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ACE chair retained for second term for first time in a century

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The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has announced that current chair Mathew Riley is to serve a second term to assist in Hannah Vickers in her transition to chief executive.

Chairs of ACE traditionally serve one year in the role, similar to the terms served by presidents of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  

Not since Frank Gill, who was ACE chair from 1917 to 1919, has a chair served more than the normal term.  

Vickers, who started her role as chief executive in autumn 2018, is the first woman to be be appointed to the position and is also the youngest person to ever lead the organisation.

ACE chair Mathew Riley said continuity would benefit the organisation and thus is staying on for the additional year. 

“With Hannah’s recent arrival at ACE, the board felt that maintaining a degree of continuity would be beneficial to the organisation,” he said.  

“One of my key roles in 2018 was to oversee a smooth transition between Nelson Ogunshakin and Hannah and I’m delighted to be able to continue to do that over the coming year on behalf of ACE’s members.” 

Vickers said working alongside Mathew will make sure the ACE speaks as a “single voice” for its members.  

“I would like to thank Mathew and the board for their support in my first three months and look forward to working together in 2019 to ensure ACE is meeting the needs of its members and speaking in one voice to government and industry stakeholders.”

Vickers took over as chief executive from Nelson Ogunshakin in September 2018 after serving as the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) head of policy and external affairs.

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