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He remains an Englishman

Popular external affairs director Ian Moore retired from the Institution last week and is off to teach English to foreign students.

Moore - pictured with Pat Warren, PA to deputy secretary Amar Bhogal, and public relations manager Shona Cooper - has been with the Institution for the last 10 years. His sense of fun and ability to look for the best in everyone is going to be much missed, his colleagues say.

Moore arrived at ICE fresh from a long career with the Royal Marines. His decade at external affairs saw the introduction of the annual parliamentary terrace receptions and bi monthly briefings for chartered enginers in the House of Commons. He was also responsible for production of the first edition of the New Engineering Contract and directed the Commonwealth Engineers' Council 50th anniversary conference, attended by HM The Queen.

His fine singing voice made him a vital member of the ICE choir, and at his leaving party last Thursday, guests sang a specially composed reworking by Angela Rodgers of the Gilbert & Sullivan favourite 'When I was a lad' from HMS Pinafore to seranade him into retirement. A brief sample follows should you wish to sing along.

When Ian was a lad in his late teens He became a cadet in the Royal Marines Achieved the rank of Colonel and respect of his peers Then joined the Institution of Civil Engineers Was it right that a man of such pedigree Should become a director of the ICE?

In the Royal Marines he spent many a year He served with Paddy Ashdown during his career He carried out his duties with panache and style And had charge of Prince Edward for a very short while So a man well connected with royalty Has been a director of the ICE!

It isn't just royalty which made his name Ian has yet another claim to fame His cousin's Michael Douglas and with many well-knowns He attended his wedding to Catherine Zeta Jones So a member of a very famous family Has been here as director of the ICE.

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