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ICE chief becomes a peer

ICE vice president Robert Mair has been appointed as a cross-bench member of the House of Lords.

Mair was named as one of four new non-party political peers following a recommendation from the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

As well as his role at the ICE, Mair is chairman of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Transport, and is an engineering adviser to contractor Laing O’Rourke. He is also head of civil and environmental engineering at Cambridge University.

In a distinguished career, he has been closely involved with the design and construction of the Jubilee Line Extension for London Underground and with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.  

ICE director general Nick Baveystock said: “We are delighted to hear Robert Mair has been appointed to the House of Lords as a non-party political peer.

“Robert, who will become ICE president in 2018 to mark our 200th anniversary, is held in extremely high regard across industry and academia and will bring a wealth of global engineering expertise to the House. Our congratulations to Robert for this honour and recognition.” 

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