THE FIRST female vice president has been nominated by the ICE Council Selection panel it was announced this week.
Council member Michelle McDowell has been nominated a non-succeeding vice president to replace former vice president Peter Rogers. Rogers resigned from Council in April after six months as vice president saying he did not have enough time to devote to changing the ICE's 'inherent old-fashioned style' (NCE 20 April).
McDowell has been a member of Council since 1997. She chairs the Equal Opportunities Forum, is a member of the Graduates and Students National Committee and has served as a member on the Training and Professional Reviews Panel and the Academic Qualifications Panel. She is a Thomas Telford board member and a member of the MEMSYS Steering Group.
McDowell is an associate director of the Building Design Partnership and is responsible for managing the civil and structural engineering group in London.
Projects McDowell is working on include the Royal Albert Hall redevelopment, a teaching and leisure building for South Bank University and developments at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon.
McDowell said 'The ICE is recognising that it has to move with the times. There are many women working in the industry and they need to be represented at a high level.'