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HS2 assurance chair to oversee ICE governance review

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Former ICE president and High Speed 2 independent assurance panel chair David Orr will oversee a governance review of the ICE.

Orr has been appointed to chair the Presidential Commission into the governance of the ICE, following a Special General Meeting (SGM) of members in the summer when “disappointment” with the ICE’s handling of its governance reform ballot was expressed.

The SGM was called after a motion was raised by former ICE presidents Paul Jowitt and Jean Venables, following a members ballot in which the ICE sought to reduce the 44-strong ICE-Council to a smaller board of 12 trustees. More than 70% of corporate members who voted in the original ballot voted in favour of bylaw changes. Total votes cast were 3,954 out of the 44,437 members eligible to vote, representing an 8.9% return – up on 7.5% on the turnout for the last ICE members’ ballot in 2016.

Governance reform has been approved by the Privy Council and will go ahead next month. The ICE has also agreed to a full governance review which will be led by Orr.

ICE President Lord Mair said: “I am pleased that ICE Past-President David Orr has agreed to chair this review into the governance of ICE. David brings with him a wealth of industry experience, and existing knowledge of the Institution, which will be central to the work he will lead.

“This review will engage fully with ICE membership to understand and consider a diverse range of views to develop recommendations for the Institution to further improve its governance.”

The Presidential Commission will take place over 2019. The terms of reference and proposed membership of the Commission are being prepared for discussion and approval at the ICE Council meeting in December. 

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