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IRSE announces new Chief Executive
The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers is pleased to announce the appointment of Blane Judd as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Blane will join the IRSE at the beginning of July 2018, fully taking over when Francis How retires at the beginning of August.

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.
About the IRSE:

The IRSE is the professional institution for all those engaged in or associated with railway signalling and telecommunications, train control, traffic management and allied professions.

The Institution aims to advance the science and practice of train control and communications engineering within the rail industry, and to maintain high standards of knowledge and competence within the profession. The overriding purpose in doing this is for the public benefit, to help ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and freight by rail.