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Council in brief

ICE news

Joe Dwyer has been elected by the Council as President for 2001. Dwyer started his career at George Wimpey as a junior civil engineer in 1955. In 1984 he became managing director and in 1996 chairman. He retired from Wimpey last year and is currently chairman of Liverpool Vision, a public-private company spearheading urban regeneration in Liverpool city centre. Mark Whitby and Brian Crossley were elected to continue as vice presidents in 2001. New vice presidents are Adrian Long and Peter Rogers. Douglas Oakervee was nominated as a succeeding vice president and Hugh Norie was a non-succeeding vicepresident.

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 tomodernise the fellowship system.

Sir John Harman has been elected as an honorary Fellow. Harman was leader of Kirklees Metropolitan District Council 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 of the Environment Agency board.

Council has agreed to delegate authority to the ICE chief executive and to the board of Thomas Telford Ltd allowing each of them to make decisions on investments of less than £50,000, providing the schemes are stand alone projects.

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