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ICE Council Election candidates named

Elections to ICE Council are once again underway, providing the membership with the opportunity to have their say on who should help lead their Institution.

All members eligible to vote will have received their voting papers or email voting form. There are 12 vacancies to be filled: four general members, five regional members to represent the East Midlands, West Midlands, North East, Wales and Hong Kong, and three international members to represent the Americas, Asia-Pacific - non Hong Kong and Middle East and Africa.
Candidates have a broad range of aspirations ranging from raising ICE’s influence to delivering a high quality service to members.

  • For more information about any part of the election process and to view the candidate statements in full visit:

General candidates


Jeffrey Ashurst, programme manager, MWH
“…my aim would be to represent local members and Institution committees and special interest groups. training and professional development is a passion of mine and I would be committed to promoting more engagement with the ICE Council.”


John Alan Bradley, retired
“….I would work pro-actively with the NW region staff, Council representative and volunteers acting as a conduit for discussion and feedback on the members’ concerns as well as influencing the path of the Institution in ways of maximum benefit to the majority of members.”


Norman Frederick Brent,
senior principal engineer/CDM co-ordinator, MWH (UK)
“I would encourage greater ICE involvement in framing government infrastructure policy, particularly in the water and energy sectors and more engagement between industry, schools and universities, to encourage more students into civil engineering.”


Michael Derrick Burnett, group acquisitions director, Eurovia UK
“…I would work to help prepare the ICE for future challenges by ensuring that:

  • A fully inclusive culture exists within the profession, where diversity and strengths are valued
  • Young people are attracted to civil engineering and provided with the requisite training”  


Matthew James Colton, project manager, Kellogg Brown & Root
“I believe attracting engineers should be done through continually developing our reputation as the premier international qualifying body whose members are able to successfully deliver engineering projects worldwide.”


Jennifer Frances Cooke,
senior geotechnical engineer, Jacobs
“My interests include…promoting the role of civil engineering to deliver the infrastructure that the UK needs, especially given the challenges of transitioning to a low-carbon economy and improving resilience of our critical infrastructure to extreme weather.”


Roland Diffey, senior technical director - technical head of civils and highways, WSP UK
“…my aim would be to promote and encourage professional development and qualification of members at all levels, and help ensure that the Institution’s professional requirements reflect the changing technological needs of the industry.”


John Martin Dora, managing director, John Dora Consulting
“I would use my skills and influence to encourage members to become more actively involved in Institution activities and build on the increased profile enjoyed by our institution, by promoting its potential as a leader in sustainable development and education.”


David Neal Edwards, technical discipline leader, civil structural, architectural and ground engineering, MWH
“I am particularly committed to raising the profile of the engineering profession and would do all I can to ensure that the term ‘engineer’ is understood in its traditional sense “


Michael Bernard Field, senior works superintendent, Costain
“I am ..a current ICE Reviewer for TMICE which gives me great pleasure to see a wide range of candidates who recognise the value of professional membership that is the premier standard throughout the world.”


Peter Vint Heslop, engineering, implementation and operations director, Arqiva
“My aim…will be to champion and promote the voice of civil engineers working in industries outside of mainstream civil engineering.”


Robert Lee James, business manager - airport infrastructure, Amey
“..I would continue to ensure that young people are encouraged to pursue careers in our industry and
the ICE’s public voice activities are developed to ensure that members’ views and opinions are shared with politicians and policy


Roderick George MacDonald, chairman, Civic Patterns
“The knowledge and skill that the ICE has through its membership is immense. My aim is to work with the Council to make that knowledge and skill more understood, valued and influential in the processes of strategic decision making in society.”


Benjamin Edward Marsh, senior civil engineer, CH2M Hill
“..I am particularly committed to …the continuing development of graduate training, including the identification of best practice, to reflect the future needs of the industry and the global community…”


John (Iain) McAlister, associate director, Acutus Programme Management
“The Institution does not have unlimited resources and the members, rightly, expect Council members to ensure every penny is wisely spent.”


Lavinia Melilla, chief ports and marine engineer, Bechtel Civil
“My aim….will be to promote………. high technical and professional standards in qualifications and practice; equal opportunities and diversity policies development.”


Charles Penny, director, Embedded Rail Technology
“The engineering profession is entitled to the esteem that it has earned and to be recognised and respected for its wide contribution throughout society. This will not happen unless someone focuses on overcoming the many obstacles.”


Neil Christer Duncan Sandberg, managing partner, Sandberg
“I would continue to …..raise the profile of the profession, particularly whilst engineering is receiving wider attention (eg infrastructure, environment) and ensure that we continue enhancing the reputation of engineers nationally……”


Arulampalam Selvaratnam,contracts consultant, self employed
“We need to raise the profile of our profession, and the role of the Institution within it, to meet the ever increasing demands of a rapidly changing economic and technological landscape.”


Jane Victoria Smallman, managing director, HR Wallingford
“I understand the importance of innovation in the sustainable future of the industry, and have proven experience of harnessing the talents of a diverse range of people to develop a successful business.”


Lee James Smollett, project director, Laing O’Rourke 
“I am committed to positively and collaboratively working with Council to create an inspirational future for civil engineers to encourage graduates to become members… to leverage the Hong Kong membership to share innovative engineering solutions…”


Gareth John Walker,
officer commanding 517 specialist team, 170 (infrastructure support), Royal Engineers
“My aim in becoming a Council member is to raise the profile of our profession, thereby enabling engineering judgement to greater influence personal, commercial and political decisions.”

Overseas candidates

Hong Kong


Chi Ming Lee, retired
“…I pledge to continue to…help deliver the ICE 2025 strategic goals…work hand in hand with ICE HKA and the ICE HK office to bring forward the ICE initiative of ‘Shaping the World.”
The ballot to elect the regional member for Hong Kong is uncontested, only one candidate having presented



Richard John Giffen, associate principal, Arup New York
“Having become a professional engineer in multiple states in the US, I sympathise with the problems many have trying to get reciprocity with their chartered engineer status.”


Nigel Graham Shrive,
professor, department of civil engineering, University of Calgary
“I would represent all ICE members in the Americas to the best of my ability and work towards transferability of professional designation between international jurisdictions with similar standards”


Asia Pacific – Non-Hong Kong


Hirak Kumar, founder and CEO, HK Sen & Associates
“If elected Council member, I would align my activities with the Institution’s strategic aims, which would substantially strengthen my message in India.”


Timothy John Warren, director, Constructing Excellence (NZ)
“….ensure that the ICE remains the premier learned society and qualifying body within Asia Pacific’s fast moving and complex economies - international, proud of its professional standards and standing - focused locally on appropriate member value and services.”


See Sew Gue, hon. chief executive officer, G&P Professionals
“With my leadership and vast experience, I could contribute to the ICE on professional developments particularly in education, training and best practice for the benefits of members and engineers in the region.”

Middle East and Africa


Philip John Holmes, chief project manager, Cowi
“I gain considerable personal satisfaction from being able to contribute to the vision and strategy of our institution, especially meeting members from around the world and to share their thoughts and ideas about how the ICE should develop on the global stage.”

Abu Taleb

Mohamed Gamal Abu-Taleb, owner, British Training Solutions
“I will dedicate my past Institutions’ experience and my professional regional coverage together with my professional and personal links with the UK, to promote ICE professional values within our region which I, physically and culturally, belong to.”


Regional Candidates

East Midlands


Kyle Jonathan Clough, development director, Costain
“With big infrastructure challenges ahead we need to demonstrate, more than ever, the importance of engineers to society. My aim is to ensure the ICE continues to raise the professional profile of engineers in political and public circles, whilst providing increasing benefit to its members.”
The ballot to elect the East Midlands regional member is uncontested, only one candidate having presented

North East


Michael William Edward Chater, senior group engineer, Atkins
“My aim as a member of Council would be to promote civil engineering and the interests of the civil engineering community in the North East, and to encourage the development and care of civil engineers (and their dependents) wherever they are.”


Brian Taylor, retired
“I have taken a particular interest in pre-19 activities nationally and locally, both in discussions and attending numerous events, as I consider it vital for the Institution’s future wellbeing to encourage our brightest young people into the profession.”

West Midlands


David Paul Johns, bid director, Amey
“It is still my passion for what civil engineers do and my desire to encourage more young people to consider lifelong careers in civil engineering that motivates my nomination.”
The ballot to elect the West Midlands regional member is uncontested, only one candidate having presented



Geoffrey Stephen Ogden, business director, highways and transportation, South Wales and SW England, Atkins
“I aim to actively seek and contribute the views of the membership in Wales to the debate and decision making of the wider Institution.”
The ballot to elect the regional member for Wales is uncontested, only one candidate having presented




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