28 September 2017

Statement on the resignation of IChemE Council Member Eur Ing Sean Moran CEng FIChemE

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Sean Moran’s election to IChemE’s governing council was announced at our Annual General Meeting on 10 May 2017. His successful campaign was characterised by a series of robust challenges relating to the Institution’s policy and procedures. We welcome informed and constructive debate within the Institution and our President, Mr John McGagh, looked forward to Sean’s participation in our governance review and other matters relating to the future growth and development of IChemE.

Subsequent to his election, Sean became the subject of a professional misconduct complaint tabled by another member of the Institution. Sean alludes that the disciplinary case is relevant to his decision to resign from Council and has chosen to put certain information about this into the public domain.

We are duty bound to investigate all complaints, and having found a case to answer, the next step in the disciplinary procedure was initiated. This includes consideration of the complaint by an appropriately constituted panel of senior members, supported by an appropriately qualified lay member from a kindred professional body.

It must be stressed that the facts under consideration in the disciplinary case do not relate to his long-standing critique of IChemE’s position on academics within the Institution, university accreditation or on undergraduate student numbers in the UK.

Our council directed considerable effort at exploring alternative dispute resolution. To date, this has proved fruitless. The disciplinary case is still outstanding and in light of the complex and confidential nature of the case we cannot offer further comment.

Sean announced his resignation as a member of Council and Trustee of the charity yesterday.

Since election, Sean has withdrawn from Council business as he found himself to be conflicted and was therefore unable to contribute meaningfully to the processes of Council, and to his primary role as a Trustee, which is to ensure that IChemE, as a registered charity, carries out its purposes for the public benefit.

All of the allegations raised by Sean have been comprehensively addressed, and further details are available to members via the fact check section of our website.

Jon Prichard CEng FICE FInstRE
Chief Executive

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