COUNCIL WILL meet in March to vote on a number of options for a possible ICE/IMechE merger, it was agreed at the last council meeting of 2006.
At One Great George Street on 12 December, Council members approved plans for vicepresident Jean Venables to lead a merger working group.
The group will carry out a risk analysis, detailing the benefi s and downsides of options, ranging from closer working between the institutions to a total merger.
Findings will be presented to the Executive Board in February before the votable options are presented to Council on 6 March.
'At the meeting in March there will be a presentation of the options to consider and the options that have been discounted and why, ' said ICE Glasgow & West of Scotland council member John McRobert.
At last month's Council meeting it was also agreed that Council members wishing to retire before completing their term should be encouraged to do so.
This would help reduce the number of general members on council from 38 to the allowed minimum of 23. This moves a step closer to reducing the number of general members to 15 general members following the changes agreed in November (NCE 9 November 2006).
Senior vice president David Orr, meanwhile, was officially confi rmed as the next ICE president. He will take over from current president Quentin Leiper in November.