IMC Worldwide’s Gavin English elected to FIDIC board for four-year term

Gavin English speaking at the FIDIC general assembly event in Jakarta.

Gavin English, managing director of the consultancy IMC Worldwide and a board member of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), was yesterday elected as a board member of the international engineers federation, FIDIC, for a term of four years at the FIDIC general assembly meeting in Jakarta.

Commenting on English’s success, ACE chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin said: “As a former chairman of ACE, Gavin is a perfect candidate to represent the interests of the UK consultancy and engineering market on a world stage. Gavin, who chaired the ACE’s international business group for several years and subsequently became ACE national chairman for 2016, has a fantastic track record over 30 years in the international consultancy market and his election is a big vote of confidence in the UK consultancy and engineering sector.

“I am sure that Gavin will be a very strong advocate for consultancy and engineering firms on this important international body and ACE will provide him with the maximum support to ensure that UK business interests are well positioned at the highest international decision table post Brexit.”

Commenting on his election, English said: "I am delighted to be elected to the FIDIC executive committee and will proudly represent the UK engineering consultancy industry at the highest level, ensuring FIDIC is the global voice and acts on behalf of consulting engineers worldwide."

The FIDIC general assembly meeting also saw Alain Bentejac, chief executive of Artelia Group in France, elected as FIDIC president for 2017-2019, succeeding the outgoing president, Jae Wan Lee of Korea. “ACE looks forward to working with Alain Bentjiac during his tenure as president to ensure that FIDIC is well positioned to be the strongest possible voice representing its members globally,” said Ogunshakin.

Elsewhere at the conference in Jakarta, Ben Freedman of MLM was given a special merit award as FIDIC Global Young Professional Consultant of the Year. Freedman also won the Young Professional Award and the Diamond ‘winner of winners’ Award in this year’s UK Consultancy and Engineering Awards so his success marks a double celebration for UK engineers.

FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, is organised in 97 countries across the globe and its members are national associations of consulting engineers. It is the recognised international authority on issues relating to consulting engineering best practice and actively promotes high standards of ethics and integrity among all stakeholders involved in the development of infrastructure worldwide.

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