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
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.
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
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.
Ian Jones MSOE MIRTE
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.
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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.