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Regional revolution

I write with regard to the recent article on ICE’s regionalisation policy (NCE 10 April).
Like any good business the people are its asset, the centre is the hub and the glue that holds it together. To survive, the ICE should be no different.

Being part of the embryonic change since 2003 and having a total belief in the role of the ICE regions, I have no doubt that the ICE is in a better state now than it was five years ago. This can be measured in two ways.

Firstly, by the injection of highly professional and businesslike leaders at the hub in London. Secondly by building a partnership with all regions that, as Tom Foulkes rightly says, is still in its early stages.

Through this partnership the ICE is more visible than ever. It has a sound commercial heart and is in many ways giving more and more value to its members and their employers.

The regional model is envied by many, and so it should be. We now have many great people doing a lot of great and relevant work. There is no reason to reverse it, rather enhance and invest in it for our future profession.

DR COLIN CLINTON, ICE past President, director, Arup, Midlands Campus, Blythe Gate, Blythe Valley Park, Solihull, West Midlands B90 8AE

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