Trustee Board and Councils

Howard Seymour CEng CEnv FSOE FIPlantE FIRTE


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, Chartered Engineer, and Environmentalist with the SOE and Society of the Environment.

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.

Gaining EngTech and IEng before her turned 30, Howard joined BAE Systems PLC before 2000, taking on a role as a fully qualified and accredited engineer. His main role being as aircraft support equipment design engineer 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 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 programmes with the implementation of information system upgrades and replacements, together with associated business process improvements.

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

Beverley Bell HonFSOE HonFIRTE


Beverley has been an honorary fellow of the Society of Operations Engineers since 2010 and is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

She was admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and established her own practice in 1990, specialising in criminal and transport law.

Beverley was appointed Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England in 2000, and in 2012 she was appointed Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain. This is a statutory role with responsibility for giving guidance and directions on a range of matters to commissioners, in consultation with stakeholders.

Shaun Stephenson EngTech FSOE FIRTE FCILT MIMI

Immediate Past President

An IRTE member for the past 30 years, Shaun has served on both the IRTE Services Board and the SOE Trustee Board.

He originally trained as a technician with vehicle manufacturers ERF where he received the majority of his engineering training. Following this, he worked with BOC Transhield and Marks & Spencer, where he developed his knowledge of retail distribution, and later with Hoyer and Esso where he managed a significant distribution and engineering team. Here he developed his knowledge of running workshops and commercial tenders and financial modelling. His experience also includes running the workshop infrastructure for Ryder System, Inc. as head of operations, where he further developed his experience in financial modelling and forecasting.

In 2003, while a national fleet manager with Arla Foods, he was runner up in the Fleet Engineer of the Year Awards. In his current role as fleet director for Bidvest Logistics, he oversees the national distribution fleets of a number of constituent companies.

Based in Hertfordshire, Shaun enjoys the National Trust and has spent time as a parish councillor.

Your Trustee Board

Howard Seymour
President & Honorary Secretary

Shaun Stephenson
Immediate Past President

Michael Sweetmore
President-Elect & Honorary Treasurer

Vince Sharpe
Chair of BES Professional Sector Council

Ian Ling
Chair of IPlantE Professional Sector Council

John Eastman
Chair of IRTE Professional Sector Council

Alistair Reid
Chair of Membership and Professional Standards Committee

Chris Grime
Chair of IRTE Services Ltd

Ian Jones
Legal Representative

Elected Board Members
Adam Fraser-Hitchen
Garry Gilby
Gary King
John Parry

Co-opted members
Ian Jackson
Ian Smith

Professional Sector Councils


Vince Sharpe (Chair)
David Young (Vice-Chair)

Elected Members
Gary Chapple
Kevin Hawkins
Andy Kidd
Philip Maguire
Alistair Reid

Co-opted Members
Dominic Dawson
Geoff Hayward
Alan Richards
Joe Royle


Ian Ling (Chair)
Ian Jackson (Vice-chair)

Elected Members
Alan Fitzpatrick
Jeffrey Yung

Co-opted Members
Steve Catte
Del Gladman
Patrick Hughes
Tony Robinson
Stephen Tennison


John Eastman (Chair)
Anthony Stone (Vice-chair)

Elected Members
Peter Chidley
Ian Foster
Charles Lymer
Ian Smith
Gary Thomas

Co-opted Members
Chris Grime
John Parry
Alex Parsons
Michael Sweetmore
Jon Winter