Director Elected To Council
11 August 2015
Costain’s Group Technical Director, Bill Hewlett, has been elected to the board of the Engineering Council (EC).
His election means that he is now at one of the pinnacles of the profession; the EC is responsible for the setting and maintenance of the generic standards for professional competence for all professional engineers in the UK.
Each of the principle professional engineering institutions nominates representatives to the EC. Bill, who was elected for a three-year term with the option of it being renewed for a further three years, joins the council having been nominated by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), where he has been vice-president with responsibility for membership.
However, as a member of the EC, his role is very much one of a trustee, representing all disciplines of engineering, rather than that of a representative of the ICE, he explained. This aligns with his role at Costain where he has oversight of all our technical disciplines and is actively involved in our range of professional development schemes. “The solutions our customers need, call on the range of disciplines,” he points out.
“I look forward to working with a group of eminent individuals in making beneficial change in the industry,” he added.
“It’s obviously an honour; it probably indicates that I have a balanced view and understand some of the challenges that the industry faces, and have the wherewithal to see that these things are acted upon for the industry and the benefit of society at large.
“It’s very much about the public benefit. If you go back to the example of the ICE, which was the model for the other professional engineering institutions, its aim was to ensure that there was a group of people that could be recognised by the general public as having a high level of professional competence. This requirement continues to this day.”
Costain Communications Department