First to convene was the Strategic Communications Group. This brought together heads of communications from major civil engineering contractors and consultants and relevant government agencies to share issues and discuss how joint messages can be developed and delivered to government and the media.
The representatives attended a breakfast briefing, chaired by ICE vice president Scott Steedman, and discussed issues ranging from renewable energy to motorway expansion.
The following week ICE assembled a number leading industry figures, including chief executives and directors from major companies, to discuss developing a strategic approach for infrastructure development in the UK.
This group, known as the Strategic Infrastructure Group, was chaired by ICE’s director general Tom Foulkes who said: "The formation of these groups is another big step forward in our public affairs programme. "By drawing on the knowledge and experience of senior business leaders and industry communications professionals, we can enhance both the formation process of our key messages and the way in which they’re delivered to government and the media – allowing ICE to act as an independent voice of infrastructure."
Both groups will continue to meet and their output will help inform the focus of the All Party Group, which ICE is supporting.