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ICE Council seeks graduate to help shape future for young engineers

17 February 2022

Nominations are open for a new graduate member position. Current council members share their experience and the benefits of joining this representative body.

ICE Council seeks graduate to help shape future for young engineers
Daaoud Shafi (left) and Rebecca Barkham (right) talk about the benefits of being on council.

ICE graduate members are being encouraged to put themselves forward to fill a vacancy on the ICE Council.

Nominations are now open and will close 31 March 2022. The election will run from 1 June 2022 to 12 July 2022.

Results will be confirmed at the institution’s annual general meeting on 19 July 2022 and elected council members will take office from 1 November 2022.

ICE Council is responsible for representing the views of the membership to the Trustee Board and supporting said trustees to ensure the institution’s position as a global centre of excellence with a focus on championing the role of civil engineering in society.

There are three graduate members on council at any given time, each on a three-year tenure. ICE Council typically meets four times a year.

Graduate members on council are also expected to join the Graduate and Student Network (GSNet) committee, to ensure they understand and represent the views of their membership cohort appropriately.

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Benefits of being on council for graduates

  1. Representing the views of members

    Among the benefits of being on council for graduates is the "unique" opportunity to represent the views of thousands of fellow graduate members working towards professional qualification with ICE.

    "We inform policy discussions around the future of the institution, and what it can continue offering to our industry,” said Daaoud Shafi, civil engineer at Mott MacDonald and chair of GSNet.

    "[The Council] is one of our most outward-looking bodies, ready to tackle everything from the UK’s ‘State of the Nation’ to developing our Strategic Plan for Carbon."

  2. Improve professional competencies

    Current ICE Council member Ben Weller, an engineer at Arup, said that his position has also provided excellent networking opportunities, and helped him improve his professional competencies.

    "[My role on the council] improved my professional competencies by presenting considered arguments to Council, and provided greater understanding and awareness of the issues within the wider civil engineering industry, to name just a few."

  3. Having a say

    “I applied for ICE Council to advocate the views of my peers, have a say in the issues that matter to me, learn more about ICE and have a say in the future of the institution and the profession," added Rebecca Barkham, senior engineer at WSP and current ICE Council member.

    "Although only starting my term in November 2021, I am already achieving those aims and more,” Rebecca Barkham, senior engineer at WSP and current ICE Council member.

Join the council

Those interested should submit a nomination form with the support of five sponsors to the ICE Governance Office by 31 March 2022.

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  • Neeta Cubitt, communications executive at ICE Northern Ireland