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George Street starts radical restructuring

ICE news

THE ICE has started a major shake-up of its Great George Street operation, to deliver the five strands of development identified in its five-year business plan.

The plan, presented to Council in February, identified the five key areas as: establishing a sustainable membership; developing a customer service culture; creating a business culture; improving the public image of the ICE and civil engineering; and developing an effective means of exploiting the ICE's knowledge bank.

To implement the plan, the ICE management structure will be reorganised into five new divisions. The international division will be integrated into them as a core business.

The reorganisation began with ICE director general Tom Foulkes cutting the number of ICE directors from seven to five.

All seven directors had been asked to reapply for their jobs, and faced an interview with a selection panel consisting of Foulkes, president Professor Adrian Long, senior vice president Doug Oakervee, vice president engineering Professor John Burland, and vice president professional development Richard Haryott.

As a result of the interviews Amar Bhogal retains his role as deputy director general and also takes on the role of director of engineering knowledge.

Current engineering director John Bennett has been offered another post within the engineering knowledge department.

Jon Prichard becomes director of membership, Hugh Ferguson remains director of commercial services and managing director of Thomas Telford Ltd, Anne Moir remains director of communications and marketing, and Brian Murkin will take over the vacant post of director of finance and resources.

John Beck, director of the now defunct international division, has left the ICE with immediate effect. During the transition the international team will report to Bhogal.

'John has decided to take this opportunity to return to Cheshire to continue his law studies and has therefore left the Institution. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his hard work during his time with ICE and wish him every success in his future career, ' said Foulkes.

The new management team assume their titles and responsibilities with immediate effect.

One of their most important and urgent tasks will be to align the ICE's current staff responsibilities and resources into the revised management structure.

But Foulkes stressed ICE staff will be consulted on changes.

'ICE staff will continue to be involved: through the current programme of activity workshops, in the design of the new matrix management structure, the rationalisation of responsibilities and the elimination of duplication between divisions.

'This exercise, which is well under way and making good progress, is expected to take until the end of September.

'Implementation and transition will then proceed and should be complete by Christmas, ' said Foulkes.

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