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Sainsbury to progress ICE objectives

THE INSTITUTION of Civil Engineers 'needs a rest from the process of fundamental rethinking,' said Roger Sainsbury on Tuesday as he took over as President of the Institution of Civil Engineers for 1998-99.

'Steady as she goes - steady progress on an already determined course,' is his plan set out in the traditional Presidential Address at the start of his year in office.

'We are not in need of a dazzling new initiative, a bold new venture,' he told NCE. 'We've just had a Presidential Commission and are about to have a new Director General. In industry we have the Egan report. The need is to achieve some of the objectives that are already set. I want to feel that at the end (of my Presidency) the ICE will be in better shape, but not changed shape.

'I believe that there is considerable scope for doing better within the framework that we already have. During my time as President, and working closely with the new Director General, I shall be trying in all sorts of ways to stimulate further improvement,' Sainsbury said.

'If you like, I shall be trying only to inch the pea a little further up the mountain. It is a modest aim, but I believe it to be a worthy one.' (see pages 24-25 for details of Sainsbury's address).