ICE director general Tom Foulkes this week called on the Engineering & Technology Board (ETB) to speed up delivery of its goals.
Foulkes, who sits on the ETB board, warned that it had one year to satisfy professional engineers who each contribute £15 annually to the organisation.
"The ETB board has got the programme focused in the right areas, but we have got to speed up delivery.
"There are some good programmes such as the Science & Engineering week, Science & Engineering Fair and the campaign focused on technicians. All of these are the right things to be doing, but my personal frustration is that I want to see the delivery speeded up. By this time next year we need to see some of these significant things happen."
The ETB is funded through membership fees for all the major engineering institutions with the aim of promoting the role of engineers, engineering and technology.
ETB chairman Sir Anthony Cleaver told NCE this week that the Board had so far fallen short of engineers’ expectations.
"I think the profession has punched below its weight," he said.
"The ETB was there to be at the heart of that process so I think that there is a long way to go."
But he said the new simple definition of the ETB’s role purely as a promoter, introduced last October, was a positive step in raising engineering’s profile.