New body woos members

A three-way merger looks set to unite nearly 40,000 incorporated engineers and engineering technicians into a single professional body next spring, sweeping away three separate administrations and their unwieldy acronyms in favour of the simple IIE – the Institution of Incorporated Engineers. The grouping will account for about 40% of the UK’s fully qualified incorporated […]

A three-way merger looks set to unite nearly 40,000 incorporated engineers and engineering technicians into a single professional body next spring, sweeping away three separate administrations and their unwieldy acronyms in favour of the simple IIE – the Institution of Incorporated Engineers.

The grouping will account for about 40% of the UK’s fully qualified incorporated engineers and engineering technicians. It is also hoping to attract additional members from the 22 remaining professional bodies for non-chartered engineers.

The move comes as many such smaller organisations are beginning to feel the mounting financial pressures of running complex member services – that now include costly professional development reviews and mentoring.

`We are not looking for savings, but to use our staff to provide members with more services,’ said Alan Gingell, secretary of the Institution of Electronics and Electrical Incorporated Engineers (IEEIE), the biggest of the three organisations in the merger, with 27,000 members.

Interviews were held last week for the £50,000 chief executive’s job, and an announcement is expected before the end of the year.

But none of the current heads of the three organisations will be applying.

Gingell retires at the end of March 1998, as does Tony Deeson, general secretary of the Institute of Engineers and Technicians (IET).

Diane Davy, secretary of the 7,000-strong Institution of Mechanical Incorporated Engineers (IMIE) is resigning to be chief executive at the Institute of Energy.

The IIE will be based in London, in Savoy Hill House, using office space within the Institution of Electrical Engineers’ headquarters building.

The merger plan has already been approved by the IEEIE and IMIE. The IET, the smallest of the three groups with 3,000 members, will give its formal backing to the scheme at a meeting on 29 November.