THE MODERNISATION of the ICE continues apace with the appointment of three new directors.
John Beck heads up the international division (see above), Keith Brogan joins as the communications director, and Julien Parrott takes on a new role as director of local associations and the regions.
Brogan is the man chosen to replace Alan Smith, the driving force behind last year's image overhaul and re-focusing the ICE on its membership (NCE 23 November). He comes to the ICE from the Construction Plant Hire Association where he was director. Before that he was with the British Cement Association, where he was 'instrumental' in winning exemptions from the aggregates tax.
Brogan brings a proven industry track record and solid PR skills to the job.
'The Institution wanted someone with a broad remit, ' Brogan told NCE. 'I have experience of engineering, the construction industry and education, and bring a comprehensive knowledge of parliamentary affairs.'
Brogan's most significant political coup to date has been the negotiation of exemptions from the climate change levy, offering the construction industry potential savings of £42M, he said.
He attributes his success in winning the concessions to legal skills, gained from a law degree and honed as a lecturer.
Brogan's pledge is 'to continue to raise the profile and increase the relevance of the Institution to individuals and at the decision making level.
'I see the Institution as a centre for excellence, ' he commented.
Brogan believes the ICE's own commitment to improving communications and raising its relevance is demonstrated by the refocussing of the communications director's role.
While Brogan has responsibility for external affairs and communications, Parrott takes over responsibility for the regional liaison officer team, the local associations, GSNC and ALGS.
Parrott also assumes responsibility for the ICE's relationship with the other engineering institutions, the Engineering Council and the Construction Industry Council, where he was a director.