Engineering Council CEO to step down after six successful years


The Engineering Council has announced that CEO Jon Prichard CEng FICE FInstRE will be stepping down from his role in early 2017 to take up the post of Chief Executive at the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

During Jon’s six-year tenure, he has successfully overseen the advancement of UK professional standards, the development of individual guidance on risk, whistleblowing and security, whilst also ensuring that the reputation of UK registered engineers and technicians has been enhanced and maintained among global partners.

RAdm Nigel Guild CB CEng FIET FIMarEST MIMA FREng, Chairman of the Engineering Council, thanked Jon for his tireless efforts, stating: “Jon’s drive, vision and energy have transformed the Engineering Council and earned him respect across the engineering community, nationally and internationally. He has been an articulate and effective advocate for professional registration to employers, individuals and the public as a whole.

“During his tenure, Jon has been responsible for exporting the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence to Europe, a move which will see the framework adopted by partner countries, such as the Netherlands, to ensure global consistency in the competence of engineers and technicians. Over the past six years, registration numbers have levelled off following a previous state of decline over a sustained period and the number of new registrations has increased by 30%. Our relationship with professional engineering institutions is now as good as it has ever been.”

Jon Prichard said: “It has been a privilege to lead the Engineering Council through the last six challenging but exciting years, which have included two office moves, building relationships with our equivalent bodies in Europe and the realignment of the organisation around new systems, processes and organisational culture. These things couldn’t have been achieved without the support of a great team of trustees, staff and volunteers. I am confident that my successor will find the organisation in a healthy and robust shape.”

A search for Jon’s successor has been initiated.