IAM appoints David McKeown as first Honorary Vice President

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19 May 2021

IAM appoints David McKeown as first Honorary Vice President

The Institute of Asset Management, the international professional membership body, and learned society announced at its May Council meeting the appointment of David McKeown as its first Honorary Vice President. 

McKeown will represent the IAM in areas that: develop asset management thinking, promote the value of asset management to the general public, and enhance our knowledge base. 

David McKeown has contributed significantly to the development of the IAM for close to 30 years and was a Founder Member. He was the IAM’s first Chief Executive and led the Institute for over a decade.  He has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge including the development of the international standard for asset management (ISO-55000), as well as supporting the Global Forum for Maintenance and Asset Management. 

Ursula Bryan, President of the IAM informed the Council of the appointment, announcing “I am delighted David has accepted this appointment. David has made a massive contribution to both the Institute and the asset management discipline for many years and this appointment will enable David to support the development of knowledge, which is such a fundamental part of the value we bring to our individual and corporate members, Patrons, Chapters and wider society.”

McKeown will continue to represent the IAM on several key initiatives, including the continued development of ISO 55000 and the Institute's digital asset management work with the Centre for Digital Built Britain. McKeown is also leading the IAM contribution to the Independent Television News (ITN) series ‘Planning for the Long Term’.

Christian Roberts, Deputy President of the IAM comments, “The efforts of the IAM and importantly, promoting the value of asset management widely, will be critical in improving the way society invests in infrastructure and economic recovery from the pandemic. I am very pleased that David has accepted this appointment and will continue to support the Institute over the coming years.”

To acknowledge McKeown’s leadership and steadfast commitment to the activities of the Institute, the IAM Board also announced that its annual Individual Achievement Award will be named after McKeown and bestowed on an individual who has made a great personal contribution to the advancement of asset management within their industry, organization or society.

On his appointment, David McKeown said, “I am most grateful for this significant honour and recognition. I am more passionate than ever about the benefits of our philosophy; our structured approach can bring great value to society and organizations, particularly in addressing the huge challenges facing mankind. There are now exciting new opportunities for me, personally, but I shall continue to do my best for the IAM and anyone who wishes to help build our vision.”

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