We need to get more involved with society.
There is a group of people within the ICE who you’ve probably spoken to on a number of occasions but may have not completely appreciated what they achieve on a daily basis.
It is a group of individuals who are committed to you, passionate about civil engineering and an integral component in delivering ICE messages and influencing.
The regional support teams are incredible, being front of house and the first port of call for many members, they have a unique position within the ICE. From answering quirky questions from the general public to assisting members in a whole range of matters, they clear the back office administration, so you are free to create a vibrant network of knowledge events and use your expertise to help drive public opinion.
All of this is done with professionalism, humour and a burning desire to help make your roles within the ICE easier.
With this in mind, here in the Midlands we have three principles at the core of our activities: inspire, communicate and educate.
- Inspire - civil engineers are amazing, from the academics pushing the boundaries of understanding, to the engineers and contractors designing incredible infrastructure projects and putting the pieces in place that keep cities and communities functioning. Our summer awards celebrated an inspiring showcase of what the best in our profession can achieve. Look out for the 2016 applications opening in December. The regional support teams have also inspired over 4,000 school children this year through the Bridge to Schools and Big Bang events, and have some exciting events lined up for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week in November.
- Communicate - in order to be heard, civil engineers must communicate as one. The ICE regions are communicating on your behalf with the press, politicians, local business, partnership groups, local community groups and non-governmental organisations to get our voice heard, spread this wealth of knowledge and drive improvements. One or even two voices will not be heard, join the other 86,000 members and lets really make some noise.
- Educate - here in the Midlands we are educating the parties involved in the devolution process and helping to shape the agenda of the Midlands Engine. We support you in wanting to see the Midlands grow in influence and become one of the leading regional centres for the country.
Our new chair’s first meetings will explore what devolution means to the Midlands and what needs to be implemented. Come and be part of this network of experts informing each other, informing media and informing government policy.
That’s what it means to be part of ICE. It is about this glorious network of dedicated and inspiring people. It’s about the professionalism and the camaraderie. It’s about being part of something bigger than me, bigger than my projects, bigger than the country I’m working in. It’s about inspiring communities, communicating our expertise to those in power and educating society on the importance of our work in shaping the world.
- Molly McKenzie is regional director for ICE East Midlands and ICE West Midlands