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.