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City gets civils Lord Mayor

Civil engineer and ICE Fellow Michael Bear was inaugurated as the new Lord Mayor of the City of London last weekend.

Bear has worked for Balfour Beatty for 36 years, after studying civil engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is currently Balfour Beatty Property managing director and an Arup non-executive director.

Bear said he would use practical experience in regeneration, infrastructure and engineering to get across the “clear and tangible” benefits to the UK of the City of London’s success.

Bear has confirmed that disaster relief engineering charity RedR will receive 25% of all donations to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

The Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday featured floats from both RedR and the ICE. Local school pupils accompanied the ICE float – sponsored by Arup and Balfour Beatty – wearing costumes representing London structures.

“I hope that the students involved in ICE’s float and those watching along the route or at home will be inspired by the skills and the career opportunities offered within this profession,” said Bear.

Read a full interview with Michael Bear next month.

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  • I happened to see part of the TV coverage of the Lord Mayors Show and was very chuffed to find that ICE now has a Lord Mayor to its name (and that Engineering has its own City of London Livery Company). I was not at all impressed by ICE's showing in the parade, however - the 'London Structures' referred to appeared to have foundation problems and in several cases were sagging visibly. REDR put up a much better show, thanks to keeping it simple with eyecatching red tabards and a strategically placed giant teddy bear.

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