FIVE BRANCH development officers have been appointed in the local associations: John Milnes for Merseyside, John Munslow for South Western, Anne Qualters for South Eastern, Alan Perry for South Wales and Henny King for Dundee.
Working to targets set by their local associations, they are part time appointees. 'Associations come to us if they need one and they are paid for through a mixture of the association's budget and the central budget from Public Affairs,' said ICE public affairs director Ian Moore.
John Munslow retired from working on Somerset county highways four years ago to set up his own consultancy. Appointed in November 1997 as a development officer for the South West association he has set up a database, contacted schools and tried to get the ICE into as many newspapers possible. 'My area is huge in geographical terms and I'd like to think that I've done a lot of useful work, attending branch meetings in Gloucestershire, Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, generally keeping everyone informed of what's going on.
'I am employed for two days a week but spend at least twice as much time on association affairs.'
John Milnes from the Merseyside branch was the first branch development officer appointed two years ago and his success has led to four new appointments in the past year. 'There's a need for the position because I havn't found myself treading on any toes. I've been keeping momentum going on Corporate Professional Development by organ- ising courses on health & safety and management which were taken up by about 30 people and made a profit for the ICE.
I've also been heavily involved in the Science & Engineering Technology in schools initiative, persuading contacts to talk in schools about civil engineering.