A former London Transport apprentice is the new president of the SOE.
Garry Gilby became President of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) during the organisation’s AGM in July 2011.
Succeeding Fleet Engineer Chris Grime, Garry delivered an inspiring speech describing his aim of increasing community liaison, professional recognition and education, whilst improving member services.
During his Presidential Address, Londoner Gilby outlined his vision for the Society, which represents some 15,000 engineering professionals and organisations in the road transport, plant and engineer surveying industries and incorporates the Professional Sectors, IRTE, IPlantE and BES.
Says Gilby, “I want to ensure all our work contributes to the community, and that we are able to demonstrate and promote the work of members, both nationally and internationally.
“I want everyone to know who the SOE are, and what we do. Maintaining our independence and the promotion of our members and engineering competence is the key to shared success.”
Garry began his career in the transport industry in August 1979, as an apprentice with London Transport.
Following twelve years in the sector, he made a move to the Underground, where he worked for over twenty years.
Mr Gilby thanked Chris Grime for his dedicated service, and said, “We cannot help but be extremely proud of our members.
“By knowing our members, by working for them and celebrating them, SOE will build a reputation that is noticed by others, and one that others will want to be a part of.”