ICHEME has confirmed the appointment of Jon Prichard as its new CEO, succeeding David Brown, who stepped down in July.
Chartered Engineer Prichard currently heads the Engineering Council, the UK regulatory body for engineering professions. He is also a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE).
After 20 years in the British Army, Prichard joined ICE in 2001, initially serving as membership director and then as technical director. In 2007, he joined the construction consultancy High-Point Rendel as resources director. In August 2010, he took over as CEO of the Engineering Council.
“IChemE’s centenary is fast approaching. I am delighted to be joining the organisation at this exciting point in time. Chemical engineers play a vital role in many industry sectors around the world and IChemE membership is a powerful signal of trustworthy professionalism,” said Prichard.
Over the last six years, Prichard has overseen the advancement of professional standards in the UK and the development of individual guidance in risk, security, and whistle blowing; whilst also ensuring that the reputation of registered engineers and technicians has been enhanced and maintained.
Jonathan Seville, IChemE president, welcomed Prichard’s appointment. He said: “With his extensive background in engineering and in the management of professional engineering institutions, Jon was seen as the ideal candidate to lead IChemE and deliver our ambition to become the global organisation of choice for chemical and process engineers.”
Prichard’s start date is yet to be confirmed and he is currently working a period of notice with the Engineering Council.
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