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Judith Berry

Judith Berry works in the Institution's International Division which is housed next door in The Institution of Mechanical Engineers - less convenient, perhaps, but the view over St James's Park is certainly a plus.

Her title is project co-ordinator international and together with three colleagues she is responsible for all administrative activities for overseas members.

These can be either members who are working overseas, or nationals of countries outside the UK. Altogether they account for around one-fifth of the membership.

Her responsibilities are China and South East Asia. This includes Indonesia, where she is assisting with accreditation of two universities, and Mongolia.

ICE members in this new republic are a rare species, but she is in correspondence with one engineer who hopes to set up a system of training and qualification that will be recognised by the ICE. She is also deputy secretary of the Commonwealth Engineers Council.

After graduating in civil engineering, she worked in a couple of high profile consultancies before deciding that her future lay in administration.

She has now been at the ICE for just over two years.

'As a member I never crossed the threshold of Great George Street, but would now encourage all members to pay a visit.'

She says that not only are there interesting lectures, meetings and visits, as an employee she has met MPs, leaders of industry and young professionals from across the Commonwealth. 'I could have done that as a member if I had become involved in Institution activities.'

Although her work is international, it's her hobby which takes her travelling. Scottish country dancing takes up most of her free time and has taken her to Japan and a number of European countries. Perhaps Mongolia should mark its eventual accreditation with a ceilidh!

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