ICE’s director of engineering policy and innovation Mike Chrimes has announced he will be retiring on 4 July 2014, after 37 years at the ICE.
Chrimes, civil engineering historian and NCE’s Chrimeswatch columnist, began his career at the Institution as library assistant in 1977, working his way up to head of knowledge transfer, where he led the ICE library into the digital era, enabling its knowledge to become accessible across the world.
More recently, he became director of engineering policy and innovation, playing a key role in developing the ICE’s commercial events programme and digital recording offering.
Chrimes has also written and lectured extensively on the history of civil engineering and co-authored the newly published The Contractors, charting the development of contracting from the early days of direct labour, through to the canal building of the 18th century.
“I have had an incredibly fulfilling professional life, which has mostly been about knowledge sharing and customer service,” said Chrimes.