Presidential Address 2021
Ian is the professional head of signalling and engineering director at Balfour Beatty Rail, based in Derby, England, following a 43-year career in the main line railway industry. His first post was as a trainee telecoms technician at the Strowger telephone exchange in Crewe, soon moving into the Divisional signalling design office.
Ian obtained an MSc in rail systems engineering in 2003, followed by his Chartership shortly after. He has been involved with the IRSE for around 38 years, having joined the M&NW section committee in 1982. An interesting legacy is that Ian has played a part in the introduction of three interlocking technologies in the UK; VHLC in Norfolk (with Rob Burkhardt), Smartlock 400 Horsham and Electrologixs at Old Oak Common.
The IRSE Council is the governing body of the Institution. The role of Council and the duties of Council members are defined in the Memorandum of Association & Articles of the Institution, but in summary, they make decisions on behalf of the members, as appropriate, in the running of the Institution, and generally have to ensure that the objectives for which the Institution has been established are progressed in a professional and satisfactory manner.
They are the Trustees of the Institution, which is a Registered Charity in England & Wales, and are also Company Directors, since the Institution is also registered as a UK company limited by guarantee.
Council members are elected by the corporate members of the Institution, i.e. Fellows, Members and Associate Members, for two year terms, and they can stand for election for subsequent terms if they wish to do so, as defined in the Articles referred to above. The results of the election process are announced at the Institution’s Annual General Meeting held in April and are reported in IRSE News.
The Council is supported by a number of principal Committees. Click here to view an explanatory diagram of these Committees.
Andy Knight, Steve Boshier
Members of Council from the class of Fellow
Yuji Hirao, Clive Roberts, Peter Allan, Jane Power, Bogdan Godziejewski, Gordon Lam, Ian J Allison, Rod Muttram, Harvinder Bhatia, Andy Stringer
Members of Council from the class of Member
Rob Burkhardt, Firas Al-Tahan, Ryan Gould, Rob Cooke, Paul McSharry.
Members of Council from the class of Associate Member
Keith Upton, Xiaolu Rao.
Co-opted Past Presidents
Dr Daniel Woodland, George Clark, Charles Page.