ICE Council has announced a full governance consultation and review in response to the results of the Special General Meeting (SGM) in July.
A majority of ICE members attending the SGM voted in favour of a resolution expressing disappointment with the ICE’s handling of the governance ballot and at the lack of consultation about governance changes (New Civil Engineer last month). The ballot carried out during June and July saw 70% of those who voted accepting the proposed governance changes.
The review will consult widely across the membership and interested parties and will report to Council throughout 2019 prior to framing recommendations.
Speaking on behalf of Council, ICE President Lord Mair and vice president, public voice Rachel Skinner said: “Council has and continues to act scrupulously in accordance with the ICE’s bylaws.
“Under our bylaws, we are compelled to introduce the governance changes accepted by the membership in July.
“At the same time, we have listened to and accepted the results of the SGM.
“In particular, we recognise that there were concerns over communications, engagement and process in how those proposals were brought to the members.
“Our next step will be to appoint an independent chair to lead this review. They will develop terms of reference, form a diverse and inclusive working group and collate an onward programme for Council approval in December.”