Derek Smith, the head of engineering within Capita’s North Tyneside Partnership, has been appointed as regional chairman for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East.
The ICE aims to promote the civil engineering profession, influence public infrastructure policy and encourage excellence. ICE North East represents around 2,200 civil engineers from Northumberland to Tees Valley.
Derek said: “It’s a real honour to be chairman and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead our volunteers and help make a difference. I’m grateful to Capita too for providing me with the support that’s enabled me to take up the post.
“But this isn’t simply a personal achievement. Being the regional chairman will open doors, which can only assist our plans to grow the engineering business.”
Derek is chartered civil engineer and progressed to the grade of ICE Fellow in 2012. Derek has been the regional awards secretary since 2010 and became vice-chairman of ICE North East last year.
His role as regional chairman involves supporting the delivery of the ICE’s national objectives at a regional level in 2014. In particular, Derek aims to: encourage professional membership; deliver a programme of high quality technical presentations; and support the ICE awareness campaign ‘This is civil engineering’.
Our region had a very successful 2013, which will be a hard act to follow. But Iâ€™m really determined to further raise the level of professionalism within our sector and encourage people to seek accreditation at whatever level.
ICE Regional Chairman
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