PICTURED WITH ISPE PRESIDENT Jim Lamb, Ross Alcock, right, will be stepping down as ISPE General Secretary in 2024.

After working for the Institute for over 34 years, ISPE General Secretary, Ross Alcock, has announced his impending retirement from the Institute. It is anticipated that Ross will finally hang up his ‘ISPE boots’ in June/July 2024, by which time he will have served 35 years, but a firm date is yet to be agreed as the search now begins for his replacement.

Ross has offered to assist the Institute and the ISPE Council for a period of time beyond his ‘final’ date, on a part-time basis, to assist in the smooth handover to new staff, to ensure the service to Institute members is not interrupted.

Having watched over the ISPE for so many years, Ross has seen many changes in and around the industry but feels it is now time to hand the reins of the day-to-day management of the Institute’s business to somebody new as the Institute heads towards its fiftieth anniversary.

“The important thing for the Institute is to ensure that the handover process is as seamless as possible, and I want to reassure all ISPE members and students that I will do whatever I can to assist in this,” Ross said. Looking to the immediate future, Ross will be in his usual place on the ISPE stand opposite Technical Arena 1 at SPATEX 2024.

Plans are in hand for the 131st ISPE One-Day Seminar next March, the 2024 ISPE exams will go ahead in March too, and it’s very much business as usual. The search is now on to find a replacement for Ross and situation vacant adverts are being widely circulated.

If you would like more details of what is involved do please contact the ISPE office by emailing or telephone 01603 499959.