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Whitby raps ICE for poor image

MARK WHITBY'S candid interview with the Architects Journal has shed light on what he aims to do when he becomes the youngest recent president of the ICE in 2001.

Whitby said the Institution itself was responsible for the poor image of the profession.

He told AJ: 'We need to address the problems for the profession of image and a lack of confidence. The Institution is responsible for it; it probably couldn't get much worse.'

Whitby believes that as a corporate body of professionals reflecting the profession, the Institution should be showing more leadership to raise the profile of the profession.

He told NCE: 'Some of us can feel better about ourselves but it is no good if raising the profile is not a corporate-led drive from the top.

'Take the article about Lottery cash to fund the Stonehenge tunnel which appeared in NCE recently. Terry Mulroy's comments criticising the Government for abrogating its responsibility were very negative. How politicians find money to build roads is their business. It is actually fantastic for our profession that there will be alternative sources of money to build roads for the betterment of these projects. We should be promoting our role in that.'

A full interview with Whitby will appear in ICE News on 3 September.

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