ICE PRESIDENT Joe Dwyer has secured a vital seat on the shadow board set up to oversee the investigation into the future of the Engineering Council, it was announced this week.
The announcement comes as the Engineering Council accelerates into its radical overhaul, which will culminate in the creation of the Engineering & Technology Board (NCE 22 February).
The ETB will be up and running by October and will act on a programme approved by the shadow board, on the recommendations of six working groups.
The 11-strong board, chaired by EngC and Taylor Woodrow chairman Dr Robert Hawley, will include representatives from industry, Government, academia and the institutions (see box).
Dwyer will be the only representative from the 'big four' engineering institutions, the IMechE, IstructE and IChemE. His appointment should enable ICE's views to be fed directly into EngC reforms.
The structure is in line with that recommended for the new-look ETB, and it is expected that the parties on the shadow board will take up similar roles in the ETB.
Hawley, speaking to the UK section of the US-based Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers said this week that 'support has been extraordinary'.
He added: 'Nearly 250 people have come forward to offer help with the implementation phase of the ETB.
'We have nominations and volunteers for help from institutions, industry and from across the spectrum of education.'
Hawley and the shadow board now has the task of picking members from the 250 volunteers.