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ICE appoints another Army man as its new director general

British Army Brigadier and Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Fellow Nick Baveystock has been named as the ICE’s next director general.

Baveystock follows in the footsteps of outgoing director general Tom Foulkes as a fellow army man. Joining the army in 1985, he has been heavily involved in international post conflict reconstruction and development in the Balkans and southern Iraq and is currently commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering.

The ICE began the search for a new director general in February. ICE Council appointed a selection panel drawn from Council members and chaired by senior vice president Richard Coackley. Headhunters Spencer Stuart was recruited to help find Foulkes’ successor, with interviews taking place through spring. Baveystock was voted in by Council last month.

Foulkes will continue in his role as director general until the end of December, with Baveystock officially taking the reins in January next year.

Coackley said: “Tom Foulkes, in nearly ten years as DG, has played a central role in transforming the Institution – in particular implementing effective regional structures, positioning ICE as the voice of infrastructure in the media and influencing political decision making.

“Nick Baveystock has been appointed to build on this platform, and will also focus on engaging ICE members, sharing the Institution’s knowledge and expertise more effectively, and importantly, further raising the profile of civil engineering.”

Readers' comments (3)


    How about a bit more open communication to ICE members?
    How old is the appointee?
    Where was he educated?
    Career details; any experience of dealing with employees and members who are not subject to military discipline?
    What are his salary and benefits on appointment?

    ICE is not a private or quoted company, but a member organisation and those members are entitled to have knowledge of these facts.

    After all, despite the comments in the press release, the tenure of Foulkes has been, in the opinion of many, far from an unrivalled success. His recent years have been notable for attempting to lead the institution into areas - of politics which are based on opinions rather than facts - that do not have the overall concurrence of the general membership; for example attempting to allow more immigration of engineers into the UK when thousands of ICE member's jobs are being lost or are at risk, promoting the con trick called wind turbines, etc, etc. He has used the words "Engineers say....." with scant regard for consulting those members all too often!

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  • Charles you also forgot his early foray into Graduate starting salaries when he was suggesting that they could expect of the order of £30k!

    This was followed in NCE by a welter of letters criticising this claim.

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  • How old? Does that matter? He's DG of an Institution not a site engineer.

    Where was he educated? Oh my God what century are we in? Even if he has no education (I don’t know) he has risen to a very senior position in a very competitive organisation and has led thousands of soldiers and civilian staff.

    Civilian employees, yes as a Brigadier he would have held dozens of senior posts, from at least Major onwards, managing civil servants and liaising with civilian engineering and service companies as well as commanding thousands of engineers (CEng and not), technicians (IEng and not) and artisans (EngTech and not) over his career. You'd also be surprised how 'military discipline' only works if you have respect, which some of the Army's brighter soldiers don't give easily.
    Benefits are probably in an annual report or some other document available to members.

    I cannot comment on the Foulkes tenure I didn't pay him much attention. Isn't that good, shouldn’t the DG be working for members and only really be visible to the active politico's amongst us?

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