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Council approves appointment of two new vice presidents

ICE Council has approved the election of two new vice presidents to join the ICE vice presidential team for the 2014/15 presidential year.

Cambridge University head of civil and environmental engineering Robert Mair and Carillion performance improvement director Zara Lamont will start in November, joining current vice presidents Sir John Armitt, Tim Broyd, Keith Clarke, Adrian Coy and Stephen Fox.

They will replace Alan Stilwell - who stands down in November at the end of his three year term - and David Balmforth, who will succeed President Geoff French.

Zara Lamont

Lamont: Carillion performance improvement director

Lamont has an OBE and is an ICE Fellow. She has spent her career working with contractors to improve the delivery of construction and engineering projects. She became chief executive of the Confederation of Construction Clients in 2001, where she developed policy and positioning for construction clients, giving them a prominent voice regionally and nationally, while establishing knowledge transfer routes.

She then became framework director for Carillion Health’s “Procure 21” division between 2002 and 2005. There she developed Carillion’s procurement framework and the organisation’s business model.

This led to her appointment as performance improvement director at Carillion Building.

Mair has a CBE and leads a major research group at Cambridge. He is principal investigator for a recently established innovation and knowledge centre on smart infrastructure and construction. Mair is an

ICE Fellow, and Council confirmed his election as succeeding vice president from November 2014. This puts him on the path to becoming President in November 2017, subject to interim annual election by Council.

Robert Mair

Mair: Head of Cambridge University’s civil and environmental engineering department

During his career, Mair has been involved with the design and construction of several notable projects including the Jubilee Line extension, High Speed 1 and Crossrail.

He gave evidence to the House of Lords select committee on Crossrail and is a member of Crossrail’s engineering expert panel.

Council also confirmed the election of Armitt as succeeding vice president, and confirmed that he should be considered as a candidate for the presidency in November 2015, subject to formal election by Council in December 2014.

ICE Council elects vice presidents annually on the basis of recommendations from a selection panel comprising the President, senior vice president, the two vice presidents who have been nominated as future presidential candidates and the five Council member representatives on the executive board.  The newly appointed vice president team will support David Balmforth in his role as President during the 2014/2015 session.

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