Small Practitioners Panel

Our Small Practitioners Panel keeps members up to date with issues affecting small to medium size businesses.

The panel exists to develop the sector’s strengths, capability and professional approach, to keep pace with technological and professional change.

The panel also develops and promotes a series of activities to support members working in the sector, including our Small Practitioners Conference.


  • Chairman
  • Up to 13 other members
  • Corresponding members


Get involved:

With extensive experience of running a small practice, you will assist in developing useful guidance and updates to members working in this area.

You will attend four meetings a year and have full access to all related documents. You will undertake some work between meetings.

Participating in the panel is a great way to contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

We invite expressions of interest in panel membership each September, contacting all members except Student Members.

Contact the panel if you have questions about their work. 


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Featured resources and events

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Adapting to the new business as usual

Julia Leask describes how you can reinvent your business to adhere to the new normal.

Date ‐ 27 October 2020
Author ‐ Julia Leask
Price ‐ Free
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Remote working for SMEs

Dan Fordham MIStructE provides useful tips for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) forced to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date ‐ 3 April 2020
Author ‐ Dan Fordham MIStructE
Price ‐ 0
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The importance of saying “no” – or “see you soon”

Ken McHale MIStructE, of our Small Practitioners Panel, explains why it’s important that structural engineers, as the guardians of public safety, learn when to say no.

Date ‐ 8 January 2020
Author ‐ Ken McHale MIStructE
Price ‐ 0

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Date ‐ 23 November 2022
Location ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £305 - £465
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Date ‐ 8 November 2022
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Date ‐ 28 October 2022
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