As ICE vice president of membership I do not consider that Jean Venables has the authority to change or even amend the membership structure of ICE (NCE 17 March).
For her edification, the ICE is an institution and learned society for people academically qualified and experienced in the science of civil engineering - people who are civil engineers as defined by law.
For her information AMICE is not a new grade but relatively old one, in that the designation AMICE was changed to MICE on 19 March 1968.
There are already too many grades within ICE. To try to resuscitate this grade will only lead to further confusion within the membership, employers and the public.
From her statements, even a person knowing absolutely nothing about civil engineering would be able to be an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
This is hardly an acceptable situation for a learned society.
Hopefully, the ICE membership understands that Jean Venables is trying to denigrate ICE into a 'wannabe a civil engineer paradise' - creating more revenue for the ICE bureaucrats to waste.
My grade of membership is MICE and I will not tolerate Jean Venables messing around with my qualification. We need an honest referendum for these ideas.
George Gray (M), PO Box 763, Mondeor, Johannesburg, 2110