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Council update – July 2019

07 August 2019

The third meeting of the 2019 Council session

Council update – July 2019

The ICE Council met on 23 July 2019 to debate a number of issues and to provide advice to the Presidential Commission into Governance.

Presidential Commission into ICE Governance

The Commission has now completed Stage 2 of its work plan and Council members were consulted on the findings from the Interim Report.

The Commission will now move onto Stage 3: Consulting and Reporting on Future Options. The Commission will consult widely on the emerging options before finalising its recommendations to the Council and Trustee Board towards the end of 2019.

The interim report will be published in August and Past President David Orr, who is leading the commission welcomes your responses. We encourage all members to contribute.

ICE Plan 2020-22

The Council received a report from the Director General and Secretary and the Director of Engineering Knowledge about the latest iteration of the ICE’s three-year rolling plan. This plan, which covers the period from 2020 until 2022 has been reviewed by the Trustee Board and was presented to Council for their advice.

One of the most important lessons we learned from ICE 200 is that the public really enjoy discussing engineering and infrastructure and wish to be engaged in the debate. For us to be truly effective, we should communicate in a way that addresses directly the issues the public really cares about, such as health care, looking after ageing relatives and the quality of opportunity for their children We should then explain how engineers can address the public’s concerns, rather than providing a detailed technical explanation.

This plan has been designed to face the threats, challenges and opportunities to the Institution but more broadly and more importantly to address the global challenges we face.

ICE needs to support its members as they build a sustainable world for the future – for 2050 and beyond. These challenges range from climate change to changing demographics and the potential for mass migration. Technology, data and digital engineering is revolutionising the environment in which we operate.

All of ICE’s content will be aligned to the UN SDGs. To help address society’s issues, ICE will do a number of things today to stay relevant.

Following on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa we face a serious question as a profession. Can we assure society that infrastructure professionals are competent and trusted throughout their career? To go some way to answer this question, ICE is looking at how we ensure that our assurance regime remains fit for purpose.

One of the ICE’s core purposes is to support learning. We do this through our Learning Society. That work has been grouped under four themes to deliver better lives: sustainability, digital, productivity, professionalism and skills.

The Council’s role in this learning process is to help ICE prioritise the questions that need to be asked and answered, to lead the ICE’s contribution, and to engage the community.

Your Council agreed the principles set out in the draft plan and will debate some of the challenges further at its Annual Strategy Meeting in October.

President’s Future Leaders

President Andrew Wyllie has been working with his Future Leaders throughout the year and they are presenting their ideas to Council as part of their programme of work.

Monika Szczyrba hopes to create a best practice guide focused on Shaping strategic vision on community engagement in infrastructure projects.

Focused initially on UK-based water companies, she hopes to identify good practice that can be rolled out to other sectors within engineering.

She asked for Council support in providing projects or programmes due to start in 2020 that she could approach with a view to trialling her Community Engagement in Infrastructure good practice guidelines.

Eric Shutwai Leung wants to shape Public Perception of Civil Engineering through showing rather than telling what it is to be a civil engineer, moving away from the stereotype ’hard hat’ image that does not reflect the wide diversity of activity.

He was keen to develop additional contemporary communication channels such as blog posts, which convey the passion and outcomes of civil engineering.

Rather than creating more informative videos that explain the how of engineering principles, Leung proposed films that convey the ‘so what’ of the work of civil engineers. He sought ideas and support from Council members on how to show rather than tell these stories.

Council election results

Council noted the election results which would be announced at the AGM on 23 July 2019.

Thirteen new Council members have been elected by the members and will take office on 5 November 2019.

  • Simon Creer, communications director at Royal Town Planning Institute