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Mark Whitby joins presidential path

HIGH PROFILE structural engineer Mark Whitby is set to become president of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2001 after Council elected him a succeeding vice president on Tuesday. He will then by 51 years old, making him the youngest president since 1865.

As a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 1996, he is well placed to raise the profile of the profession. In 1995 he appeared on BBC2's Secrets of Lost Empires attempting to reconstruct ancient building methods used at Stonehenge. He was also involved with Channel 4's 1993 programme Bridging the Future.

Whitby graduated from London University in 1972 and worked for a number of consulting engineers before founding Whitby Bird & Partners with Bryn Bird in 1983.

He pointed out that his appointment will come at a very significant time when 'the excitment of the millennium will have died down'.

He was elected to the ICE Council in 1992 and has served on the Building Committee, Energy Board, and Structural & Building Board. He is currently involved in the work of the

Future Framework Implementation Team as chairman of Working

Party A1.

Tuesday's Council meeting also officially elected Roger Sainsbury as president for 1998-99. Other vice presidents elected were Professor George Fleming, Joe Dwyer, David Cawthra and Brian Crossley.

Bryn Bird has announced his retirement from Whitby & Bird. He now becomes a consultant and will also be spending time developing his own inventions, including an ornithopter.

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