ICE will now have an official say in how the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) is run after a crucial vote yesterday.
At the ETB annual general meeting yesterday it was agreed that representatives from the three major engineering institutions - ICE, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology - will sit on the ETB.The ETB was established in 2001 to promote engineering in all its forms and is paid for by members of the various engineering institutions.As fee payers ICE members could put themselves forward to be voted on to the ETB, but there was no guarantee that Institution would be represented.'This change gives the institutions a say in the way the ETB is run,' said ICE director general Tom Foulkes.'Previously there was no way of the institution's promotional programmes being coordinated, and the ETB had a different agenda. Now we can have a coordinated programme for communicating engineering throughout the UK, with the ETB acting as an amplifier for the work we are doing in our own institutions.'Foulkes added that last year he had to pay cheque of £750,000 to the ETB on behalf of ICE members, so it was only right that the ICE now had a say in how that money was spent.The proposed changes are likely to come into effect after the appointment of a new ETB chairman in September this year.The agreed changes will see six new trustee positions in total: the thre major institutions' representatives, plus two board members elected by the other 32 Institutions and one seat will be available for the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).The remaining members of the board, which are selected from the ETB's business and industry stakeholders and the group of wider engineering bodies, have not changed. The size of the ETB Board will therefore stay the same at 17 members.ETB chairman Mike Howse said: 'We have worked closely with the professional engineering community to develop this new constitution for the ETB Board.'These changes will give the Institutions greater involvement in the decisions of the ETB and improve communications between the ETB, the Institutions and Registrants. The voice of everyday engineers should be more prevalent in our work, and the overwhelming support these changes have received makes me confident that the ETB can direct and focus its efforts to the greater benefit of the engineering community.'