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Engineering Council elections

Members should by now have received voting papers for the election of representatives to the senate of the Engineering Council. Biographical details and the election statements of the candidates are published below

EurIng Chris Binnie MA DIC HonDEng FREng CEng FICE FCIWEM FConsE (dob 20 June 1938) 'Through work for contractors McAlpine and Wimpey, the National Coal Board and various consultants I have gained a wide understanding of the issues facing engineers. I am deputy chairman, Binnie Black & Veatch and visiting professor, Kingston University. I was previously a director of WS Atkins. I serve on the British Dam Society Committee, British Consultants Bureau Board, ICE Water Board and CIWEM Technical Committee. I am a past president of CIWEM and was previously on the Councils of ACE and FWR. I support an interdisciplinary, sustainable approach to engineering that is valued by the society we serve 'The Engineering Council should have a partnership with you, the members and the professional institutions to promote the work of engineers. I will strive to promote the image of engineers and the engineering professions so that the work that we do is appreciated more by society and attracts higher reward'

Adrian Franklin BEng FICE FCIOB FIHT (dob 16 April 1944). 'Since graduating as a civil engineer in 1967, I have been continually involved in the contracting side of the profession, much of the time on site.

After 22 years with Costain in roles ranging from junior engineer to managing director, I moved to HBG where I worked on the Thames Barrier project.

Three years' managing its international civil engineering operations were followed by a transfer to Edmund Nuttall as joint managing director. I now manage HBG Construction and am on the council of the Lighthouse Club.

'As the leader of a major engineering company committed to the training and development of engineers from a variety of disciplines - primarily design and construction of the built environment - I shall help the Council to communicate the huge value of the engineering community to society.'

Kenneth Walter Alexander Paterson BSc(Hons) MSc CEng MICE MIMarE MIOSH (RSP) AIIB (dob 11 February 1951) (Glasgow). Graduated from Southampton University, resident in Surrey. He worked for 18 years as a design, construction and project management engineer with oil industry companies including Atkins, Halcrow, Brown & Root, BP and British Gas then served five years as a petroleum specialist inspector at the HSE. He now runs his own health, safety and business management consultancy. Responsibilities included structural integrity management, inspection, audit, research, safety case assessment, standards and legislative policy development. A former ALGS committee member, he spent eight years elected to the Engineering Assembly. He is an elected Engineering Council senator and UKAPE president.

'I support democratic grassroots representation of professional engineers of all ages, grades and disciplines of registration; enhanced pay to match registered engineers' economic contribution to society; statutory licensing: improved image, communication, influence and recognition with Government, media, public and industry: integration of the profession: ie making the EC Register matter.'

Geoffrey Paul Prudence BEng(Hons) CEng MCIBSE MIIE (dob 12 May 1957). 'My 27 year career spans from a multidisciplined indentured apprenticeship, through technical and professional to senior management positions, with experience of design, installation, operations, maintenance and business management. Specific areas include electric traction, M&E services, power distribution systems and business supporting range of properties and complex buildings.

'Having achieved both appropriate qualifications and experience at all levels, I have in recent years actively promoted the importance of the role of the engineer, a pragmatic approach and the need for a continual proactive improvement for design/ maintenance of services for large modern commercial buildings.

'I remain committed to significantly raising the profile of the engineer in society, with training and development opportunities levels. Our industries will depend on how we support existing engineers and practically implement relevant standards for future engineers. I would welcome the opportunity to influence this via the senate.'

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