SOE appoints Sir John Parker as new Patron19 June 2019

The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) has appointed former Royal Academy of Engineering President Sir John Parker (pictured) as its new Patron.

Sir John will replace outgoing Patron Beverley Bell CBE, the former Traffic Commissioner, at the Society’s AGM in July.

SOE chief executive Bruce McGill says that the society is “absolutely delighted” that Sir John has agreed to be its new Patron.

“His considerable knowledge of engineering in all its forms will be incredibly valuable to the society going forward. He will bring a wealth of experience having worked across a range of industries and has taken up positions of seniority in many countries,” McGill adds.

“Beverley has supported the society through a period of significant change and has helped strengthen SOE as an engineering institution. On behalf of the board of trustees, volunteers, employees and everyone associated with SOE, I would like to thank Beverley for her support and contribution.”

Sir John is currently chairman of the Pennon Group and the Laing O’Rourke Group, and is a director of Carnival Corporation. He has chaired five FTSE 100 companies, including Anglo American and National Grid. He also chaired the Court of the Bank of England 2004-2009.

Sir John says: “Engineering in all its forms adds significant value to the economic well-being of our country. Operations engineers are also in the front line of delivering critical services that keeps the economy moving. I am honoured to become the Patron of the SOE and am particularly supportive of the encouragement the society provides for the careers of young people.”

Adam Offord

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