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Left to right: Graham Couchman, Graham Owens.

Dr Graham Couchman has been appointed to succeed Dr Graham Owens as Director of the Steel Construction Institute (SCI), Martin Manning, Chairman of Council, announced on 13th August. He will join the SCI as Director-elect on 17th September and will take over as Director at the Council Meeting on 15th November.

Graham Couchman has twenty three years experience in design, construction and research in steel and composite structures in the UK and Europe. He is a fluent French speaker. He already has close associations with the SCI, having previously worked there from 1995 to 2004. He has spent the last three years as a Divisional Director at BRE.

In making the announcement, Martin Manning, Chairman of SCI Council, said: “We are very pleased to have found such an able new man to lead the SCI as it continues to serve steel construction in a fast changing world”. Graham Owens, the retiring Director, said: “I am immensely proud of the achievements and the international reputation for excellence that the SCI has gained in the first twenty two years of its existence. I am confident that Graham will build on this foundation very effectively.

Graham Couchman said: “I look forward to the opportunity to help steel construction meet its future challenges, in particular the need to provide still better client value and greater sustainability in steel construction, both in the UK and overseas. My time at BRE has enabled me to develop knowledge and relationships that will help SCI take a more holistic approach to construction through both formal and informal partnerships. I am very excited at the prospect.”

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