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Civil Engineering Manager of the Year

Four finalists for ICE's Civil Engineering Manager of the Year 2005 competition are lined up to meet the judging panel on Monday 5 December. Each has already won £1,000; the winner will secure an extra £4,000 plus a medal. ICE senior vice president Quentin Lieper will chair the judging team, which includes Laing O'Rourke business leader Mike Robins, Kier Construction managing director and CEMYA winner in 1996 Paul Sheffield, Highways Agency director Ginny Clarke, Alfred McAlpine chief executive Ian Grice and NCE editor Antony Oliver.

Nigel John Earnshaw, FICE Position: Head of engineering, Scottish Water Solutions The challenge: Thirty months to deliver £350M of water mains and sewerage rehabilitation, leakage reduction and flood alleviation.

Leading a team of 700 providing all design input, land, planning and environmental expertise plus a customer care team.

Concurrent responsibility for design of £700M of water and waste water treatment plants, reservoir security and capital maintenance.

Pocket CV 1986: BSc Hons fi rst class in civil engineering. Joined Costain's civil engineering graduate training scheme.

1989: North Surrey Water Company, assistant engineer.

1991: Gained MICE. Moved to Thames Water as project design engineer in the water group. Became area manager, sewerage operations, then water group senior project engineer.

Seconded to group finance department. Project manager, water services group. Sewerage programme manager, later engineering manager. Seconded to Scottish Water Solutions June 2003.

Russell Jackson MICE Position: Regional civils manager, western territory, Atkins Rail The challenge:

Building Atkins Rail's Swindon design offi ce with a team of four to 20 and more, drawing on the expertise available within a large organisation to support a tiny outpost. Recruit, mentor and enthuse staff. Expand business with more and larger projects.

Pocket CV 1993: BEng Hons in civil engineering with computational mechanics, University of Birmingham.

1994: Mott MacDonald, graduate engineer bridge and structural design.

1996-97: Seconded to Tarmac as site engineer, land remediation and road construction.

1997: Mott MacDonald assistant engineer bridges, feasibility studies, supervision.

1999: Seconded to Health Projects Abroad, Tanzania; site manager for school block.

2000, March: Joined Atkins Rail as project manager for major resignalling, switch and crossing, and civils works until present appointment in November 2003.

Rachel Cook MICE Position:

Trans4m engineering manager for delivery of inspection, assessment and design of bridges and structures on London Underground's Bakerloo/Central/ Victoria and sub-surface lines.

The challenge: Re-establish a privatised version of the bridges and structures engineering assessment team. Break up of London Underground resulted in the loss of inspectors. New teams had to be found and trained against the background of a lack of qualified recruits.

Cook is now responsible for 85 staff in central London, Croydon and Birmingham. She is also building a team in Sharjah, UAE.

Pocket CV 1997: BEng Hons in civil engineering with geology following two summers with Atkins Rail.

1997, June: Joined Atkins full time, initially in rail bridge design office, then as site engineer on switch and crossing renewals for East Coast Main Line.

Seconded to Euston Alliance.

Moved to a management role with the outline design and liaison work for Shortlands grade separation. Moved to East Anglia Zone, then Manchester Metrolink phase three and on to bridge strengthening, Railtrack southern; Seconded to Trans4m in May 2002.

Richard Stewart Green MICE Position:

Contracts manager in Gleeson's Trident West Alliance with Thames Water The challenge:

Deliver 18 months work in under 12, from cutting turf to supplying 60M litres of water per day from the £30M Chingford South water treatment plant. Green was in charge from feasibility studies to dealing with the few defects.

Mottoes: Be the captain of the ship, do not micro manage, do not dwell on errors, use the team's energy to recover and look ahead for icebergs.

Pocket CV 1988: BSc Hons civil engineering from University of Surrey including one year with contractor Gleeson on roads.

Joined Gleeson full time, with one year on roads and 15 since then on water industry projects from the Channel Islands to Scotland, impounding reservoirs to sludge digestion, on projects valued at £700,000 to £30.9M.

Has been involved in civil, M&E and process engineering from feasibility to commissioning.

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