Past ICE President Doug Oakervee has been named as the new president of construction industry charity the Lighthouse Club.
Oakervee’s takes over from Kevin McNicholas who completed his three year term of office at the charity’s annual general meeting this month.
Oakervee’s appointment will bring together the UK charity and its 22 separately run branches around the world.
Each upholding the 1956 aims of the founder Eddie Ward in ‘the furtherance of good fellowship among people in the construction industry’.
“I will be looking towards the “big hitters” in the construction industry to lend their support to the Lighthouse Club,” said Oakervee pointing out that he also intended to use his position to reinvigorate the charity in the UK and abroad with new and younger members.
“With so many firms consolidating and going out of business many of the charity’s connections with industry have been lost,” he added.
“We must take the Club into the 21st century and expand our efforts to benefit those in the construction industry and their dependents who are suffering as a result of death, injury, sickness or poverty in the UK and in the many other countries in which we operate.”
Despite the downturn in the UK construction market and the inevitable impact on charitable giving, last year the Lighthouse Club Benevolent Fund distributed over £500,00 to support those affected by accidents and fatalities in the construction industry.
Hong Kong connection
Oakervee has been involved with the Lighthouse Club and its fundraising activities throughout his career in Hong Kong and London, where, most recently, he was chief executive and chairman of the Crossrail project.
Since Hong Kong formed the first autonomous branch over 25 years ago, the charity now has an active presence throughout the Asia Pacific region, with branches in Macau, Malaysia, the Phillippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam and in Dubai, Macau, and Abu Dhabi.
Oakervee’s current day job with Laing O’Rourke sees him work between London, Hong Kong, and the Asia-Pacific region, making him ideally placed to drive forward communication across the charity.
International Tunnelling Awards to back Lighthouse Club
The Lighthouse Club will be the official charity partner for the 2011 International Tunnelling Awards which will be held in Hong Kong in December and for which Doug Oakervee is a judge.
As last year, the awards are designed specifically to celebrate and reward the outstanding work and innovation in the global tunnelling industry. Entries are open to any project, individual, product or supplier in the market who can demonstrate innovation and achievement over the last 12 months.
The categories once again will reflect the fact that tunnelling projects require the involvement and collaboration of clients, designers, project managers, contractors, specialist consultants and sub-contractors, plant manufacturers, materials suppliers and product manufacturers. Celebration and recognition will be shared across the whole industry.
Entries are sought from the global tunnelling market across a range of project, performance, product, company and individual categories. Each category is designed to reward a specific outstanding achievement made in the tunnelling industry over the last 12 months with the winners held up as exemplars of best practice in their field.
The awards are looking to reward completed projects but, given the scale and complexity of modern tunnelling projects, they will also recognise specific outstanding achievements being made during the on-going delivery of current major global projects.