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Cockshaw drives change

MAJOR CHANGES in the organisation of the ICE were put before Council on Tuesday this week.

Starting with a new Director General & Secretary to replace the retiring Roger Dobson, almost the entire management structure of the ICE will be overhauled, according to president Sir Alan Cockshaw, with emphasis placed on 'responsibility and accountability'.

Cockshaw is determined, by the end of his year of office, to leave the ICE in shape for the next century. 'This is a very important step today. It is about opportunity. The biggest threat to the ICE is doing nothing,' he said.

Along with restructuring the organisation Cockshaw emphasised that finding the right person to replace Dobson is critical to the future of ICE - and much more important than the timing of the appointment (ICE News last week).

The reorganisation will create new divisions with clear responsibilities for Member Services, International, and External Relations. Existing divisions for Education & Training, Finance and the commercial arm Thomas Telford will remain. Some new management may be brought in, but Cockshaw emphasised that the thrust of change was to empower the best people already in place.

Mike Winney

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