Our Team

As a team we indulge in the values of honesty, humanity, passion and enthusiasm for what we do. Our approach is proactive, always ethical, and eager to face new challenges in the sharing of expert knowledge. We display an apolitical attitude, keeping ourselves committed to the cause of social development.

In addition to our fantastic and ever-growing team of engineers from around the globe, EngineerAid is managed by a small team based in Edinburgh, Scotland.


James Barlow, Chairman

James was appointed Chief Executive of SIE in July 2007, having originally joined the organisation in November 2006 as Regional Business Advisor for the Edinburgh region. James has a fantastic international reputation for teaching enterprise and business skills, along with significant business and commercial experience from a background in corporate sales, management consultancy and training.

James joined the board of EngineerAid in January 2009, and has been bringing fresh ideas along with his vast experience of commercial marketing and management.

Tim Kent, Board Member

Tim has been appointed to the board to advise on the strategic development of EngineerAid, and brings experience in business, economics and humanitarian issues. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, he has spent seven years as a director of a successful technology start-up. In his consulting role, he has contributed to projects for a range of organisations that includes the United Nations, DfID and Oxfam. Research conducted includes opportunities for remote collaboration, as well as broader issues such as future demands of climate change on the humanitarian sector.

John Paul McKeown, Board Secretary

John Paul McKeown MEng previously worked for several multinational engineering groups and currently works as an engineering manager in a fast growing start-up company. His desire to use his engineering skills to aid the work of development projects whilst still maintaining commitments in his career was the inspiration for the EngineerAid concept.

His involvement with engineering companies and institutes gives him the knowledge and contacts required to ensure that EngineerAid remains focused on achieving a high intake of volunteer engineers whilst the maximising the benefit of advice provided. As the originator of the concept and key founder he has a strong motivation to see this enterprise succeed.

Executive Staff

Graeme Towers, Chief Executive

Graeme Towers MEng is in charge of the day-to-day running of EngineerAid, from management and moderation of our existing projects to recruiting new volunteers and sourcing new enquiries. His duties also include EngineerAid's publicity, from creating brochures to maintaining the website.

Graeme has a Master's degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, and experience bringing several consumer electronic devices from concept to production in two commercial engineering companies.

Advisory Network

Mark-Paul Buckingham, Advisor

Mark-Paul Buckingham achieved First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Edinburgh. Following this achievement his work on the vibration characteristics of snowboards gained an Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) accreditation and was subsequently offered a PhD to continue in this area of research. Whilst beginning the PhD, Mark-Paul and a fellow PhD student formed Reactec Ltd.

Mark-Paul is the Managing Director of Reactec Ltd. and has won the company substantial investment, 2 SCIS awards and recently achieved a SMART award.

Aidan Craig, Advisor

Aidan Craig has extensive senior management and board experience in both Blue Chip and SMEs. He combines an academic role of lecturer in Entrepreneurship with a range of business interests. He is a director of three businesses as well as for a medium sized charity.

His profile is one that can appropriately be categorised as ‘pracacademic’ – combining both professional qualifications in accounting (FCMA) and marketing (MCIM, Dip.M) with academic qualifications (MSc. Cert.Ed.).

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See past team members here.