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Expansion plan builds on success

ICE news

THE ICE has set out a programme of expansion for the coming year in its 2005 Annual Report, published last week.

In his foreword, president Gordon Masterton reports that 2005 was 'highly successful'.

The ICE's six objectives for 2005 have all been implemented, the report says.

These were to:

Assess how to structure and exploit members' knowledge to improve dissemination and policy development, while developing a plan for better member engagement.

Get members to agree expansion of regional operations via increased subscription rates.

Widen the membership base.

Grow profile and influence with media, government and stakeholders.

Generate ú1.25M through trading subsidiary Thomas Telford.

Automate services to deliver savings and improve service quality.

Total income for 2004 was ú24.7M, up ú2.5M on 2004.

The subscription increase accounted for ú412,000 of this.

Most of the earnings increase was generated by Thomas Telford.

Director general Tom Foulkes noteed: '[The ICE's] influence is tangibly growing.

ICE is starting to lead the thinking on issues such as waste, transport and energy, and our reports on a northsouth high speed rail link and on energy from waste were extremely timely interventions in both debates.' The ICE's increased regional presence means 'members all over the country say they're feeling more 'plugged in'.' In the coming year the ICE is aiming to:

'Obtain consensus on how to exploit our global knowledge reservoir and increase members' engagement for the benefit of society and start to implement change across the Institution.

'Complete the expansion of regional operations in the UK and review how this approach can be extended to other parts of the world.

'Complete the launch of the new membership framework and investigate obstacles to earlier qualification.

'Continue to grow profile and influence with UK national and regional media, government and stakeholders through policy development and collaboration with other professional bodies. Consider how this can be extended to other parts of the world.

'Generate over ú1.4M net funding for ICE charitable use through the trading activities of our subsidiary Thomas Telford.

'Continue to progress the automation and personalisation of key processes and services across ICE Group and to achieve savings and improve service.

'Develop the capacity to create additional products and services for members across ICE Group.'

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