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Voting under way for new Council members

THE BALLOT papers for the 2000 Council election will shortly be arriving on your doormat. This week, ICE news publishes the Council candidates' election statements to help you make your choice. Council is the ICE's ruling body, deciding major policies and financial issues. It comprises 49 elected members who meet six times a year. Meetings are chaired by the President. This is your chance to influence the composition of the ICE's policy making body by voting for the members of Council who you consider would best represent your views.The ICE electorate must select 10 candidates from the general list of Fellows, Members and Associate Members printed here. A minimum of five Fellows, two Members and one Associate Member must be chosen. The other two chosen must be either a Fellow or Member.This year, five new territorial members are to be voted for in East Anglia, South Western, North Western, Northern Ireland and Glasgow & West of Scotland local associations.Ballot papers must be returned to the ICE by 3 July.

General candidates

David Battensby (AM) Project manager, Durham County Council Many years employment in local government covers highway design, reclamation, traffic and maintenance. I have participated in Institution affairs since becoming qualified, including membership of the Presidential Commission Implementation Team and currently, membership of the Training and Professional Reviews Panel. I am a regional representative to BIET and take an active role within the local association.

I believe, as a qualifying body, the Institution sets the gold card standard worldwide, which must be maintained. I also consider the ICE can be developed further into the regions and provide greater input to Government. I relish the opportunity to represent you.

Roger Bennett (F) Partner, Ferguson & McIlveen, Consulting Engineers A background of consulting spiced with contracting, a spell with local government and a provincial government in Canada, together with many years as a territorial royal engineer, has instilled me with a broad view of our profession.

Experience as a Northern Counties Associate Committee chairman (198899) convinced me that we need to be more ambitious. Election will enable me to strive for three objectives:

to raise the level of awareness in the community of the civil engineer to encourage young engineers to participate enthusiastically in their Institution to ensure that local associates are afforded an equitable share of our source resources.

Ian Boocock (AM) Senior engineer, Kirklees Metropolitan Council My career has focused on highways and drainage, mainly within local government and I have been active within the Institution at national and local level for 10 years. I serve on the Professional Development Committee and the Academic Qualifications Panel, and was local association chairman (1998/99).

The Institution is undergoing a period of change. I believe that to maintain its position as a world class institution we must:

maintain high, flexible standards for membership promote the value of institution membership accept the concept of 'all inclusive' membership promote the value of our contribution to society expand international membership.

Jacqui Brown (AM) I trained as a technician with Portsmouth City Council before joining Hampshire County Council in 1987.

As a senior engineer I worked mainly on highway infrastructure design and administering the Reservoirs Act 1975.

I have been a member of the Southern association IE&T Committee since 1992 and I became its chairman and a representative on the Board of Incorporated Engineers and Technicians in 1995.

I am a strong advocate of full integration and welcome Council's recent resolutions to promote more positively the grade of associate member. I also fully support the aim to elevate the status of associate members.

Professor Stephen Brown (F) Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham I will use my university experience of management and research leadership, together with the work I have done with the construction industry in technology transfer, to support excellence and innovation. My background has included a period as chairman of the British Geotechnical Society when I was able to pursue this agenda within the Institution. I strongly support current efforts to transmit the excitement of civil engineering to young people in order to attract high calibre entrants to the profession.

I also believe that the international dimension of the Institution's activities is extremely important and that our overseas members should be properly supported.

John Campbell (M) Assistant project manager, Railtrack Project Delivery For the ICE to tackle its reputation as an elitist 'ivory tower' it must actively involve more members in the decision making process. Specifically, this means getting more younger members from the regions on to Council.

At a sprightly 35 years, I still think of myself in the 'young' bracket. If elected I would attempt to provide a simple means for members in Scotland (and elsewhere) to have their issues raised at the 'top table'.

Colin Clinton (M) Associate director and transport business development manager, Ove Arup & Partners I am chairman of the Midlands association and will complete my term of office in October.

I consider myself as somewhat of a radical and have instigated a number of changes in the Midlands over the past six months, with more to come.

The main emphasis is on modernising how we manage the Institution's affairs and communicate to our existing and prospective members.

I would welcome a second term on Council to influence the change that is desperately needed, to facilitate a more radical approach at the centre, and to ensure the creation of a more dynamic and attractive ICE.

Richard Coackley (F) Director, Binnie Black & Veatch Much as I admire the classic version of the civil engineer, life moves on and we need to make sure we are changing our ways of working. From e-commerce to e-learning our working methods will alter.

I want to raise our status with the value we add to everyone's lives in satisfying their needs and desires, from massive infrastructure to awe-inspiring structures.

We are at a crossroad with declining interest in civil engineering by our future professionals in the face of competition from IT companies.

We need a lively membership and Institution to select the right route for which I propose to be a catalyst.

Roger Falconer (F) Hyder professor of environmental water management, Cardiff University The Institution faces a period of considerable change, with the implications of SARTOR likely to have an impact on the composition of our membership and with devolved Government impacting in the regions.

I have been involved with the Institution for many years, both at local and national levels, and am involved in a number of environmental water management projects worldwide.

I would like to see our Institution promoted more internationally and seen as the home for expertise in sustainable management. I feel I have some contribution to make in assisting in the reshaping of our Institution to address the challenges of the 21st century.

John Fisher (F) Independent civil engineer I am interested in fair methods of procurement and competition. I want to eliminate conflict in the construction industry. I am chairman of the Health and Safety Board and I want to see health and safety matters getting more attention. I am committed to effective education and training and am trying to get stability into the system. I am concerned about the future and efficiency of the Institution.

If re-elected, I will be pleased to stand for election to the Graduates and Students National Committee. I would expect to continue and increase my involvement in the work of Graduate and Student sections within the local associations.

John Flower (M) Head of engineering and programme management, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council There comes a point when it is time to take part instead of watching from the sidelines.

The profession is important and the Institution is a major part and influence.

I graduated in 1976 and 'got the call' in 1994 when I became involved in local association affairs. As chairman of the Graduates and Students Committee I saw the effect decisions taken at Council can have on people's perception of their future.

Being a member of Council - a voice for the regions and the young - is a chance to contribute, understand and promote the interests of members, graduates and students.

Robert Freer (F) Consultant In the future, it will become more important to work closely with the other major institutions on matters of common interest in order to present the views of the engineering profession more clearly to the public and to the Government. I will seek to initiate and encourage such co-operation.

We have done this successfully in the ICE Energy Board by setting up a Joint Institutions Energy Forum which is well supported.

My background is in research, design, construction and administration, and I have organised and led two DTI OSTEMS overseas visits, one on waste incineration and the other on dam safety.

Mike Gellatley (F) Infrastructure systems engineer, London Underground Civil engineers continue to promote and achieve recognition of their support and active contributions to society. It remains evident that sustainability of such related key issues are paramount for the Institution, its members and the public.

I fully support the mission and objectives of the Institution and the need for such commitment from all of us. It is this opportunity that has prompted agreement for my name to go forward to ballot.

If elected I would offer personal commitment and enthusiasm to help deliver such objectives on behalf of us all.

Stuart Hamilton (AM) Technical officer, Traffic & Transportation Section, South Ayrshire Council My Institution involvement began in 1986. I have served as SCET West of Scotland chairman; BIET representative on Education, Training and Membership Committee; Training & Professional Review Panel; and the Construction Industry Council's Education & Training Committee. I was an elected Associate Member on ICE Council, 1996-99; and BIET's national chairman, 1998-99.

I am BIET past chairman; a member of its management committee; general purpose subcommittee; and the Institution Integration Working Party, addressing Associate and Technician Member issues.

I remain committed to the achievement of a fully integrated Institution, the promotion of all grades of membership and the establishment of more effective links with universities.

Peter Hansford (F) Director, Technical Services, Shadow Strategic Rail Authority I am standing with the aim of bringing a 'management' focus to Council.

At the sSRA, I lead the development of new infrastructure projects on the national railway network.

My recent career has been with the Nichols Group as a project manager and strategic consultant, and latterly managing director.

My experience has convinced me that civil engineers are best able to lead others in making things happen. I am a strong advocate that management is an integral part of civil engineering, and not a specialist bolt-on discipline. I will bring to Council my enthusiasm and interest in promoting this attitude.

Susan Kershaw (F) Senior project manager, English Partnerships My 20 year career has encompassed a variety of engineering works, from power stations to buildings and metros, culminating in managing the development interfaces of the Royal Docks.

I strive to promote excellence, quality and flair, and build bridges between disciplines and cultures, and recognise the need to make our profession more attractive to women and minorities.

I believe that something has to be done to provide an effective transport system, improving health and quality of life. Civil engineers are ideally placed to promote the changes to realise this.

If elected, I will work to make the Institution more representative of its membership.

Professor Victor De Kosinsky (F) Professor of applied and urban hydraulics, University of Liege I graduated from the University of Leeds, trained in the UK and worked in Belgium where I chair the local ICE group. In 1994, I was the ICE Council member from continental Europe and during my term I actively participated in the education service, making use of my experience in European training of engineers and recognition of engineering qualifications, providing valuable contribution to the current policy of the Institution , taking a leading role in Europe.

Is it not time for the ICE to have a Council member from Europe?

Melinda Lutton (M) Chartered engineer, Cundall Johnston & Partners My main professional interests include project management and design in land remediation, water, and sewage, working on projects in the UK and India.

I have been active in my local association, and am involved with the promotion of civil engineering in schools.

I would be dedicated to supporting members' concerns with a commitment to increasing awareness of, and pride in the profession. As a younger member I would like to see the existing Institution evolve to reflect the aspirations of all members at all grades, and will support all efforts to achieve this.

James McCafferty (F) Director, Scott Wilson My experience on committee and as chairman, Glasgow & West of Scotland, is that change within the Institution can be made to happen.

If elected, I would seek to ensure that: the Institution modernises, becomes more relevant to members and works closely with sister institutions Council accurately reflects the view of the members power and resources are devolved to the LAs routes to professional status are simplified and speeded up civil engineers reclaim their rightful role in society I have local and international experience and a real interest in the views and aspirations of members.

Andrew Roberts (F) Retired director of architecture and engineering, Canterbury City Council I have been active in Institution affairs for more than 20 years and I have recently retired from local government after nearly 40 years.

The issues of training and the provision of higher education courses are of great importance. I am a reviewer, a member of the Academic Qualifications Panel and a college member on the User Panel of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

If elected I shall promote the needs of all classes of member to ensure that the Institution continues to represent them. I wish to ensure that focus is given to promoting the importance of the Institution.

Professor Braj Sinha (F) Professor of Structural Engineering, Edinburgh University If elected, I shall see that the Institution is more responsive to the needs and aspiration of younger members. I have always been interested in training and development of creative engineering students and I shall work for the demise or overhaul of SARTOR entry standard for engineering courses, which I believe will not ensure the production of first class engineers. I shall work for the enhancement of 3Ss (salary, status, and standard of education and training).

I shall also seek to ensure that the Institution does more to help in training and education of engineers from developing countries for the sustainable development.

Trevor Sparkes (F) Advisory services director, Hyder Consulting I wish to participate in and contribute to the formulation of policies for the future professional development and management of the Institution.

I believe an outward and forwardlooking approach is essential to keep up to date with the professional needs and aspirations of the membership, and to maintain the Institution's position as the premier international professional engineering organisation. I am particularly interested in the education and training of civil engineers.

Initiatives are needed to attract and retain young people in the profession and to reverse the decline in the proportion of technicians and graduates achieving incorporated and chartered status.

Keith Thomas (F) Retired director of highways, Welsh Office I joined ICE as a student in 1957. I have been involved in many aspects of ICE in a career that included the construction and maintenance of maritime works, defence works and public buildings. I have just retired after 12 years as director of highways at the Welsh Office.

I have always had a keen interest in the Institution being on the local association committee for some years and as chairman. I have also served on the Transport Board.

I have always had a keen interest in the training of engineers and in South Wales and the local association.

Derek Turner (F) Traffic director for London Currently traffic director for London and chairman of the Institution's Transport Board, I believe the Institution should be the leading advocate for investment in and better use of infrastructure.

It has a clear role here in the training of engineers, both young and not so young, helping them to update their knowledge and meet the new challenges our profession faces.

I would also like to see the Institution become more outward looking and increase the profile of civil engineering in society.

Tony White (AM) Retired I seek election to Council because I believe strongly in professional bodies as learned societies and in their role in qualification, ethics and training. Much of the necessary work is done by the local associations, which therefore need the best possible support from headquarters.

The active involvement of all members in these tasks, so that they view the Institution as more than just a 'meal-ticket', must be a main objective of Council policy. Thus we may hope to keep a leading role in these fields.

Territorial candidates

Adrian Judge (M) Regional director, Jackson Civil Engineering I am confident that I can effectively promote the aspirations of the membership of the East Anglian local association at Great George Street. During my time as your chairman, I got to know many of the headquarters staff and therefore hope that I can find the important person for any particular problem.

I am also supervising civil engineer for Jackson Civil Engineering and am deeply involved in the training of engineers. It would be one of my aims as your territorial member to ensure that the reclassification of Incorporated Engineers is followed by the effective promotion of their importance.

William Mansfield (M) Area managing director, J Breheny Contractors After graduating in 1972 I have spent my working life in civil engineering contracting, initially in the North and now in East Anglia. I became a member of the Institution in 1978 and am currently honorary treasurer of the East Anglian local association.

I strongly believe in the ideals of the Institution in promoting the development of skills and values of its members and associates. I am active in this area in my role as supervising officer for my company's graduate training scheme.

Should I be elected I would encourage special emphasis on raising the professional status of members.

Julie Martyn (M) Senior engineer, Essex County Council Since joining the Graduates and Students Committee in 1991 I have been part of the East Anglian local association.

I served on National Committees such as Member Services and helped turn the Membership Attitude Survey into real proposals.

I am interested in ensuring that industry provides adequate training to sustain the professional approach and standards that the public expect and to move the profession forward with the development of technology. I would like to reduce the introspection that the organisation does so that it can be more outgoing in providing information and in promoting civil engineering for the benefit of the membership and the general public.

Peter Cameron (F) Chief engineer (Roads), Cornwall County Council The Institution has entered a very interesting and challenging time with exciting initiatives which need to be driven with energy and enthusiasm.

There is now a much greater opportunity to enhance the role of all members, to South Western raise awareness of the needs within society of qualified engineers and to make the Institution more proactive in its work for its membership.

With my experience through branch and association, nearly three years on Council as the South West territorial member I seek the opportunity to continue my service with all my energy, enthusiasm and fitness.

Bernhard Ray (M) Housing and planning inspector, The Planning Inspectorate Following a long and varied career as a local authority civil engineer, from best forgotten to best value, I have recently taken on the new challenge of working as a planning inspector. I am the immediate past chairman of the South Western association and I would welcome the opportunity to stay part of the current movement towards greater member involvement and openness in conducting Institution affairs.

I am particularly committed to the challenge, in this environmentally fragile world, of sparking civil engineering in very young hearts as well as in very young minds.

Roy Fairclough (F) Senior consultant During my career, I have been conscious of the beneficial impact that civil engineers can have on the community.

As a member of both the AME and ICE over many years and chairman of the ICE Devon & Cornwall branch, I seek nomination to the Council to ensure that changes in community aspirations are met by civil engineers, who are fully supported by their Institution.

I would strive for good communications, full use of technology and encourage the ICE to be at the cutting edge of good management practices, so that young engineers will be encouraged to meet the challenges of the future.

John Milnes (M) Principal, Senlim Consulting During my 35 year career spent in local government and consulting, I have been a member of various ICE committees, and chairman of the NW association in 1992/93. As the first ICE development engineer, I gained a strong impression of members' aspirations for more local activities.

I would seek: increased resources for North West member services MPR/AMPR to further recognise the need for engineers with management and commercial competences and to reflect the increasing responsibilities taken by young and incorporated engineers a more discerning approach to mergers with other bodies a more businesslike approach to the North Western management of Institution affairs.

Peter Hallsworth (M) Director, Batchplace Civil engineers have an enormous effect on the overall quality of civilised life and we should raise our profile to shout about what we do rather than let others take the credit.

I have been involved in Institution affairs in the past as national chairman of the Graduates and Students Committee, chairman of AME in East Midlands where I introduced the Opening Windows on Engineering scheme in schools and AME divisional forum chairman. I am North West meetings secretary and have developed the North West website and electronic communication with members and brought some colour to the North West Newsletter.

Ian Whyte (F) Senior lecturer, UMIST As the present territorial Council member for the NW association I am experienced in the Institution; I chair the Academic Qualifications Panel and sit on other committees and boards including the new British Geotechnical Association. The ICE is now more responsive to member needs, maintains standards with less bureaucracy and promotes greater association participation.

Re-election is sought to continue the liaison between Council and association with regular reports, encourage membership by younger engineers - including improved qualification procedures. The bridges between research and practice, education and training will be strengthened. I ask for your support and vote in the election.

David Orr (M) Divisional roads manager, County Hall, Londonderry I am a graduate of Queen's University Belfast and manage one of the four road authority areas in Northern Ireland.

I have been active in my local association for many years, serving as honorary secretary from 1994 to 1997. I was then elected as a member of Council and have also been elected by Graduates and Students as one of its Council liaison members.

The Institution has at last begun to value the key role of local associations. I believe that my day to day working relationship with local members, and the network of contacts made at national level, enable me to represent effectively the views of Northern Ireland members.

Walker Hamilton (F) Retired divisional director, Amec Construction Scotland My 44 year career has embraced civil and structural consultancy, manufacturing and contracting with several major organisations including Amec Construction Scotland where I was a divisional director for most of my Northern Ireland 36 years with that company.

I have held office on several committees associated with the industry including being Scottish branch chairman of the CIOB and recently chairman of the West of Scotland association of the ICE.

Having retired in December 1997, I am well suited to and can best continue to serve the Institution and WOSA members in the liaising role of territorial representative on Council.

Alan Simpson (M) Partner, WA Fairhurst & Partners The Institution has recently been increasing its focus on the needs of its members. I shall strive to ensure that members interests continue to be put first.

The appointment of the executive secretary for Scotland could be the start of a new structure delivering services more locally to members and it is vital that the details of how this operates in Glasgow & W.Scotland practice are monitored so that the full potential is realised.

I shall also work to secure the quality of entrants to the profession which may be in jeopardy due to the reducing number of university applicants.

John Carruthers (F) Consultant I have been involved with the Institution for many years and I am aware of the role it can play in promoting the interests of civil engineers.

If elected my principal aims would be to ensure that the views of the local association are heard in Council and to make the services of the Institution more accessible to members.

I also believe the construction industry often fails to get its message across because it is represented by too many diverse bodies. I would support a move towards closer co-operation between these bodies.

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