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Former ICE vice president dies

Former ICE vice President Alan Stilwell has passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Stilwell was an experienced and very popular civil engineer who was international vice president in 2011, and later served as vice president for the regions until November 2014. His likeable personality and eloquent public speaking skills made him a well-respected figure and spokesperson.

He had a long and distinguished career in public sector transport having served as director of integrated transport at Merseytravel. He also worked for Chester County Council where he was county engineer.

He had substantial experience in transport functions across projects in the North West and nationally. These included transportation planning, highways and traffic engineering, and passenger transport roles.

Stilwell was active within the ICE, and was a member for 45 years. He was the ICE UK representative on the European Council of Civil Engineers and sat on the ICE’s transport expert panel, having also been a past chair. His role on the panel involved work on a number of projects including playing a leading role in the 2008 State of the Nation: Transport report which he delivered with aplomb to an audience of MPs at the ICE’s HQ. It was thanks to this that he was asked to chair the steering group for the 2009 State of the Nation report on defending critical infrastructure.

His achievements were recognised in May of this year when he was awarded a National Transport Award for lifetime contribution to transport.

ICE President, David Balmforth, said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of former vice president Alan Stilwell.

“Alan worked tirelessly to improve public transport throughout a distinguished career and was held in very high regard by his colleagues on both the transport panel, on which he served, and within the wider transport planning community.

“Alan played an active role for many years in his support of the ICE, as vice president, member of Council and serving on the executive board, and his achievements will not be forgotten. His enthusiasm for engineering and vast subject expertise made him a great ambassador for the profession and he will be profoundly missed.”

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