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Project 13 moves forward with future leaders panel

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A panel of the profession’s ‘future leaders’ has met for the first time to discuss how it will help support the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) Project 13 initiative. 

The new panel is made up of “ambitious and promising” members of the Project 13 community and includes chair Lucy Howard, a director at Turner & Townsend; Bam Nuttall project director Doug Mills; and Aaron Matthew, a civil engineer with Transport for London.

Project 13 is a new initiative from the ICE, which has been initiated to bring about a culture shift in the industry. It wants to transform the way projects are procured and delivered with an increased focus on collaboration. It aims to better deliver infrastructure projects, with more coming in on time, on budget, and meeting the needs of users and the client. It is hoped the future leaders will bring “fresh thinking” and new approaches to the way the profession delivers infrastructure.

The organisation said productivity in the UK was poor compared to other G7 countries and Project 13 was an “innovative and strategic” programme aimed at changing the way business and the profession worked together.

The panel will assist the ICE and partners by advising and commenting on the work of the Project 13 steering groups, holding them to account and liaising with business leaders and employees to promote the scheme and secure their buy-in.

The infrastructure client group, chaired by Anglia Water’s @onealliance chief executive Dale Evans, will oversee five working groups to assess and develop how this new approach can be rolled out. These will be focused on governance, organisation, integration, capable owners and digital transformation.

“We believe that we can significantly impact our industry,” said Howard. “We want our generation to be part of a change from the inside out to deliver infrastructure that meets our customer needs and supports our economic futures.

“We’re going to be searching out best practice, challenging existing business models, and encouraging everyone in the industry to consider advancing our approach to the way we work even further.”

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