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Graduate candidates

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Nicola Bowen (G) Graduate engineer, Capita DBS I am chairman of the Northern Counties Graduates & Students, and as such I represent the G&S views on the Cumbria Branch, Northern Counties Association and G&S National Committees.

Recent G&S activity has focused on developing a network of young engineers in the Northern Counties:

organising regular events;

encouraging use of the ICE facility;

and promoting membership and the industry at all levels.

As the voice of young engineers all over the country, I intend to drive forward and support the future membership of the Institution.

Piers Currie (G) Graduate structural engineer My employment as a specialist dredging contractor, structural engineer, site engineer and quantity surveyor has given me a broad knowledge of the different areas of the industry and the people who work within it.

My work on the Thames Valley G&S committee, the GSNC committee and steering group, and the professional development committee has given me a good working knowledge of the ICE.

I will put forward relevant, wellinformed arguments on your behalf, highlighting areas where the Institution could do better and driving forward the process of modernisation. I will strongly support ideas leading to graduates qualifying at a young age, without a drop in standards.

James Kelly (G) HPTO civil engineer, Northern Ireland Water Service I work for Water Service in Belfast designing and supervising civil engineering projects. As past secretary and current chairman of the local committee, with involvement spanning six years, I have become increasingly aware that many graduates and students share my same concerns.

This gives me the confidence to be assertive when raising these concerns at national level with significant successes.

With over 22,000 G&S, we do not realise the strength of our position. We have been a long time campaigning for this representation on council, and if elected I look forward asserting your views and concerns at the highest level and helping to shape the Institution accordingly.

Roger Minto (G) Engineer, AMEC As an active member of GSNC for two years, I know how difficult it has been for the Graduate and Student Members to voice their needs to the upper echelons of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

I want to be seen as an approachable figure and someone who is willing to work hard to ensure the needs of the younger members ARE heard.

It would be an honour and a pleasure for me to serve the future of our Institution as one of the first Graduate members to sit on the Institution of Civil Engineers Council.

Nicos Papandreou (G) Deputy portfolio manager, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development For the first time in history two Graduate Members will sit on Council. This is a fantastic opportunity for graduates to influence the future of the ICE, ensuring it becomes a modern, flexible Institution ready to listen and to take on new, fresh and innovative ideas.

I began my career with AMEC Marine before joining the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an international financial institution.

This varied experience allows me to see the profession from a number of different perspectives and gives me the confidence that together we can make an impact and improve our standing in society.

Brian Pope Managing director, Engineers OnNet. com I stand as an independent candidate representing every engineer and technician that has ever felt underpaid and undervalued.

During my 12 year career as an infrastructure engineer I have worked for many UK consultants and founded the construction recruitment company EngineersOnNet. com in 1999.

If elected, I shall:

Fight to change the perception of civil engineering in the media promote and encourage innovation and internet technology promote efficiency in the industry, including the standardisation of procurement documents encourage the institution to regain the role of project management from architects and quantity surveyors encourage companies to promote young talent earlier.

David Sheard Graduate engineer, Mott MacDonald I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1997 and have taken an active interest in the role of graduates within the profession.

My work in Mott MacDonald's Sheffield office on projects in the water and structural sectors has given me a broad experience of different aspects of the industry.

I have been actively involved with the Yorkshire Association graduates and students committee. In the position of honorary secretary. I have had regular contact with graduates in Yorkshire and members of GSNC.

I strive to raise the profile of civil engineering and the awareness within society.

Paul Vry Project engineer, Binnie Black & Veatch The ICE has a weak relationship and poor status with most graduates because it does not do nearly enough to support the training schemes it accredits and the engineers who implement them.

How many DEs and SCEs understand the routes to membership? The ICE needs to train its members to pass on their skills and audit the implementation of training schemes.

To prevent the decline of the profession the ICE needs to increase the industry presence in colleges and universities. It is no wonder so few graduates join the industry when the courses are dull and there are so few people there to extol the good points of a future career in construction.

Neil Young Geotechnical engineer, Bechtel (Rail Link Engineering) What would it feel like if civil engineers were afforded the status they deserve? Vote for me, and in a few years find out. I am passionate about promoting my chosen profession. Civil engineers make decisions every day which affect the lives of more people than doctors, judges and politicians put together, and this should be rewarded.

I am a geotechnical specialist and have served the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project from feasibility to construction. I am currently the public relations secretary for the Association of London Graduates & Students and am participating in the Henry Palmer Award.

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