THE BRITISH Geotechnical Association elected Professor Barry Clarke of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne as chairman at its annual general meeting last month.
Clarke praised outgoing chairman Quentin Leiper for his 'very important' role in the formation of the BGA with the merger of the British Geotechnical Society with the ICE Ground Board last year. Original talks had collapsed in 1996, and Leiper was instrumental in pushing through the merger - 97% of BGA members voted in favour of the move.
Leiper's tenure saw the setting up of the BGA website and electronic directory. Clarke added that Leiper played a big part in making the association's annual Rankine Lecture one of the most prestigious events in the ICE calendar.
'Quentin has been an excellent chairman, 'he said.'He has put a great deal of effort in over the last seven years.'
Other changes include the election of Tony Bracegirdle as vice chairman and Peter Eldred becomes honorary treasurer.