We had our first Council Meeting of the new year on Saturday morning last.
The two main events were Cooptions to Council and Election of 2011 - 2012 Executive Board. We coopted four new Members to Council - Justine Butler Chemical Engineer, Victoria Chadwick Safety Engineer, Donal Rigney Civil Engineer and Marguerite Sayers Electrical Engineer. Justine Butler is the Chairperson of our Young Engineers Society this year and the first YES representative to be elected to Council. I welcome her as the voice of the Young Engineers on Council in the year ahead. Also on the Council are the representatives of each of our Regions, and our Divisions (Civil, Mechanical, Biomedical, ICT etc) together with elected Chartered, Ordinary and Associate Members - a total Council of 44 people who together decide on the Strategic Policy of Engineers Ireland. The Council normally meets in June, September, November, January and April each year.
We also elected 10 members to the Executive Board, 5 from Council and another 5 who have previously served including the Chairman of our Finance Committee Murt Coleman and the Chairman of the Membership and Qualifications Board Tom Cleary. The Executive Board meets monthly and manages Engineers Ireland through the Director General and his staff at Clyde Road HQ.
Together with the two Vice Presidents Michael Phillips and John O'Dea and Past President Martin Lowery, I very much look forward as President to working with the Council, the Executive and the Director General John Power in the year ahead.