Professor Tim Hughes has been a lecturer at Cardiff University since 1984. Before joining the university he worked on a number of water related projects including the Tawe Barrage.
He is best known for his research into the failure mechanism of brick arch bridges which has shown significant inaccuracies in the analysis methods currently employed.
His main challenge this year, he says, will be to make the new Wales Association a success, and he will do this by ensuring continued interaction between the Wales Association and the North Wales Branch.
Hughes believes the formation of the Welsh office to be the right move, and says that David Crompton's appointment 'is very good for Wales, but we now need to extend influence'. This is unlikely to be achieved by 'meetings on the terrace', he says, 'but by providing good information on areas of interest to the decision makers'.