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General candidates

Ice News

Brian Flynn (F) Director, Flynn & Rothwell Our Institution needs to focus more on improving the remuneration levels of its members if the profession is to recover its attraction to young people. Applications from suitable candidates for places on accredited university courses have fallen to an alarming level. A high proportion of our graduates are abandoning civil engineering for better paid professions.

The ICE should perhaps be lobbying government for a reversal of some of the competition measures enacted in the 1980s which have so damaged the profitability of the industry. Only then can we aspire to the salary levels we once had.

Professor Paul Jowitt (F) Director, Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology, Heriot-Watt University I am standing for Council to work for:

a continuing shift in the Institution's resources to permit the local associations to play an even stronger role in serving the membership a membership which is confident, active and outward looking an Institution less pre-occupied with classes of membership and more concerned with promoting the competence and skills of all its members and their influence on improving the quality of life.

Bruce Russell (F) Advisory board member, eusupply. com Many years of contracting work overseas and in this country led me to become chairman and managing director of Taylor Woodrow Construction and director of Taylor Woodrow plc.

After this, last year I joined the advisory board of eu-supply. com, a company at the heart of the technological revolution, providing online procurement services to contractors and suppliers. I have recently served on the M4I Working Group.

I believe civil engineering is important, exciting and undervalued. I would wish to assist in bringing about improvements to its image and status, and work towards greater recognition of civil engineering, and of the Institution, worldwide.

Arulampalam Selvaratnam (F) Divisional manager, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Retention of our younger members and attracting future engineers to our profession is the key to building a dynamic ICE ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges of the 2lst century.

I began my career in Sri Lanka, and for the last 40 years in England have worked for leading consultants.

I would seek to promote the active participation of the ICE in listening and responding to the issues and concerns of our members, as well as offering meaningful support and training of the highest standards. This would encompass the huge benefits presented by information technology in today's world.

Eric Sherbird (F) Head of estimating, Amey Asset Services I believe the vitality of the Institution can only be maintained by the enthusiasm and support of its members. The Institution must in turn address the needs, concerns and aspirations of its members in a positive and transparent way. I would endeavour to enhance that philosophy.

By being employed by an organisation that embraces the many changes in the industry, I believe I can help to guide the Institution as those changes affect the profession and its future members.

Trevor Sparkes (F) Advisory services director, Hyder Consulting With over 35 years experience as a practising civil engineer in the UK and overseas, and 10 years as a member of the ICE East Anglian local association committee including one year as chairman, I believe I have the background and commitment to make a positive and proactive contribution to the Institution's future strategy.

My interests include the education and training of civil engineers, promoting public awareness of the vital role civil engineers play in the provision of sustainable infrastructure, raising the status of civil engineers in society and increasing participation of the local associations in the Institution's affairs.

Keith Thomas (F) Retired I joined the ICE as a student in 1957. I have been involved in the construction and maintenance of maritime works, defence works, public buildings and highways. I retired last year after 12 years as director of highways at the Welsh Office.

I have a keen interest in the Institution, having been on the local association committee for some years including a year as chairman. I have also served on the Transport Board.

I am interested in the training and development of engineers and in the local association. If elected I would continue these interests.

Dominic Vershoyle (F) Director, Engineers against Poverty As a Royal Engineers officer I worked in the Far East, on NATO airfields in Europe and as head of specialist construction dealing with navy and RAF infrastructure. I was then ICE assistant director international before moving to Engineers Against Poverty.

The Institution should represent the profession and support members effectively. I seek to promote:

increased recognition of engineers' strengths as managers and project managers development of the ICE status on the changing international scene better delivery of what ICE promises a greater contribution by engineers in developing countries.

Annette Dentith (M) Senior waste management officer, Devon County Council I am a senior waste management officer at Devon County Council. Last year I was the first woman (and youngest) chairman of the ICE South Western Association. I have recently become the schools liaison officer for Devon and Cornwall to proactively promote civil engineering in schools.

As a Council member I would want to ensure the communications plan initiatives were carried out to assist in the image building process.

I would strive to ensure members receive value for money for their subscriptions and to enlist support for the regions so they can grow and develop to serve their members better locally.

Mike Chater (M) Senior group engineer, WS Atkins I am concerned that the Institution is seen as remote from its members. Local associations must be supported to provide an effective regional organisation while Great George Street must communicate to the membership its role as voice of the profession.

The Institution is hard pressed to respond to changes in society and the industry, both at home and abroad. The constant changes in the routes to membership are seen as confused and without focus. The resulting adverse publicity has reflected badly on both the Institution and the profession.

Good communication and efficient administration are essential for the future of our Institution.

Gerry Gallagher (M) Construction services executive, Price waterhouse Coopers With a proven track record of enthusiasm, tenacity and achievement I will make a difference. In the past I have been frustrated by how distant Council members can seem to the ICE membership. For that reason I have designed and launched my own website (www. ggallagher. co. uk) to support my Council nomination.

With ICE members located all over the world, I intend to use my website to provide a direct route for you to communicate your views to a serving Council member from anywhere in the world. Visit the site now to find out more.

As a younger MICE, I also believe it will be healthy for the balance of the Council to increase the representation of the younger chartered members.

David Battensby (A) Design Services Engineer, Durham County Council I have many years experience in the fields of highways, remediation and private sector development. I am involved locally and nationally on the training and professional reviews panel and BIET. I was appointed to the future framework marketing strategy and promotions working parties.

If elected, I would continue to be committed to the promotion of the profession, the Institution and its qualifications. I believe the ICE is the pre-eminent Institution for the profession and these essential elements make it a powerful body.

I am a firm believer in the contributions the local associations make to the profession and promotion of engineers, improving their status nationally. I look forward to the opportunity of representing your aspirations and views on Council.

Tony Chapman (A) Head of property services, Peterborough City Council I seek re-election to promote the benefits of the ICE to members and potential members.

I proposed the full vertical integration of BIET concept to enfranchise all professional grades of membership in the construction industry. Inclusive recognition of Incorporated Engineers as Corporate Members will further their standing in society.

I shall champion this stalwart body, and strive to increase the number of technicians who are under-represented.

I propose more representation for international members and the GSNC, who contribute 40% of membership.

I shall contribute to policy advice to enhance the engineering profession for the benefit of mankind, locally and nationally.

Constructively, I care.

Caroline Cleland (A) Project manager, Northern Ireland Assembly I have been actively involved with the Institution for many years and was the first woman chairman of the Board of Incorporated Engineers & Technicians in 1997/98. I was a member of Council from 19951998.

I am presently a member of the professional development committee, the academic qualifications panel and ICEFLOE.

I have always worked exceedingly hard to bring about vertical integration of Incorporated Engineers & Technicians within the Institution.

I am committed to promoting the importance and value of dual corporate membership within the civil engineering team and to ensuring that professionally qualified technicians are valued within the profession.

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