ICE chief operating officer Andy Ruffles is to quit after three and a half years in charge to take up the job of chief executive of Australian consultant Lindsay & Dynan.
Ruffles joined the ICE from Atkins, where he was director of management consultancy within the Atkins group both in the UK and overseas.
He was responsible for approximately 360 staff within the business and some 250 to 300 projects with a turnover of £30M.
Lyndsay & Dynan claims to be the largest regionally based consultant in New South Wales with a head office in the east coast town of Newcastle.
It also has offices in Sydney and in Erina, which is between Sydney and Newcastle Ruffles will leave the ICE on
Ruffles joined the ICE in 2009 and was appointed to reshape the institution’s internal operations.
Role not replaced
The role will not be replaced, with ICE director general Nick Baveystock taking on most of Ruffles’ duties.
“In the past few years Andy has developed more robust business planning, built a strong leadership team and has taken some hard decisions which have led to greater efficiency and reduced costs,” said Baveystock.
“In deciding whether to replace the chief operating officer I looked carefully at the costs involved at a time when many of our members are facing severe economic challenges.
“As such I, and the ICE leadership team, believe we can and should shoulder some of the additional burden.
“Therefore I have implemented a number of changes to the ICE management structure, with many of the senior team reporting directly to me,” he said.
“I am confident the leadership team will continue to deliver our planned and existing commitments.”