IRTE welcomes senior traffic commissioner as new Patron 27 April 2016

Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain Beverley Bell has been named the next patron for the SOE – Society of Operations Engineers, the umbrella organisation for the IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers).

The announcement came yesterday (26 April 2016) at the Commercial Vehicle Show, NEC in Birmingham, and Mrs Bell will be officially inaugurated at the SOE’s AGM on 19 July 2016.

“The Society has an important role to play as technology and working environments become more complicated, and requirements for engineering professionals become more stringent,” states Bell.

“I’m looking forward to taking a leading role in how SOE evolves to meet the changing needs of its members,” she adds.

Bell has been an honorary fellow of the SOE since 2010 and is also a fellow (and current president) of CILT (the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport).

She was admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and established her own practice in 1990, specialising in criminal and transport law. She was appointed Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England in 2000, and in 2012 promoted to Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain.

“It is an honour to welcome Beverley Bell as SOE Patron,” comments SOE managing director Ian Chisholm.

“Her impressive background in ensuring standards and compliance will help ensure the SOE’s continuing growth, further our aim of promoting and professionalising operations engineering, and continue the tremendous work that Sir Moir has done for the Society.”

During his time as SOE patron, Sir Moir championed significant developments, including: the appointment of an international representative to support SOE’s growth; new irtec accreditation for LCVs; and the refurbishment of SOE’s London HQ.

“On behalf of SOE ... I would like to personally thank Sir Moir for his valued input over the past three years,” states SOE president Shaun Stephenson.

“He will continue his work with SOE’s leadership team to advise the society on its continuing growth.

“SOE is now entering a new chapter in its development, and Beverley will bring tremendous experience and energy to our organisation. I am personally very excited about working with her.”

Brian Tinham

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