Our new president, Mark Whitby, has indicated a new emphasis on open debate within all levels of the Institution (NCE 1 November).
This is a highly significant shift in policy and I whole heartedly endorse it.
Traditionally the Institution makes decisions though a consensus of opinion, but in future Council will turn into ' a proper debating chamber with proper issues to debate'. This new initiative will also encourage ordinary members and local associations to join the debate on ICE policy, Railtrack, government policy, third world engineering, sustainability, regional concerns or any other issue that directly affects civil engineers.
This can only be good for the Institution and I personally welcome views from all members for the future of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Brian Pope, member of the ICE Council, popebc@engineersonnet. com