Ronnie H Browne

1996-1998 - Ronnie H Browne

 'RH' (Ronnie) Browne BSc, MSc, CEng, FIHEEM, FIMech.E, FIET, was employed as an apprentice fitter/machinist by the British Tabulating Machine Company (later International Computers Ltd) in 1959. Through day release and evening study he completed a Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering in 1963, and, subsequently as a Student Apprentice with ICL commenced a four year Electrical Engineering degree course at Queen's University Belfast.

During 1964/1965 he was granted a sabbatical to travel and work in Australia as British Technical Student of the Year (Junior Chamber of Commerce Oversees Travel Award Scheme). On his return he completed his course, graduated in 1968 and worked in product development. He subsequently moved to a careers guidance post in Queen's University before joining the health service in 1972 as a Hospital Engineer. He held posts at Hospital, District and Area levels and completed a part-time MSc in Energy Studies before being appointed Head of Estates in The Department of Health and Social Services Northern Ireland in 1988, later becoming Chief Executive of Health Estates Agency.

He retired from the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 2003 and has since undertaken consultancy assignments, also working part time for the Royal Yachting Association NI as Chief Operating Officer.

During his two year Presidency, important changes in which he was actively involved included combining of the Institute's conference with the NHS Estates conference, resulting in the annual conference and exhibition of the kind IHEEM currently has, and important "bridge building" and clarification of roles undertaken with HEFMA.

On completiin ghis presidency, he was invited to become an IHEEM representative within the International Federation of Hospital Engineering; he was initially a Council member, and later a member of the IFHE's Executive Committee, retiring from that position in 2016.

In 1998 he was also asked by the then Secretary of IHEEM, Bill Pym, to help establish and to Chair an IHEEM Internal Audit Committee. He remains a member of the Audit Committee but stepped down as chairman in the mid-2000s to chair the IHEEM International Affairs Committee. He was a founder member of the Northern Ireland Branch of IHEEM, and attends Branch meetings when he can. 

Ronnie Browne is also interested in and has participated in a wide range of sports, recreational and voluntary activities and is still an active yachtsman involved in both club racing and cruising.

R Browne