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Council in brief

Joe Dwyer has been elected by the Council as President for 2000/2001.

Dwyer started his career at George Wimpey as a junior civil engineer in 1955. In 1984 he became managing director and in 1996 he became chairman. He retired from Wimpey last year and is currently chairman of Liverpool Vision - a public-private company spearheading urban regeneration to Liverpool city centre in northern England.

Mark Whitby and Brian Crossley were elected to continue as vice presidents in 2000/2001. Adrian Long and Peter Rogers are new vice presidents. Douglas Oakervee was nominated to be a suceeding vice president and Hugh Norie a nonsuceeding vice president for 2001/2002.

Mark Whitby has set up a Fellowship Board investigating why the numbers of applications for fellowship are falling. The board will be looking at the effects of demographic changes as well as new ways to modernise the fellowship system.

Sir John Harman has been elected as an Honorary Fellow. Harman was leader of Kirklees Metropolitan District Council in England from 1986 to 1999 and was instrumental in developing public/private partnerships. He represented UK local government at the Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro and is currently deputy chairman on the Environment Agency board in London.

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