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ICE Council elections 2018 - candidates' statements cropped

The ICE has published statements from candidates nominated for places on ICE Council.

Election of five general members to the ICE Council 2018

To satisfy the requirements of By-law 52 on the composition of Council, five general members must be elected.

Names in each category are listed in alphabetical order. Instructions on registering your vote online are included an email sent to members or on the ballot paper for those receiving a postal vote.

Details of Candidates

Lawrence Oritsebemigho Ajuyah BSc (Eng) MSc MBA CEng FICE, chief executive officer, Enmas Consulting

Proposed by Olusegun Oyelola, Gabriel Ojo, Raheem Sanni, Adekunle Adebajo, Abdul Oladapo

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Lawrence Ajuyah

I have been associated with the Institution since 1977 and I am the country representative for Nigeria. I have keenly mentored younger colleagues over the years to promote professional excellence. I served the Nigerian Society of Engineers as examiner for seven years and on special panels of the society that investigated three local engineering problems with solutions presented to government for implementation. I was national vice chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers with responsibility for mentoring, training and development.

I had early experience with the Nigerian Railways, then with consulting engineering practices on design and construction of water resource projects. I later worked for the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in engineering, business planning, economics and management and retired voluntarily in December 2014 after 30 years of service. I currently provide engineering and management services as a consultant.

If elected, I would bring my broad leadership and management experience to the role of Council member; dedicate myself to promoting the pride of this fascinating people centred profession amongst younger members and students; and actively engage with the issues that will impact the future generation.

John Robert Beck MBA CEng FICE FRICS MCIArb DipLaw

Independent Consultant

Proposed by Peter Hansford, Robert Mair, Anthony Brummell, Denys Morgan, Ron Gardner

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John Beck

I believe my task as a Council member is to play my part in shaping a diverse, broad-based, sustainable institution, whose role is to provide leadership for the profession but equally, to support and be responsive to engineers at the grass-roots level, both in the UK regions and overseas. We must never forget that the Institution’s greatest asset is its members.

Acknowledging ICE’s wealth of knowledge and its domestic and international reputation, I shall strongly support the ICE’s growing influence in addressing the challenges posed by infrastructure development, sustainability and climate change and the opportunities provided by digital technology.

With a civil engineering construction background, I became an ICE Fellow in 1999, subsequently a technical director, also chairing a national European Affairs Committee, before becoming ICE director, international. Leadership roles followed in a global commercial regulatory and arbitral authority and a major charitable organisation.

Elected to Council in 2012, re-elected in 2016, I am a member of the audit committee, putting my experience to good effect in providing the vital scrutiny of ICE activities, plus the standards panel and a lead professional reviewer in the UK and overseas.

I also maintain an active involvement in ICE North West regional affairs.



Professor of civil engineering, Northumbria University

Proposed by Bill Hewlett, Martin Borthwick, John Bull, Victoria Edmondson, John Nielsen

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Martin Crapper

I am standing for election to Council because I think the world needs to be reminded that civil engineers already know how to solve the world’s problems: what we need now is for society to buy into the fact that the solutions require a willingness to expend resources to achieve the necessary results. I believe that the ICE has a vital role in promoting the public’s understanding of the value of infrastructure to society – for which our 200 year history is an ideal foundation.

Central to this is the education of future engineers. We need to teach new skills, but also emphasise the old ones, producing graduates and technicians who have a clear and fundamental understanding of the behaviour of civil engineering materials, in systems, under load. The ICE has a key role in emphasising the enduring importance of this basic technical competence.

I am professor of civil engineering at Northumbria University and have long experience in academia and industry, mainly in the field of hydraulics; I have wide interests in water and transport infrastructure issues. I am a member of the ICE Fellowship panel and am a reviewer; I am also involved with the Permanent Way Institution.

Blessing Danha MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

Manager, KPMG UK

Proposed by Jennifer Stables, Sue Kershaw, Mandy Thomas, Michael Kent, Javier Garcia Gonzalez

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Blessing Danha

I am running for general member because I am passionate about providing ICE members with diverse voices on important matters. I have previously served the ICE as a member of the Quest Committee, secretary on the London Graduates & Students Committee and President’s apprentice to Dr Jean Venables.

My career spans over 10 years, both working on site and in consulting across the UK and Middle East. I have gained broad engineering experience, and understand the challenges and opportunities for our profession. As programme manager of the Roads Investment Strategy 2, I enable effective programme-level governance and decision-making, and manage complex stakeholder relationships – essential skills for serving on the Council.

I have remained committed about inclusion and diversity throughout my career. In Qatar, I co-headed the Women in Professional Services network, which celebrated women’s contributions in the built environment. I currently work on several initiatives within KMPG to promote a more inclusive environment, and I mentor junior colleagues.

If elected, I will use my ICE Council role to leverage my network to drive the agenda, listen to members and push for positive change. I will continue working as a role model promoting engineering to boys and girls in schools.


Peter A Greenhalgh MEng MBA CEng MICE

Head of commercial delivery (NW), Highways England

Proposed by Paul Ahdal, Tsuwun Bevan, Kennedy Muzira, Ben Ridgeon, Andrew Mills

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Peter Greenhalgh

I have been fortunate enough to work in a number of different roles across the industry. In doing so I have actively sought to engage other professional bodies and promote ICE to new members and new audiences.

I currently work at Highways England where we are tasked with delivering the biggest investment in our road network in a generation. To ensure we achieve the most from this it is essential that leading organisations work in synergy at all levels and specialisms, be they technical, economic, environmental or societal. I firmly believe that the ICE is, and should remain at the head of those discussions.

If elected, I would look to continue to develop our position as a leading voice in infrastructure. In addition I feel that it is imperative to develop our educational offering, extending beyond graduate and student members. The role and benefits of apprenticeships, science, technology, engineering and mathematics ambassadors and teachers in developing engineers of the future is clear and will be vital in attracting new talent to the industry. Only by engaging as early as possible can we remain at the forefront of the industry over the long term.

Jim Hall BEng MA PhD FREng CEng FICE

Director of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Proposed by Rachel Skinner, Tim Broyd, Keith Clarke, Jane Smallman, David Balmforth

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Jim Hall

I am committed to the ICE being at the heart of infrastructure decision-making in the UK and globally.

I led the analysis for the ICE’s influential National Needs Assessment: A Vision for UK Infrastructure and was on the panel that wrote the ICE’s 2014 State of the Nation Infrastructure report. I gave evidence on behalf of the ICE to the Treasury Select Committee. I have been a member of the ICE’s public voice committee since 2012.

I have contributed extensively to public policy as a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change Adaptation and as scientific advisor to the Pitt review of the 2007 floods, the 2014 Transport Resilience Review and 2016 National Flood Resilience Review. I am a member of the expert advisory gGroup for the National Infrastructure Commission.

After starting my career as a practicing coastal engineer, I have held academic positions in the Universities of Bristol, Newcastle and Oxford. I lead research programmes that have enhanced the resilience of infrastructure systems by providing methodologies for risk analysis and investment planning.

Civil engineers have special responsibility for national infrastructure, which I believe relies upon high professional standards and continuous promotion of innovation by the ICE’s learned society.

Stephen Paul King BEng (Hons) CEng MICE MCIOB

Head of strategic bids (civil engineering), FM Conway

Proposed by Gordon Deuce, Nicholas Langdon, Joseph Slattery, Davinder Singh Reehal, Alan Gaston

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Stephen King

Civil engineering attracted me because this industry can benefit all people, everywhere – from vital roads used to distribute aid in the poorest of countries, to the creation of economic opportunities by connecting communities, by preserving our heritage, through to providing solutions for a sustainable future. After 28 years in the industry, I still believe in that potential.

My career has been varied as I have worked for consultants and contractors, from family firms to top 10 businesses. I’ve worked on projects from rail infrastructure to listed buildings to regeneration. Design, construction and work winning roles have included leading and developing teams, and inspiring the next generation of engineers which is a key interest of mine.

I have enjoyed acting as an SCE for a few years now. The ability to apply our skills to new situations, making safe, wise and economic decisions are some key traits of a good engineer, whether generalist or specialist, and however they enter the profession.

As a member of the Council I hope to maintain and enhance the Institution’s focus on training and development. I am also a great believer in collaboration and want to further enhance our links with other institutions and industry bodies.

Stephen David Lawrence BSc MSc CEng CEnv FICE

Divisional director, Mott MacDonald

Proposed by Yvonne Murphy, Keith Jones, Stephen Smith, Nicholas Price, Charlie Woollcombe-Adams

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Stephen Lawrence

I have been associated with the Institution for more than 10 years, being active as a committee member in Wales and serving as chair of ICE Wales Cymru during 2016/17. I have been a supervising engineer for many years as I am an avid supporter of developing people through their careers.

My employment is in the field of engineering and management consultancy and it is by linking my interest in professional development and consultancy that has developed my interest in creating places with a meaningful and fulfilling legacy. To achieve this aim I wish to represent on the Institution’s Council the ability to:

  • work better together
  • involve all members to reflect the diversity of our community
  • look to the longer term, as well as focusing on the now
  • highlight and take action now tackling perceived problems, for example communicating civil engineering effectively through new social media outlets, by preventing these problems becoming worse, solving issues, or where possible preventing problems occurring in the first place

In this fast moving world, I want to assist in the progression of the Institution becoming a highly professional community fit for the 21st Century.

Philip John Parker BSc CEng FICE

Associate, Byrom Clark Roberts

Proposed by Richard Coackley, Stanley Falconer, John McRobert, David Gooud, Nicholas Wheeler

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Philip Parker

I have been actively involved in the Institution affairs since 1982, joining the then West Cheshire and North Wales branch as graduate representative. I became chairman of ICE NW in 2005 and have served on Council twice before. I am currently SCE for my company and am passionate about the training of civil engineers. I have been an active Reviewer since 1994 reviewing in the UK and abroad.

I currently work part time for consultants and can readily be described as a generalist civil engineer. I would bring to Council my many years of experience as the Institution moves beyond ICE200.

 As a member of Council I would seek to promote:

  • The training and development of all grades particularly abroad.
  • The Institution as the country moves into a post Brexit world.

Henry Poh BEng (Hons) CEng FICE

Director, HLP Global

Proposed by Peter Hallsworth, Stephen Dellow, John McRobert, John Beck, Keith Jones

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Henry Poh

I firmly believe that technology will be revolutional to our industry and that our Institution needs to engage with technology communities to provide the skills needed now, and in the near future. As a member of Council, I will promote and encourage diversity of the members’ leadership by placing positive value on diversity in the engineering community that will support and enhance future engineering skills and promote workplace equality. I will employ my abilities to promote and diversify the use of technologies in civil engineering that meet industry future needs and which will reach out to the global young engineers’ community through engineering media platforms.

I have over 17 years experience in civil engineering mainly in the airports and aviation sector. I have been the technical authority and client for all civil and structural engineering for one of the busiest airports in the UK. I supported the engineering asset management team and airport operational team to deliver safe, reliable, efficient and stable operations while maintaining business continuity. During the last eight years, I have been a reviewer for the Chartered Professional Reviews in the UK and overseas, member of the PRP working group, and new reviewer trainer for the ICE.

Lucy Rew MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

Senior project manager, Egis Structures et Environnement

Proposed by Jean Venables, Paul Jowitt, Richard Burleigh, Richard Coackley, Chai Kwong Mak

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Lucy Rew

My commitment to the ICE began when, as a graduate, I joined the Thames Valley LA and the Graduates & Students National Committee. Since 2000 I have worked in France where I joined the LA and I have been variously vice-chair and chair since 2008. I was appointed France country representative in 2013 by ICE, and in 2015 I was invited to chair the Europe and Central Asia sub-committee. As such I am a member of the international committee. I have mentored graduates on the career appraisal route and as country representative I am fully aware of the challenges faced by overseas graduates seeking chartered membership.

I have 24 years of professional experience, of which 18 years in tunnelling, in the UK and abroad. I strive to maintain high professional standards both in the design office and on site and to create a nurturing environment amongst my team. My lengthy international experience will bring an added dimension to my managerial and technical background in the role of Council member.

If elected to Council I shall endeavour to represent the views and needs of international members of all grades and to help define the relevance and role of the ICE internationally.

Neil Sandberg BSc (Hons) MBA CEng FICE

Managing partner, Sandberg

Proposed by Andrew Wolstenholme, Emer Murnaghan, Nelson Ogunshakin, Denise Bower, Ed McCann

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Neil Sandberg

Growing up in an engineering family ignited my enthusiasm from an early age. After graduating, I trained with Mowlem and Arup. I worked in America for Aecom before joining Sandberg, working in Hong Kong and the UK. I have been managing partner of Sandberg since 2000. I’m a great believer in the importance of the engineer’s role in society and am actively involved in RedR.

Having joined ICE in 1993 (FICE 2007), I was on the ICE’s London committee for three years, board member of the European Federation of Consulting Associations and chairman of the Association for Consultancy & Engineering. I have previously been on Council, including its executive board and was a member of the ICE’s Audit Committee. I have been active on all three.

If re-elected, I would continue to:

• harness current enthusiasm among engineering students and ensure we retain more high quality graduates

• use our 200th anniversary and the Year of the Engineer as vehicles to enhance the ICE’s position leading the energy and infrastructure debates

• ensure that the ICE carefully manages the difficult balance between using its facilities to keep subscriptions down and supporting our profession

• raise our profile and continue enhancing engineering’s reputation. Let’s find our own professor Brian Cox!

Matthew Peter Sims BEng (Hons) CEng MICE

Independent consultant

Proposed by John Sunderland, Chris Goodacre, Grahame Wickenden, Adrian Holland, Alan Waters

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Matthew Sims

I’ve been a member of the ICE for only just a few years less than a member of the Scout Association, but my passion for developing, training and promoting young people and creating opportunities for everyone is the same both in my professional life and my volunteering life.

I see the ICE as the key player in the movement to make the engineering world what we all aspire for it to be; an industry based on trust and mutual respect, no matter what our backgrounds. This is why I have worked with apprentices, technicians and aspiring professionals for many years to support them in joining and engaging with the Institution. I am also a supporter of WES and its aims to be a voice for women in our industry.

My aim as a member of Council will be to continue to promote the vital need to develop our young and emerging talent while supporting our existing members to guide and mentor too. Having worked as client, consultant and contractor, my experience over the last 29 years and having sat technician, incorporated and chartered reviews will give me the breadth of knowledge to represent you and the Institution.

Julie Templeton MEng CEng MICE

Principal civil engineer, SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business

Proposed by Adrian Long, David Orr, Emer Murnaghan, David Porter, Michael McNicholas

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Julie Templeton

I wanted to be an engineer for as long as I can remember and now 13 years in to my career I do not regret entering the profession and the Water Industry.

I’ve been actively involved in the Institution and promoting the profession since graduating in 2005; holding the positions of both secretary and chair on the NI Graduates & Students Committee. I became a chartered Member of ICE in 2010 and won the Women’s Engineering Society’s Karen Burt Award on behalf of ICE that year. Following chartership, I sat on the NI regional committee and law and contracts sub-group for a further two years. Now I would appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the ICE’s Council.

I have a keen interest in Continuing Professional Development (CPD)/life-long learning and encouraging young people to enter the profession.

If elected, I would focus on the following themes:

  • Supporting our apprenticeship programmes and developing our technician members
  • Professional qualifications through mentorship
  • Engaging members beyond professional review particularly with CPD and obtaining further qualifications
  • Cross-skilling / up-skilling to help existing members flex to meet the skills shortages in the coming years
  • Diversity and inclusion in our industry and in the Institution

 Robert Thorniley-Walker MA (Oxon) CEng CEnv FICE FIStructE MCIHT IHBC FRSA CARE

Director, Structural & Civil Consultants

Proposed by Tim Kermode, John Parry, David Yates, Kate Cairns, Joe Foley

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Robert Thorniley Walker

I believe that climate change is by far the most important and over-riding threat. Civil engineers need to take a lead in addressing the issues for the good of society.

Unfortunately, this opinion was shared by only 1% of ICE votes in 2013 and 3% in 2015. Yet as headlined in New Civil Engineer in January 2018, atmospheric CO2 levels are “off the chart”. Civil engineers need to prepare for conditions that were previously considered “worst credible” but which should now be expected.

I am a former North East regional chair and have organised evening events for the Teesside branch for over 20 years. I spoke for the ICE to the World Federation of Engineering Organisations at the UN Climate Conference in Paris 2015. I am on the ICE climate change task force and have been lead editor on two climate themed issues for the ICE Forensic Journal.

Edwin Yau BEng MSc LLM CEng MICE

Associate, WSP UK

Proposed by Jason Brooks, Alexander Burrell, Jonathan Allen, Georgios Savvidis, Shuqiang Zhao

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Edwin Yau

I am an airport engineer who has a wealth of experience in design, planning and management in projects both in the UK and overseas.

I have been serving south branch committee since 2013 involving a number of key roles. I was elected branch chair in 2016 and represented the branch in South East England Regional committee as a vice-chair. With support from the committee, we were able to arrange free monthly CPD meetings and social events for our members. In addition, I am a reviewer for the professional reviews as well as a mentor. I understand what our young engineers need to achieve professional qualification.

I have been visiting schools to promote civil engineering to younger generations hoping this will enable them to make informed decisions to choose civil engineering to be their future career.

My aim as a member of Council will be to promote and encourage:

  • Future generations to explore civil engineering.
  • A clearer training programme to assist young engineers to approach their professional qualifications.
  • Collaboration with other professional institutions to provide a wide variety of events and enhance our visibility.
  • Maintenance of high professional standards by enhancing our current review system.


East Midlands candidate

Details of Candidate

Edward Bingham BEng (Hons) PGCert CEng FICE

Technical Director, Aecom

Proposed by William Kemp, Kyle Clough, Karen Notman, Claire Greenwood, Ian Bamforth

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Edward Bingham

Since graduating I have undertaken many roles within the ICE, from branch to regional chair. At a national level, I continued my influence through joining Council in November 17 and have supported the delivery of ICE200 programme of events. I continue my SCE role as Fellow, mentoring graduates, technicians and engineers developing their careers. I am also part of the Transport Professional Interest Network.

As technical director and PM within the Highways Sector, I deliver multidisciplinary projects for major clients including smart motorways, consulting and advising on standards. I engender team competency and lead on heath and safety, engineering innovation and digital transformation. Through this work and my experience within Aecom Employee Forum has developed qualities of leadership, collaboration and inclusive membership consultation.

My drivers to be a member of your Council will be to promote and support development of our strategy and policies, representing your views, interests and ideas, bringing them to fruition. I would seek to maintain technical and professional standards in both qualification and practice, whilst continuing to be an exemplary role model of the Institution. I will represent members with limited involvement in ICE affairs, balancing work and family life, with due regard for Fairness, Inclusion and Respect.

The ballot to elect the East Midlands regional member is uncontested, only one candidate having presented.


Election of one Graduate member to the ICE Council 2018

Details of Candidates

Giedre Jurkonyte MEng (Hons) GMICE

Site Engineer, Laing O’Rourke

Proposed by John Hopkins, Kit Wolverson, Louise Westhoff, Lawrence Pui Kit Cheung, Louisa King

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Giedre Jurkonyte

I have been an active graduate member of ICE North West since 2015, contributing to and presenting at a number of events. Leading as chair of ICE North West Graduate and Student Committee from 2017 provided me with a great opportunity to expand and invigorate the committee, shape graduate and students activities and further develop relationships with the local universities. I have been promoting careers in engineering and equal opportunities at schools and universities. I am keen to continue this work as a Council member.

Two years in digital engineering gave me a good understanding of building information modelling and the importance of digital engineering in construction. I am passionate about the application of technology in construction and would focus on promoting research and the implementation of innovative solutions throughout the project lifecycle. I am keen to bring the latest research closer to implementation in the industry.

The construction industry is a stressful environment and it is important that mental health issues in the industry are recognised. I aim to raise awareness in the subject of personal resilience and address the stigma of mental health.

If elected, I would focus on promoting equal opportunities, school outreach, mental health and innovation in the construction industry.

Ruth Kelly MEng PhD GMICE

Graduate engineer, Amey

Proposed by Meghan Fick, Lyndsay Carmichael, Andrew Noble, Grainne McQuaid, Kerri Dorman

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Ruth Kelly

I joined the ICE NI graduates and students (G&S) committee during my PhD studies in 2012 as a student representative for Queen’s University Belfast, and I am the current chair of the ICE NI G&S Committee (2017-2018). I currently sit on the ICE NI regional executive board and the ICE NI main committee. This year, I organised a calendar of events for the NI G&S membership in line with the ICE200 Celebrations.

After completing an MEng in Civil Engineering (2012), I undertook PhD research in the field of geotechnics. Following this, I worked as a research fellow on an EPSRC funded project. In 2017, I moved to Jacobs, and have recently joined a geotechnical design team at Amey. At university I co-supervised a number of undergraduate projects, and in Jacobs worked alongside a Work+ apprentice – I enjoy mentoring individuals as they develop through their education and career.

If elected, as a member of Council I would encourage:

  • Increasing awareness of the profession, especially during our bi-centenary celebrations, and encourage the participation of our G&S members.
  • Encourage more engineers in industry to publish their work.
  • Input ideas on the long-term maintenance and planning of the technical and professional standards in both qualification and practice.

George Marling MEng (Hons) GMICE

Graduate civil engineer – ports, coastal and offshore, Mott MacDonald

Proposed by Jordan McMullan, Thomas Atkinson, Carmen Coronado, Irina Lavina, Sam Smith

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George Marling

The ICE is a regular source of guidance and inspiration to me on both a personal and professional level. The members and online resources are invaluable and it is this vehicle for education and collaboration that greatly interests me. Currently, I am a regular contributor to regional ICE committee meetings and Institution events. I would, however, like to make a greater contribution towards promoting awareness of the engineering industry.

I am committed to my Continued Professional Development which, I believe, reflects in my work at Mott MacDonald within the ports, coastal and offshore team. This has greatly enhanced my technical knowledge of engineering and I am currently involved in the concept design of a large port extension in the Caribbean. During my time at university, I dedicated my summers to working with VGC Group which gave me valuable site experience in Crossrail.

My priority as a member of the Council would be to promote the civil engineering profession to students nationwide. We are currently facing significant global challenges and engineers must meet the needs of future generations. Civil engineering affects everyone and students should be inspired to develop skills which might equip them to meet new and developing global challenges.

Richard Sambrook MSc BEng GMICE

Senior structural engineer, Aecom

Proposed by Claire Tucker, Kevin O’Donoghue, Tom Bawden, Georgina Potter, Edwin Cheung

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Richard Sambrook

As chair of the ICE Bristol City Club I have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the Institution, proving my passion and enthusiasm for the industry. This year I have proactively collaborated with other institutions and academic bodies; strengthening ties within the industry and broadening attendance demographics at our events. I have worked closely with the ICE regional support team and actively contributed at ICE South West regional committee meetings.

Should I be elected to the Council, I would enthusiastically undertake the role with the same vigour and commitment I have demonstrated in previous roles within the Institution.

I am extremely excited to be part of the industry at a time when digital innovations are influencing the way we deliver projects, but there are significant challenges ahead:

  • We should be raising our profile and do more to attract the right talent in the coming decades to address the skills gap.
  • We must design smarter and deliver our projects in a more considerate manner to alleviate consumption of non-renewable materials and limit the impact upon our environment.

I am keen to raise these complex topics within the Council and discuss how we can positively influence the future of our institution.

Cristina Styles MEng (Hons) GMICE

Graduate engineer, Aecom

Proposed by Simone Bertram, Paul McGoldrick, Lyndsay Carmichael, Eleanor Holliday, Lawrence Pui Kit Cheung

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Cristina Styles

I have been involved with the ICE since joining Aecomas a graduate engineer in September 2016 having completed my studies abroad. The value of the Institution quickly became apparent to me, which is why I joined the local gaduates and students committee with shared passion for promoting civil engineering and professional development.

Furthering my commitment, I became the GSNet representative for the East of England and am currently vice chair of the GSNet Executive, working with the Membership group to support graduates and students at national level.

I am a proud and passionate civil engineer and believe the key challenges we face are to inspire younger generations into engineering, and to drive civil engineering towards innovation, leading to creation and commitment for a sustainable future.

As an engineer, I love a challenge, which is why if elected as a Council member, I would have three main aims:

  • To target engagement with future generation
  • Increase diversity in the industry
  • Contribute to the council’s policy development as we move forward into exciting times for our profession

I believe all this can be accomplished through maintaining and building upon the strong and necessary link with GSNet which represents the future of our Institution.

Northern Ireland

Details of Candidate

Brenda Marie O’Loan BEng (Hons) CEng MICE MAPM MIEI

Project Manager, Program Cost and Consultancy, Aecom

Proposed by Philip Brown, David Porter, Stephen Heaney, David McCune, Karen McShane

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Brenda Marie O’Loan

As civil engineers we have the opportunity to improve people’s lives by responsibly adopting the environment in which we all live. The Institution’s recent developments in broadening membership and promotion of ICE200 are assisting with raising our profile. They also enforce the message that we must remain relevant in these changing times.

I joined the ICE in 1988, becoming a student member of Northern Ireland’s graduates and students (G&S) committee in 1990 and chairman in 1994. I represented Northern Ireland on the National G&S Committee, undertaking the role of honorary secretary in 1994. Since 2010 I have held various roles on ICE Northern Ireland’s regional committee.

I am passionate about supporting graduates and apprentices in setting and achieving goals through my roles as a SCE within Aecom and an ICE reviewer.

I have 27 years’ experience working on major infrastructure projects in the water and buildings sectors. I am currently a project manager in Aecom delivering a comprehensive programme of works in Northern Ireland. I consider that the skill sets developed will assist in undertaking the role of a Council member.

If elected, I will endeavour to ensure the Institution truly listens to the voices of all our members and embraces change.

The ballot to elect the Northern Ireland regional member is uncontested, only one candidate having presented.

North West

Details of candidates

Jeffrey Ashurst BSc (Hons) CEng FICE MAPM

Independent consultant

Proposed by Catherine Schefer, Steve Dempsey, Peter Hallsworth, Alan Williams, Stewart Tennant

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Jeff Ashurst

I have been an Institution member for over 40 years and was awarded Fellowship in 2000. I have been active in ICE work for many years serving as Merseyside branch chair and, currently as a general Council member and part of the North West regional executive board, working closely with the regional director and committee.

Most of my career has involved bringing about improvements to North West infrastructure, in particular tackling the pollution in the Mersey Basin and along the coasts. With the exciting, and potentially life changing, infrastructure strategies developing for the North, I have decided to stand for election as a regional Council member for the North West. I believe the ICE can continue to further its reputation and influence in the region by highlighting recently completed projects such as the Mersey road crossing and Manchester rail projects.

My mission would be to promote and actively encourage:

  • The concepts and people that place infrastructure at the heart of economic growth and transform lives.
  • A new generation of apprentices, technicians and engineers to enter the profession and help solve skill shortages
  • Membership at all levels and life-long learning to secure the future of the oldest engineering profession in the world.



Director, Sunbeam Management Solutions

Proposed by Alan Williams, Paul McMahon, Chaido (Yuli) Doulala-Rigby, Jason Hyde, Jonathan Clarke

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Philip Isgar

I have developed, led and managed multi-discipline high profile capital investment programmes and organisations in the public and private sectors. Past member of the board of the Major Projects Association, chair of its programme committee, now an honorary member. Complementarily, awarded an honorary fellowship/life-time membership with the Association for Project Management. In July 2017 I was awarded an honorary doctorate of engineering. Over 35 years, I have worked extensively within the nuclear and infrastructure sectors holding senior management roles in both. I have proven regulatory experience, nuclear, rail and water. I sit on the North West Nuclear Forum steering group, Constructing Excellence (CE) Nuclear Theme and CE Manchester Executive. I have served on Institutional boards, currently the immediate past chair – ICE Manchester, chair – Nuclear Institute Digital-SIG, member of ICE Northern Powerhouse steering group and have represented Institutions with the Construction Industry Council (CIC). I am Chair CIC North West and sit on the “After Grenfell Working Groups”. My strength is providing leadership and connectivity across a number of sector platforms through collaborative working relationships at board level and with government.

As North West regional representative on Council I would continue to support ICE Region, branches, graduates and studeant, and collaborate closely with education and other bodies.


David Rowlinson MEng (Hons) CEng MICE

Senior project manager, Arcadis

Proposed by Mac Alghita, Richard Walker, Kate Harrison, Gareth Scott, Tom Glovehew

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David Rowlinson

Engage – Support - Improve

I am a 32 year old chartered engineer working for Arcadis as a client-side project manager at Manchester Airport. Design experience includes railway bridges and stations, working collaboratively with contractors.

I understand the challenges faced by ICE members today. Balancing family pressures and home life while delivering to tight deadlines, on the projects we care about, is no easy task. The ICE can and should do more to support its members in an increasingly pressurised environment. As engineers we need to step up to influence and lead decision-making for our clients and wider society.

I have been involved with the ICE throughout my career, including being chairman’s apprentice, Cheshire branch chair and in 2013/14 the North West Regional Chair. The latter involved representing our 6000 members and leading the North West Region, ensuring our voice was heard at Great George Street and energising our volunteers to improve our membership offering.

As your councillor, my priorities would be:

  • Enhance the standing of Civil Engineers in society.
  • Increase support for engineering education and development programmes.
  • Challenge London centric thinking.
  • Improve the accessibility of membership services.

I will listen, engage and challenge, to improve our Institution for all.


South West

Details of candidate

Gary Cutts BEng (Hons) CEng MICE MAPM MCInstCES

Principal civils project manager, Ward Williams Associates

Proposed by Peter Radford, Richard Fish, Kathryn Toms, Jennifer Giles, Teresa Frost

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Gary Cutts

I have represented the ICE South West region on Council for the last three years and I am keen to serve for a second term to continue guiding the agenda for positive change within the Institution. I will continue to promote a more inclusive Institution for all members. My other key goal is to encourage the continued development and improvement of a life-long knowledge offering, to support meaningful CPD and ensure that members remain competent throughout their working lives.

Since 1999 I have been a committed volunteer supporting the region. Positions I’ve held within the region include municipal committee honorary secretary, vice chairman and chairman. Regional honorary secretary and the Truro City club cChairman. I am a supervising civil engineer and aiming to become a reviewer this year. I also sit on the ICE’s CPD panel and awards committee.

I’ve been a chartered Member since 2006 and became a Fellow in 2017. During my career I have worked for consultants, contractors and local government; delivering a variety of infrastructure projects throughout the UK. This broad background provides me with a good understanding of the issues that affect civil engineering and the wider built environment.

The ballot to elect the South West regional member is uncontested, only one candidate having presented.


West Midlands

Details of candidate

Mark James Downes MSc BEng CEng MICE

Head of engineering, Network Rail

Proposed by Yvonne Aust, David Jobling, Steve Williams, Colin Newsome, Nick Hutton

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Mark downes crop

Mark Downes

Seeing the physical culmination of a project continually energises me and drives my enthusiasm for civil engineering. Leading the teams that deliver such projects provides me enormous satisfaction. Sharing my passion and espousing the worth of engineering as a lifelong career option with school children, their parents and teachers tops it off.

 As a member of Council I will seek to:

  • Represent the views of the members in my region, undertaking my role with integrity
  • Promote the value of all grades of Institution membership, and recognise the contributions they all make to the industry and society
  • Actively encourage a diverse range of people into the industry, building upon my role as a champion with my employer
  • Work with my fellow Council members and the Institution in setting the direction for the industry in an ever changing political landscape.

I have a long association with the Institution and my region. I am a past chair of West Midlands, and remain an active member of committee, as well as being a supervising civil engineer and reviewer.

The ballot to elect the West Midlands regional member is uncontested, only one candidate having presented.






















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