NCE'S FOURTH editor and first editor emeritus, Mike Winney, joined the magazine as features editor in 1980, poached from Construction News by Hugh Ferguson and Ty Byrd, NCE's second and third editors.
Mike subsequently held a series of senior editorial roles with NCE's then publisher Thomas Telford, including editing Underground and Ground Engineering before being made editor of NCE in 1993.
Mike's appointment as editor emeritus reflects his high standing in the construction industry, both as a civil engineer - he became a Fellow of ICE earlier this year - and as a technical journalist, a skill which has earned him a number of prestigious writing awards. As editor emeritus, Mike will continue to represent NCE in a number of key areas, in particular as a judge for the annual British Construction Industry Awards, in which role he was singled out for praise by the chairman of this year's judging panel, Sir Nigel Mobbs.
Mike entered technical journalism in 1974, joining CN as a chartered engineer after eight years in the industry initially with John Laing and then London Transport. It was there he discovered his ability to write clearly and concisely about complex technical issues, a skill he has honed to perfection over the past 25 years.
His particular fascination as a civil engineer and as a technical journalist has been the reporting of major engineering disasters around the world. Mike's personal achievements include covering the 1976 collapse of the Teton dam in the US, the Abbeystead valve house explosion in 1984 and the Mexico City earthquake in 1985. All assignments required maximum effort from him as a journalist and helped engineers to learn from what went wrong.
Personally I am very pleased Mike is continuing his long career with NCE, albeit in a different role, and that he is maintaining the tradition of his three predecessors and staying with NCE's extended family. In addition to working for NCE, Mike is planning to put his experience and skills to profitable use from his base in Cambridge.
Simon Middelboe, managing director, Emap Construct