Finch Associate David Smith celebrates 50 years’ membership with the IET

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The first objective in The Finch Plan is to nurture people. We have always been very proud and passionate about developing our people no matter what stage they are in their career – this often extends beyond its employees to its Associates. We are therefore incredibly proud to celebrate David Smith’s achievement of 50 years as a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

As a Chartered Engineer, David joined the IET as a student member at the tender age of 19, whilst studying for an Electrical Engineering degree at Loughborough University. Over the years, David progressed through senior positions at British Nuclear Fuels, RHM Technology, Nestle UK and now at Finch. In 1982 David proudly gained an MBA degree.

David became a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET) which is the highest grade of IET membership and is only awarded to those respected professionals at the forefront of engineering and technology.

To commemorate his five decades of membership, David was awarded the rare and special 50th anniversary lapel pin.

An expert in electrical engineering and machinery safety, including functional safety, after adding great value across Nestle UK by building safety management strategies including safe systems of work, David then joined Finch in 2013. In his seven years at Finch, David has been instrumental and invaluable in building and advising on training and development.

Commenting on his 50 years of membership, Peter Bonfield, IET President said “Today’s IET is very different from the institution David joined in 1970. I applaud him for his dedication, hope that he can share his successes and the lessons learned over the years to inspire the next generations.” 

 After 50 years of service to industry, David is enjoying semi-retirement while helping Finch deliver training and write and develop industry standards. Dom Barraclough, Finch Managing Director, said “This is fantastic. We are proud to be part of David’s journey and we’ve learnt so much from him over the years…” and joking “…when we can, we’ll be holding a party to celebrate this achievement, but it might be a celebration of 75 years membership by then.”