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SOE Remembers Ian Chisholm

12th Oct 2017

Ian Chisholm, IEng FSOE FIRTE

Following on from the sad news earlier this week, SOE has released a more comprehensive statement regarding our CEO.

Ian joined the SOE in 2001 as an Engineering Executive after spending over 20 years at Waltham Forest College, predominantly as a Senior Lecturer. Appointed as Chief Executive in 2016, Ian was instrumental in building SOE into the influential, thriving organisation it is today, and took a hands-on role in membership recruitment, communications and stakeholder management.

SOE President Howard Seymour, said: “Ian leaves an incredible legacy in the engineering profession. He was not only a dedicated and passionate engineer, he was also a very approachable person who was always willing to help others. Ian was an absolute gentleman, and someone I fully respected for his advice on engineering matters. His experience and knowledge helped SOE to progress in the manner that it has, but it is his modest nature and sincerity that many people will remember him by.”

A committed and enthusiastic fundraiser, Ian built strong relationships with many charities, particularly those dealing with disaffected young people and, through his college employment, became devoted to education in engineering. In 1984, Ian wrote a book entitled, ‘Automobile Engine and Vehicle Technology.’

SOE Patron Beverley Bell CBE, said: “I knew Ian for many years and throughout that time he always acted professionally and with the interests of SOE at heart. He was a man of complete integrity and his commitment to SOE was second to none. Everyone who worked with him thoroughly enjoyed his company, his down to earth approach and his dry sense of humour.”

Ian held a strong interest in professional cooking, art deco design and cars. He was also known to enjoy a glass of the finest Malbec.

Everyone at SOE would like to express their gratitude to an exceptional man who will be missed greatly, and our thoughts are with his wife and son at this difficult time.

A JustGiving page has been set-up for anyone wishing to donate in Ian’s memory. We will release more details as and when appropriate.

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Clive Howard Price

Friday, 20 October 2017 22:43:01

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Ian's untimely death. He succeeded me as Engineering Executive after my retirement from SOE at the end of 2001 and I certainly never expected to outlive him.
I have never met Ian's wife or son but I offer them my condolences in their loss.
Once proper tribute has been paid to Ian's memory and achievements the Society will need to take stock and decide what objectives and priorities it wants a new Chief Executive to pursue.
Clive H Price

Matthew Peter Westrap

Monday, 30 October 2017 20:57:04

I was fortunate to know Ian many years ago.
I went to the same college where he lectured at I was also a neighbour and bought his book that he had written back in 1986 (when I started my apprenticeship to help me through my studies) .
A kind and mild mannered man who's knowledge was unsurpassable.
My condolence's to Ian's family
my thoughts are with them,

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