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Council Candidates (1 of 2)

This is your chance to influence the composition of the ICE's policy making body by voting for new Members of Council.

ICE News this week publishes candidates' election statements to help you make your choice.

The ICE electorate must select a maximum of eight candidates from the general list of Fellows, Members and Associate Members printed below. A minimum of one Fellow, four Members and one Associate Member must be chosen. The other two chosen must be either be a Fellow or Member.

Five new territorial Members are to be voted for in South Wales, South Eastern, Midlands, East Midlands and Northern local associations. This year, for the first time, Associate Members can vote for Territorial Members of Council who are standing in their area.

Voting in both ballots will be by single transferable vote. Indicate your preference for candidates by order of choice.

Ballot papers must be returned to the ICE by 11 May.

Council is ICE's ruling body, deciding major policies and financial issues. It comprises 49 elected Members who meet six times a year: meetings are chaired by the President.

Candidates nominated by Council

David Battensby (A)

Professional assistant, Durham County Council

I joined Durham County Council in 1983 and learned my engineering theory through part-time ONC, HNC and job experience.

I am a firm believer in the contribution Associate and Technician Members make to the civil engineering team and the profession. I am committed to the concept of a vertically integrated Institution and all qualified classes being able to participate fully in its governance.

Opportunities at a senior level should exist for all ICE Membership classes. To achieve these aims I actively promote the ICE as the pre-eminent institution for civil engineers and technicians and the use of its qualifications as the benchmark standard to aspire to.

Nicholas Clark (A)

Chief estimator, Johnson Construction

During 20 years within the industry I have maintained an active role in the development of the Technician's and Incorporated Engineer's role within the 'construction team'.

Early on in my career I saw the opportunities for professionally qualified staff and became an engineering technician in 1986, an Incorporated Engineer in 1987 and was elected to the grade of AMICE in 1989.

I believe that with my background and experience I can assist in the promotion of Technicians and Incorporated Engineers as skilled personnel working on construction projects worldwide and also as valued Members of this institution.

Godfrey Crook (F)

Principal, Godfrey Crook Associates

I have been privileged to be organising chairman of the World Airports conference series. Conferences on an international, commercial and agency basis are an important element in Institution activities.

I would, if elected to Council, be keenly interested in developing the business of professional conferences and also working towards the enhancement of the business related aspects of engineering and furthering the initiatives introduced by President Cockshaw.

As we approach the millennium the Institution must take advantage of the many opportunities offered and be seen to play a key role in the construction industry as it adapts itself to survive in a changing and exciting world.

Miles Delap (M)

Principal engineer, Whitby Bird and Partners

I find my work rewarding and challenging. I believe that the fun of engineering should be communicated to a wider audience and that this will be to the advantage of the profession. We have neglected the selling of schemes to the stakeholders, failing to emphasise our positive contribution to the built and natural environments. We must seek to understand what it is our stakeholders want and present our work in these terms while avoiding trampling cherished assets. If elected, I will continue to present engineering in a positive light, seeking to maximise society's understanding of our contribution.

Carol Drummond (A)

Senior engineer, Regional Flood Defence, Environment Agency

I have worked for the Environment Agency since 1989, following a training scheme and qualifying as an Incorporated Engineer. I am currently working on shoreline management plans, the sea defence survey and investigations into new flood defence schemes.

I am involved in national and local ICE matters and I am keen to see full vertical integration of the Membership. I believe each of us should promote the role of the civil engineer to colleagues, friends and the general public. In this way our status will be improved and this is the key to the future of the professional civil engineer.

Toby Howe (A)

Assistant engineer, Kent County Council

I have worked for Kent County Council for 10 years. In 1995 I became an Associate Member of the Institution and Chairman of the IET Section of the south eastern local association in 1996. I have represented the association on BIET since 1996, and have sat on the Training and Professional Reviews Panel since 1998.

Over the past few years I have worked closely with engineers both on the ground and within the Institution, and feel that with my breadth of experience, I will be able to contribute positively to the future of the Institution.

Jessica Lloyd (M)

Assistant project manager, Highways Agency

Graduating from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1991 I joined the Highways Agency and was seconded to Frank Graham and Tarmac. Later I became project engineer on the A12 Hackney Wick. My current job is assistant project manager for the Traffic Control Centres Initiative. I was on the committee of the ALGS and an active member of the Territorial Royal Engineers.

I am seeking election to Council in order to bridge the gap between Graduate/ Incorporated Engineers and the senior Members of the Institution. I also wish to help in promoting civil engineering as a career for women.

Gordon Masterton (F)

Director, Babtie Group

The strength of the Institution depends on the support and contribution of the Members. This has to be earned. A Council Member must be in touch with Members' aspirations wherever they may be based. As a servant of an active local association for many years, including honorary secretary and Graduates and Students chairman, I believe I have the credentials to fairly represent the views of a wide range of Members.

The Institution aspires to be the leading organisation of its kind in the world. Council Members must be the conscience of the Institution's Membership as it works toward that goal.

Dr Robin Wardlaw (F)

Head of school of civil and environmental engineering, University of Edinburgh

There are many challenges facing the profession as we move into the 21st century, not least of which is learning how to deal with the range of issues associated with global environmental change. It is important that as a profession we have, and are seen to have, a significant and responsible role in sustainable development planning in a changing environment. It is important that we are able to contribute to and direct aspects of this debate as well as respond to the changes that we face. Improving the public perception of our role is essential if the profession is to continue to develop.

Patrick Waterhouse (M)

Business development manager, ALSTOM Transport

I qualified as a Member in 1994 and have been an active participant in ICE affairs. Involved in local association work, I was a Member of the Future Framework Presidential Commission. I am now chairing the working party addressing the Institution's public relations activities.

I am firmly committed to the Institution raising the profile of the profession in government and media. The Institution must take a leading role in the changing construction industry and its contribution to society. It is well placed to do so by using the potential power and influence of the Membership.

Candidates nominated by Members

Chimay Anumba (M)

Reader, computer integrated construction, Loughborough University

Election to Council will enable me to achieve four important objectives:

To contribute to the modernisation of the Institution, making it more relevant and responsive to the needs of younger Members and those living in the regions.

To work towards enhancing the status of the engineering profession through protection of the title 'engineer'.

To help bridge the gap between industry and academia.

To contribute to the implementation of measures that will enable the construction industry to re-engineer its business processes in line with the Latham and Egan reports.

Russell Calderwood (M)

Inspector, Health and Safety Executive

Being an active Member of London and South East committees has highlighted to me the need to endorse and expand co-operation between institutions, business and authorities.

Through my CDM presentations I have sought to inspire cultural change, such that all contribute to health and safety and to a renaissance of the construction industry as an efficient, imaginative and quality business.

My principal objectives are to promote association views, raise the Institution's and engineers' awareness of their ever widening legal and environmental duties and contribute to enhancing the engineer's status.

John Ekins (F)

County surveyor, Hampshire County Council

My career has been in highways, transportation and waste management, and my Institution activities include 10 years on the Southern Association committee (Chairman in 1994/95) and a term as Territorial Member of Council. I am currently chairman of the Waste Management Board.

As the current reforms are developed I would like to ensure that the prime accountability of Council is not diminished in the drive for a higher profile and greater corporate efficiency. I would wish to maintain the importance of the Institution's learned society against other emerging priorities for organisational development.

Roger Falconer (F)

Hyder professor of environmental water management, Cardiff University

The Institution faces a period of considerable change, with the implications of SARTOR certain to have a major impact on the composition of our Membership and devolution having an impact in the regions. I have worked in three different universities and been involved with the Institution for many years. I feel I have some contribution to make in the reshaping of our Institution to address the challenges ahead. I also believe our Institution needs to become more European and international in the future and needs increasingly to be seen as the natural home for environmental engineers.

Mike Gellatley (F)

Infrastructure systems engineer, London Underground Ltd

Civil engineers continue to achieve and promote recognition of their support and contribution to society. Sustainability of such key issues are paramount for the Institution, its Members and the public.

I therefore fully support the spirit and need to achieve against the vision, mission and objectives approved by Council in 1998. It is this opportunity that has prompted agreement for my name to go forward for election to Council.

If elected I would offer personal commitment and enthusiasm, to contribute, support and help deliver such objectives on behalf of us all.

Chris Hodgson (F)

Senior manager, PB Power, Merz and McLellan

Although I have spent nearly 30 years in the construction industry, working for consultants and contractors, I believe I have a young head on my middle-aged shoulders. I can remember sitting my 'civils' 17 years ago, and how proud I was to be admitted to the profession. I still feel that way today, and would consider it an honour to be involved in promoting the importance and status of civil engineering. Having been a member of the IStructE Northern Counties Committee for three years, I am keen to become more broadly involved in serving the interests of ICE Members.

Graham Jellett (M)

Consultant, Ross Silcock Ltd

The Institution continues to make its contribution to public debate on policy matters such as transport. Having previously served on Council, and gained some understanding of how it functions, I intend, if elected, to devote time and effort as required to assist with preparing the Institution's views on such issues.

My professional experience, comprising eighteen years with contractors and fifteen years in local government, enables me to bring a balanced approach to this work.

The Institution has again been reviewing routes to Membership. These must be periodically updated to reflect prevailing professional and industrial needs.

Professor Victor de Kosinsky (F)

University of Liege professor of applied and urban hydrauics

I graduated from the University of Leeds, trained in the UK, and worked in Belgium where I chair the local ICE Group. I was in 1994 the ICE Council Member from continental Europe and during my term I actively participated in the education service, making use of my experience in European training of engineers and the recognition of engineering qualifications, providing valuable contribution to the current policy of the Institution, taking a leading role in Europe.

Is it not time for the ICE to have a Council Member from Europe?

Clive Onions (M)

Associate director, Ove Arup & Partners

I joined Ove Arup & Partners in 1975 after graduating from University College, Cardiff, and have led the civil engineering group of the Bristol office since 1983.

I was programme secretary of the South Western Association from 1984- 95, Avon branch chairman 1995-97 and association chairman 1997-98.

I inspired the change to a colour newsletter, designed to appeal to a wider audience. The newsletter is sent to all Members, secondary schools, colleges with civil engineering courses and Members of Parliament in the South West.

If elected to Council, I would use this role to continue to raise the profile of civil engineering.

Dr Braj Sinha (F)

Reader, school of civil and environmental engineering, Edinburgh University.

If elected, I shall try my best to see that the Institution is more responsive to the needs and aspirations of its younger Members. I have

always had an interest in the training and development of creative engineering students and I shall work for the demise of the

SARTOR entry standard for engineering courses, which I believe will not ensure the production of first class engineers.

I shall also seek to ensure that the Institution does more to help in education and training of engineers in developing countries rather than only recruiting actively to arrest falling numbers at home.

Mike Winney (F)

Editor Emeritus, New Civil Engineer

Sitting in as an observer on Council for five years while I was NCE's Editor gave me a ringside view of the public face of ICE's controlling body. Behind the scenes, maintaining the relationship between the ICE and its magazine gave me an insight to the forces driving the Institution.

More energy must be focused on enthusing the public, especially the young, with the brilliant possibilities that our profession has for shaping and improving the environment in the 21st century. Less energy should be devoted to lengthy internal documents that few people have time to read, either on screen or paper.

Territorial Candidates

South Wales Local Association

Professor Ben Barr (F)

Tarmac Professor of the built environment

I have been active in the local associations for over 20 years, serving in various capacities including secretary and chairman. At national level I was involved with the formation of the Graduates and Students committee, a Member of the panel for Historic Engineering Works and, more recently, became a Member of the Joint Board of Moderators.

I have always believed that the strength of the Institution is based in the local associations. It would be a privilege to represent

South Wales' views and interests at Council, particularly at a time when the education and training of the next generation is a major issue.

Keith Thomas (F)

Director of highways, Welsh Office

I joined ICE as a student in 1957. I have been involved in many aspects of ICE in a career that included the construction and maintenance of maritime works, defence works and public buildings. For 11 years I have been Director of Highways at the Welsh Office.

I have always had a keen interest in the Institution, serving on the local association committee for some years and recently the Transport Board.

I have also always had a keen interest in the training of engineers and in South Wales and the local association. If elected I would hope to continue these interests.

David Thomas (M)

Independent consultant

If elected my objectives will be to:

Fully represent the views and aspirations of South Wales Members.

Improve communication channels between Great George Street and local associations.

Support moves towards devolving work load and resources from headquarters to local associations where this is in the best interests of the local Membership.

Advocate a degree of stability in the internal affairs of the Institution following the implementation of the Future Framework proposals.

Support initiatives to improve the external image of civil engineering and the standing of Members in the community.

South Eastern Local Association

David Davis (M)

Senior lecturer, Royal School of Military Engineering

I served for 29 years in the Royal Engineers before taking up my present post. During that time I have held a variety of military posts

and been seconded to civil industry. For the past 12 years I have been responsible for training the civil engineers of the Royal Engineers, developing a special interest in the formation of engineers. I also wish to foster the closest possible integration of the Incorporated and Technician Members into our profession. I am a vice chairman of the South Eastern Association.

Andrew Roberts (F)

Director, architecture and engineering, Canterbury City Council

I have been a South Eastern Association committee Member since 1990 and had the honour of holding the association's chairmanship during 1997/98.

As the director of architecture and engineering I remain closely involved in the construction industry. I am an Institution reviewer and carry out training as a supervising civil engineer. This work gives me broad access to the industry. I am currently a visiting professor in civil engineering at the University of Strathclyde and chairman of the University's industrial advisory committee. I believe my involvement in all these areas would support work on Council.

Peter Cousins (M)

Principal, Peter Cousins Associates

For most Members their weekly copy of NCE is the only tangible benefit they gain for belonging to the Institution. That cannot be right and the ICE must work harder to involve you, its Members, and find out what you want and need from your Institution.

I believe that the best way to engage our Members is through a strong local presence in the area that you live and work. If elected I will therefore campaign to devolve more resources from the centre to local level while continuing to maintain Great George Street as a centre of excellence.

Midlands Local Association

Rob Greenwood (F)

Associate director, Ove Arup & Partners

The Institution has to inspire improved methods and encourage organic change to create solutions that meet or exceed expectations. The drive for value for money and quality will continue and if elected I wish to contribute to this challenge: honing the skills and education of young engineers as well as understanding that real project needs are essential to ensure creative resources exist to satisfy our customers.

I would be active in representing Members interested in buildings and the built environment. Like previous Midlands territorial Members I would be actively involved with the local association as well as Council.

Raymond Joyce (F)

Partner and head of construction and engineering, Garretts Solicitors.

Territorial Members should have close links with the Regional Association Committee. This ensures the Association's views can be

heard at Council and decisions and discussions at Council can be reported back to the Association. If I am elected I would not only be very honoured but would undertake the role of Territorial Member with enthusiasm.

Robert Harrison (M)

Construction contracts consultant

I have developed my own consultancy specialising in construction contract matters. I have studied for and gained Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and took a law degree part time at the University of Central England graduating in 1997. Currently I am on the Institution's panel of adjudicators.

I have always taken a keen interest in ICE affairs and since 1981 have been a Member of the Midlands Association committee, and was Chairman for the 1991-92 session.

I want to use my knowledge and experience of the local association to involve the wider Membership in the management of the Institution's affairs.

East Midlands Local Association

Mitch Stevens (M)

Project manager, Mansfield District Council

Since graduating in 1979 I have worked in both the public and private sectors. My career profile includes transportation, highway and sewerage projects, and land reclamation/development for commercial and industrial use. As project manager, I have responsibilities for departmental and strategic level service delivery.

An enthusiastic supporter of the Institution, I am currently chair of the North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire branch and a representative to the East Midlands local association. As a keen promoter of civil engineering, I act as branch public relations officer and local association representative on the 'new look' careers panel at GGS.

John Parry (F)

Divisional director, De Leuw Rothwell

Since 1967 I have been active in Local Association affairs and see the position of Territorial Council Member as an opportunity to advocate more effectively the views and concerns of local Members. These are the need for proper recognition by society in terms of status and attraction for young talented people into the profession.

I believe in promoting the role of the professional engineer. I would strive towards achieving a higher public profile and due recognition by society of the contribution made by the professional civil engineer. Only by this recognition will the rewards of status and material benefit accrue.

Edmund Brew (F)

Partner, Pick Everard

The Institution has, over the last few years, undergone a period of review and re-organisation. Now is the time we should be building on this to project the Institution forward as the premier Engineering Institution.

We need to ensure that all Members of the Institution have an input to the development of policy and this must include Graduates and Students. The future of the Institution is with younger Members and we must attract people with the right qualities to become engineers and not allow restrictive rules to permit late developers becoming chartered engineers.

Northern Counties Local Association

Alan Wann (F)

Head of regeneration Northumberland County Council

My recent experience as Northumbria branch chairman and Northern Counties Association chairman has been valuable preparation for the role of Territorial Member on behalf of my colleagues in the North of England. I have enjoyed a career that has allowed experience in all parts of the region. Several years as head of highways and transport service in Northumberland and now a new role looking into

economic, social and environmental regeneration in partnership with sub regional agencies. I believe that with this background I can bring a unique contribution to the work of the Council.

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