Darrell Matthews has joined the Institution of Civil Engineers as its North West regional director, representing ICE’s 6,000 members in the region.
ICE is often seen as the “voice of infrastructure” in discussions with various levels of government, and Darrell takes his new post as infrastructure issues – from the Northern Powerhouse to energy and flooding – are increasingly in the headlines nationally and in the North West.
Darrell said: “Blackpool and the Fylde face a range of infrastructure issues from maintaining flood defences to improving transport links and benefiting from the Northern Powerhouse.
“So I’m determined that the Institution of Civil Engineers will bring all the knowledge and expertise of its 6,000 North West members into the public realm and help decision-makers reach the best possible decisions on these crucial issues that affect everybody in their everyday lives.”
ICE North West is already firming-up plans to bring together experts from all around the region to debate what forms of devolution would best help deliver the infrastructure that society needs – from improving public transport to boosting the economy and ensuring a reliable and sustainable energy supply.
Darrell was previously regional director for EEF– the manufacturers’ organisation – and the Institute of Directors.