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This week's letters Whitby's views shared by many


I write to applaud the stance of Mark Whitby against the written warning issued by the ICE President Roger Sainsbury.

Apparently, Whitby has failed to react as so many Fellows appear to do when entering the 'ivory tower' of Great George Street - that is by mumbling

agreement to the opinions of their peers on issues which affect the Institution Membership and Industry.

Mark Whitby has voiced his opinions and concerns which to me, look very similar to those opinions and concerns of many members I know.

Many members feel disassociated with the Institution, which is run by very experienced senior members of the industry, some of who appear to have very little in common with the working civil engineer or graduate of today.

The Institution is seen to exist purely to gain chartered status as a civil engineer. It does not, in my view, promote the industry or the role of civil engineers in everyday life. Personally, I find it refreshing to find an ICE Vice President who is prepared to speak his mind when necessary, to highlight flaws within the Institution and provide some accountability to the members for failures within Great George Street.

If the Institution does not progress with its members, then it will fail. Brian Clancy, when President of the Institution of Structural Engineers said to its membership: 'We the members are the Institution.' Is this not the case with the ICE? I believe it is, which is why I appreciate the actions of a younger Vice President who has the vision to make the changes required and bring the Institution into the 21st century.

Tony Marsh (AM)

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