Since joining NCE I have worked on all sections of the magazine since starting as a junior reporter straight from industry. I'm proud to be a chartered member of the ICE but I'm a journalist now not an engineer. That said, I enjoyed my six years with Owen Williams and working on site with Balfour Beatty certainly taught me a huge amount about how the industry really works. Throughout this time I was an avid reader of NCE and I still am! As editor for the last five years I strive to help the editorial team continue to produce a high quality business magazine that meets the needs of readers every week and actually helps the whole industry move forward. Areas of Interest I tend to keep an eye on the whole industry, what's happening next, who's doing what, where the innovation is coming from and what the political drivers are. Whether the issue is rail, roads, bridges, airports, earthworks, power, education, recruitment or environment policy I'm always interested and have usually got a view. In particular it is important to me that the industry challenges itself to make its views heard by the nation's decision makers and actually commits to driving solutions rather than simply complaining. I am also passionate about ensuring that the next generation sees civil engineering as a realistic career option and as a trustee of engineering disaster relief charity RedR-IHE, I am keen to ensure that young and old engineers are able to channel their energy and expertise into life saving activities across the globe
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Former Scott Wilson chairman Geoff French takes up office as the 149th president of the ICE just as the economy starts to emerge from recession. Antony Oliver discusses his plans to put the Institution at the heart of the nation’s growth agenda.
Business lobby group London First is devoted to making the capital the world’s best place to do business. Chief executive Baroness Jo Valentine explains why infrastructure investment is key to this ambition.
Manchester Metropolitan University’s new Business School and Student Hub this week scooped this year’s Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award holding off a host of other project successes at the 2013 British Construction Industry Awards.The building was engineered by WYG, designed by architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and built by Sir Robert McAlpine. The judges praised its design quality the “superb relationships developed between client, contractor and consultants”.
Overall excellence depends on the whole project team pulling together to pool expertise and get the job done as efficiently as possible
As procurement director David Poole explains this week, investment in the nation’s highway network is set to quadruple from the current £750M a year to £3bn a year in the next decade.
The Connaught Tunnel section of the new Crossrail project has provided an inspirational career opportunity for the young team of Taylor Woodrow engineers leading construction. Antony Oliver reports.
Almost exactly five years ago this column kicked off with the prediction that “the next few years will be tough but if we are lean and effective, civil engineers are in good shape to ride the recession”.
Student engineer wins Women in Property awardSubscription
Civil engineering student Michelle Hicks this week flew the flag for the civil engineering profession when she was highly commended in the coveted Women in Property National Student Awards this week.
HS2 can put UK engineering back on the world mapSubscription
The government has come out fighting this week in its battle to defend its flagship High Speed 2 (HS2) project. And frankly it is about time too. The HS2 transformation of UK rail is too important to be lost to confusion.
Pushing the design envelopeSubscription
Young structural engineers and designers gathered at University College London last week to discuss the future of design. Antony Oliver assesses the challenge.