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London moves to extend influence


IN A bold move to tackle complacency, London Association is seeking a development officer to work with it on reaching local government, politicians and the media.

The association will set challenging performance targets for both the local association development officer (LADO) and the committee, initially concentrating on bringing members back into the association.

The move marks a mini-revolution within the committee which has realised that it needs to become far more relevant and proactive if it is to lure busy engineers to its meetings.

'We need to be bold, ' said local association honorary secretary Tim Warren. 'Topicality, appropriateness, interest and relevance are the words for today.'

The target for the first 12 months will be to boost attendance at meetings by 50%.

Warren is particularly determined that the development officer will work towards gaining a greater involvement with London mayor Ken Livingstone and bodies such as the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London.

'In London we have a special issue to address. The LADO will fill the gap between the ICE and the GLA, ' said Warren.

The LADO will also be responsible for the promotion of civil engineering to local schools and universities.

The post is expected to require a commitment of around 10 hours per week, with the LADO on call to provide reaction whenever necessary.

The post need not go to a practising civil engineer, but the association is determined to fill it with a professional at the peak of their career and not merely someone with time on their hands. A salary of £9,000 is on offer.

INFOPLUS For further information and an application form contact Rachel Flannery (020) 7222 7722. Interviewing will take place in December.

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