Former ICE membership director Jon Prichard is to become chief executive of regulatory body the Engineering Council.
The council sets and maintains the standards expected for Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Engineering Technicians (EngTech).
Prichard is well known to the council having often been at loggerheads with it over routes to membership in his time at the ICE.
He was often critical of the pace of qualification reforms and in 2002 spoke out against plans for a chartered environmentalist qualification that firms would be able to award to their own employees.
Since then he has served on the council’s board and is currently chairman of trustees for the organisation’s pension scheme.
Engineering Council Board chairman professor Kel Fidler said Prichard’s background and experience “aligned well with the needs of the Engineering Council as it meets the challenges faced by the engineering profession in the coming years”.
Prichard will join the council in August to replace Andrew Ramsay, who is retiring after 13 years at the organisation.
He joins from HPR - formerly High-Point Rendel - where he is director of resources.