James Newby has joined the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) to help build an effective and professional infrastructure at the new engineering institution.

Newby joins from the University of Surrey where he has worked since 2008 most recently as Head of Business Development. With 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector he has, according to NMITE, a long track record in building organisational structures, teams and functions and in managing business change.

NMITE has been established to help revolutionise engineering education in the UK by combining the most successful ways to learn from around the world.

Newby's experience will be used to help NMITE grow, once validated, into a large higher education institution with the aim of serving thousands and employing hundreds of staff in the coming years.

Building a new higher education institution from the ground up is a very rare venture in the UK and commenting on his appointment Newby said, “NMITE aims to challenge existing thinking and will provide an exciting and stimulating professional challenge for all involved. It was simply too unusual and exciting an opportunity to miss.”

Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon President and Chief Executive said “I am delighted to welcome James to our leadership team where he will be key to NMITE’s strategy and plans for the future. He brings with him a wealth of experience which will be invaluable internally as well as externally with our many stakeholder partners. He demonstrated a strong affinity with our mission and I believe will build on the successes we have achieved bringing fresh ideas and enormous experience.”