SOE is overseen by our Trustee Board, who gain their places through annual elections, voted in by the membership. 

Meet your Trustee Board members 

Howard Seymour CEng CEnv FSOE FIPlantE FIRTE

President, SOE

Howard Seymour is SOE's President for the period 2017-2019

Actively involved with SOE for over 20 years at branch, centre and head office level, Howard is a Fellow, Chartered Engineer, and Chartered Environmentalist. Joining the Royal Air Force at 17 to train as an Aircraft Mechanic, then later as Technician, Howard gained a firm grounding of engineering from a practical sense, moving into a military career working on fast jet aircraft, its supporting equipment and support services in both the plant and operational environments. In 2003, a move into project management took Howard into technical based delivery projects on major aircraft capability upgrade programmes, as well as gaining a Masters in Project Management in Practice. More recently, Howard has been involved in significant business transformation projects with BAE SYSTEMS.

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Michael Sweetmore EngTech MSOE MIRTE

President-Elect & Honorary Treasurer

Mick is a vehicle engineer with nearly 35 years experience, and is currently Head of Fleet Engineering and Transport Services at Merseyside Police.

Vince Sharpe CEng FSOE FBES

Chair of BES Professional Sector Council

A leading engineer surveyor with over 21 years' experience working for Allianz, Vince has technical expertise in lifts, escalators and moving platforms.

Alan Fitzpatrick CEng CEnv FSOE FBES FIPlantE

Chair of IPlantE Professional Sector Council

Alan is a senior risk engineer with a background in plant and maritime engineering.

John Eastman EngTech CEnv FSOE FIRTE

Chair of IRTE Professional Sector Council

John is a knowledgeable transport engineer, with practical and leadership experience in the HGV and fleet engineering sectors. John currently runs his own consultancy.

Adam Fraser-Hitchen CEng FSOE FIRTE

President Elect

Formerly a long-term member of REME, Adam is an accomplished multi-disciplined engineer. Now running his own consultancy, Adam is our President-Elect for the period 2021-2023.

Alistair Reid IEng CEnv FSOE FBES

Chair of Membership and Professional Standards Committee

Alistair is a well-respected engineer surveyor working for Allianz where he has been employed for over 17 years.

Chris Grime EngTech CEnv FSOE FIRTE

Chair of IRTE Services Ltd

Chris is currently employed by Veolia as Head of Fleet, North, and brings a wealth of knowledge about fleet operations and maintenance to the SOE Trustee Board.


Legal Representative

A transport lawyer at Backhouse Jones, Ian brings his legal craft and expertise to the SOE Trustee Board.

Garry Gilby IEng CEnv FSOE FIPlantE FIRTE FBES

Elected Board Member

Former President of SOE, Gary is an elected board member and health & safety specialist in the rail and events industries.

Ian Jackson CEng FSOE FIPlantE

Elected Board Member

Elected SOE Board Member, Ian brings a wealth of knowledge from Operations Engineer and Senior Management roles with a large energy company.

Bruce McGill

Company Secretary, SOE

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Formerly Director of Membership at Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Head of Marketing at Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Bruce was appointed CEO of SOE in September 2018.