Paul Seddon OBE en


We are saddened to inform you that on 3rd November 2022, Paul Seddon OBE passed peacefully, aged 82.

Paul was involved with IRATA from the beginning, and his knowledge and skills have been instrumental in the success of IRATA. The IRATA International Code of Practice was Paul’s brainchild, and his attention to detail gave our industry the ultimate rule book that has stood the test of time. He worked tirelessly on product performance standards for work at height and mountaineering and would not rest until the work was technically correct. He was a pioneer in harness design and carried out a vast amount of research into making world-class products, including developing rigorous testing regimes to prove the design and manufacturing quality.

Outside of work, Paul was a passionate adventurer, skier, caver, and climber. His enthusiasm for adventure took him on caving expeditions worldwide whilst also becoming an accomplished skier both downhill and ski touring.

Paul always had time to pass on his skills to others; it is a real loss to all of us that he is no longer with us. He will be remembered for his competence, his sense of adventure and his wonderful sense of humour.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Jonathan Capper
IRATA International Chairman
For and on behalf of the IRATA Executive Committee.