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Armitt in frame for Presidency

The ICE Council last week agreed to elect Olympic Delivery Authority chairman Sir John Armitt as succeeding vice president in 2012, with a view to him becoming ICE President in 2015.

Council also confirmed that former Scott Wilson chairman Geoff French will be considered for President in 2013, succeeding University of Leeds professor of geotechnical engineering Barry Clarke. French will be succeeded in turn by MWH executive technical director David Balmforth, subject to annual re-election as a vice president in the interim. All presidential candidates must be formally elected in the annual Council elections.

The meeting also voted that Costain technical director Bill Hewlett, Balfour Beatty chief operating officer Andrew McNaughton, Halcrow group technical and innovation director Tim Broyd, and Merseytravel director of integrated transport Alan Stilwell, remain vice presidents for 2012/2013.

Armitt, a Fellow of the ICE and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, has been a prominent figure in UK civil engineering for the past two decades.

He is credited with stabilising Costain’s precarious financial situation in the 1990s, before overseeing Railtrack’s transformation into Network Rail. He has since overseen the successful delivery of the Olympic Park in time for this year’s Olympic Games.

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