Celebrating Heritage, Innovation and The Membership Balance

04 December 2017

Last Thursday (30 November) at Central Hall Westminster, IHEEM President Pete Sellars provided an update on progress of his ‘Five Key Themes’ for the Institute as part of an evening reception for the IHEEM President’s Address and Awards Ceremony.

During his Address, Pete Sellars looked at the heritage of IHEEM and how this has helped to shape the current work and vision of the Institute. He discussed the role undertaken by IHEEM in the sector to serve its members and industry stakeholders.

On the eve of the Institute’s 75th anniversary, Pete also highlighted the work IHEEM undertakes with key industry partners and academia. Looking forwards, Pete Sellars, set out the new initiatives that the anniversary year will focus on in relation to ‘The Membership Balance’. In particular, new workgroups will champion engagement with tradesman and technicians and a drive to encourage a stronger involvement of women in the sector. These new workstreams will seek to emulate the success of the current initiatives looking at apprenticeships which has gained momentum and great successes over the past 12 months.

Neil Weller, Partner at Troup Bywaters+Anders, continued the apprenticeship theme, by looking at work to raise the profile of apprenticeships in the sector and links to the National Apprenticeship Scheme (NAS) Ambassador Network.

Continuing the partnership theme, an introduction to a new joint venture between IHEEM and HefmA, ‘HBE Ltd’, was presented by HBE Ltd Directors Duncan Sissons and Ian Hinitt. The session provided an opportunity to discover more about the plans that the new venture will be focussing on.

A key focus of the evening was the IHEEM Awards Ceremony which recognised and celebrated the achievements and contributions made by IHEEM members. This year, the Ceremony included the presentation of the Northcroft Silver Medal and three Honorary Fellowships.

The Northcroft Silver Medal was presented to Catherine Zeliotis, a Healthcare Leader at Stantec for her article ‘Designing Cancer Centres Many Challenges’. Unfortunately, Catherine was unable to collect the award in person so her colleague, Anuradha Sabherwal, a Project Leader and Senior Associate at Stantec collected the award on her behalf and then later, presented a short session looking at the key areas included in the article.

On the eve of IHEEM’s 75th anniversary, the IHEEM Council decided to present three Honorary Fellowships of the Institute. The first of these was presented to the late Bill Askew, who was an active member of the IHEEM London Branch and served on the IHEEM Professional Development Committee and other groups looking at the promotion and development of the training of young engineers. His son James and daughter Jackie, collected the award on his behalf.

Eileen Bayles, the Regional Training & Development Manager for the Northern & Yorkshire NHS Assessment Centre, was awarded the second Honorary Fellowship in recognition of the contribution to this scheme, the continued commitment to the training of the next generation of hospital engineers and the Institute’s forthcoming focus on the training and development of apprentices.

The final Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Jeff Jackson who is a third-generation member of IHEEM as his father and grandfather had both previously been members of Institute of Hospital Engineers (the forerunner to IHEEM). There has therefore been a Jackson “Hospital Engineer” since before the formation of the NHS and during much of the lifetime of the Institute.

The event was closed by IHEEM Chief Executive, Julian Amey, who provided an exclusive insight into the Institute’s 75th Anniversary Programme. A drinks reception for guests then followed.


Preceding the evening reception, a free-to-attend seminar featured seven back to back presentations. Conor Ellis, Partner at Rider Levett Bucknall, opened the seminar by looking at how to use commercial tools to deliver the five-year vision of capital and revenue efficiency, setting the context for the afternoon.

Three closely linked sessions were the presented by guest speakers discussing the recently published Royal Academy of Engineering report: 'Engineering Better Care – A Systems Approach to Health and Care Design and Continuous Improvement', which IHEEM was involved in producing. Dr Nicola Platt, Policy Advisor at Royal Academy of Engineering, looked at the work of the Royal Academy to date and the next steps to be undertaken in relation to the report. Dr Hywel Davies, Technical Director at CIBSE, provided an insight of how the report can be applied to the wider construction industry. Professor of Healthcare Systems at Brunel University London, Professor Terry Young, concluded the segment by looking at ‘design engineering: why it matters to healthcare’.

The final segment of the afternoon seminar showcased innovation within the sector with three presentations. Mark Bristow, Lead Project Manager at Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT, presented the award-winning ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ (Healthcare Estates 2017) which looked at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT Energy Project which has produced energy savings and efficiencies for the Trust amongst other benefits.

David Meacock, Technical Director at Cistermiser Ltd, described how hurdles in developing an efficient, cost effective and reliable water temperature monitoring system were overcome with the use of innovation and adoption of new technology ‘LinkThru’.

Phil Wade, Director of Marketing at Static Systems Group PLC, looked at the benefit of collaborative working amongst equipment suppliers and specialists, clinical teams, design groups, constructors and other interested parties to enable the ongoing provision and delivery of world-class buildings and facilities and help improve healthcare outcomes for all. 


The event was attended by over 70 members, NHS delegates and key stakeholders from across the sector. IHEEM Company Affiliates, Drax Technology and Salix Finance exhibited at the event.

A full report of the event will be featured in the January edition of the HEJ (Health Estate Journal).