Costain director named trade body’s first black president

A commercial director at Costain has become the first black president of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).

Batsetswe Motsumi succeeds Andrew Evans, who had been in the role for the previous 18 months.

Motsumi has been a member of the body’s council of management for several years and a vice president since 2021.

At Costain, he is currently working on the A12 Chelmsford to A120 road-widening scheme.

Commenting on his appointment, Motsumi said: “CICES has been around for more than 50 years and has continued to evolve throughout its history – I’m looking forward to introducing a new focus.

During my year as president, I want to help the institution develop into an even more visible, more approachable and more welcoming organisation.”

CICES chief executive Simon Hamlyn said: While it’s a clear milestone that the institution has voted in its first non-white president since 1969, the real story is how we can continue to progress.

In his 20 years as a CICES member, Batsetswe’s support of people working together to achieve more has always been apparent.

But applying this alongside his extensive commercial experience, I’m confident he’ll help us deliver greater value for our members, their projects and processes.”

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