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Andreas Markides' Presidential blog
20 September 2017
Before Council there was a short meeting for half an hour to welcome the new Council members. This year we have had more than 10 new members on Council and we look forward to some fresh ideas and strong contributions from them.
The Council meeting itself that took place in the afternoon was busy and lively. It covered several items including:
a report from our CEO, Sue Percy, on CIHT highlights
an update on the work of the Board of Trustees
agreement on nominations for the Certificate of Merit and
a briefing on the Institution's finances
There was also a presentation by Richard Ward-Jones of Amey and Gary Raccuja who was this year's winner of the Wolfson Economic Prize. Gary's theme of "Miles better: simple and fair charging" considered how we can pay for better, safer and more reliable roads in a way that is fair to road users and good for the economy as well as the environment. This prompted a lively debate amongst Council members.
It is highly significant and an illustration of the strong place that CIHT holds in the field of innovation that, Stelios Rodoulis, part of the Volterra Partners and Jacobs project which was also a finalist in the Wolfson Economic Prize, is one of our new Council members and he was therefore amongst the audience!
Did you know…
Thirty years ago the London Docklands were a desolate place. Today we have a mini-city with 16m sq ft of offices and 1m sq ft of shops, employing more than 120,000 people, almost as many as the population of Cambridge and 50% more than the financial centre of Frankfurt.
How was this achieved? In addition to collaboration and political will, it's all about the power of transport!
London Docklands is now connected with the DLR, the Jubilee line, Thameslink, Network Rail's overground network, Crossrail, HS1 and London City airport.
So, if Canary Wharf is the heart of the Docklands, transport constitutes the arteries and veins that link it to the rest of the world.
Source: Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group.
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