Jo Lopes has worked for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) for over 22 years having joined the then Rover Group (including Land Rover) as a graduate. A chartered engineer and member of the IET, Jo worked for 16 years within Research and Development in different Engineering roles. Since the end of 2006, Jo has been in role of Head of Technical Excellence for JLR. He has responsibility for the development and nurturing of engineering skills and competencies within the company and exploiting links with Universities, Professional Institutions and other Engineering organisations. This work includes the development of the skills needed to support JLR's advanced low-carbon vehicle development, through leadership of a multi-university Masters-level modular degree programme. Jo also leads on promoting engineering to young people though JLR's direct involvement with activities such as "The Big Bang Fair" and other initiatives which seek to raise the profile of the advanced engineering sector to the public and government at large.