal life[edit]

She married Carl Schofield in 2008. She has one step-daughter.


  1. ^ "Next IET President, Naomi Climer, profiled in the Independent on Sunday - The IET". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Archives Presidents of IET- IET history - The IET". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ "New head of a top scientific body vows to attract more women into engineering". The Independent. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Naomi Climer appointed as NED to Oxford Metrics plc".
  5. ^ "Honours committees - GOV.UK". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Trustee Board - Royal Academy of Engineering". Royal Academy of Engineering. 2020. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Our Team - Institute for the Future of Work". Institute for the Future of Work. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  8. ^ "July - University of Huddersfield". Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Leading female engineer awarded honorary degree". Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  10. ^ "University Honours six at graduations". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  11. ^ "List of Fellows - Royal Academy of Engineering". Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Top 50 Women in engineering". Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Computer Weekly announces the 50 most influential women in UK IT 2016". Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  14. ^ Retrieved 5 October 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Professor William Webb
President of the IET
September 2015 - September 2016
Succeeded by
Professor Jeremy Watson