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We need a voice


As I am both a CBI and ICE member, Mark Whitby's comments struck a chord (News, 26 April).

I recently received notice of my entry in the CBI membership list only to find that among the several hundred professional affliations of members that the CBI recognises, engineers had just three categories, 'engineers?general', engineers?contractors' and 'engineers-fabricators'. I fit into none of these.

I red off an email to the CBI president as well as the CBI's regional director complaining at this shoddy lack of understanding of one of our basic professions in industry, but made it clear that I considered the fault to lie with engineers.

I wonder if any other engineers who also happen to be CBI members also complained.

Our members have much work to do as well as Quentin Leiper and his staff.

Ivor Richards OBE, managing director, Richards, Moorehead & Laing, 55 Well Street, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1AF

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