2017 Message from SOE President, Shaun Stephenson
9th Feb 2017
2016 has indeed been an exciting year for the organisation, with the membership increasing by 13% and movement into a newly refurbished head office. Also, the number of irtec candidates is at an all-time peak, with 1991 new licences issued in 2016.
I look forward with the team to an exciting 2017, and all the developments and opportunities this will give our truly great organisation.
It is true that Brexit has caused some hesitancy in domestic markets, but the solid foundations upon which the SOE is built, means there is great potential to flourish and grow, not just in the UK, but worldwide. We welcome supporting longer term sustainable growth across all the market sectors, and positioning the UK at the centre of engineering excellence.
In 2016, across our 3 professional sectors - BES, IPlantE and IRTE - we have seen considerable growth, and we expect this trend to continue into 2017 and beyond.
It has been a real pleasure to work alongside the management team to deliver the changes that has seen the strongest organisation emerge in over a decade.
Also, after 16 years with the organisation, it gave me great privilege to announce Ian Chisholm as the CEO, in the final quarter of 2016. Ian's tremendous experience and knowledge will deliver significant benefits to the organisation in the longer term, and take it through the next exciting chapter.
We have also made some key appointments in 2016, with the head-office team now at full strength and ready for another successful year.
In 2017, we are looking forward to delivering a CV show with greater floor space than previous years, with an increased foot fall, and numerous business opportunities.
Our new Patron, the Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverly Bell, is working alongside our teams to drive continued enhanced support and knowledge for the organisation across its sectors. I very much look forward to working with Beverley, and transitioning the organisation later this year.
I want to thank you all for your continued support, and without each and every one of you, the progress made by this organisation would not have been possible.
Have a prosperous and successful 2017, all of you.
Shaun M Stephenson