12 April 2016
IChemE Chief Executive to step down in July
Dr David Brown, Chief Executive of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), has announced that he will be stepping down from his role at the organisation on 15 July 2016. A search for his successor has been initiated.
During David's tenure IChemE has grown by some 75% in membership, evolving from a UK-centred organisation into a genuinely global professional community, and established its position as one of the most ambitious and innovative professional organisations of its kind.
IChemE’s Council has recognised Dr Brown’s work, stating:
“David's drive, vision and energy have transformed the IChemE organisation and earned him respect across the chemical engineering community nationally and internationally. He has been an articulate and effective advocate for science and engineering, and for high standards of professionalism.
His innovations such as the Corporate Partner scheme, the appointment of Senior Ambassadors to represent IChemE around the world and the creation of new special interest groups have strengthened our community, with success reflected in global growth and the formation of new member groups from Calgary and Trinidad to New Zealand. Chemical engineers, and the businesses that rely on them, owe David their gratitude and appreciation.”
Dr Brown said: "IChemE is embarking on a further programme of change which will take several years. After nine fulfilling years at the helm, supported by a great team of staff and countless volunteers from among our members, I want to give a new CEO the opportunity to shape and lead that programme and take IChemE through towards its centenary in 2022."
Dr Brown added that he looked forward over the months ahead to meeting with IChemE Boards and leaders in Australia, Malaysia, the UK and elsewhere to thank them for their support over the years, which he was sure they would extend to his successor.
David will continue to be active on behalf of science and engineering and of the chemistry-based industries, and to encourage students and young people to aspire to engineering success.