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Council candidates

Council and Associate nominations

Tony Chapman (A)

Building programme manager, Peterborough City Council

I was a member of the Presidential Commission and am a member of the Implementation Team Steering Group.

I was jointly instrumental in the concept of vertical integration of the membership and am committed to establishing technicians and incorporated engineers into their true positions within engineering teams. With proper education and training, I believe that members can rise to management positions in the construction industry and I energetically promote the ICE so that members may benefit from this aim.

Brian Crossley (F)

Management consultant

Most of my experience has been in international contracting following 10 years with the UKAEA. Currently, I lead an aid project to strengthen the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.

Throughout my career, I have experienced the essential relationship between the ICE and its members, locally, nationally and on Council; and also as a SCE, reviewer and now in the

implementation of the Future Framework Recommendations and SARTOR.

My commitment to the ICE becoming the world's leading Institution, through maximising

the involvement of all members and my experience, will continue. I would welcome your support.

Graham Davison-Smith (A)

Lead design engineer, Wessex Water

The Institution faces a period of change that must reflect the aspirations and requirements of all grades of membership. The eventual policies returning from the working parties formulated as a result of the Presidential Commission will need careful implementation to ensure that the Institution is best placed to meet the challenges of the future. If elected I will endeavour to give the best representation of all grades of membership during this period of change.

Stewart Kirkwood (A)

I have taken an active role with the former Society of Civil Engineering Technicians and the Institution's local association in Northern Ireland I have been involved with the Panel for Historical Engineering Works and have been a member of the Professional Reviews Panel since 1989.

I have recently retired from the Territorial Army after 28 years service with the Royal Engineers.

My main concern now is to promote the interests and status of associate members and technician members and I am a strong advocate of vertical integration within the Institution.

Hugh Norie (F)

Director, Mott, MacDonald

It is essential that the high standards of the engineering industry are maintained and improved within a changing and increasingly competitive commercial and technical environment. In particular, PFI/PPP initiatives raise new challenges and risks which engineers need to master if they are to remain in control of these projects. As well as supporting SARTOR initiatives, I would wish the Institution and associated bodies to increase the opportunities available for practising engineers to update necessary core skills through focused teaching, and to increase their current knowledge and understanding of new markets.

Douglas Oakervee (M)

Executive project director, Airport Authority, Hong Kong

After the opening of Hong Kong's new airport in July 1998 I shall be returning to the UK but retaining my strong links I have developed over the past 23 years with the Far East. If elected, with time now available, I would wish to both maintain and strengthen the Institution's representation in the Far East and help project the professionalism of our members both as consultant and contractor in an attempt to improve the UK's opportunities throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Paul F Reilly (F)

Group manager, Engineering Consultancy, The City of Liverpool

We are entering a new age where the membership's influence must direct a constantly evolving

Institution as we take it into the next millennium. The new framework is being developed and the

implications of SARTOR will take effect. It is my commitment to all members and especially our young members that, if elected, I will present their views and opinions at Great George Street, with a mandate to promote action.

I invite members to contact me with their concerns.

Keith Seago (F)

Ove Arup & Partners

The necessary changes to make the Institution more relevant to the majority of its membership are well under way. I want to play a part in enabling these changes and in particular to represent the interests of the broad membership in these improvements.

I believe my wide experience of the profession, together with my previous experience on Council, will help me to do this.

I will also seek ways in which the Institution can enhance the status of the engineer in society.

Paul Sheffield (M)

Operations director, Kier Construction

Civil engineers have always had to be versatile professionals. Today, more than ever we must possess a multitude of technical, personal and managerial skills to cope with the rapidly changing demands of the industry.

The Institution has a vital role to play in continuing to attract the very best into the profession.

If elected I can bring the benefit of 16 years of varied contracting experience to the Council and hope to pursue my special interest in training and retaining the best civil engineers.

David Stewart (F)

Consultant to Dr I G Doran & Partners

If elected for a second term, I would have a special interest in the implementation of the changes agreed following the Presidential Commission, with a view to bringing the Institution closer to the needs and aspirations of the membership.

The Institution has a leading role to play, along with other related professionals, in addressing the conflict between construction and the environment. I would actively support the vigorous promotion of our strategy

on sustainability to decision makers and the wider public.

Members nominations

Russell Calderwood (M)

Inspector, HSE

Being an active member of London and South East committees, has highlighted to me the need to endorse and expand co-operation between institutions, business and authorities.

Through my CDM presentations I have sought to inspire cultural change, such that all contribute to health and safety and to a renaissance of the construction industry as an efficient, imaginative and quality business.

My principal objectives are to promote association views, raise the Institution's and engineer's awareness of their ever widening legal and environmental duties and contribute to enhancing the engineer's status.

David Davis (M)

Senior lecturer design, Royal School of Military Engineering, Ministry of Defence

I have served for 29 years in the Royal Engineers before taking up my present post.

During that time, I have

held a variety of military

posts and been seconded

to civil industry. For the last 10 years, I have been

responsible for training the Corps' civil engineers, developing a special

interest in the formation of engineers. I also wish to foster the closest possible

integration of the

incorporated and

technician grades into our profession. I am a vice chairman of the South Eastern local association.

Victor de Kosinsky (F)

Professor in civil engineering, University of Liege

I was in 1994 the first Council member from Continental Europe and during my term I actively participated in the Education, Training & Membership Committee. Should I be elected again, I could render useful service making use of his experience in European education, the recognition of qualifications and the mobility of young engineers, providing a valuable contribution to the current policy of the ICE in building closer links with, and taking a leading role in, Europe.

Professor Roger Falconer (F)

Hyder professor of environmental water management, University of Wales, Cardiff

I have been involved with the Institution for many years and welcome the opportunity of now standing for Council. I believe that we can do more to raise the international profile of our Institution as our profession faces tougher competition from globalisation and that we should promote even closer integration between civil and environmental engineering. In my view our Institution is the natural home for environmental engineers and a higher profile in this field will help raise the status of our profession.

Nicholas Langdon (M)

Senior lecturer, department of civil engineering, University of Portsmouth

I am particularly concerned about the future effects of SARTOR on the industry and the damage it will cause the profession. Our failure to make civil engineering sufficiently attractive to the next generation should concern the whole industry particularly as recruitment of UK students to courses is already at a 20 year low and set to get much lower. Council must give a greater lead in promoting the profession nationally and spend less time instigating endless questionnaires of dubious value whilst seemingly ignoring the expressed view of the membership.

Denys Morgan (F)

Corporate director of technical and property services, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

It is of vital importance to remould our profession for the 21st century. We have all contributed to recent reviews and SARTOR and now is the time to implement change. I would like to enable greater involvement in our affairs by those in the age 30-44 'mid-career' gap, and engage our graduates and students more directly.

For larger projects, our industry is increasingly international. At home our focus is changing, particularly in transportation, towards non-car solutions. We must embrace and be equal to these challenges.

Colin Nye (F)

Retired, former chief executive of Cheltenham Borough Council

Civil engineers have a central role to play in creating the nation's wealth, in developing a

sustainable society and in protecting the environment. If elected, I would seek to build upon the Institution's efforts to ensure that members have the skills and knowlege, the status and the voice,

and the influence and commitment to fulfill that role to the best effect.

I would also seek to encourage a greater particpation of members in the affairs of the Institution.

William Paton (M)

Independent civil engineer

Approaching the new millennium, a convenient time focus for all of us, there are opportunities to look ahead to new challenges in a rapidly changing world, to the carrying through and subsequent monitoring of the Future Framework review and to having the flexibility of adapting to the needs and expectations of all grades of membership. I can bring the experience of serving another institution undergoing change, and I shall strive for the improvement of services to young and old, in all parts of the UK and overseas.

William Powrie (F)

Professor of geotechnical engineering, University of Southampton

I believe that strong links with the civil engineering industry are essential for effective teaching and research. I have served on various ICE panels and committees, and I am currently honorary editor of Geotechnical Engineering (part of the ICE Proceedings).

I see the main challenge facing the civil engineering profession as the recruitment and retention of able young engineers with the skills needed to help society prioritise its development needs; promote appropriate and sustainable solutions; and shape public policy accordingly.

Antony Rockey (M)

Senior engineer, Hyder Consulting

Although no longer a truly 'younger member', I have maintained links with those striving towards membership. As such I feel that I will be able to bring an understanding of their needs and those of recently qualified engineers to Council meetings. Through my own involvement at both local and national level I have gained a great deal and will endeavour to encourage others in their activities with the Institution.

Territorial members


David Backhouse (F)

Divisional director, Hyder Consulting

If elected I will play my part in progressing the future for which the Institution has been preparing - the Technology for Exports project has exciting new visions; our President continues to challenge us in the Chilterns to establish greater partnerships. The present Institution is its members, and I will bring their views to the Institution and keep them informed. The future of the Institution depends on its graduates and they must continue to play an important part in our development.

Ninian Logan (M)

Director of Logan Associates

You are a member of a democratic Institution. Through your local association your opinions, views and aims can be taken to elected Council. Chilterns association has its own territorial member on the Council who is an additional link between the local association and Great George Street. If elected, my intention is to serve you, the Chilterns association and the Council and build upon the dedication of previous territorial members in the promotion of civil engineering.

Colin Smith (M)

Divisional director, transportation and environment, Aspen Burrow Crocker

With a background in local government and subsequently turning to consultancy, I have focused on transportation and environmental projects. My involvement in Institution affairs includes; municipal division representative, vice chairman, programme secretary and secretary of the local association combined with being a reviewer and current membership of Task Force A of the Future Framework Implementation Team. My aim is to improve communication between local members and the Institution with a view to ensuring that the latter properly provides for the needs of those members.

East of Scotland

John Carson (F)

Executive director, Lagan Group; managing director - Charles Brand and FK Piling

As the current chairman of the new East of Scotland local association I have been greatly encouraged by the reforms that are taking place in the constitution of the local associations and in the running of Great George Street. My aim in wanting to become a Council member is to continue to support these changes in the running and management of the Institution. Great George Street needs to be made available to all members with a culture that considers the members as 'customers'.

Hugh Hood (F)


I graduated at Glasgow University in 1951 and was admitted as an associate of the Royal Technical College (Strathclyde) in the same year.

My career, at home and overseas, has been divided 50:50 between consultancy and contracting.

I feel that greater account should be placed on the managerial and accounting aspects of our profession with a larger number of young engineers being admitted to Council and employed in the direct administration of our affairs. We need a body authorised to licence engineers, after due qualification by this Institution, to practise.

Professor Alan Sibbald (M)

Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Napier University

Since graduating in civil engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 1974, I have spent eight years in consultancy and fifteen in academia, the former with Cuthbertsons, Blyth & Blyth, Fairhurst and Williamson, working on water supply, industrial developments and power stations.

I commenced my career at Napier University as a lecturer in the department of civil and transportation engineering in 1982, progressing to head of the department in 1994 and dean of the Faculty of Engineering in September 1997.

I have led an active role in the Edinburgh & East of Scotland local association, serving as chairman in


I believe that SARTOR has to be implemented and in a manner which will provide opportunities for all

members of the profession, particularly incorporated engineers and engineering technicians, to realise their full potential and status. Consequently I am committed to the Dearing lifelong learning agenda and hence, if elected, will work to ensure that Institution plays its part in implementing appropriate strategies to meet the needs of its members.


Alan Carroll (M)

As secretary of the London association for many years and chairman in 1996, I have always believed that the Institution should be accessible to all. However, many members find it a remote, elitist organisation and consider it irrelevant to their working life.

My platform will continue to be accessibility, but that responsibility rests on all of us, because we are the Institution. Lasting change comes from within, not from sitting on the outside complaining!

David Hattersley (F)

Principal, Construction Marketing Consultancy

As an active past chairman of the local association, and its territorial member 1993-95, I welcome the opportunity to represent all London members for a full three year term.

I shall continue to promote the importance to professional engineers of sound management development and work, with others, to achieve a positive outcome from the findings of the President's Commission.

To give value in this role requires both time and energy. I am prepared to devote both and look forward to the challenge

Steve Miller (M)

Associate, Flynn & Rothwell

As a civil engineer who either saw the light, or fell from grace, from traditional construction to become a transportation engineer, I am particularly interested in how the Institution develops to serve the interests of groups such as the Transport Planning Society. I am keen to see the Institution widen its membership, but only while maintaining quality. The Institution needs to be relevant and valued by members (of all grades) to continue; it has no right of existence.


Peter Curran (M)

Associate, Gifford & Partners

As a recent past chairman of the Southern association, I recognise the very important role which the local associations and the territorial members have in contributing to the views and policy of Council, particularly at present with the implementation of the Future Framework Commission's recommendations.

If elected, I would endeavour to provide that vital link between the Institution and its members, communicating energetically through our local association. I would endeavour to reflect the views of both our most senior members, as well as those of the younger members.

Donald Evans (F)

Independent consultant

My work in the Southern association, on Council and on the Presidential Commission, has provided valuable insight into how the Institution operates and how it might work better.

If elected I would put vigorous effort behind:

developing closer partnership between the Institution and members.

developing an active, high profile Institution.

giving members what they can feel is value for their subscriptions.

encouraging local associations to provide services relevant to members' needs.

protecting independence of local associations, naturally with emphasis on the Southern association.

David Holifield (M)

Associate, Parkman

I graduated in 1973 and joined Costain. After five years with Costain, I moved into consultancy. I have

worked for several major consultants enjoying a spell in Hong Kong in the early 1980s.

Since 1985 I have worked for Parkman,initially managing its Portsmouth office and latterly in London.

I served on the Southern Area association committee during 1995-98.

If elected I will encourage Council to promote a better understanding and sharing of risk in the industry.

Thames Valley

Stuart Atkinson (M)

Partner, Stuart Michael Associates

Since graduating in 1978 from the University of Wales (UC Swansea), I have worked both in local government and private practice. In 1988 I founded Stuart Michael Associates, a private consultancy, which has traded successfully for the last ten years advising both public and private sector clients. I have served the Thames Valley association committee for four years and am keen to represent its interests at Council. I fully support the objectives of raising standards and making the Institution more attractive and accessible to all of its members (young and old).

Steve Cummings (M)

Senior estimator, M J Gleeson Group

After Nottingham High School and Manchester University, I have spent 36 years in contracting, in design, on site, marketing and mostly in estimating.

Involved in Thames Valley local association since 1988, with three years as treasurer, I was surprised, flattered, proud to be asked to stand as territorial member. If elected, I see my role at Great George Street as representing the interests of all Thames Valley members, and promoting Institution membership as the accepted criterion of professional competence.

Jim Ratliff (M)

Executive director, TPS Consult

Many of are us are civil engineers because of the challenges and variety that our industry promotes

but the civil engineer of the 1990s needs to address political and management issues if we are to gain the recognition we deserve. If elected as the Thames Valley territorial member I would speak for the grass roots of the organisation, taking forward comments at all levels. The ICE of tomorrow must welcome and embrace change while recognising it is the voice of the membership.


Roger Gooch (M)


I have been active in Institution affairs at the Humberside Branch and the Yorkshire association committees, and as chairman of the Yorkshire & Humber PEI.

I believe that changes following 'Future Framework' must balance the interests of the Members and the Profession, the Association and Headquarters.

greater emphasis must be placed on engineering as a profession and the numbers of institutions should be reduced, by mergers, to give this credibility.

I support the Engineering Council's objective of achieving greater co-operation between the different institutions regionally through the PEI committees.

Trevor Hodgson (M)

Policy and planning manager, Kirklees Metropolitan Council - Highways Service

I would like the Institution to promote the civil engineering profession more actively, and I look forward to the time when the general public understands and appreciates our contribution to society.

The Institution must raise awareness of its role as the nationally and internationally recognised body for professional qualification for appropriate technical, academic and managerial abilities.

It may then be respected as broad church for civil engineers who could be seen as custodians of a sustainable environment

Peter Kite (F)

National strategic services manager, Environment Agency

Let's be an outward looking institution whose views are respected and balanced.

At the same time the ICE should provide the services that members want in an efficient and cost

effective way.

With the loss of influence at a senior level in many public and private sector organisations,

we need to have a clear strategy to implement on how this can be redressed.

Opportunities exist to show our success in constructing multi-discipline solutions and these should be exploited with pride.

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