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Your new SOE President

4th Aug 2017

Howard Michael Seymour

The SOE AGM took place at the SOE head office in London and featured new President Howard Seymour’s inauguration. Howard gave a Presidential address to mark the beginning of his time in office and gave a detailed brief of his intended strategy. The AGM also served to introduce the other eight elected board members.

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, then its supporting equipment and support services, in both the plant and operational environments.

Gaining EngTech and IEng before he turned 30, Howard joined BAE Systems PLC prior to 2000, taking on a role as a fully qualified and accredited engineer, his main role being aircraft support equipment design engineering and maintenance support on a major aircraft development programme. Whilst in this role, Howard completed a BEng with honours in Computer Aided Engineering.

In 2003, a move into project management took Howard into technically 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 programmes with the implementation of information system upgrades and replacements, together with associated business process improvements.

Actively involved with IPlantE, SOE - and more recently IRTE - over a period of 20 years at branch, centre and head office level, Howard has been SOE Honorary Secretary for five years and President Elect for two years. He is a Fellow and Chartered Engineer, and Environmentalist with the SOE and Society of the Environment. He also has Fellowships with both the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Association for Project Management (APM).

Howard lives with his partner in the North-West of England.

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