I recently presented my Chairman's Address to the North West Association: 'Old, classic and stately, but cumbersome, tired and out of date' In the 25 years since my graduation, the ICE has done little to enhance the standing of engineers within society. Sadly, by the time I retire in 15-20 years' time I do not expect this situation to have changed - that is, of course, unless the Institution itself changes.
Change is long overdue.
Recent initiatives regarding executive secretaries, the issue of corporate status for AMICE and recognition of the future higher value for IEng are bold moves and should be applauded. Council is rapidly leading the way towards what it believes is a cohesive, inclusive Institution for the future.
At last, it would appear that change is firmly on the agenda.
Professor Robert Jackson (F) R.P.Jackson@livjm.ac.uk