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  • 2014 ReviewConnectThe ICE Wales Cymru News Magazine

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    Chairmans Report 2013/14 Session

    NORMAN SEWARD

    As your chairman for the past 12 months, I have had the honour and great pleasure in representing you at a number of very interesting and exciting events and functions.

    My theme for the year has been Collaborative Partnerships, encouraging our members to work together to inspire the youngsters needed in the industry, across all levels of professional engineering registration. The demand is enormous. The number of skilled technician roles alone across all engineering disciplines needed by 2020 to boost economic growth and ensure the UK maintains a competitive edge internationally is estimated to be 450,000.

    In support of my theme, I have been working closely with schools, industry and members of our committee to introduce youngsters to the range of opportunities that are available in civil engineering.

    My role as Chairman has enabled me to make personal contact within organisations such as Careers Wales, Science Made Simple and Design Engineer Construct and I continue to be involved with the STEM Ambassadors initiative. I have also been co-opted onto the ICE Education and Careers Panel.

    The Bridge to Schools events continue to introduce construction to very young school children. The scheme continues to be popular with school teachers and pupils alike and since inception the bridge has been presented to over 30,000 youngsters. I was pleased to receive some very positive feedback from parents about the impact it has had on their children. In July, the Bridge was erected in the

    Senedd at an event sponsored by the deputy Minister for Skills, Ken Skates AM, who engaged brilliantly with the students and the bridge.

    A number of activities instigated by ICE Wales Cymru have also admirably supported my aim.

    The Student Work Placement Initiative, led once again this year by Rosie Jay, provided opportunities for over 50 placements for graduates and students with employers across Wales. Many thanks to those employers who have supported this initiative and I look forward to more openings being made available as the job market improves.

    Maintaining contact with, advising and influencing government is important for the well-being of the Institution and for the promotion of collaborative partnerships. ICE Wales Cymru maintains excellent links with Welsh government civil servants and ministers. Keith Jones, Director ICE Wales Cymru and I have met

    The President, Geoff French, was our guest at two events in Wales this year, the ICE Wales Cymru Project Awards Dinner in June and a visit to north Wales in October. The feedback from Geoff was positive for both visits. He was particularly impressed by the ICE Engineering Technician apprentice training scheme and the apprentices from the A465 Heads of the Valleys project that he met in Cardiff. Thanks to EC Harris for providing the venue and the apprentices. Geoff also enjoyed the visit to north Wales where a tour of coastal defence works was arranged prior to a well-attended breakfast meeting where he addressed members and guests.

    The Director General, Nick Baveystock also visited north Wales on the occasion of the AGM in May and spoke to members and guests following the installation of Mike Wellington as Chairman for 2014 - 2015.

    We have had a significant programme of knowledge events, supported by high profile speakers. Particular highlights for me were the St Davids Day Lecture Longer Faster Higher by Dr John Roberts and a presentation by Ed McCann on the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees - two outstanding civil engineers of our generation.

    I have also enjoyed unveiling two plaques in memory of the centenary of the birth of two eminent Victorian engineers. In St Asaph, Denbighshire to George Hemans and in Sudbrook, Monmouthshire to Charles Richardson (turn to pages 22-23 for further information). The annual South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust Menelaus Lecture by Sir John Armitt was also memorable; Sir John is now our ICE Vice President and will become the 151st ICE President in November 2015.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Wales support team at Cambrian Buildings, led by Keith and to thank all of the committee members for their hard work during my year. I would also like to thank my apprentice Louise Bungay for her assistance during my year.

    Finally, I wish Chris Craufurd and his apprentice Tom Mynors every success for their year.

    with a cross-section of political decision makers during my year, which have included:

    Rt. Hon. David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales

    Alun Davies AM, Minister for Natural Resources and Food

    Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology

    Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Government Business

    ICE Wales Cymru also continues to be represented on the UKs Parliamentary Infrastructure Working Group for Wales, reporting to the Secretary of State for Wales.

    In March, the then Minister for Natural resources and Food was the keynote speaker at our annual Learning to live with Flooding Conference. The Minister for Finance and Government Business received the ICE State of the Nation report for Wales which was launched at the Senedd in July.

    Norman Seward speaking at the State of the Nation briefing at the Senedd photo: Fotowales

    Bridge to Schools event at the Senedd photo: Fotowales

    Learning to Live with Flooding conference held in Cardiff photo: FotowalesFormer ICE Wales Cymru Chairman Geoff Ogden (left) welcomes new Chairman Norman Seward at his inauguration photo: Fotowales

    ICE President Geoff French visited North Wales in October

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    OBITUARIESIt is with great sadness that we learnt of the deaths of the following ICE Wales Cymru members during 2014:

    Eric Cocker BSc Eng FICEJohn S Moffett C Eng FICETerry Clark C Eng MICEPaul Frampton I Eng AMICEJohn Bryan Jones C Eng MICEDennis Morris C Eng MICE

    LOUISE BUNGAYMy year spent as Chairmans Apprentice to Norman Seward has been an incredible opportunity and very enjoyable, with many experiences I would never have been able to have had otherwise. I have shadowed Norman at events he attended as Chairman, and I have been able to see many of the things ICE Wales Cymru do, gaining an insight into how our institution operates as well as meeting and talking to a lot of inspiring and influential people.

    I have attended evening lectures, business breakfasts, presentations and conferences on a wide range of topics. All of this has helped to broaden my knowledge and appreciation of civil engineering and the work we do, and has also helped me to look at the role of a civil engineer in a different way. I have been given the opportunity to attend Committee meetings throughout the year, and my involvement with the Graduate and Student committee has also increased. Not only did I go to and help out with events and site visits organised by committee members, but I also organised a trip to London to coincide with the Open House event, for graduates and students in Wales.

    As the Chairmans Apprentice, I have had the opportunity to meet key decision makers both in Cardiff and London, including Jane Hutt AM (Finance Minister), Ken Skates AM (Deputy Minister for Skills and

    Technology) and Rt Hon David Jones MP (Former Secretary of State for Wales). I spent time with both the ICE Vice President David Balmforth and President Geoff French on their visits to Wales, spending the day with Geoff on site visits and meetings around Cardiff before attending the ICE Wales Cyrmu Awards, where I had a role in presenting the individual awards. I have also attended the national and Welsh launches of the ICE State of the Nation reports on infrastructure to government.

    My year as the Chairmans Apprentice has allowed me to continue my passion for promoting civil engineering, giving many presentations to a range of ages from primary school through to university. I have

    ICE Wales Cymru Chairmans Apprentice

    helped out at engineering events organised by committee members with guides and scouts and the Engineering Taster Day at Cardiff University. I also attended the Keeping it Equal event promoting civil engineering to girls, including going career speed dating!

    This year has been incredibly busy but very enjoyable and I would like to thank Norman for allowing me to join him and to all at ICE Wales Cymru for their help and support. I look forward to continuing my involvement as I move onto the role of Honorary Secretary, and last but not least, wish Tom Mynors a great year as next years Chairmans Apprentice.

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