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Members first

ICE PRESIDENT Colin Clinton briefed Council on the plans to initiate merger talks with the IMechE at its last meeting of 2004, just before Christmas.

Although Council members unanimously backed the proposal many members expressed caution and emphasised the need to consult fully with members throughout the process.

'I need to know that one plus one equals three, not one and a half, ' said vice president Quentin Leiper. 'What are the benefits and will it be advantageous to us all- We need to know what the value of the proposition is.' Similar concerns over keeping the membership informed were express by Hamish Orr-Ewing.

'I anticipate members asking why. We need to accompany this statement with our anticipated outcomes.' Clinton agreed there had to be a 'value proposition' if talks were to progress and said this had to be properly communicated with the membership, who would have to play a leading role in the process. 'The only way forward is with a mandate from our members, ' he said.

'It is a process that will happen over months and years.

The mandate from members will only come if they understand that there is a value proposition.'

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