The ICE Council has approved proposals for restructuring the Institution’s membership division that are intended to help to deliver on ambitious targets for membership growth and provide better services to members via the regional structure.
In order to focus on achieving the demanding growth targets for membership, ICE head of English regions Steve Feeley has been appointed to the position of director of membership recruitment, and will continue to report to membership director David Lloyd Roach. Feeley will lead the newly formed team of membership development officers (MDOs), who will continue their vital support to aspiring members across the UK.
To drive the sharing of best practice across the UK, four new membership manager roles are being created from within the current team of MDOs. These positions will cover Northern Ireland and Scotland, North, Mid-England and South West and Wales, joining up with the established MDO team in London and the South East.
The ICE will continue to support members locally across the UK. However, it says it will now be able to use its MDOs’ skills “more effectively and more widely to provide a better service”.
The regional directors will be led and managed by a director of UK regions, reporting to the membership director. ICE head of devolved regions Wendy Blundell has been appointed to lead the team of regional directors across the UK.
Some of the ICE’s regional directors will now manage two regional support teams across each of London and South East England, West and East Midlands, and North East England and Yorkshire & Humber.
Penny Marshall, currently acting regional director for the North East, has accepted the post of regional director for the North East and Yorkshire & Humber.
Yorkshire & Humber regional director David Tattersall has decided to take early retirement to meet his personal wishes, after nearly 17 years with ICE, and will step down at the end of August.
East Midlands regional director Malcolm Jackson has accepted the post of regional director for East and West Midlands.
London regional director Miranda Housden has accepted the post of regional director for London and South East England.
South East England regional director John Laverty has accepted the post of head of education and inspiration, a new role within the membership team, and will focus on the leadership of ICE activities within the education sector.
Northern Ireland assistant regional director Richard Kirk has been appointed regional director for Northern Ireland.
Support arrangements for remaining regional teams will be unchanged.
ICE vice president regions Alan Stilwell said: “These changes will allow us to focus our activities, share good ideas and practice, and provide better support to our members across the UK.”