DINAH LARTEY leaves the ICE's press office this week after nearly three years promoting activities of the younger membership of the ICE.
A popular figure since arriving in December 1995, Lartey will be taking up a new post in the press office of food seller Waitrose. A trained home economist, Lartey said it would be like 'coming home', but she leaves Great George Street with great memories and many friends.
She said: 'Working with the graduates and students national committee was a highlight for me. The appointment of Alex Ritchie as the first female chairperson for a number of years created an opportunity.' And Lartey made the most of it by contacting the national press and engineering a spotlight on Ritchie in the Independent on Sunday last February. 'It's very important for Institution and younger membership to be perceived in a slightly trendier way,' she said.
Exhibitions organised by Lartey at Great George Street became such a regular occurrence that she earned the nick name 'Dinah Exhibitions Lartey'.
Of the monthly exhibitions organised, she is most proud of the collection of 40 oil paintings by specialist construction painter Terence Cuneo at Great George Street in August.
Lartey also found time to hit the road with the ICE 'trailer' touring outdoor events around the UK and
hooking up with the local associations. 'It would be a real crowd puller,' she said. 'Especially when we took the trailer to schools events. The kids loved it.'
She is satisfied that she leaves the ICE press office in a good state of health. 'We are much more targeted than we were before,' she said, although she warned that promoting civil engineering to children as a career option to was still under-exploited.
ICE director of public affairs Ian Moore, wished her well. 'She has contributed very positively and creatively to our operation. We think Waitrose is very lucky.'