ICE members were asked to vote on resolutions concerning the governance structure of the Institution, streamlining of the By-laws and new continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.
Results of the membership ballot were announced at the ICE’s AGM on 17 July 2018.
Members were asked to vote on nine resolutions affecting the ICE’s Royal Charter, by-laws, admission and disciplinary regulations. Members approved all nine resolutions.
- Resolution 1 related to proposed amendments to the Royal Charter, by-laws and regulations to change the governance structure of the Institution. The change will see a smaller, more agile Trustee Board of 12 becoming responsible and accountable for all activities of the ICE supported by a new Council, elected by, and representative of, the membership, responsible for delivering advisory and audit functions as well as scrutinising the performance of the Trustee Board. 70.8% voted in favour of this resolution.
- Resolution 2 related to proposed amendments to the by-laws to allow for regulations to be made, amended or rescinded by the Trustee Board. Currently, changes cannot come into operation until these have been approved by a member ballot. As the majority of the changes are procedural, giving the Trustees authority to make these changes (as many other professional engineering institutions have done) will enable the ICE to operate more efficiently. Sixty nine per cent voted in favour of this resolution.
- Resolutions 3 to 5 related to proposed amendments to the Royal Charter, by-laws and admission regulations. The change will draw admission, qualification and training items from the by-laws into the admission regulations which would then be renamed “admission, qualification and training regulations”. The change will enable the ICE to streamline its by-laws. More than 80% voted in favour of resolutions 3, 4, and 5.
- Resolutions 6 and 7 related to proposed amendments to the by-laws and disciplinary regulations. The change will draw certain disciplinary items from the by-laws into the disciplinary regulations. As above, the change will enable the ICE to streamline its by-laws. More than 82% voted in favour of resolutions 6 and 7.
- Resolutions 8 and 9 related to proposed amendments to the by-laws and admission regulations to accommodate an Engineering Council requirement for all members to record their CPD. The requirement comes into effect in January 2019 and the change will ensure that the ICE continues to be licensed by the Engineering Council.
More than 71% voted in favour of resolutions 8 and 9. Total votes cast were 3,954 of 44,437 eligible, representing an 8.9% return, up on the 7.5% return in the last ballot in 2016.
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