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Scott Wilson chairman Geoff French to become succeeding ICE vice president

ICE Council has elected Scott Wilson chairman Geoff French as succeeding vice president.

Council agreed that current vice presidents Richard Coackley, Barry Clarke, Geoff French, William Kemp and David Balmforth will continue as vice presidents for the 2010/2011 term.

It also confirmed Richard Coackley will become President from November 2011, subject to formal election by Council in December.

French will become a succeeding vice president and will be considered as a presidential candidate for November 2013, subject to interim annual election as a vice president. Council has already agreed that Clarke will be considered for the presidency in November 2012, again subject to interim annual election.

Bill Hewlett and Balfour Beatty chief operating officer Andrew McNaughton have been elected as new vice presidents.

A balance of interests

McNaughton balances his interests in the execution of major infrastructure projects with those in the field of research and development of further education.

In 2002, McNaughton was named civil engineering manager of the year by the ICE. He also became director of Constructing Excellence in 2004 and in 2007 was appointed director of the Major Projects Association. He serves on the ICE’s Policy Panel and the Higher Education Strategy Group.

Hewlett is technical director at contractor Costain and is responsible for the engineering solutions used to deliver a number of major UK schemes. He maintains an interest in the formation and development of professional engineers and technicians and champions professional development in his firm.

Hewlett is also a member of the ICE’s Professional Development Panel and Professional Conduct Panel.

The new vice presidents will begin their term of office in November.

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