ICE Council came together this week for the Annual Strategy Meeting and set the direction of the Institution’s activities for the coming years.
Led by Senior Vice President Paul Sheffield, the meeting tackled some of the most pressing issues not only for the profession, but society at large.
Council received presentations from:
- Phil Graham, The CEO of the National Infrastructure Commission, on UK national need.
- Stephen Hammond MP on the reality of government decision making and a call for a department for infrastructure.
- Andrew Crudgington on international best practice for infrastructure delivery.
- The Met Office’s Tom Butcher on the implications of climate change and climate modelling.
- The chair of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) Dale Evans on the latest developments of Project 13.
Council held a number of discussion and plenary sessions responding to these presentations.
The discussions were used to establish a series of priority questions for the Institution to answer and the direction to take if it is to fulfil the 2025 vision of helping members to build a sustainable world.
This meeting was the next step in a process that will see council identifying those issues that are of concern to wider society, identifying which of these issues engineers can help to address, and tasking the panels committees or communities of practice to fully investigate the issues and report back on their progress.
Council will then consider the recommendations and advice they have been provided and direct further action.
It is anticipated that the information gathered throughout this process will then be shared widely through the membership through the regional committee structure to make sure that members are both enthused by and engaged with the ICE’s programme of work.
Council meeting update
The Annual Strategy Meeting was preceded by a short Council meeting.
During this session the Council heard from the President’s Future Leader Alex Backhouse. who presented on the requirement for ICE to take a lead in sustainability and the reduction of carbon emissions.