ICE vice-president Scott Steedman was voted president elect for 2010 at the last council meeting.
Steedman will succeed current president Quentin Leiper, senior vice-president David Orr, vice-president Jean Venables, and vice-president Paul Jowitt.
High-Point Rendel group strategy director Steedman is leading the reorganisation of ICE Learned Societies (NCE 16 November 2006).
Steedman said that the election was completely unexpected, but it would not distract him from his mission of making the Learned Societies the backbone of the Institution.
'It's going to take two to three years to deliver the changes to a level where we are really meeting the membership's requirements of improving the visibility, credibility and influence of the Institution, ' he added.
Steedman intends to make excellence in engineering one of the key themes during his term and will be a working president.
'High-Point Rendel has been very supportive following the announcement and I will be asking [High-Point Rendel chairman and past ICE president] Sir Alan Cockshaw for advice on fitting the role in with my day job, ' he said.
Steedman will also bring an international flavour to his presidency, having advised the US government on levee failures during Hurricane Katrina (NCE 2 March 2006).