IHEEM President

The President provides leadership to the Council and ensures that trustees fulfill their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the Institute. The President supports, and where appropriate challenges, the Chief Executive and ensures that the Council as a whole works in partnership with executive staff. 

IHEEM'S 27th President
Ian Hinitt - 2018-Present

I am very proud to have started my working life as an apprentice fitter at Bradford Area Health Authority in 1978. The skills I learnt as a tradesman are for me, the very best of life skills, enabling team working and self-reliance, resilience and lifelong innovation, borne out of my craft apprenticeship training. My early working life was not based on disposability of consumables; rather a culture of experiential learning to effect repair and adaptability; and to me this is the very essence of sustainability.

The prospect for higher education for school leavers like myself was limited and a university education was not an option as this was simply not in our family culture at that time, or indeed that of the modern secondary education system in the North of England. There were limited discussions with school careers advisors, although an apprenticeship as a technician did offer a stepping-stone for upward mobility and progression from craftsmanship.

My first management position as design engineer at Bradford took me outside my comfort zone and I looked to IHEEM in 1984, for career development support and networking advice. I became an active member of the Yorkshire Branch and was elected Branch Chair in 2004 and Council member in 2007.

A promotion to Senior Engineer left me wondering about life outside the public sector and the advent of NHS Trust status and the promise of pseudo commercialisation led me to seek experience in the private sector, when I joined Goldsborough PLC as Group Engineer, managing the estate and assets of seven private hospitals and fifty care homes nationally. I enjoyed significant freedom to act and innovate in the private sector during successive roles as National Facilities Manager for BUPA and later joining an entrepreneurial start up business - Medical Physics International, working in healthcare engineering and estate management in the UK, Africa, Israel and Malta.

In taking advice from IHEEM and having reflected on my professional educational standing and my own evolving family values on further education, I decided to seek opportunities for sponsorship to study as a mature student, with a view to becoming a Chartered Engineer. In 2002 I re-joined the NHS as Assistant Director of Estates at Bradford NHS Foundation Trust and studied part-time at the University of Central Lancashire, during which time I was very fortunate to visit the ASHRAE Winter Conferences annually and Hong Kong on two occasions to organise and participate in the inaugural and second joint IHEEM-CIBSE-HKIE symposium.

After graduating and becoming Chartered with IHEEM in 2008, I continued my association with UCLan for two years, taking a part-time appointment as Associate Lecturer in Facilities Management to the Masters programme.

Whilst at Bradford I was also very fortunate to develop my long-standing associations with the Universities of Bradford, Leeds and Cambridge, participating is EPSRC funded research projects in Infection Control and Sustainability in the healthcare built environment with eminent Profs Beggs, Noakes and Short.

In 2012 I left the NHS to establish my own consultancy and I have enjoyed supporting many NHS Trusts as a consultant and Interim Director of Estates and Facilities, focussing on transformation, turnaround and governance assurance and compliance.

I have been very fortunate to experience diverse cultures whilst working abroad, in developing sustainable patient isolation facilities in Africa and sustainable healthcare systems for the Indian Government, participating in three Ministerial Trade Missions and numerous business visits.

Having served a six-year term in representing Yorkshire Branch as director and trustee of IHEEM, my term as Council member culminated in chairing the Management and Finance Committee, working alongside the Past President to initiate a modernisation of the Institutes management structure and governance arrangements.

I maintain a strong interest in IHEEM’s International Platform. I am an inaugural director of IHEEM Ltd. and a director of HBE, the collaborative joint venture between IHEEM and HefmA, working towards supporting the industry in the redevelopment of NHS Built Environment standards and guidance documentation.

In my career I have been privileged with many professional acquaintances, networks and friendships in IHEEM and the industry and I feel honoured to have represented IHEEM in many situations, including conferences and peer reviews.

It is a great honour and privilege for me to take up the Presidency with IHEEM. I will be following through with the outgoing President - Pete Sellar’s, vision for the Five Key Themes introduced in November 2016. I will also be introducing my own vision for IHEEM, for equality and diversity in ensuring a sustainable workforce for the future generations of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management and the industry we serve.