Colin Simmons: IEng FIED.
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of longstanding member and active volunteer Colin Simmons.
Colin joined the I ED in 1973, whilst working as a Design Section Leader at CAV Ltd. Colin had started his career in 1939 as an apprentice in the drawing office at D. Napier and Son, working on detailed drawings of aero engines. His career then focussed on aero propulsion, working for De Havilland and CAV in Acton, designing fuel equipment and turbochargers.
During his working life, Colin also took time to teach part-time students and tutored technicians and graduate: in the design drawing offices, before setting up his own consultancy in 1985.
Shortly after joining the IED, Colin began working with the BSi in his spare time, and over 40 years he represented the Institution on a number of BSi and ISO standards committees--the most recent focusing on geometric tolerancing. Colin was the head of the UK delegation to ISO TC10 for many years and was widely respected for this long service and contribution to international standards development. It was for his efforts in this area on behalf of the IED that Colin as awarded a Medal of Appreciation in 2008 (pictured).
Colin was an enthusiastic member of the IED, passionate about design and engineering and the Institution. He will be greatly missed.