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Clinton sets out ICE agenda

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STRENGTHENING THE ICE regions, celebrating the work of engineers and raising the profile of civil engineering will be newly inaugurated ICE president Colin Clinton's main aims for the coming year, a packed One Great George Street heard on Tuesday.

Clinton will also be dedicated to promoting the value of ICE membership to employers, members and non-members around the country.

'We are serious about change. We are focused on the future and our young - maintaining our traditions but not living in the comfort created by past glories, ' said Clinton.

He added that he would also ensure the ICE would continue to promote closer co-operation between institutions, be more transparent and accountable, and engage more closely with government and business.

Clinton's year as president, he promises, will be focused on representing the people in the ICE regions. He will be visiting all the UK regions as well as Africa, Europe and East Asia.

'The agenda will be different from previous years. Less process, protocol and committees, and more engagement at local level, connecting with people and [creating a] more external profile, ' said Clinton.

He believes that raising the profile of civil engineering is a task all members should take up.

'Our identity and influence has to be promoted by the whole of our membership. The greatest ambassadors for civil engineering are civil engineers themselves. No one can tell it more passionately; no one can tell it better.

'We must ensure that in the next 50 years everyone knows who we are, what we do and why we do it, ' said Clinton.

His unique presentation took the audience on a journey through time, from 1865 to 2052 and stopping briefly in 1956.

Until 48-year-old Clinton took his position this week, the youngest ICE president was Sir John Fowler in 1865. At that time, London's Metropolitan Line - designed by Fowler in 1863 - was world's first underground railway.

Clinton emphasised that having a 'young' engineer steering the profession was not revolutionary. He suggested that Fowler's energy and enthusiasm for the profession helped plant the ICE at the forefront of the public's mind back then - something Clinton plans to do again.

Moving forward to 1956, Clinton described the state of the industry in the year he was born. The ICE had grown internationally with a 21,000strong membership and the engineering profession had developed its expertise in supersonic aircraft design.

But reflecting on the world today, Clinton warned that some important decisions had to be made to ensure civil engineering continued to flourish for the benefit of mankind in the future.

He highlighted problems of waste disposal, poor recycling uptake, car dependence and energy consumption - problems he hopes will be overcome by 2052.

Colin Clinton's presidential address can read in full on the ICE website.

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