Richard Emery becomes IHEEM Registered Authorising Engineer

Richard Emery, Green Building Design Consultants

In June 2018 Richard received his IHEEM AE Register peer review and interview, and we are pleased to announce that he has been accepted on to the ‘Register of Authorising Engineers’ for the healthcare estates sector covering the electrical discipline. This peer review ‘is an important part of on-going professional competency.’

Richard Emery moved to Green Building Design Consultants from Carillion Plc in February 2018, with a track record of over 35 years’ electrical contracting experience of which the last 10 years has been as Electrical Senior / Authorising Engineering (AE) with MITIE and Carillion working on critical complex electrical systems in acute hospitals, data centres and other technical facilities with medium and high risk infrastructures.

While working with Carillion Plc, in their Engineering Centre of Excellence, as Senior Electrical Authorising Engineer for the southern UK region, Richard supported schools, a high-street bank, data centres and hospitals.

Previously, while working with MITIE Technical Facilities Management, Richard was Principal Electrical Authorising Engineer covering a major international telecommunications provider including five data centres and Technical Access Nodes. During this time, he also managed the completion of a number of high profile projects to supply lifecycle replacements to live UPS infrastructure systems, UPS modules and Free Cooling systems.

At Green Building Design Consultants, Richard is already making an impact on a range of projects. Richard is an Incorporated Engineer and a member the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET). He is also a member of the Institute of Health Engineering & Estates Management (IHEEM) and is currently working towards his Chartered status.

‘I was attracted to become a member of IHEEM because of the history of support for healthcare engineers. They support professional development and have an active branch close to home. The on-going interaction with the members of different disciplines, the CPD activities and the relevant information on developing technology and changing regulations is an important element of my membership.’

What is IHEEM?

The Institute of Health Engineers and Estates Managers was founded in 1943 to provide career support to engineers, facilities managers, and associated professionals working with the healthcare sector.

IHEEM is licensed by the Engineering Council as a professional body, and promotes careers in healthcare engineering in alliance with EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

IHEEM extends this to suitably experienced and qualified practitioners to allow registration as IHEEM Registered Authorising Engineers. This is carried out at a peer to peer review of suitable qualifications and competency, assessed by Practise Report and interview.

Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 00 Policies and Principles of Healthcare Engineering sets out the professional support and management implementation for the role of the Authorising Engineer.

Authorising Engineer (AE)
“3.16 The AE will act as an independent professional adviser to the healthcare organisation. The AE should be appointed by the organisation with a brief to provide services in accordance with the relevant HTM. The professional status and role required may vary in accordance with the specialist service being supported.

3.17 The AE will act as assessor and make recommendations for the appointment of Authorised Persons (APs), monitor the performance of the service, and provide an annual audit to the DP. To effectively carry out this role, particularly with regard to audit, the AE should remain independent of the operational structure of the healthcare organisation.”

For more information on AE services or support from the GBD M&E Design consultancy call Richard on 01992 552 111 or email