ICE PRESIDENT Joe Dwyer has secured a vital seat on the shadow board set up to oversee the investigation into the future of the Engineering Council.
The announcement comes as the EngC accelerates into its radical overhaul, which will culminate in the creation of the Engineering & Technology Board.
The ETB will be up and running by October and will act on a programme approved by the shadow board, on the recommendations of six working groups.
The 11-strong board, chaired by EngC and Taylor Woodrow chairman Dr Robert Hawley, will include representatives from industry, government, academia and the institutions. Dwyer will be the only representative from the 'big four' engineering institutions, the IMechE, IstructE and IChemE. His appointment should enable ICE's views to be fed directly into EngC reforms.
The structure is in line with that recommended for the new-look ETB, and it is expected that the parties on the shadow board will take up similar roles in the ETB.
Hawley said 'support has been extraordinary'.
Banbury report THE ICE, having initially voiced scepticism of the Engineering Council's reformation plans, is now keen play its part.
'It is true to say that if there were no Engineering Council we would be content with the Construction Industry Council, ' said ICE chief executive Mike Casebourne. 'But there is, so we are keen to be seen as a supporter and to be one of the innovators.'
'All institutions have to be relevant, in the services they provide and the support they give to professional study.'
The ICE is speaking from a position of some authority, having recently commissioned an investigation into the role of professional institutions in construction.
The investigation sought the views of 17 professional institutions in construction and engineering, as well as companies, umbrella bodies, and the Government, the Privy Council, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Department of Trade & Industry.
These views were then combined into the Banbury Report, published last August.
The report concluded that institutions needed to 'modernise or die' and adopt the 'inclusive' rather than 'exclusive' approach.
It made a series of recommendations, the key one being the importance of forging alliances.
'Clearly there is much work being done by each of the institutions which would be better done together - pooling their resources and staff, ' said Casebourne.
'Professional institutions need to be flexible in dealing with issues as they arise and be ready to work together to respond when it is appropriate, ' Casebourne added.
The report was debated by professional institutions in January, when it was agreed to investigate further the recommendations of the report under the leadership of the CIC.
Shadow board Professor Patrick Dowling, vice chancellor, Surrey University.
Joe Dwyer, President, ICE.
Robert Hawley, chairman, Taylor Woodrow.
Michael Kipp, international partnerships and planning engineering director, BAE Systems.
Alastair Macdonald, president, British Computer Society.
Mandy Mayer, director of innovation and business development, Department of Trade & Industry.
Keith Read, director general, Institute of Marine Engineers.
Michael Sanderson, chief executive, National Training Organisation for Engineering Manufacture.
Malcolm Shirley, director general, Engineering Council.
Iain Sturrock, director, Nortel Networks.
Martin Temple, director general, Engineering Employers' Federation.