The Engineering Council will shortly begin a search for a new director-general following the surprise decision by Mike Heath to step down in June.
An Engineering Council spokesman said this week that Heath’s sudden decision was made because ‘he has been heavily committed getting the new council up and running – it’s been a heavily loaded post – and he feels he now wants to pass on to another.’
Heath took up the post after a career in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, where he integrated the Army’s electrical and mechanical engineering operations, and the MoD. He joined the Engineering Council on the retirement of Denis Filer, as the reformed council was being set up.
He has made no announcement about his future plans.