Non-executive Director and Non-Executive Director

Stephen Tetlow MBE CEng FIET FIMechE


Stephen Tetlow MBE was appointed as a Non-executive Director of DVLA in February 2024.


Stephen is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a chartered engineer. He has a BSc in Engineering from The City University London, an MSc in Design of Information Systems from Cranfield University, has an Open University MBA and an Hon Doctorate in Engineering from Plymouth University.


Stephen started his career as an apprentice with Smiths Industries Ltd and went on to become Director of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering for the British Army and Director of Operations for the Defence Logistics Organisation in the Ministry of Defence. On leaving Defence he was appointed Chief Executive of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency during which time he led the computerisation of the award-winning national MoT system, working closely with DVLA to enable online vehicle licensing.

He was then appointed CEO of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and its group of companies, which he led for 10 years. He has more than 15 years’ experience as a Non-Executive director, including Engineering UK and the National Skills Academy for Rail. He is a Non-Executive Director of The Student Loans Company Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of the DVLA.

Non-executive Director

Responsible for bringing ideas and advice, both from his experience of the wider business world and from his perspective as a private citizen.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Non-Executive Director

The role of SLC’s Board is to set the strategic direction of the company within the policies and business framework set by ministers and oversee the effective and efficient discharge of its statutory responsibilities.

Student Loans Company

Previous roles in government

  • Non-executive Director, Planning Inspectorate