Chisholm joined the SOE in 2001 as an engineering executive after spending over 20 years at Waltham Forest College, predominantly as a senior lecturer.
Appointed as chief executive in 2016, Chisholm IEng FSOE FIRTE was instrumental in building SOE into the influential, thriving organisation it is today, and took a hands-on role in membership recruitment, communications and stakeholder management.
SOE president Howard Seymour said: “Ian leaves an incredible legacy in the engineering profession. He was not only a dedicated and passionate engineer, he was also a very approachable person who was always willing to help others. Ian was an absolute gentleman, and someone I fully respected for his advice on engineering matters. His experience and knowledge helped SOE to progress in the manner that it has, but it is his modest nature and sincerity that many people will remember him by.”
A committed and enthusiastic fundraiser, Chisholm built strong relationships with many charities, particularly those dealing with disaffected young people and, through his college employment, became devoted to education in engineering. In 1984, Ian wrote a book entitled Automobile Engine and Vehicle Technology.
SOE Patron Beverley Bell CBE said: “I knew Ian for many years and throughout that time he always acted professionally and with the interests of SOE at heart. He was a man of complete integrity and his commitment to SOE was second to none. Everyone who worked with him thoroughly enjoyed his company, his down to earth approach and his dry sense of humour.”The SOE expressed its gratitude to an exceptional man who will be missed greatly. A JustGiving page has been set up for anyone wishing to donate in Ian’s memory.