RECRUITMENT SPECIALISTS this week began the task of finding a new director general to run the ICE following the sudden departure of chief executive Mike Casebourne in November.
President Mark Whitby said the decision to revert back to a director general reflects the desire to ensure that ICE policy is developed by elected members of Council.
'We are looking for someone to work with the Executive and Council to take the agenda forward, ' said Whitby. 'This is a tremendous opportunity to get the right management in place and really move (the ICE) forwards.'
Casebourne left in November after becoming 'frustrated' in his position as chief executive to enable private sector skills to drive reform.
However, his desire to improve efficiency and to push forward delivery of his strategic vision is thought to have quickly created tension within Council and ICE's secretariat.
Deputy chief executive Amar Bhogal is expected to apply for the new job.
Whitby insisted the new role would be different from that held by Casebourne.
A job advert in the Sunday Times last weekend advertised the post as being 'fully responsible for creating and implementing a challenging strategy' to drive forward civil engineering and the ICE plus services to members. It added that the post carried a 'six figure package and benefits'.
Significantly, the current secretary role has also been left out of the job title and Whitby said that they would wait until candidates came forward before deciding whether or not this role needed a separate person.
An appointment is expected by September.
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