GRADUATES TRAINING under agreement in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Africa have received a boost with the appointment of three enthusiastic new ICE regional liaison officers, (RLOs) keen to advise on the long, arduous, and often painful route to the professional review.
Jacki Bell, Denys Morgan and Wendy Blundell have taken over from Robert Hollingsdale and David Crompton, who have both retired after many years' service.
Morgan and Blundell also take on the role of executive secretaries for Wales and Northern Ireland, with responsibilities for promoting the profession to the community at large.
Both regional liaison officer and executive secretary are fundamental roles to spread the work of the ICE around the UK.
Jacki Bell, Scotland RLO Jacki Bell should be ideally placed to understand the trials and tribulations of the routes to membership, having passed her professional review as recently as 1995.
Bell's enthusiasm for her new role is enormous and she has pledged to visit every civil engineering organisation in Scotland within the next year.
'I believe that the actions of one person can make a big difference, ' she said, 'and I intend to make a very big difference. If you are in Scotland, give me a ring.'
As well as providing support for all those seeking membership, she will also be working closely with Scotland's executive secretary Wylie Cunningham to promote both the industry and the Institution.
'This is an exciting time to be joining the Institution, ' she said. 'I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges the profession has put before me in my career to date and this role gives me the opportunity to communicate this to people of all ages and backgrounds.'
Bell is an avid environmentalist and her career has been largely spent in environmental engineering.
She has been actively involved in the ICE local associations, participating in the Opening Windows on Engineering programme and several design challenge competitions and careers events.
Wendy Blundell, Ireland and Africa RLO, Northern Ireland executive secretary Wendy Blundell has been welcomed with open arms by the membership in Northern Ireland as their first fulltime regional executive, based in Belfast.
'As executive secretary I shall endeavour to carry out my duties to represent the Institution locally and to promote the profession wherever possible, ' she said.
However, Blundell's role is not limited to promotion. 'My new role is obviously two-fold, ' she explained.
'As RLO for Ireland and Africa I am very keen to promote professional development within the Institution and to support membership of the ICE through the existing mutual agreement with the Institution of Engineers Ireland, ' she said.
Blundell joined the Institution in March, having spent 13 years as a consultant in Belfast with Kirk McClure Morton. She is a chartered civil and structural engineer.
During her career she has participated in many Institution events, including the Brennan Cup papers competition, the Merit game and the Powers of Persuasion communications competition.
Denys Morgan, Wales RLO and executive secretary As expert adviser to the Welsh Assembly's environment, planning and transport committee on its review of public transport in Wales, Denys Morgan looks well placed to perform the executive secretary's role of industry promotion.
A long career in local government has seen Morgan play a key role in a number of important bodies, including the Welsh local government association, the South West Wales Economic Forum, the South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium (SWITCH) of local authorities, and the Welsh Transport Forum.
In recognition of his services to local government and civil engineering in Wales he was awarded the OBE last year.
'I am honoured to be entrusted with this very important role, ' he said of becoming an RLO. 'I look forward immensely to doing what I can to promote ICE interests in Wales, and to help the next generation of civil engineers with their training and career development.'
Morgan already has a feel for the issues of most concern to graduates, having served as chairman of the Wales association graduates and students committee for several years.
He went on to chair the local association in 1995/96 and is a member of Council.