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Public what?

Interested and supportive as I was to read the recent Construction Future Leaders 2008 supplement (NCE 17 April), it was revealing to note that there was no category for public sector organisations and no shortlisted candidates or any judges from public sector organisations.

Was this an oversight or a reflection of the image that the public sector has in engineering?

During the President's recent visit to the North East, some of the Tees Valley Authorities' chief engineers and myself spoke to him about the essential role that the public sector plays in the appraisal and delivery of large scale projects. We noted that many large scale regeneration and transformational projects would not have reached the site clearance stage without the public sector.

Returning home that day to find the supplement without reference to the public sector seemed to emphasise much of our discussion.

This is not intended to be a rant in favour of the former, just a simple request that, when discussing issues such as leadership and delivery, due recognition is given to those engineers that do much of the work in the background that underpins the profession's skills. The public sector can be leaders too!

JONATHAN SPRUCE (M), 2 Roslyn Road, Harrogate, North
Yorkshire. HG2 7SB

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