Being an engineer myself and having read the new proposals for the new Irish Water utility company it appears that the government's transition strategy for the new public utility is to appoint an interim board and project management office in 2012 until Irish Water is established under it's own statute by mid 2013.
Does anyone out there know what the qualifications, experience and other job requirements will be for the management members of the board and other menbers/staff of the project office?
Who is going to recruit these people and when is it going to happen?
I'm trying not being biased but, I do think that it is essiential that qualified engineers and experienced water industry professionals should be on the board and in the make up of the project office and be large part of the new water utility if it is to be a success.
Having read the governments 'Reform of Water Sector in Ireland' position paper and flicked through the PWC reports, it appears that this board and project office will determine the staffing and skills required for the new organisation.
I believe that the skilllset required for the members of the board and the project office is not restricted to just management as this is a complex technical industry. So it is essential that the required skillset has a strong emphasis on technical knowledge and expertise.
In my opinion a good engineer has the ideal technical management skillset. I'd be interesting in hearing your views.