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IRSE announces new Chief Executive
The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers' Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1st August 2018. He succeeds Francis How, who retired at the end of July 2018.

Blane is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of a number of institutions, including the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He was awarded a Fellowship of The City and Guilds of London Institute in 2008 for services to the international development of engineering competency, and he and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

He has a broad range of leadership experience with professional institutions and trade associations. His more recent roles in the UK have included Operations Director of a Sector Skills Council for the building industry (2003-2006), Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (2006-2011), Group Chief Executive of the Building Engineering Services Association (2011-2013), and Chief Executive of EngTechNow, a two year collaboration programme to catalyse changes to the image and profile of technicians in the UK (2014-2016). His current work covers a variety of initiatives, including leadership of the IET Built Environment Executive on innovation, learning and development to support the Internet of Things, Smart Buildings, Big Data and Future Cities.