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Industry chiefs lead major civils debates


TOP INDUSTRY names including Highways Agency chief executive Tim Matthews and Union Railways head of public affairs Bernard Gambrill are lining up to take part in the New Civil Engineer live debates to be held at Civils 2002 next June.

The events are designed to create new opportunities for visitors and exhibitors to meet, exchange ideas and make contacts for the future.

Debate subjects cover the skills shortage, transport and the environment - the topics that the leading clients, consultants, contractors and suppliers supporting Civils 2002 believe will dominate the business over the next few years.

Gambrill and Balfour Beatty operations director Steve Tarr will join forces in the debate 'Civil engineers - environmental protectors or destroyers' while Matthews will take the stage with TRL director Malcolm Noye to debate private finance and public transport.

ICE president Mark Whitby will chair a discussion on the premise: 'Civil engineering is of no interest to young people in modern society'.

'Paying civil engineers more is the only answer to the skills shortage' will include a contribution from Scott Wilson Railways chief executive Hugh Blackwood. In charge of 'The construction industry does not take training and development seriously' will be CITB chief executive Peter Lobham.

The Civils 2002 team is also working with airport operator BAA on a special sustainability session.

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