ICE East of England has elected Paul Mitchelmore as chairman for the next two years.
He takes over from Andy Palmer, who has been in the role since 2016, and it’s also Mitchelmore’s second term as chair.
The appointment was made at the region’s AGM, where certificates were also presented to long-serving members Andrew Cowburn and Stephen Hague, to recognise their contribution to the region.
Both members are on the Norfolk Branch Committee, Regional Executive Board, and have represented the region on the ICE Council.
Cowburn’s career involved extensive local authority experience in Norfolk, and an array of infrastructure projects, including Norwich Airport. He started his own consultancy in 2003.
He first got involved with ICE in 1970, while studying at Salford University. He's served two terms as ICE East of England chairman, and was also one of the executive members who recommended Jean Venables as vice-president, which led to her becoming ICE’s first woman president.
Meanwhile, Hague trained as a civil engineer in York, where he worked on the city’s flood defences and structural assessment, repairs and strengthening of the city walls and a major cast and wrought iron bridge in the city centre.
He moved to Norwich City Council in 1986, where he worked on structural design projects and bridge repair and strengthening in the city, until 2006.
Hague is also one of just a few experts in the problems of chalk dissolution and mining collapse.
He now runs his own engineering consultancy and lectures part-time at City College in Norwich. He also serves on the ICE Climate Change Panel.