THE DECISION on the appointment of ICE's new Director General & Secretary is likely to be made at the Council meeting scheduled for 21 April, said retiring DG&S Roger Dobson this week.
ICE had 'a good response' to its advertisements, he added. The appointment panel has been interviewing candidates for this crucial position but will not be able to make a recommendation to Council in time for its meeting next Tuesday.
Dobson informed the ICE last year that he would not be seeking to renew his contract when it expires this July. A panel to appoint his successor was set up by the executive committee in September (NCE 11 September 1997). By the end of October this panel had interviewed 'a number of headhunters,' said Dobson and appointed PA Consulting Group to search for suitable candidates.
Advertisements in NCE, The Times and The Sunday Times between 27 November and 4 December had produced a number of good candidates for the job, he said. But Dobson emphasised that the final decision on who should run the ICE Secretariat is up to Council. 'The appointment panel is authorised by Council to select a candidate and present that candidate to Council.'
Assuming that an appointment is made on 21 April there will be little more than a bare three months to cover any notice period that the new DG&S has and the handover of ICE's business.