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Dr George Somerville OBE (F) will succeed Professor Tony Cusens as chairman of the UK Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels with effect from 5 September.

Now an independent consultant, he previously spent many years with the Cement & Concrete Association and was also director of engineering for the British Cement Association.

He was made OBE in 1997, mainly for his work on concrete bridges.

David Brace (M) has joined Oscar Faber as an associate director. He has also recently been awarded an MSc (Eng) in Rail Systems Engineering by the University of Sheffield.

Dr Mike Murray (M), director of innovation and technology at Amec, has been appointed to the post of visiting industrial professor in the department of civil and building engineering at Loughborough University.

Konecranes (UK), the UK trading arm of KCI Konecranes International, has appointed Mike Lockie as its area sales manager for the South East.

Weeks Consulting has appointed John Lewis as director of its integrated engineering and property services divisions. Formerly with WSP Consulting Engineers, he has extensive experience in project management and developing framework relationships.

Victor Benjamin has been appointed by the secretary of state for Transport, Local Government and the Regions as deputy chairman of English Partnerships. His appointment began on 1 August and is for three years.

Symonds has formed a new strategic alliance with Project Management Group (Ireland) to provide road, bridge and tunnel design services in Ireland. The alliance will particularly focus on large infrastructure projects funded by the National Development Plan.

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