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ICE fails to appoint DG&S - again

THE INSTITUTION of Civil Engineers' search for a new Director General & Secretary is back at square one this week after negotiations fell through at the last moment - for a second time.

Rather than writing to Council asking approval for the new DG&S appointment as had been hoped (NCE 23 April), ICE President Sir Alan Cockshaw's office sent a letter to all Council members on Monday explaining that negotiations had failed 'at the last stage'.

Now an entirely new firm of recruitment consultants is being engaged to search for a suitable candidate.

ICE began the recruiting process last September when Roger Dobson announced that he would be retiring in July 1998 after eight years service.

A specially convened panel interviewed candidates put forward by recruitment specialist PA Consulting Group. Just before Easter an appointment was imminent but no offer was made.

A second very strong candidate then emerged who had not previously been available for the position. It was negotiations with this candidate that broke down in the past few days.

Insiders stress that those making the decision of the new DG&S are insisting on 'someone different' to run the ICE. The objective, it is suggested, is to move the organisation '20 years forward' in a tenure lasting some 10 years.

Mike Winney

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