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  • Reply to: ICE Council Elections   2 months 2 weeks ago

    Dear Gillian, Steve and David,

    I look forward to voting for, supporting and working with you all in our wider aim to improve the Governance of the ICE.

    My ICE election statement below.

    Best wishes


    I began my Civil Engineering career studying for a sandwich course at Surrey University back in the 1970’s. Initially I spent 13 years with Costain and worked on major projects including the Thames Barrier.

    In 1987 I began studying for a part time Masters in Construction Law at Kings College London, primarily to improve my Project Management skills. I subsequently became one of the first ICE Adjudicators.

    In 2003 I became Chair of the Society of Construction Law ( Subsequently I was appointed by the Construction Minister to the late Sir Michael Latham’s group of 6 “key industry figures” advising potential changes to construction industry legislation.

    The latter part of my career has largely involved working with large Client organisations including Honda, UCL and the Church Commissioners. These roles have majored on risk management including dispute avoidance, thereby leading to improved project delivery.

    If elected my main focus will be to promote greater empathy and connection between Members and the Institution. In February 2019 I spoke at the ICE Governance Commission advocating greater transparency, clear accountability and improved democratic processes. I am a member of


  • Reply to: ICE Council Elections   2 months 3 weeks ago

    Gillian and Steve,

    I am delighted that the two of you have made the same decision as me, that it is important to stand for election to the ICE Council to ensure that future governance arrangements are appropriate for a member led organisation and not taken over by a largely unelected body. The way that the previous ICE governance review was carried out prompted me to support Paul Jowitt and Jean Venables in their call for a SGM and to speak in support of them at the meeting. I have also made a contribution to both the ICE Presidential Commission and to ICE Scotland detailing my views and concerns. My focus in standing for election is in better communication and consultation on these important matters and also to focus on getting more engagement from the membership in voting on these vitally important decisions for our Institution. I hope that when the ballot opens you will encourage all of your contacts to vote, not just for yourselves but also for those others who have similar aims and views. 

    I wish you both success in the forthcoming election. 

    Best regards

    David Climie

  • Reply to: ICE Council Elections   3 months 3 days ago

    Hi Gilian,

    There are a few of us with links to Civils Matters who will be standing for election this time. I am one of them. 

    I have attended the three open sessions held so far as part of the governance review, and have listened to the arguments from all sides, but in the end there is no law or guidance that prevents us from being an open and accountable member-led organisation. The more we have on Council who hold these views the better for all of us - and critically, this will be all the better for the wider public as well.


    Steve King



  • Reply to: Governance Review   6 months 2 weeks ago

    The Second Evidence Session of the ICE’s Governance Review will be on Wednesday 20th February.  It’s an Open session, between 10am and 4pm, and will be held at ICE Headquarters at One Great George Street, London.

    As you may have seen, the ICE has been busy posting various things on the Presidential Commission web page - .

    Among those giving evidence on the 20th will be Members of GSNet and current Council and Trustee Board Member Teresa Frost, together with supporters of CivilsMatters - Past President Quentin Leiper, former VP Adrian Coy and former Council Member Ian Jenkinson, Richard Bayfield and myself.  The associated written evidence will be posted on the Presidential Commission web page. 

    Our evidence will also be posted on .  Your feedback and comments would be welcome.

    If you are free, why not attend on the 20th?!


    Paul Jowitt


    6th February 2019

  • Reply to: Governance Review   7 months 1 week ago

    Pssst!        The ICE Governance Review agreed before Christmas that the Evidence Sessions will be in Open Session! 

    Great News!

    Pssst!        The first one is next week!


    Details have just been posted on the ICE website:

    But you might have to be a clairvoyant to know that!

    The first Evidence Sessions is on 22nd January, 11-12.30 with the President and DG.  Their written evidence will be posted on the ICE website afterwards.

    The second one will be on 20th February, 10.30-16.30.   They have asked me to attend and submit written evidence a week beforehand.  It will also be published on the ICE website in due course.

    Pssst!        The Chair of the Governance Review, Past President David Orr, told me earlier this week that there will be an item about the Governance Review in the February issue of ICE e-News – which is a bit late for next week’s Evidence Session on 22nd January.  It seems that the ICE’s new found agility doesn’t extend to sending Members an email in advance… 

    I hope some of you might be able to get along to one or both of these Evidence Sessions.  And please tell your friends and colleagues - some of whom might also want to attend. 

    In case you need a reminder of why there is going to be a Governance Review, see the Letters page of the February issue of NCE -  (page 20)

    Or visit

    If you want to make your own comments on ICE’s Governance, please feel free to send them to the Chair of the Presidential Commission on ICE Governance, Past President David Orr, or to D’Arcy Myers (who has been appointed by the ICE to be the secretary to the Commission).

    Or you could post them on