THE INSTITUTION of Civil Engineers has appointed Tom Foulkes, a brigadier in the British Army, as its new director general.
ICE Council unanimously approved the appointment of Foulkes on Tuesday, ending a lengthy search for a new head following the resignation of chief Mike Casebourne last November.
Foulkes is a fellow of the ICE, and joins the ICE from Army Estates where, as director, he was responsible for an annual budget of ú300M and buildings and sites with an asset value of ú5.5bn.
Foulkes was chosen after a four stage selection process to prune down the 71 applications.
Sixteen applicants were discussed by a selection panel comprising ICE president Mark Whitby, succeeding vice presidents Adrian Long, Doug Oakervee, and Colin Clinton, past president Tony Ridley, and Council members Professor Stephen Brown and David Orr.
The panel agreed a shortlist of seven candidates - including one woman and acting chief executive Amar Bhogal - to be interviewed by the president and senior vice president Long.
The final three candidates were interviewed by the full selection panel on 10 May, and Foulkes was the unanimous choice to be submitted to the ICE executive board and Council for approval.
Executive board approved the decision of the panel on 28 May, with final approval granted by Council this week.
A solid experience of the construction industry, coupled with Army-style leadership and people qualities, are attributes that marked Foulkes out with the selection panel.
'The ICE is all about people;
and as a fellow of several engineering institutions I am particularly interested in exploring ways in which we can all become more effective by achieving greater collaboration and closer working relationships between the profession's institutions, ' said Foulkes.
His job involves 12 key responsibilities, top of which is to 'provide inspirational, decisive and effective leadership and management of all ICE staff, developing the most appropriate organisation structure for its evolving role.'
His job is also focused on marketing and promoting the ICE and civil engineering at large, with the second responsibility to 'assist and support the president and executive board working in partnership to maintain and enhance the standing of civil engineering, civil engineers and the Institution.'
He is also faced with the tough challenge of improving turnover from subscriptions, and ensuring that the Institution delivers value for money in its four roles as qualifying body, learned society, voice of the profession and provider of services for its members.
Foulkes will take up his post on 15 September.